Darkness is the time to think, to dream, to love …

October 31st, 2016

It’s human to want light and warmth. Our pagan ancestors had a calendar of fire festivals, and God’s first recorded words, according to the Hebrew Bible, were: “Let there be light.” Night belongs to the dark side, literally and metaphorically: […]

On writing a cover version of Shakespeare

September 26th, 2015

On the day of the first new moon of June 1599, at 3 o’clock, the new Globe theatre opened its doors with a new show – Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. Everything was new – it was the spirit of […]

The Moomins and me

November 13th, 2012

I will never forget it: Moomintroll and the Snork Maiden have captured the annoying sand-spraying Ant-Lion and stuffed him inside the Hobgoblin’s hat. The hat has magical properties and whatever goes in comes out changed; eggshells into clouds you can […]

Adopted.. Who Am I ?

July 5th, 2012

Remember all those fairy stories where the Queen gives birth, goes back to look in the crib, and the baby pops its head out with furry ears or six feet of hair or a pair of webbed feet? Adoption is […]

The evolution of Tracey Emin

May 19th, 2012

The work on the wall is what we can see. Self-evident. We’re here to look. We’re here to look because we aren’t good at looking. We see what we need to see for information and interest, for safety, for certainty, […]

In One Person by John Irving

May 5th, 2012

‘We are formed by what we desire’ says Billy Dean, fatherless narrator and hero-in-chief of this novel. (P3) John Irving likes to track his characters over long stretches of time. In One Person begins in the early 1950’s, when Billy is 13, […]

Occupy Love

February 21st, 2012

Occupy Valentine’s Day. This is the day to recognise love in every shape and size and disguise. Known love, new love, love’s ghosts, love’s hopes. Loss is here too, and the spaces in between love. Reclaiming love is the best […]