‘Uncanny Bodies’ anthology

I’ve been working on this project for a few years and I’m thrilled it’s finally published! ‘Uncanny Bodies’ is an anthology of specially commissioned work by literary types and academics, exploring the concept of the uncanny. According to Freud in his essay of 1919, the uncanny is not the strange, but the familiar become strange. […]

Recent publications

A few things I’ve had published this year: A review of  the film ‘The Invisible Man’ in the TLS. A review of a biography of John Wyndham by Amy Binns, also in the TLS. A flash non-fiction ‘Q is for Quasar’ in Mslexia. An essay ‘Alternative Geometries’ in Litro – about meeting Valentina Tereshkova. Also […]

Arp, Arp and me

Last week I went to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art to see Cut and Paste, an exhibition of collages. One of the works included from the early twentieth century is ‘According to the Laws of Chance’, created by the German/French artist Hans/Jean Arp in 1933 when he ripped a sheet of black paper […]

Scotland in Space

I’m part of a project called Social Dimensions of Outer Space and have contributed a short story exploring the notion of a future Scottish spaceport (it’s going to happen, kids) ‘Welcome to Planet Alba’, which will be read and discussed at this event on 23rd May with other SF authors Russell Jones and Laura Lam. […]

Heidelberger Literaturtage

I’m going back to Heidelberg (after being a writer-in-residence there last year) and reading in two events at their ‘Literaturtage’ in May. On 18th May I’ll be reading my essay which examines the meaning of ‘being at home’ in Germany for someone like me, who has German ancestry. Later on that evening I’m reading SF […]

Corroding the Now

I’m giving a talk at this academic-poetic conference ‘Corroding the Now‘ in London on 12-13 April. This is allegedly the first major academic event dedicated to exploring the links between poetry, science and science fiction. I’ll be talking about how our perception of the night sky is increasingly mediated by technology, and what poetry says […]

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