Writer and artist, Rachel Genn, commissioned me to design two life-size dress-up dolls of Jarvis Cocker, for her "National Facility for the Regulation of Regret" at Sheffield's Bank Street Arts. The facility opens next week, and you can come see them at the preview, (details here) or any time until the end of March.
In the meantime, here are a few photos of 'Jarvis' in production. I'll post photos of the finished models, which were constructed by the excellent Square Pebble. In the meantime, here is some work in progress...
There is also a small, soft Jarvis doll in production. Here he is (unfinished).
I'm very excited to be on a panel discussing women and writing for International Women's Day, at the Pavilion Theatre, South Dublin on 8th March, alongside Ireland's new prose laureate, Anne Enright, Sinéad Gleeson of RTÉ TV and Radio One, and Sarah Davis-Goff, publisher at Tramp Press, organised by Mountains to Sea Festival.
(I'm also a little embarrassed that my head looks so much bigger than everyone else's.)
This year I found myself in the odd position of running a campaign that was almost entirely unplanned. I bookended the year by writing about its unexepcted trajectory at The Guardian here, and here, and you can see international press coverage here.
#Readwomen2014 took off in ways I'd never begun to imagine, and I'd like to say thank you to all the bookshops, libraries, festivals, book clubs and publishers who ran, or supported #Readwomen2014 events this year, as well as Women in Publishing who gave #readwomen their New Venture Award in December. But, above all, this has been a campaign about reading, and its shape has been determined by the nearly 7,000 readers who follow the @readwomen2014 Twitter account (now @read_women), so the biggest thanks goes everyone who posted news about events, prizes, publications and authors. I've discovered wonderful writing from all over the world, and I hope you have too. Here's to the end of @readwomen2014, and to reading women into 2015 and beyond.
Happy New Year!
If you would like to collaborate with @read_women in 2015 I'd be delighted to hear from you. Please get in touch if you have ideas for anything from events, reading groups, festivals, panels, whatever, via Twitter at @read_women, or at email@example.com
I've just come to the end of my first cycle of commissioning as 3:AM Magazine's fiction editor. I feel privileged to have published wonderful work from writers from Germany to South Africa to the US to the UK, including:
Every post is accompanied by works by an 'artist-in-residence'. The artist for my first four commissions was Tahnee Lonsdale, and the artist for short story week (17th-23rd November) was Carrie Crow.
I'm looking forward to starting 2015 with new work by Sharon Kivland, Livia Franchini, Sophie Collins, Jay Merrill, Matthew Sperling, and Thomas McMullan, with art by Anastasia Kashian, Chiara Ambrosio, and Kerry Brewer. Fiction submissions will reopen early in the new year - keep your eye on the website/Twitter.
I'll be celebrating a year of reading writing by women with a panel of fabulous #Readwomen2014 x Five Dials authors - Deborah Levy, Zoe Pilger, Juliet Jacques and Rachel Genn - at Waterstones, Hampstead, on 8th December. There will be readings, talk, and wine. Details are here. Please come, and book soon! I have a feeling tickets will go very quickly...
To mark the drawing-to-a-close of a worldwide 'year of reading women', I've designed a new set of bookmarks. A very limited edition of the new bookmarks is for sale, and I'll be using any profits to buy time, and some outside help, to research ways to continue the work of readwomen2014. I don't yet know what form this will take, but I've been talking to people about a possible festival, a writing award... I'll keep you posted. If you've enjoyed this year of reading women, please lend a hand towards celebrating women writers' work in 2015, and beyond.
Here are the new bookmarks.
The bookmarks have been professionally printed on high quality matte 350gsm card and will come to you as a single A4 sheet (six bookmarks). You can cut the sheet up and use the bookmarks to keep your place in a book, or stick it on your wall, or, as I did with the original designs, use the bookmarks (or the sheet) as greetings cards (the back's blank so you can write on it). Dare I say the 'C' word? They'd make a great Christmas present for any booklover.
They cost £10/$16/€13 for a sheet, including postage anywhere in the world. If you'd like more than one sheet, any number of subsequent sheets posted together cost £5/$8/€7 each.
To buy a set, go to Paypal, and send your payment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please leave a message with your payment confirming the number of sheets you'd like, and the address you'd like them sent to.
(If you are a library, school or university, and would like to print your own #readwomen2014 bookmarks for students or readers, I'm happy to send print-ready files of both sets in return for a small donation. Please email email@example.com.)