Writing for survival

Slowly but surely my hybrid memoir is taking form, becoming something larger than its separate parts, dreamed up late at night, and then made real in a messy scrawl in a heavy hardback book, before elevating themselves to type here at my computer. This is how it has grown. I’ve been through the most unimaginable […]

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 […]

London Lit Lab goes West

After the success of London Lit Lab’s Continuing to Write course, Zoe and I realised the need among Creative Writing MA students to have continued support once they come to the end of their MA. Particularly as they often haven’t finished their novels, memoirs or short story collections. So we decided to set up a […]

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 […]