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.

The JunketMy 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.


With the house’s curator, I’ve organised a poetry evening for 23rd January 2013 to be held in the former home of Dr. Samuel Johnson. With pieces exploring the strictures, structures and authority of lexicons both real and imagined, come along and hear new work dedicated to the celebration of Johnson’s  ‘harmless drudgery’ by Kate Potts, Nisha Ramayya and Prue Chamberlain. The evening will be hosted in the garret, where Dr. Johnson’s famous dictionary was compiled.

We will be joined by Giles Goodland, lexicographer and winner of the Cardiff International Poetry Competition, alongside John McCullough whose debut collection The Frost Fairs (Salt, 2011) was awarded the Polari First Book Prize.

Tickets for the evening include a glass of wine served in the Withdrawing Room – doors open at 6.15pm.

For more information about Dr. Johnson’s house: