Sport – or, What Can Writers Learn From Athletes and Coaches?

This talk was first delivered to students of the Creative Writing MA at Birkbeck on May 3rd 2016. Leicester City won the Premier League, and since then a great deal of the national conversation – online, in newspapers, in corridors – has been, ‘How did they do it?’ The next thing after that, of course, is, […]

Why Did You and Stella Duffy Get 220 Writers to Sign a Letter about Lambeth Libraries?

Because we were asked to by the good people currently occupying Carnegie Library. Because we love libraries generally but we also specifically love our local libraries, in Lambeth, London. We want all ten of them to stay open as libraries, with librarians, not gyms, without librarians. And because this is something we could do. We’re […]

Lambeth Libraries – An Open Letter to Councillor Jane Edbrooke

I was recently asked by a local librarian to do all I could to help save five Lambeth libraries, and – just as importantly – the jobs of the librarians who work in them. If, after reading this, you’d like to contact Councillor Jane Edbrooke, her email address is jedbrooke@lambeth.gov.uk.   Dear Councillor Jane Edbrooke, why shouldn’t you […]

Aphorisms

Aphorisms are opinions dancing with words – – tap-dancing. Writers of aphorisms are the tap-dancers of prose – at best, they are Fred Astaire; at worst, Fred Flintstone. A successful aphorism isn’t merely a memorable phrase, it’s a world-view up on its toes. ‘Even if you don’t agree with what I am saying’ – an aphorism says […]

Shooting great pictures has never been so difficult

    I saw this advertisement in the window of a shop on Tottenham Court Road, and took a photograph of it. Annoyed by the blandness of this as a statement – Shooting great pictures has never been so easy – and, in a similar way to my question about minimal aesthetics, I have a question about […]

Keston Sutherland Material

As a follow-up to What is Literature?, I’ve gathered together some of the best accessible things of Keston Sutherland’s. You could find these yourself, but I’m putting them together into a suggested order. You could begin by buying Poems 1999-2015, published by Enitharmon. (Odes to TL61P is still available. Most of the pamphlets are out of print.)   […]