Writing the Future

Writers wearing future perception devices and investigating a red and white object in Hexham during fieldwork to the future in the Writing the Future workshop I just ran in Hexham Book Festival with Rob La Frenais. We looked at the openings of future fiction novels by J.G. Ballard, Ursula LeGuin and Russell Hoban and wrote…

Writing the Future Workshop

‘On exoplanet 55555b Frank span around, hearing something big in the water near a lilypatch, but missed sight of it.’ Writing the Future workshop, Sun 5 May 2-5pm, Hexham Book Festival, http://www.hexhambookfestival.co.uk ‘The thrill of an empty planet to do better with.’ ‘Wealths lining their pockets for their exoplanet escape. Capitalism is cannibalism.’ ‘It was standing…

Writing the future

I am leading a writers’ workshop on Writing the Future in Hexham on Sunday, 5 May 2-5pm, together with curator Rob La Frenais. The workshop is part of the Hexham Book Festival. Bring your ideas about the future and develop your narratives with us. Start with a place; consider current social, political, environmental, technological conditions; now…

Future Fiction Workshop

The Continuum project is bringing art and science together via the bridge of speculative literature. The project is organised by Allenheads Contemporary Arts, the only arts venue in the UK with an astronomical observatory. Continuum was launched last night in Newcastle with presentations by artists and interactions with the International Space Station. As part of this project,…

Frontiers in Retreat

For the last five years I have been a participant in the art and ecology research project, Frontiers in Retreat. The project engaged with a range of sites across Europe and involved 25 artists and 8 curatorial organisations. Research in the project took me to the Catalan Pyrenees (with CAN), to Finnish islands (with HIAP) and to…

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…

Spies and intrigues in the 12th century

I am currently hard at work on the final book in my Conquest series about the Welsh and the Normans in the 12th century. The trilogy is centred on the life of Nest ferch Rhys, the daughter of the last Welsh king of the south-west kingdom of Deheubarth. The final book is called The Anarchy and will…

Welsh goldmine

Researching royal bastards, medieval Welsh noblewomen and Welsh gold at the British Library this week for the final book in my Welsh Conquest trilogy. The Anarchy – coming soon. See Impress Books.

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…