New things…

This is the first video from a newsletter I’ll be writing every month or so – it’s called Undiagnosis, for reasons that may or may not become clear. I’ll be talking about books and writing and whatever other matters seem relevant. Today’s it’s just a quick hello and a couple of bits of news.  …

“You can’t teach writing, so why go on a course?”

Always one with his finger on the pulse, I’ve been feeling for some time that I would like to say something about creative writing courses and their worth. In an up-to-the-moment riposte, I’ve been thinking about Hanif Kureishi’s comments just over four years ago that “most [courses] are going to teach you stuff that is…

Where I Work

(This post first appeared on Mulholland’s tumblr) A few years ago I moved back to Cambridge: when I saw this shed in the garden of one of the houses I was viewing, I put an offer in on the spot. Like most writers, I’ve had to work in all sorts of inappropriate spaces, and, like…