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Digital Artefact: The Wake Review

Horror in comics is a tough one to nail. All the panels on a page are immediately visible to the reader, so shock value is almost thrown out the window. 1,034 more words


NaPoWriMo 2016: 3. Allfather

Strangely, today’s NaPoWriMo prompt is strikingly similar to a poem I wrote back in late November for the Norwich Radical, called ‘Letters to Cate Blanchett’ 39 more words

My review of The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth

…and my very first professional book review! After five years of writing about books here at Reading in Bed, I’m so proud to review The Wake… 433 more words



Two years ago, against all the odds, 15 Dark Angels wrote and published a collective novel. Keeping Mum was a project that could very easily have come unstuck, but it didn’t and we were rightly proud of what might even have been a world first. 526 more words


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Paul Kingsnorth – Originally self-published, 2014. Graywolf Press, 2015.


Nature, naturalists and naturalism

Observing the Great Nature Schism, as it is unlikely to be called in the future, I found myself thinking about naturalism too, in both its philosophical sense as the empirical study of the material world and its literary sense as the supply of detail to create a staged impression of the material world. 914 more words

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[caption id="attachment_24353" align="alignright" width="288"]ninalyonnature Photo credit: Nina Lyon[/caption] The latest monthly-or-thereabouts email newsletter from Paul Kingsnorth (author of Uncivilisation: The Dark Mountain Manifesto and the 2014 Man Booker-longlisted The Wake) included a link to his just-published review of Nina Lyon's Uprooted: On the Trail of the Green Man for the New Statesmen. Before last night I had heard neither of Lyon nor the Green Man, but Kingsnorth's review immediately had me googling both in a kind of unblinking fever. I then found my way to Lyon's Bodley Head and Financial Times Essay Prize runner-up Mushroom Season, which is available for free on the iBook store. The essay more than validated my interest in Lyon's upcoming book (probably all her upcoming books), so much that I decided to reblog this piece on naturalism from her website (below) and to also review Uprooted following its release next month. I won't attempt to summarize the piece (it will take only minutes of your time), but as with all of the work I share here, there are several ideas worth special mention for, merit aside, being especially germane to my present interests. Key among them, questions about the role of fiction versus of biography (a focus, also, of my prior reblog) and how these roles complicate when considering historical fiction. As I will soon enter research for a short story set in a time and culture and on a continent I have never stepped foot, not only is the "fictive element" disconcerting, but so is—for my purposes as writer—the non-fictive element. It has now been, as of this month, a full two years since I have spent any time on fiction at all, and while a research (and malaise) intensive reintroduction isn't likely to be a gentle one, the fiction writer and artist in me (the most "me") has not made it much of a choice. You, however, have a simple choice before you now; it involves a mouse, a trail, and—if you're feeling particularly adventurous, I suppose—mushrooms. If you decide on all three, do me a favour: let the Green Man know I'm on my way.