This is Matt Hatton. He’s the director of a small charity called Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness. As the name suggests, Matt’s group helps homeless people in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. Some of them are sleeping rough on the streets, most have no place to call home – they maybe sleep on a mate’s sofa […]
Bit slow to share my news on this one, but I ran a workshop on writing with constraints as part of the Guildford Literary Festival this summer. All of the 20 tickets for the event sold, which was very pleasing. It was wonderful to see a room full of writers beavering away with their pens and notebooks, and […]
This is Zoe Tynan Campbell, designer at Stumped Studio. I’m writing a piece of short fiction for Fiera magazine inspired by work she is showing at the London Design Festival. Last week I popped round to her home/workshop to find out more about what she does, and why. It was also a bit of a trip down memory […]
If you’re trying to make Art – and the capital A is deliberate – is it helpful to have some kind of end purpose in mind, some kind of idea about how your Art might be useful to the world, or even just to one person? Back in my student days I wrote a 10,000-word dissertation about the value […]
My copy of Raymond Carver’s complete poems arrived today. I opened it and read one at random, while my lunchtime bagel toasted. The Fishing Pole of a Drowned Man. What a beauty.
My article for The Economist about ocean campaigner Hanli Prinsloo (above) has just been published. Here’s how it starts… Hanli Prinsloo was jogging on a Cape Town beach when she found two girls kicking a dead dolphin that had washed ashore. It could have been a creature from a distant galaxy, for all they knew. […]