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.
Issue 15 of The Junket alights upon the errancy of bees, a consideration of the Etch-a-Sketch and ‘the search for roots’ via shelving all through wonderful essays, prose and poetry by Lucy Barnes, Nathan Dunne, Damian Le Bas, Alex Niven, Joanne O’Leary, Tim Smith-Laing, Kristen Treen, Francesca Wade and Katrina Zaat.
My small piece of fiction, ‘Positive Feedback: A Game’, is in there too and develops an idea that was hatched originally for Matt Lomas’ Lange Nacht der Langeweile 2012 event series in Berlin. Yawning, stopped-gobbery and Boppard: many thanks to editors Jon Day and Kristen Treen for the opportunity.
The new issue of The Lonely Crowd features my short story Bs, and it was a great pleasure to read for the journal’s Cardiff launch with Robert Minhinnick, John Freeman, Jo Mazelis, Mark Blayney, Kate North, Gary Raymond and Chris Cornwell. Many thanks to editor John Lavin for the invitation and opportunity, to the other writers and to our Coffi House hosts. More information – with photographs from fellow Lonely Crowder Jo Mazelis – available here.
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.
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.
I’m very pleased to have been shortlisted for this year’s Short Story Prize, run annually by The White Review.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alongside poets and practioners Jen Calleja, Rebecca Perry, Jörg Piringer, Max Höfler, Ann Cotten, Esther Strauss, James Wilkes and Robert Herbert McClean, I’ll be reading work with Feinde as part of SJ Fowler‘s ongoing Enemies project.
It’ll all be taking place on May 12th 2015 in the Austrian Cultural Forum by Hyde Park. Do come along for the evening to hear the visiting Austrian poets before they head up to Edinbugh for the UNESCO European Literature Night.
Video and image courtesy of the Enemies Project.
Kakania is a series of events, commissions and publications curated to address the world of Habsburg Vienna. Supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum , Pushkin Press and design agency Polimekanos, a number of artists and writers responded to certain figures who came to prominence or emerged during this time: on the 22nd January as part of this series, the Freud Museum will host an evening of poetry and performance featuring Emily Berry responding to Sigmund Freud, Esther Strauss on Anna Freud, Tom Jenks on Otto Gross, Jeff Hilson on Ludwig Wittgenstein and Phil Minton on Carl Jung.
Tickets for the reading can be bought here, £7 for 7pm. The evening also marks the launch for Kakania: an anthology of new works that sees over 40 writers and artists work brought together. I have a small piece there concerning Broncia Koller-Pinell; often overlooked, this article nods to her work amongst the salons of Vienna. My thanks to SJ Fowler for the commission and for the opportunity.
The other stories presented during the week included wonderful pieces by Matthew De Abaitua and Martin MacInnes, also illustrated by Carrie Crow. All the images are from a larger body of work by Crow, Observatorio, that uses views from pay-per-use telescopes throughout the world.
Many thanks to the editors at 3:AM for finding a place for the piece in such great company.