A review of Armistead Maupin, writer of Tales of the City, visiting Norwich. An evening of queer activism, literature, and… crabs.
A reflection on writing and walking, and writing about walking, upon reading Robert MacFarlane’s The Old Ways
After a few weeks of reading only for pleasure and writing only for work, I decided to take a break… Read more What I Learned from Reading about Insects: Some Thoughts
It’s always a joy to discover new authors. In my case there’s barely a method to the madness. When I stumbled upon Vasily Grossman’s An Armenian Sketchbook in my library’s travel section I borrowed the book for no other reason than liking to read about places I know next to nothing about. Little did I know.
If we consider ourselves as beings that are part of nature, protecting wildlife and combating climate change becomes more than something that “has to be done”. It becomes an act of self-preservation. Or, how an evening with nature writer Mark Cocker provoked some surprisingly deep thoughts.
What does it mean to be human? It’s perhaps one of the hardest questions one can ask oneself, or anyone else, and I’m not expecting to come across a coherent answer anytime soon. But, rather strikingly, two books I’ve read over the past week or so approach this existential problem from very different angles. The result being two books I’d highly recommend, not in the least because they speak to each other in quite unexpected ways.
What is it that makes nature writing so alluring? Can nature, or even just reading about it, be an antidote to stress? On tree hugging, daffodils and karate.
Rarely have I encountered a less ambitious explanation of an author’s reasons for starting a literary career. But then again, Hubert Selby Jr. was no ordinary writer. Writing about the down and out, while struggling with poor health and addiction, one probably cares little about the literary establishment and its self-invented rules…
Yesterday I received my author copy of the Palgrave Handbook to Horror Literature (and, to get the self-promotion out of… Read more The Palgrave Handbook to Horror Literature: On Academic Publishing
Although I’ve always been an avid amateur fiction writer and visual artist, my creative practice has suffered in recent years.… Read more “It Only Takes Ten Minutes a Day, I Promise”: How I Brought Creativity Back Into My Life