Category Archives: speaking

The state of our libraries

Zero Books, who published my 2 Ennerdale Drive: unauthorised biography (see the cover, right), are setting up a series of author readings in local libraries. Such a great idea, combining support for this amazing resource with publicising authors’ work. So … Continue reading

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Post conference posting

It’s a month now since the Erasure and Displacement and The Verbal and the Visual conferences at LSE Cities and University of Brighton respectively. I didn’t post right away because I was then going straight to the airport (Do Not … Continue reading

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The Visual and the Verbal: a research symposium, University of Brighton

The overarching subject of this one-day symposium at Brighton on 17 June is the intersection between the visual, the spoken and the written. Titled The Visual and the Verbal, the organisers Catalina Mejia Moreno and Dr Emma Cheatle (who came … Continue reading

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Peer Review – what’s it all about?

And the answer on this occasion, at Spike Island in Bristol, is giving some critical attention to work by Holly McLean. Here’s a still from her video piece that fifteen of us – associates and artists and visitors – saw … Continue reading

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Announcing Writing Urban Space

‘A collection of essays that explore the relationship between imaginative writing and the built environment.’ I’m very pleased to see this book, edited by Liam Bell and Gavin Goodwin, appear (have to admit to some self-interest as I have an … Continue reading

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Unofficial Histories 2

I read in the paper today that, for television execs at least, history is the new gardening. I’m neither a historian nor a gardener but, in common I suspect with the majority of the population who could, I did spend … Continue reading

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Conference report: unofficial histories

Fascinating and diverse, great location too at Bishopsgate Institute – and shame on me for having never been there before despite having lived in Hackney for 30 years. Will follow this with a longer post with some highlights and observations … Continue reading

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