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.

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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.

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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

11/05/2015

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.

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‘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.
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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’.

Roles, Playing

06/05/2015

Proud to finish this academic year as a Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London. It has been a privilege to read the stories and sketches of all the students who were in my seminar groups for both the Style and Structure and Fiction workshops, and I look forward to shoring up my bookshelves so that I might have room for all their future work.

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