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Storifying the creative case

[View the story “Creative Case North National Event” on Storify] Last week, for one day, I had a job title again. I quite like avoiding having a job title whenever possible, only adopting one when forms require it, but last … Continue Reading

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Back to school special

It’s a new year. I’m told that these days by the sounds through my office from the nearby school playground, rather than by my kids needing new shoes, bags, pencils, PE kit, or, in the university years, help with the … Continue Reading

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The Art of Doubt

The other day, taking a brief break from the exciting projects I’m currently working on, I pulled BRECHT POEMS PART TWO from the poetry shelves that watch me work. These are mainly ‘poems of the Crisis Years’, perhaps it was … Continue Reading

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Englishness: flags, stotties and onions

Last week I was part of a panel at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle taking on the (for me anyway) rather uncomfortable topic of Englishness, and specifically ‘Who are the English?’ This was part of IPPR and British Future’s ‘Festival … Continue Reading

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Poetry update

Over my poetry-related blog How I Learned to Sing, I’ve added a Reviews page, to stop me bragging/complaining each time a new one comes in. (There are some good ones, and some I feel deliciously ambivalent about – ‘hugely underrated’ … Continue Reading

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We still believe what we hear: Seamus Heaney

Sometimes you can take great artists and writers for granted if they stay around and productive for a very long time. They can become monuments to themselves in our minds, part of the landscape we navigate by perhaps, but the … Continue Reading

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Heads Up

A couple of years ago Tony Nwachukwu and I wrote a paper about diversity and adaptive resilience as part of Arts Council England’s Creative Case for Diversity. This, I think, led to me being asked if I’d be one of … Continue Reading

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Ready to sing: book launches (after brief nightmare)

One of the reasons blogs have been a little less frequent this year is that alongside a very busy and enjoyable period working with some great Thinking Practice clients, I’ve been editing, proofing and getting ready to launch a book … Continue Reading

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A reader’s life

I recently agreed to write a ‘Readers Lives’ column for the Journal’s Culture magazine. This is a kind of literary equivalent of Desert Island Discs – 6 books that have been important to you in your life. Sounds like fun, … Continue Reading

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Fish (and a flea?) in your ear

I like translating things. I was good at languages at school, studied French at university alongside English Literature. I was never especially fluent at speaking though, my main concern was always reading books. I’ve done versions of a number of … Continue Reading

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