When the regular mechanisms of political narration break down, there is a need for something stranger: liminal writing for liminal times.
A short essay based on my experience as an editor at Dark Mountain.
When the Maps Run Out
A letter I sent to readers of Crossed Lines, three days after the election of Donald Trump
Spelling it Out
An essay about the three languages you need to take a project from dreams to reality. Written for Jessie Brennan’s book, Re:development.
Pockets: A Story for Alan Garner
My contribution to First Light, a collection of writing that celebrates the life and work of the novelist Alan Garner.
Expectations of Life & Death
What is different today is that living to grow old has become a reasonable expectation, something we can almost take for granted, rather than a matter of luck.
A piece of political science fiction, imagining what it would take for Jeremy Corbyn to make a success of his leadership.
In which I sketch out a set of ideas about the logic of the commons, prompted by conversations in a seminar at the Gothenburg School of Design & Crafts.
Few things I’ve written have been more widely read than this blogpost from the morning after the UK general election of 2015.
The Shield of Perseus
An essay about the role of literature under the shadow of climate change, commissioned by the Free Word Centre, London.