Next week (21st April) I'll be at Shakespeare & Company, Paris to celebrate the launch of Sphinx, the first work to be published in English translation by the incredibly talented and inventive French author Anne Garréta, one of the few female members of OuLiPo, the influential and exclusive French experimental literary group whose mission is to create literature based on mathematical and linguistic restraints.
I'll be talking with Garréta's translator, Emma Ramadan, and writer, critic, and translator Lauren Elkin, who is the author, with Scott Esposito, of The End Of OuLiPo?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.