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   Dear Councillor Jane Edbrooke, why shouldn’t you […]


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.)   […]

What is Literature?

[This was first delivered as a lecture to the Creative Writing MA students at Birkbeck on 5th May 2015. As preparation for this, the students were asked to look at Keston Sutherland’s reading of HOT WHITE ANDY on YouTube.]   When I choose a subject to talk about, in this summer lecture, I try to find […]

James Frey: An Interview

[This interview with James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces, took place on August 1st 2008 at the Covent Garden Hotel. James Frey was promoting his novel Bright Shiny Morning. The interview was commissioned by Waterstones’ Books Quarterly Magazine, and appeared there in shortened form. Here is the full thing.] Whether or not his […]

Muriel Spark: An Interview About Interviews

[This interview was conducted, the fax says, 21 Sep 2000 at 10:05.]  TL: In Curriculum Vitae you say, ‘It seemed to me that the Comforters of Job were not at all distinct characters; they were very much of one type. They were, in fact, like modern interrogators who come to interview and mock the victim […]