2021

Armageddon

Armageddon, minus the odd letter

September 20th, 2021 Posted In: Art Tags: ,

2021 I took this image in Berlin and it always makes me smile. Did the graffiti artist lose the plot, or only a few letters? In any case, I hope this is still there on that painted brick wall in a rather staid district of Berlin.

East End Glasgow Osborn Street

Shuggie Bain will break your heart – and put the pieces back together again

Last night I went to Malmö City Library, to my first indoor cultural event since December 2019. And fittingly, wonderfully, it was Douglas Stuart, talking about Shuggie Bain. As I have written elsewhere, this book is astonishing, a tour de force of love and despair. Acclaimed by critics, loved by readers, translated into a slew […]

The times are urgent. Slow down.

Bayo Akomolafe

Talita-the-tenacious-online-2

We can do it

May 8th, 2021 Posted In: Art Tags: , , , , , , ,

It is May 2021 and the Covid 19 pandemic is ongoing. My dear friend Talita is a doctor in Brazil, working in what she describes as a genocide. This watercolour is my tribute to her and all the other health workers all over the world who are doing more than is humanly possible, every single […]

We're doing repair and restoration to our imaginations. Because none of our communities have ever been perfect, right? We don't actually want to go back to anywhere. We want to reimagine and then say, 'What does it mean, what must we restore and make whole for us to actually get there?

Elandria Williams

The deeper the sorrow the greater the joy

William Blake

Trust your story; trust yourself; trust your readers - but wisely. Trust watchfully, not blindly. Trust flexibly, not rigidly. The whole thing, writing a story, is a high-wire act - there you are out in midair walking on a spiderweb line of words, and down in the darkness people are watching. What can you trust but your sense of balance?

Ursula K. Le Guin