Monthly Archives: February 2015

on Attention Surplus Disorder

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


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 🙂

theresa easton


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.

To secure a stall the exhibitors’ fee…

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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 🙂

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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