At work, I’ve recently refitted the Penned in the Margins website (see screenshot, above). Do leave a comment over there if you like it (or not!). Also, London Word Festival 2009 has been announced. The lineup includes Iain Sinclair (sold out already), Phill Jupitus, Bishi, Mary Hampton, Inua Ellams and much, much more.
That’s it for now. Very busy!
After working from a tiny desk squeezed into the corner of my living room for the past two and a half years, I have finally moved into my first proper office. It’s on Aldgate High Street, only a few minutes walk from where I live. It’s great and, remarkably, in a seventeenth century, timber-framed building. pre-Fire of London.
We’ve been here three weeks now and efficiency is up by 23.4%, or something. I am sharing with The Fix Comedy Magazine. They have big plans which may or may not include wallcharts and whiteboards.
Today I spent a couple of hours at the Bishopsgate Institute being interviewed for BBC Radio 3 by Patience Agbabi and her producer Simon Evans. It’s for a programme called ‘Blood, Sweat, Tears and Poetry’, broadcast for National Poetry Day on 9th October at 11.30am. This year’s theme is ‘Work’ so they’ve been interviewing poets who have been ‘resident’ in workplaces (from April to July 2008 I was the Bishopsgate’s first ever Poet in Residence).
Of course, many artists and writers spend their lives in perpetual guilt that they’re not doing ‘proper’ jobs. Seamus Heaney’s famous poem ‘Digging’ – in which the father’s spade is transformed into the son’s ‘squat pen’ – comes to mind.
In other news – I am soon to move into a garret in Aldgate. True enough.
Berets by registered post, please.