Happy Welsh Lover’s Day

January 25th is Welsh Lover’s Day, celebrating Saint Dwynwen, a 5th century princess who was thwarted in love. Dwynwen had 23 sisters. She fell in love with Maelon Dafodrill but her father, King Brychan, would not allow her to marry him. Dwynwen fled to the woods, and Maelon was turned into a block of ice….

Free Books

I’m currently running a free paperback book offer. Have a look at the choice and grab one!  Book Sirens are also inviting reviewers for the new ebook edition of my book, Conquest I: Daughter of the Last King, which is published on 1 March 2023. 

Surviving Vikings, rodents, and war

In my most recent lecture for MA Poetics of Imagination at Dartington Arts School, I considered the production of medieval books. I hope some of the students are now busy making their own writing surfaces, inks and pigments. To survive into the 21st century these medieval books had to run the gauntlet of flood, fire, war,…

Of things I’d rather keep in silence I must sing

I’m currently preparing a teaching session for MA Poetics of Imagination at Dartington Arts School on the troubadours and trobairitz, which put me in mind of a wonderful writing residency I had a few years ago in the beautiful medieval village of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie in France. In 2016, I collaborated with artist Tania Candiani on an…

Impressive Books

My publisher, Impress Books, has changed hands. Immense thanks to Richard Willis who founded Impress Books and launched my career as a published historical fiction novelist. And hello, Jeff Collyer, who has taken over and has lots of exciting plans in the pipeline for the Impress Books list. Thank you, too, to my fellow Impress…

The Midden – art and ecology

My most recent art publicationThe Midden is published by Finnish publishers, Garret and  HIAP, and designed by NODE, Berlin. I co-edited this exploration of contemporary art and ecology with Jenni Nurmenniemi and wrote one of the essays. Other essays are by Antti Salminen, Taru Elfving, Jussi Parikka and Jenni Nurmenniemi, along with two short texts by…

Publication Day! The Water Age

My new books The Water Age 1, 2, 3 are published today by Meanda Books. The Water Age & Other Fictions is a collection of short future fictions. ‘Meanda’ takes place on an ocean exoplanet. ‘Asbrú’ tangles in the fronds of Icelandic algae. Other stories explore slime technologies. These fictions are spawned by aquatic flora and fauna, such…

The Midden – new art and ecology book

The Midden is just published by Garret Publications, edited by me and Jenni Nurmenniemi. It builds on the Frontiers in Retreat art and ecology project. It includes essays by Antti Salminen, Taru Elfving, Jussi Parikka, Jenni, and myself, and two short texts by future fiction writer, Emmi Itaranta. The design is by Serge Rompza at…

The Water Age – 3 new books

Coming soon:   Octavio Paz meets J.G. Ballard meets David Attenborough in these suspenseful, lyrical tales of hybrid species and aqua technologies. ‘Meanda’ takes place on an ocean exoplanet. ‘Asbrú’ tangles in the fronds of Icelandic algae. Other stories explore slime technologies. These fictions are spawned by aquatic flora and fauna, such as spitting fish, inking squids and…

The Midden – new book

Hot off the press, The Midden, edited by me and Jenni Nurmenniemi, designed by NODE Berlin Oslo, published by Garret Publications, with essays touching on art and ecologies, energy and post fossil futures, Mary Douglas and more, by Emmi Itäranta, Jussi Parikka, Antti Salminen, Taru Elfving, Jenni and me.