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. […]
In January I moved from Scotland to Frankfurt, where I’m living with my partner in a rented flat. Now we’re both working from the kitchen table, which is also the dining table as well as a catch-all storage facility. It’s a curious bubble-like existence. From the windows of the flat we can see the city […]
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 […]
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 […]
I’m taking part in an event at the Bradford Literary Festival (on 29 June) to celebrate and examine space exploration 50 years after Apollo 11’s landing on the Moon. I’ll be discussing this with science writer and editor Oliver Morton.
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
The German translation of my short story collection, ‘Von der Notwendigkeit, den Weltraum zu Ordnen‘, is one of the best SF books of the year, according to Tor-online.de. I’m all smiles…
I recently had an essay published in Scottish Review of Books about my stay in Germany and my German ancestry. I’m currently writing a longer piece about this subject.