Finding Narrative in Unexpected Places

Building Stories is not your usual creative writing workshop. With two London landmarks, the Royal Institute of British Architects and British Library, as its focal points, it makes use of the architecture, public art and archives of each to create something new in the form of narrative text. We, London Lit Lab, designed the course, and […]

The perfect Christmas gift

Last year, I received the perfect Christmas gift. The Arts Council awarded me a grant to continue teaching a group of people who were recovering from drug and alcohol addiction through St Mungo’s in Hackney. I’d been teaching this same group on a voluntary basis for three months previously. The grant not only enabled me […]

Who’s in recovery now?

This past Wednesday I taught my last creative writing session at Hackney Recovery Service. There were strawberries, pastries, cards… we had readings from our students, and we had tears. What started as a six-week voluntary pool dip, turned into a year of teaching on every aspect of writing imaginable. Thanks to the generous donations from […]

Writing well & writing to get well #4

Last Friday I chaired the fourth event in our five-part series at Birkbeck, University of London, on writing well and writing to get well, organised by myself, Toby Litt and Richard Hamblyn. We had Nathan Filer, author of award-winning Shock of the Fall, in conversation with clinical psychologist Agata Vitale, both from Bath Spa University. […]