The swimming lesson

October 4, 2016 § Leave a comment

is the title of my new story in North Words Now. You can get the whole issue here. It’s free!

Shelf Life

September 26, 2016 § Leave a comment


I write about destroying books on the RLF website.

Cutting grass and wood

September 15, 2016 § Leave a comment


I have a piece on rural life in China in the new Dublin Review.

Royal Literary Fund

September 6, 2016 § Leave a comment


I’m honoured to have been appointed as an RLF Fellow for Newcastle University for this year.

Nick Holdstock

Guardian piece

June 15, 2016 § Leave a comment


My first piece for The Guardian is a book review of Rob Schmitz’s look at life on a street in Shanghai.


March 25, 2016 § Leave a comment

The new Sokurov film about The Louvre is out soon – the trailer raises both the typical fears (that it will be pretentious) and the typical hopes (that it will be sublime).

This Census-Taker

February 9, 2016 § Leave a comment


I review China Mieville’s new novella in the latest Literary Review. My three-word verdict: ‘confused and confusing’.

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