Monday, 28 February 2011

'Do Not Look At The Sun'

I have some poems from my archive in the new issue of Parisian print literary zine Do Not Look At The Sun.

Do Not Look at the Sun' is a Paris based magazine set up in 2009 by two friends with time on their hands and a budget of anything they could plunder from work. With an old printer/ scanner and a ream of paper the first issue was made and left sitting on stools and under seat cushions in caf├ęs and bars around Paris for anyone to pick up. Since then, copies have been left indiscriminately throughout the city- from seats on the metro to park benches- as well as obliging bookshops. It has since spread to London.

Each issue is a collection of short stories and poems, as well as notes, thoughts, diary entries and other words that have no place elsewhere. Words that have no business in literary journals or arts reviews, but words that nevertheless deserve to be heard: One-line poems, streams of thoughts and lucid dreams that have no outlet anywhere other than the pages of people’s personal notebooks. It is ‘misfit lit’...

The new issue is #5 and entitled 'Postcards From Paris'. More info here.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Urban Hillbillies



Monday, 21 February 2011


Original metaphor (mint condition):

‘Deflated birthday party
balloon trapped in the eddy
of a woodland stream’.

Will accept £10 O.N.O.

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Friday, 18 February 2011

What's In A Name?

The right name can bring a fictional person into focus, but finding the right one is an curiously tricky business...

The writer of fiction is, of course, faced with many obstacles to overcome, myriad problems to solve. But one recurring problem that's rarely considered until one attempts to write a novel is that of characters' names.

Working on two separate fiction projects recently, I've struggled with this. Peripheral figures have been easier, but the leads have been called "John" and, even worse, "Unnamed" for months. In fact "Unnamed" became so familiar to me, and the character so adrift in the world he inhabits, that that was the moniker I settled on (or rather he remained nameless as opposed to literally begin called, say, Unnamed Johnson, which would just be silly)...

Here's an article I wrote for The Guardian today. Read on...

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Currently Reading

Mogwai Top Rankin

Here is Stuart Braithwaite of one of my favourite bands Mogwai, in conversation with Ian Rankin. It is taken from The / Radio


Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Monday, 7 February 2011

'My (Half) Life Of Grime'

"Country Squire Ben Myers casts his mind back to his Peckham days ten years ago and remembers how grime collided with his life..."

Here is an article I wrote for The

Thursday, 3 February 2011


It would have been Richard Brautigan's birthday last week.

Here is a piece I wrote about him from around about 4 years ago.