Latest reading and cultural activities

   Sorry, it’s been a while. Been busy, innit, redesigning my other website and things like that. Lots of interesting reading material of late, mind. * Finished Ian McEwen’s post-9/11 novel Saturday. Outstanding. I don’t think I’ve ever broken out into a sweat reading a novel before. Heart-pumping stuff. Suicide Bridge by Iain Sinclair –Continue reading “Latest reading and cultural activities”

Depth beneath surface energy

My reviews of On Purpose by Nick Laird (above), Mario Petrucci’s Flowers of Sulphur and Todd Swift’s Winter Tennis appear in the Summer 2008 issue of Poetry London, out now (£5). I also recommend this issue for poems by Michael Symmons Roberts and recent Eric Gregory Award winner Emily Berry.

Charm Offensive

I would like to recommend a new artists’ journal entitled Charm Offensive. Volume One contains a poem of mine, ‘Tina is a Rottweiler’, new writing by Edward Larrikin, Jonnie Fielding and Barnaby Tidman, and illustration/design by a number of very talented visual artists. Charm Offensive is beautifully produced, something to get your hands on if you can.Continue reading “Charm Offensive”

New Bishopsgate poems online

A selection of poems written during my residency at Bishopsgate Institute are currently on display in the building. They are also online here, with explanatory notes. The poems are: The Archive Wake Up Lazarus The Coder Queer things in Egypt The Blackpool Mile Mr Bradlaugh’s Fishing Tackle Bishopsgate, in elevation Bishopsgate, from Bishops Square MrContinue reading “New Bishopsgate poems online”

Indy returns!

  Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull hit our shores this week, and last night I trooped to the Barbican with my girlfriend and cousin to see it. I am a massive Indy fan. Palpable excitement outside Screen One. As the film certificate screen appeared, someone started whistling (badly) the famous John Williams themeContinue reading “Indy returns!”

Tall Buildings

Last night I attended a talk at Bishopsgate Institute entitled ‘A Brief History of Building Tall in London’, given by Susie Barson of English Heritage (I missed the second half, which was given by Rosemarie MacQueen). Barson’s talk was an engaging, if necessarily brief, overview of building tall from medieval to modern London. She spoke well on the Tower,Continue reading “Tall Buildings”

Featured in the East London Advertiser

Fame at last! The East London Advertiser have published today a full-page article about my residency at the Bishopsgate Institute. The article, by Victoria Huntley, includes two poems, ‘The Archive’ and ‘Queer Things in Egypt’. Here’s the clipping (also online at the Advertiser’s website). Snappy title, eh?    

Digging around in Bishopsgate

I spent this afternoon digging around in the Bishopsgate Institute‘s archive, which is housed in the basement of the building. Much of the material is stored in heavy-duty grey boxes with labels like ‘London Collection 3/5’ and ‘ICA Minutes 192-208’. You’ve just gotta start somewhere, so I pulled out one of the London Collection boxes. Inside, lots of whatContinue reading “Digging around in Bishopsgate”