M for Mycelium

Zooetics is a five year research project by art collaboration Jutempus*, exploring the possibility of bringing human knowledge, technologies and processes into closer collaboration and understanding with the knowledge, technologies and processes of other life that we are co-existing with on the planet. This month the Zooetics Pavilion is in the Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius…

Zoo Stories – Creative Writers – Call for participation

Writers including Karen Joy Fowler, Franz Kafka and Ian McEwan have used fiction to reach across the human/non-human life divide. As part of the Zooetics project, we are developing radio broadcasts inspired by Kaunas Zoo, incorporating short fiction texts by creative writers based in Lithuania. Engaging with animals at the zoo, talking with zookeepers and other staff…

Writing at the Castle

Looking forward to the Writing at the Castle workshop in Gascony, France tomorrow. I will be focussing on settings and objects in fiction, and using some extraordinary objects dug up on the castle site.

New history book reviews

  Five short book reviews by me are published today in the May issue of Historical Novels Review: biographies of King John, William Marshal and Queen Elizabeth I, Michael Pye’s The Edge of the World on the history of the North Sea, and a timeslip novel by Posie Graeme-Evans. You can read the reviews by…

Writing at the Castle Workshop

I am one of the writers and publishers leading workshops for fiction writers at the Gers Chateau residential writing event in southern France in July. I will focus on using the chateau and its surroundings to inspire writing (historical or otherwise) and talk about how I use old maps, plans, objects and pictures in my own writing…

Fiction Event in London

  The End of Time: 10th Century Vikings in France and Wales Guildhall Library Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HH Wednesday 1 April 2015 2pm – 3pm     Tracey Warr will talk about the history behind her new novel, The Viking Hostage, set in late 10th century France and Wales, weaving together the stories of three women living through…

Posts from an Island 2 of 5: Utopias and Dystopias

Diagram Trying to figure out what kind of a future world I might be writing about I came up with this diagram via, and adapted from, W.H. Auden, Samuel R. Delany and Gerry Canavan (see Delaney’s interview and Canavan & Robinson’s Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction, 2014). I’m not interested in writing dystopic or…

Posts from an Island 1 of 5: Place

I am currently writer in residence for Frontiers in Retreat on Suomenlinna island, off Helsinki, in Finland, where I am working on a novel, set 200 years in the future, called The Water Age. My working process is embodied and sited: writing on this snow and ice bound island contrasts in interesting ways with earlier…

The National Novel Writing Month Phenomenon

November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short, during which thousands of writers worldwide are trying to write 50,000 words of a novel in a one month frenzy. NaNoWriMo started in 1999 and now over 400,000 people take part each year. A significant number of novels have been published as a consequence. Bob Clary…