Kate’s Tempest

I published this in early December, then accidentally deleted it. So here it is again. A good friend gave me a book for my 40th birthday Everything Speaks in its own Way, by Kate Tempest. On the night after my birthday party, a little dazed and bruised, I opened the book while waiting for a friend […]

The open road

I awoke this morning with an image in my mind of a grey motorway opening up before me, never ending; of driving into this nothingness, of silence, emptiness, freedom. I was reminded of The Hours by Michael Cunningham: of his mother-character, Mrs Brown, who takes off one afternoon in her car, leaving her toddler with […]

Lit Fest goes off with a BANG

The Stoke Newington Literary Festival kicked off on Monday night with a packed Town Hall for Irvine Welsh in conversation with John Niven. But it was Salena Godden, who introduced the event, who really held my attention. She has presence. Godden, the Goddess, with long legs in hot-pink fuck me shoes, and enormous breasts – […]

Hackney’s goes literary

The latest programme for the Stoke Newington Literary Festival was released today http://www.stokenewingtonliteraryfestival.com/the-programme/ and it looks like a mighty fine line-up this year. Among big names like Irvine Welsh, Elif Shafak, Caitlin Moran, Suzanne Moore, Robert Ince and John Hegley, there’s the likes of my mum, Jane Dunn, and me! We’re doing an event on […]

Spare Rib is back

I was excited to hear that Spare Rib http://www.spare-rib.co.uk is going to be re-launched on the internet in May, along with a glossy bi-monthly starting from Autumn to compete with the likes of Elle and Marie Clare. It will be edited by journalist Charlotte Raven who announced a few days ago that Rosie Boycott is […]