Hebden Bridge: A Magical Town of Writers and Poets

I have written a feature on the literary culture of Hebden Bridge in this weekend’s Yorkshire Post: ‘Aside from the proliferation of alternative lifestyles, its hordes of tourists, flooding incidents, or the title of ‘UK’s lesbian capital’, the small market town of Hebden Bridge has become renowned as an unlikely centre for literary culture in the North of England…’

Shadows and Reflections at Caught by the River…

It’s time for the annual end-of-year musings at Caught by the River, known as Shadows and Reflections. Since so many of our lives have been lived in thematic overlap this year, they’ve asked their contributors and friends to focus on the small, strange and specific as they look back over the last 12 months. Today it’s my turn to discuss a thwarted Algerian trip and this beautiful country’s extraordinary musical heritage…

Read: Shadows and Reflections: Adelle Stripe at Caught by the River

A Great Yorkshire Writer

It’s 30 years since the life of Andrea Dunbar was cut tragically short. I have written a feature for the Yorkshire Post reflecting on her plays and legacy.

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Andrea Dunbar ‘deserves her place on Bradford’s Literary Wall of Fame’ after plays on working-class life during Thatcher era

The Modern Antiquarian for tQ

In the first of their subscriber-exclusive Low Culture essays, I have opened up my battered copy of Julian Cope’s The Modern Antiquarian for The Quietus to argue how this classic guide to Britain’s neolithic remains has a strikingly modern relevance. An extract of ‘A Glimmer of Cope’ is available to read here.

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Dennis And Lois: The Oldest Living Indie Rockers Of Our Luminous Age

I have written a feature on the extraordinary lives of Dennis and Lois, two unsung heroes of the trans-Atlantic alternative underground. A new documentary based on these legendary superfans of rock ‘n roll, and directed by Chris Cassidy, is out this week. Visit The Quietus to hear more about this New York couple and their shrine to 20th century pop culture…