On June 1st, along with Zoe Pilger and Will Self, I'll be reading a story specially commissioned by Visual Editions at the Ace Hotel, Shoreditch. Please come if you can. Tickets are free, but you have to book. Details are here.
I'll be at the Listowel Festival next Friday (29th May) to talk with Gorse Journal editors Susan Tomaselli and Christodoulos Makris, and writer Rob Doyle about... erm... whatever comes up. If you're at the festival, please come. Details here. It's going to be fun.
I wrote the introduction to Verbivoracious Press's very welcome reissue of Christine Brooke-Rose's excitingly experimental short stories, Go When You See The Green Man Walking (originally published 1970).
"The first story in “Go When You See The Green Man Walking”, “George and the Seraph”, opens with an eye. Someone is looking not through, but onto the eye. “My blue eye, which was myself, blinked again into wavelengths that suddenly rippled with laughter,” and the image vanishes. The speaker is the possessor of the eye, who, as a seraph, is only occasionally embodied, and looks, (from the perspective of what?) simultaneously onto, and through his (her, its?) occasional physical functions. At first it’s quite difficult for the reader to orient her (him?) self in relation to the narrator, and the subjects, and objects he (she? it?) is seeing. “Naturally,” says the seraph, “it’s all an optical illusion. There is nothing here but a large dark vacuum...”
I'm reading at the Vanguard series on 17th June (tomorrow). It's free & you get Nicci Cloke, Paul Ebbs, Martin Malone, David Ogunmuyiwa, and James Wood too but probably not Monica Vitti... please come anyway.