I’m happy to share the news that my current writing and photography project has won support from Manchester Independents, an artist-led funding scheme designed to showcase and support the work of independent artists and creative practitioners in Greater Manchester.
My project, Raw Milk, addresses the structural inequalities in Britain exposed by the pandemic, using my family’s experiences during this last lockdown winter as a case study. I’m really engrossed in it so I’m going to keep this update brief. At the MI site you can learn about the other artists featured and what they’re working on – lots of good stuff is definitely in the pipeline.
I have new writing and photography in The Art of Being Dangerous: Exploring Women and Danger Through Creative Expression, which has just been published by Leuven University Press (currently on offer at Blackwells). What a pleasure to appear in this lively and varied book full of revolutionary art and writing from women all over the world! The book emerged from the Dangerous Women Project at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, and it’s a delight to see how that project has been the focus for such an invigorating exchange of art and ideas over the last few years. I’ll be reading at the online book launch at 5pm UK time on Monday 12 July, will post a link here when it’s ready.
I recently hosted conversations with two writers doing virtual residencies in Manchester libraries – Alicia Sometimes (at) the Portico, and Anna Polonyi (at) Central Library – these were shared on Instagram Live and you can find them archived on Manchester City of Literature’s instagram feed if you’d like to watch. I really enjoyed hearing about their work and unpicking the enigma of what a virtual residency is, at a time when it feels like many of us have been doing a virtual residency in our own lives. Until next time.