Two quick updates

At work, I’ve recently refitted the Penned in the Margins website (see screenshot, above). Do leave a comment over there if you like it (or not!). Also, London Word Festival 2009 has been announced. The lineup includes Iain Sinclair (sold out already), Phill Jupitus, Bishi, Mary Hampton, Inua Ellams and much, much more. That’s it forContinue reading “Two quick updates”

Cooking the books

I spent several hours this evening reorganising the books in my flat. There’s just too many of them and not enough space, but I’ve managed to segregate them into the following places: Bookcase number one (Billy, Ikea) Top shelf: London history, antiquarian, assorted philosophy Fourth shelf up: reference books and fat hardbacks Third shelf up: CD player,Continue reading “Cooking the books”

Litro Online

I’ve revamped Litro’s website. Check it out at http://www.litro.co.uk This is a big move for Litro as all the short fiction and poetry from our print issues will now be accessible online. We are also creating a range of online-only content, including special features and a blog which myself and Julie Palmer-Hoffman will regularly update. DoContinue reading “Litro Online”

Just catching up…

Infinite Lives – Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club through the entirety of which the Working Men and, especially, their wives talked loudly. But nevertheless was an excellent event from the Homework boys. Passionate and witty sermons in poetry and prose by Joe, Tim, Ross and Chris, exploring the netherworld of computer gaming; the virtual worlds of pixellated hedgehogsContinue reading “Just catching up…”

GB Poets

Sarah Butler has blogged last night’s GB Poets event at the Poetry Library (part of Poetry International). I was reading with Bogdan Tiganov, Valeria Melchioretto and Sascha Akhtar. The stage, I mentioned, was the third most unusual I’ve read on (after the window of an old curiosity shop, and a pub toilet) – a multicoloured, tieredContinue reading “GB Poets”

Go, litel book!

Go, litel book, go litel myn tragedie, Ther god thy maker yet, er that he dye, So sende might to make in som comedie! But litel book, no making thou nenvye, But subgit be to alle poesye; And kis the steppes, wher-as thou seest pace Virgile, Ovyde, Omer, Lucan, and Stace. And for ther isContinue reading “Go, litel book!”

August’s reading list

Working through Les Murray’s hefty Collected Poems (Carcanet). Four or five poems each night before sleep. Jen Hadfield’s Nigh-No-Place (Bloodaxe; above) is outstanding. I can’t recommend it highly enough. And will do properly when my brain’s in gear, via a reviewette. Hope she gets the Forward Prize this year. Still stop-start-stop-start with Martin Amis’s OtherContinue reading “August’s reading list”

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”