The story of 2019 so far…

Since I last wrote something for Under a Grey Sky it has been pretty hectic, which is both why you’ll have to excuse the radio silence but also why I thought it would be a nice idea to post some links to what else I have been up to.

In April I published my debut novel BUILT ON SAND (Influx Press) and we went on a small tour with events in London, Halifax, Manchester, Liverpool (for Writing on the Wall), Leeds and Berlin, as well as to the Stoke Newington and Greenwich literary festivals.

The Haunted Land is a chapter from the book that was published as a stand alone story by the wonderful journal The Lonely Crowd.

What else?

How Joseph Roth saw Europe’s future – an essay for the New Statesman on the great novelist and writer, and why we should still be reading him today.

Trans Europa Express – a story I wrote for a Brexit-themed event at Berlin’s Literaturhaus, published here alongside an interview by SAND Journal.

A Walk in Grumsin – an essay from the ancient beech woods for hidden europe magazine, about the place of the forest in the German imagination.

Postcard from… Rüdenhof, Moritzburg – a short piece for Elsewhere: A Journal of Place about the final home of the artist (and inspiration to us all) Käthe Kollwitz.

Sound of the Times: Chalk Hill Blue by Will Burns & Hannah Peel – also for Elsewhere: A Journal of Place, a kind-of review of the brilliant album by Will and Hannah, and why story-telling is as important now as it has ever been.

Plus… in exciting news from the German-speaking part of the world, an essay I wrote about night walking through the streets of Berlin has been translated and will be published as part of the Psychogeografie anthology, edited by Anneke Lubkowitz and published in October 2019 by Matthes & Seitz.

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