Kakania Launch


On June 25th Kakania: an anthology will have its official launch at London’s Hardy Tree gallery. This will be part of the ‘Mahu’ exhibition, dedicated to S.J.Fowler’s ongoing asemic writing experiment.The anthology comprises a number of printed responses to the Kakania project for which over forty contemporary European artists and poets were commissioned to create new work that related to figures from Habsburg-era Vienna. The book is produced by Polimekanos for the Austrian Cultural Forum‘s annual Occasions series. 

Kakania cover

I’m proud to have a piece concentrating on painter Broncia Koller-Pinnell included, and at Thursday’s launch I will be reading alongside writers and performers Aki Schilz, David Kelly-Mancaux, Emily Berry, Jeff Hilson, Michael Zand, Pascal O’Loughlin, Rhys Trimble, Vicky Sparrow, Alison Gibb and Andrew Spragg.

I was recently granted a spot on For Every Year‘s roster, the ongoing online project conducted by Crispin Best that looks to commission ‘a story or poem for every year since 1400. Or something else’. At time of writing, the site includes work by Emily Berry, Harry Burke, Sam Riviere and many-uninked-lifetimes-of-others all collated here.

My piece
is dedicated to 1785 and the birth year of Jacob Grimm, one half of Die Brüder Grimm / Die Gebrüder Grimm and their famous Fairy Tales: linguist, folklorist, lexicographer and suprapositivist Romantic conceiver of legal policy (as we all are, in our own way). Many thanks to For Every Year, and to Louisa and the team behind the Pentales’ Hemingway Residency whose generous time and space in 2013 allowed some research that went into the final poem.


Independent publishing house Penned in the Margins is holding a series of literary salons in the capital this year, featuring Helen MacDonald, Iain Sinclair, Joe Dunthorne and Tim Clare.

Penned in the Margins



I will be appearing at the third of these events alongside Forward Prize-winning Kei Miller, poet Luke Kennard and Antosh Wojcik. It will be held at The Forge at 7pm, 15th September 2015: more details available here.


July update: Unfortunately the series had to be cancelled due to circumstances beyond the organiser’s control. Belay that diary order.


I’m pleased to be appearing on the roster of writers at this year’s Stoke Newington Literary Festival. The whole programme spans a long weekend in June and has Bidisha, Owen Jones, Will Self and Lucy Inglis as just some headliners.  Stoke Newington Festival

As part of the festival, Kit Catless and Gary Budden at Influx Press are hosting a whole day of readings and talks at the White Hart featuring Test Centre press, Unofficial Britain (‘a hub for unusual perspectives on the landscape of the British Isles, exploring the urban, the rural and those spaces in between’), the Media Diversified organisation and George F with his Total Shambles.INFLUXGalley Beggar Press

I’ll be reading in their final slot alongside writers from Influx’s stable and Galley Beggar Press, including Clare Fisher, Paul Ewen, Sam Berkson, Dan Duggan, Alex Pheby, Anthony Trevelyan and Eloise Millar reading Megan Dunn.

6th June at 9pm with music.

Election, Rosettes


I watched coverage of the general election all night, from the 10pm exit poll to Thanet South’s 10am raspberry, so it was with an odd mix of adrenaline, queasiness and fizzfatigue that I answered 3:AM magazine’s commission to respond to the night’s events.


‘Meditative Rose’, Dalí (1958)

Alongside wonderful prose and poetry written that day by Stuart Evers, Juliet Jacques, Jonathan Gibbs, Ben Myers, Rachel Genn, Lauren Elkin, Matt Sperling, SJ Fowler and Ian Patterson, I submitted my piece ‘Rosette Manufacture: A Catalogue and Spotters’ Guide’ which can be read here.
Thank you, editor Joanna Walsh, for the #GE2015fiction call-out:‘Whatever it is, we’re against it.’ And thank you to Naomi Frisby’s The Writes of Women for mentioning my entry on her ‘In the Media’ round-up, available here, and the Literary Hub for including it in their Daily for 12th May 2015, ‘The Best of the Literary Internet, Every Day’.

I’ll be joining Ambit for a reading at this year’s The London Short Story Festival. The journal’s editors will be hosting a Q&A concerning short fiction and publishing at the Writers’ Space in Waterstones Piccadilly, organised by London’s writer development organisation ‘Spread the Word’.

I’ll be popping up on/burrowing down to the Lower Ground Floor at 11am on Saturday 20th. The whole festival’s busy 18-21st June programme – featuring Toby Litt!, Cynan Jones! and Diriye Osman! amongst others – looks fantastic.

Spread the Word

Edit: Thanks to all who attended for their insightful questions and encouragement, to the Spread the Word team and to fellow panellists pictured above: Kate Pemberton, Briony Bax, Gary Budden and Kit Caless. I’m the tufty one.



Following an overlong incubation period, this month I was pleased to finally launch a new online prose-poetry journal Jungftak.
dark) naturalist

It features the work of writers Annabel Banks, Prue Chamberlain, Holly Corfield Carr, Sarah Day, Anna Kirk, Sophie Mayer, Elodie Olson-Coons, Nisha Ramayya, Declan Ryan, Robert Selby, alexander speaker, Preti Taneja and JR Thorp, as well as illustrator Catherine Williams. Thanks to all of their patience and hard work, and to Nick at Annexe Press for hosting a reading of some of the entries during Interrobang festival last year.

Submissions are now open, so please do get in contact and spread the work @jungftak

I’m very pleased to have been shortlisted for this year’s Short Story Prize, run annually by The White Review.


‘Movement in Squares’, Bridget Riley (1961)

My story ‘Smote, or When I Find I Cannot Kiss You in Front of a Print by Bridget Riley’ is available to read online on the journal’s site alongside the other wonderful shortlisted entries by David Isaacs (also shortlisted in 2014!), Owen Booth, Paul McQuade, Luke Melia, Nick Mulgrew, Chris Newlove Horton and Joanna Quinn. I am thrilled to pop up among such great work.

The winner will be announced by the judges Lucy Luck, Hannah Westland and Ned Beauman at 7.30pm April 30th at the Phoenix Artists’ Club. Let’s have a drink.


Edit: Winner the wonderful Owen Booth! Read his story ‘I Told You I’d Buy You Anything You Wanted So You Asked For a Submarine Fleet’ here, or buy in the upcoming issue 13 of The White Review.

On 14th May I’ll be joining some readers of and contributors to Belleville Park Pages for the journal’s Spring live event. Set up in Paris  2013, the brilliant Pages have published 270 writers from 26 different countries and bring out a new edition every two weeks: lovely objects they are too.


Doors open at 7pm at the Hatch in Homerton, with drinks later in the evening at neighbouring The Gun.


Freshly-minted and freshly-funded, Argument is a collaborative poetry anthology edited by undergraduate members of Royal Holloway’s English department, established with a view to publishing ‘a collection of works that represents the innovative and dynamic poetry that is being continually created by the staff, students and alumni’ of the university. Its full manifesto can be seen at its dedicated tumblr here.



poster by Anna Darnena

I’ll be attending the anthology’s launch night on campus’ Crosslands venue; copies of the book, pubished by Oxunibooks, will be on sale for a charitable donation with all proceeds going to REWRITE, an organisation set up to combat prejudice and injustice by bringing young people from different backgrounds together through the power of drama and creative writing. Do come along and support this new venture, and hear some new great voices working in poetry and prose.