For the past six years, the Runnymede International Literary Festival has hosted lectures, readings and workshops in Egham and London. It was as a member of purpureus‘ writing group that I was able to join the roster of performers for the Festival this year and trial a new piece of prose in front of an audience.

This 2013 Festival culminated in a two-day event at the Centre for Creative Collaboration and featured work from writers Doug Cowie, Joe Treasure and William Searle alongside poetry and come-as-you-ares from Robert Hampson, SJ Fowler, Prue Chamberlain, Sophie RobinsonRedell Olsen and Nat Raha. Rapt is a word. It was a grand, formidable day with snow going sideways and transport up-spouting; a great pleasure to be a part of the audience and to contribute to the line-up.

Earlier this month I was granted space and time in the happy confines of Pentales‘ Berlin topsy-turvial Hemingway Room.




Anchorites don’t get much luckier. A more specific account of my time during the residency can be found here and a recording of my part in the ‘Dreams and Illusions’-themed story night, run by Pentales’ host Louisa Löwenstein, can be seen below:

During this unique Fellowship I was able to immerse myself in the capital and pursue both the Grimm-based and German lexicographical parts of my research, with thanks to intrepid Canadian scholar Danielle Cooper for helping me out around the city. Wonderful surrounds and the encouragement of great, warm people; I owe large and thankful thumbs-up to Louisa and the Pentales team for putting me up / up with me – I hope the work that I was able to produce is testament to the invaluable support that was offered during my stay.