Image from the Guardian, by Noma Bar.
Thanks to Timothy Thornton and Verity Spott for collating responses to events of June 2016. Hosted by The Winter Olympics press, the document features writing spurred by the EU referendum result, so that ‘some of the writing in it directly reflects that result. Some too is still in mourning after the massacre in Orlando. Some may have nothing explicit to do with recent events; it was an open invitation to submit work. But that invitation was made right on the day of the result.’
I have a piece within its pages, alongside work by Rees Arnott-Davies, Ben Austwick, Frankie Basweld, cris cheek, Megan Clifton, Sam Cutting, Richard Dodwell, Caitlín Doherty, Emu Extraordinaire, Dominic Fox, Ben Graham, Rob Halpern, Caspar Jade Heinemann, Ben Hickman, Lisa Jayne, Antony John, Justin Katko, Laura Kilbride, Francesca Lisette, Ed Luker, Alex MacDonald, Sally Mercer, Kev Nickells, Ingrid Plum, Nat Raha, Daniel Spicer, Verity Spott, Rob Stanton, Kesh St Hewind, Keston Sutherland, Michael Tencer, Dolly Turing, Karl M V Waugh and Naomi Weber.
Links to a .pdf of collection can be found >> here <<, with instructions should one wish to print a booklet of the entries.
In addition, I am proud of my colleague Joanna Walsh at 3:AM Magazine for compiling this list of responses from various writers and practitioners.
Excuse me while I am sick in my children’s dream. — from Sutherland’s ‘June Pastoral’
I was very pleased to read at the launch of Hotel #1 at The Function Room on June 24th, appearing with fellow contributors Matthew Siegel, Will Eaves, Duncan White and a pre-recorded audio performance by Wayne Koestenbaum.
The first issue of Hotel features work by Will Eaves, Jon Auman, Duncan White, Tyler Malone, Jane Yeh, Erica Baum, Matthew Gregory and Jess Cotton, with many exciting ‘inhabitants’ scheduled for the next issue. My piece ‘The Alphabet’ pops up in there too. Many thanks to Tom, Dom, John and all at the editorial team; Hotel is available to buy from the ICA’s bookshop in London, the Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Arts in Bristol and Brussels’ Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, or via the journal’s dedicated website.
It was a pleasure to chair the reading and Q&A with wonderful writer A. L. Kennedy as part of the Emerald Street Literary festival, 11th June at the Royal Geological Society in London. Many thanks for her tips about fencing with women and how to best walk with a raven on your arm.
The full programme featured talks and readings from authors and organisations including Kate Mosse and the Baileys Prize finalists, Jessie Burton, Caroline Criado-Perez and Marina Lewycka on Britain’s European referendum, Maggie O’Farrell, Kit de Waal, Amy Liptrot and Bryony Gordon, Scarlett Thomas, Laura Barnett and Holly Bourne.
You can buy A. L. Kennedy’s most recent novel, Serious Sweet, here.
Celebrating the release of forthcoming An Unreliable Guide to London, I was very pleased to join Influx Press at the Library Gallery to read an extract from the anthology and discuss London’s fictions, past and present. Quite a thing to sit next to writers M John Harrison (let alone be described as ‘steely-eyed’ by him, as per confluence), Courttia Newland and Yvvette Edwards; many thanks to the Stoke Newington Literary Festival, for all the questions from the audience and to Gary Budden for chairing.