Manchester Urban Institute’s Devo Manc hub commissioned me to write three short stories to mark the first 100 days of Greater Manchester’s first mayoral term.
The stories explore what Devo Manc might be and mean for the city. I met with a range of academics working on Devo Manc, as well as other residents and campaigners in Manchester. I asked each of them: If Devo Manc was an animal, what would it be? Their answers inspired three stories: The Mini-Pig; The Giraffe and The Whale (released next week).
This work was commissioned by Manchester Urban Institute and funded by The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Account.
Re/Place(d) – stories that are right up your street
From the Gates of Hell to a grand Victorian railway hotel, take a tour of local places through the site-specific short stories of critically acclaimed and award-winning writers Elizabeth Baines, Sarah Butler, Sarah-Clare Conlon, David Gaffney, Nicholas Royle and Adrian Slatcher, set against a backdrop of archive film and photography. Supported by Arts Council England.
Saturday 1 July, 7pm, free entry. The Old Parsonage, Stenner Lane, Didsbury, M20 2RQ
Re/Place(d) – workshop
Prior to the performance event, writers Sarah-Clare Conlon and David Gaffney will lead a creative writing flash fiction workshop taking people and place as a starting point for inspiration.
Friday 30 June, 3-5pm, £5. The Old Parsonage, Stenner Lane, Didsbury, M20 2RQ
In February, poet Jacob Sam-La Rose and myself are be co-leading an intensive three day writing course for young people from The Writing Squad and Hive South Yorkshire, based at Tate Exchange and programmed by Arvon.
We will be exploring themes of exchange and considering what it means to be a writer in a visual arts space.
There are opportunities to meet the young writers and get involved on 16th (2.00-3.30pm) and 17th Feb (18.00-20.00).
I have a newly commissioned piece, titled SK-13131313-1 in a limited edition publication accompanying Dafna Talmor’s solo exhibition, Constructed Landscapes, which opens at Photofusion Gallery in Brixton, London on 9th March and runs until 6th April. Continue reading
As part of Unearthing The Elephant, a project with artists Eva Sajovic and Rebecca Davies, building on a decade of work in Elephant and Castle, we are hosting an open discussion with an invited panel to discuss ethics, tactics and place-specificity in artistic practice, with particular reference to Elephant and Castle and its labelling as an ‘opportunity area’. We will be asking what kinds of conversations and spaces can artistic projects create at a time and place of extreme change? And what are the ethical implications of working with specific places?
Panellists include: Professor Jane Rendell, Barbara Steveni, Isaac Marrero Guillamon, Rebecca Ross and Andres Mendez. The event will be chaired by Sam Trotman.
Findings from the conversation will be summed up in the form of a manifesto which will feed into The Dreamers or Builders? event at South London Gallery on June 29.
The event will take place in Unit 237 (former Little Orient) – the shop on the corner, next to cafe Nova on the Upper Mall, Elephant&Castle shopping centre, SE1 6TE. 6.00-8.00pm.
On Wednesday 20th May I’ll be reading a new commission, inspired by St Clement’s Churchyard, alongside five other fabulous Manchester writers.
7.30pm @ PROOF, Manchester Road, Chorlton, Free entry
Part of Chorlton Arts Festival.
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Outbreaks of Rain is a TippingPoint commission, which came out of Weatherfronts: Climate change and the stories we tell – a conference organised by TippingPoint in collaboration with FreeWord and Spread The Word. Continue reading
Inspired by Exyzt’s The Feasting Mouth, a communal oven and dining table, I will be in residence at Skirt of the Black Mouth, Southern Landscape Tate Modern, Sumner Street: 15-17 July & 11-15 August 2014. Continue reading
I was one of eight writers commission by the Centre For New Writing at Leicester University to create new work inspired by the post-industrial lives of buildings in Glossop and Leicester. I explored the history and current uses of the Howard Town Mills in Glossop. My five flash fictions are available to read online.