Belatedly, some words on my departure from London Word Festival

2011 was a frantic, exciting and, ultimately, exhausting year. For a start, I tied the knot with Sarah, my girlfriend since university, over two beautiful days in May (a Muslim nikkah at her family home in North London followed, a week later, by a Roman Catholic wedding at St Etheldreda’s, Ely Place). I then spentContinue reading “Belatedly, some words on my departure from London Word Festival”

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”

The Fib

The Fib is a short form of poetry we’re celebrating over at London Word Festival. It’s based on the Fibonacci sequence and is a lot of fun to write! City-centric blog Londonist is also covering the project. Here’s one of my efforts, a tongue-twister. Vile veal livers valets leave behind the villa: evil lives in lividContinue reading “The Fib”

End of the beginning

London Word Festival ended on Thursday night with our lively discussion event, Book Futures, followed by a session at the appropriately-named Water Poet on Folgate Street. Three weeks, eight venues, fifteen shows, one hundred artists (including the staggeringly brilliant Saul Williams, above) and total audiences of over two thousand have left me feeling totally shattered.Continue reading “End of the beginning”

Vomage and other neologisms

Vomage n. a tribute to the night before Just one of the coinages featured on ‘The Wall of Neology’ at last night’s launch party for London Word Festival. Sam, Marie and myself are very pleased with how it went. The Gramaphone was packed with over 100 VIPs, journalists and supporters of the Festival. I know they were partlyContinue reading “Vomage and other neologisms”