Liverpool Artist Book Fair 2015

This weekend I’m going to take part in the Liverpool Artist Book Fair: I have new Artist Books to show and get feedback on and I’m excited!

Next week there will be a much needed update to the blog, with all my latest news, photos, and links to my brand new RedBubble and Etsy shops (shameless, I know :)

Book Art A5 leaflet front 30_04_15

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on Attention Surplus Disorder


I used to call it curiosity, but I like Attention Surplus better :)

Originally posted on patter:

Writing requires huge amounts of solitude. What I’ve done to soften the harshness of that choice is that I don’t write all the time.  I like to go out- which includes traveling; I can’t write when I travel. I like to talk. I like to listen. I like to look and to watch. Maybe I have an Attention Surplus Disorder. The easiest thing in the world for me is to pay attention.

Susan Sontag. p 17 in Krementz, Jill (1996) The writer’s desk. New York: Random House.

I love this from Susan Sontag. It so seems to fit my life too. I retreat to write. But then I also pay much too much attention to too many things at once.

I’m thinking of that attention-al aspect of me today as I work on and work up a set of workshop activities around building an academic profile. I re-looked at my own…

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Are you worried about genre?

Genre is a bookstore problem, not a literary problem.

Rick Moody

How to disagree with this?

I don’t. I much prefer using the qualifier speculative fiction instead of genre. Just because a novel or short story has elements of genre, doesn’t mean it is not literary – The HandMaid’s Tale is a grand example of this.

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Artists’ Book Market BALTIC 2015


Applying for this… fingers crossed :)

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Friday 10 & Saturday 11 July 2015


Copyright Harry Hall, 2014 Copyright Harry Hall, 2014


BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead plays host to a national two day Artists’ Book Market.  Submissions for tables are welcome from artists, bookmakers, small press publishers, artist’s groups, zine artists, bookbinders, trade and suppliers.

Exhibitors’ stalls are 90 x 180cm approx. Prices for stalls are as follows:

– Individual artist/imprint/collective: £60
– College/university: £120
– Trade/supplier: £150


NEW: opportunity to propose ideas for talks, demonstrations, performances, screenings and other interventions that could last between 15 mins – 2 hours. Selected interventions will receive a bursary of £100 as well as curatorial/technical support and documentation.


Deadline for submissions for exhibitors’ stalls and/or interventions is 18 May 2015

Selected applicants will be notified by 22 May 2015.

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Panel Beating #5 — The Contemporary Small Press: A Symposium


Oh, I wish I could go, it looks really interesting and Small Presses are absolutely fascinating, with all the groundwork and experimental work they do… but I’m busy preparing for the Fruitmarket Gallery Artist Book Fair on the 21st and 22nd of February. Looking forward to see how the conference goes :)

Originally posted on Piece of Paper Press:

Michael Moorcock, ‘A Twist in the Lines’, POPP.027I’ll be joining colleagues and pals including Carol Watts, Peter Hughes, Toby Litt, Robert Hampson, Jennifer Cooke, Nicholas Royle, Amy Cutler, Rod Mengham, and Michael Nath, for The Contemporary Small Press symposium and book fair at the University of Westminster on 20 February. Come and join us too. Here’s the blurb:

The last decade has witnessed a turn to considering the legacies of modernism prevalent and operative within contemporary literature and culture. Within the scholarly discourses surrounding this shift, there has been little discussion of the status of the small press in the twenty-first century, and its vital role in the dissemination of avant-garde writing. This symposium seeks to address the role and status of the small press in the UK as a field of academic enquiry. We aim to offer a forum that will bring together a number of small presses, and facilitate productive dialogue between the diverse publishers…

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February is ‘Otherworldly Originals Month’ at Short Story Sunday!

February is ‘Otherworldly Originals Month’ at Short Story Sunday!.


(and a more personal update very soon :)

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Review: Oryx and Crake

Oryx and Crake
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m utterly enamored of Margaret Atwood‘s writing and ideas.

That said…in a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the top, this books gets a +23 but also a -3.

The structure, pacing, crescendo of the narrative is close to perfect (imo): every little detail plays Hide and Seek in the pages and slowly but surely and effectively comes together to paint a full, vibrant picture.
The Narrator‘s voice doesn’t stray and it’s faithful to itself and the narrative premises – I don’t particularly like him, but I happily follow his voice as I learn more of this story.
The commentary about society and technology and science is scarily accurate and intriguing while presenting not-so-far-away-in-the-future scenarios.


The love story/female character element is very much a fantasy (not literally speaking, no spoilers here) and even if I see and understand the reasons why, the filter through which we see her, the character’s function in the plot as a pivot of meaning and commentary on specific issues…it leaves me quite indifferent.

And yes, I know the next reread will show me more (good books always do :) but it will be on an intellectual more than visceral level.
A writer’s choices might not always be a reader’s choices, obviously :)

Recommended? Absolutely.

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