It’s here and I am absolutely in love with it. Yes, it’s the cover of my first ever solo publication the love i do you.
the love will be published officially in October (next month!) and I’ll be doing a fair few readings, workshops and other bits and bobs as she makes her way into the world so watch this space for more details!
Huge thanks to Admir and Jacob for featuring my poem ‘rip’ over at Slippage Lit. The poem explores the night of the Manchester Arena attacks in 2017 when I sat scrolling through facebook as news of the attack began to filter through from friends living on the other side of the city. For the full text click on the poem below.
I had a brilliant time at Beacon Festival back this June teaching poetry workshops to groups very different from my usual undergraduate students: kids!
I planned a really great session based around the senses as a starting point for a poem and we had some wonderful results which the students all read up on the Literary Tent stage.
One student in particular told me he hated writing so I suggested he draw his images instead and I was shocked to find that once he’s used art to generate his ideas, he then translated these into text quite easily. His mum was flabbergasted, too. It just goes to show how useful creative practice is for formulating ideas and helping children to access learning tasks. Shame the government aren’t catching on in their policy making!
Back in May, along with my fellow collaborators Dr Pablo de Orellana, Dr Christiana Spens and artist Tom de Freston, I spoke to the KCL War Studies Podcast team about the Truth Tellers. We talk about interdisciplinary approaches, trauma, our methodology and of course, all things unspeakable/silent/absent and how to put those into visual art and textual presence.
Truth Tellers (see more here) is still being exhibited until May 30th at The Exchange, King’s College London. Below is an interview with me talking about poem writing from a practice-based research perspective.
Just back from a fantastic week and weekend in Dublin where I presented a paper at TEXT/SOUND/PERFORMANCE on using archive as a de-stabilising form in my work in my poem-writing practice. I was up there with some incredible co-panellists and it amazed me how well they all chimed with each other. It really did.
So thrilled this 9-month in the making project is about to come to fruition in an exhibition running from April 25th to May 30th. Truth Tellers explores how sense was made of the collective trauma of the 2017 Manchester Arena attacks by developing new Art-IR analytical methods that combine creative practices and international relations methods to recover and explore the aesthetic codes of trauma, community and identity.
For more information about the project you can visit here: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/warstudies/research/groups/arts/truthtellers/index