Seven Ways of Reading Gillian Allnutt

Originally posted on Anthony Wilson:
? Seven Ways of Reading Gillian Allnutt: How The Bicycle Shone: New and Selected Poems (Bloodaxe; 216pp; £12)   1 It’s the Saturday Evening of the August Bank Holiday Weekend. We’re at the Greenbelt Arts Festival, on Cheltenham Racecourse. We’re indoors, in a long, low-ceilinged room. It is extremely hot. People wander in, shuffle nervously to a safe distance from… Continue reading Seven Ways of Reading Gillian Allnutt

Finding Treasure – gold, dust and detectorists

For knifed into the bronze, my troll-wife leads her horse down these same paths. All night her long hand bridles him with snakes to make him tame. her long eye is my old amulet she is the secret dark inside of barrows   I’m working with Peter Reavill, the Regional Field Officer of the PAS – Portable Antiquities Scheme, looking at ways of developing a … Continue reading Finding Treasure – gold, dust and detectorists

Zines in the Making

I work regularly with a group of five home educated children, who come to my house to write.  Lately we’ve been creating zines, giving an opportunity for more extended story-telling.  It’s been a magical process, with each individual’s ideas coming through strongly.  The children have displayed great zest and inventiveness, and our meetings are fascinating, with mature discussions, ranging from how to pace a longer story, to … Continue reading Zines in the Making