In 2013, I assembled a social media 'translation' of Robert Burton's The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), collecting every tweet including the word 'melancholy' sent in January of that year and presenting them in chronological order in book form. The book has 31 chapters, one for each day of the month, plus an appendix where I collected all the non-alphanumeric content (emojis etc). In Burton's time, melancholy was thought of as a clinical condition and his book treats it as such, examining 'What it is: With all the Kinds, Causes, Symptomes, Prognostickes, and Several Cures of it'. I was interested in how the word is used now, how it can describe sadness or depression but it also both and neither of those things. The book is still available in print but is also now available as a free PDF. Details of both here.
streak artefacts was a book of mine that came out in 2013 on Richard Barrett's Department Press. It's been difficult to get hold of for a while, but it's now available as a free PDF here. The book comprises 100 x 10 line poems, interspersed with abstract visuals.
I have some poems in the surreal-absurd series curated by Marcus Slease at Mercurius. May contain ducks,
I was interviewed by the excellent The 6press, where we covered all of my favourite topics: poetry, crisps and Shakin' Stevens. Lots of interesting things happening on the this press and well worth checking out.
Spot on Lancashire have featured my story The Area Manager, a torrid tale of big hams, missing biscuits and ennui. Watch my reading above, featuring lockdown hair and lanyard.
I am reading at this. Free entry, accessible here.
I have some new work in Periodicities, including this oblique visualistion of Charles Kingsley's The Water Babies. Thanks to SJ Fowler and Rob Mclennan.
Coming soon on zimZalla: INDEX by Sophie Herxheimer, a deck of prophetic poem cards. This isn't out until April, but you can pre-order now at a discount. Click here to find out more about this, plus some strictly limited rewards.
I have seven new short prose pieces in The Fortnightly Review, from an ongoing sequence called The Philosopher, concerning the trials and tribulations of a life dedicated to pure thought.
I have two new poems in the Summer 2020 issue of Poetry Review, 'Monsieur Dupont' and 'Dreamcoat'. Thanks to Emily Berry.