Celebrating the End of Summer and Keeping the Old Gods Alive

Before launching into a long (and possibly boring if it’s not your thing) philosophical monologue I’ll start with the interesting bit, i.e. Halloween celebrations. Tomorrow night I’ll be celebrating in a most traditional, pagan fashion around a bonfire in the big field behind Vauxhall station. It looks absolutely amazing and it’s all free! To the … More Celebrating the End of Summer and Keeping the Old Gods Alive

Stringing Words Together Through Sleepless Nights

I became a nighttime writer over the summer. I spent days staring at empty word documents, or staring out the window, melancholy and inadequate feelings pounding in my head and stopping anything decent from coming out onto the page. But after dark the words were forming again. Inspiration would strike at most inconvenient places: in … More Stringing Words Together Through Sleepless Nights

Poetry at the Room – Tonight’s Readings

Saturday 3 October 2015 Poetry at The Room, 33 Holcombe Road, Tottenham Hale, N17 9AS (at 7.30) will feature a reading by James Byrne, Sarah Law, Kate Bingham and Anouche Sherman – hosted by Irina Jauhiainen. (£5 entry plus donation for refreshment) James Byrne James Byrne is a poet, editor, translator and Lecturer in poetry at Edge … More Poetry at the Room – Tonight’s Readings

‘Terminator: Genisys’ – A Cross-disciplinary Film Review (Spoiler Alert)

The latest development of the iconic Terminator film series (Cameron 2015) has received a lot of criticism as well as praise for various reasons, all of which are mainly to do with the film itself, the production process or issues within the storyworld. I’ve done a lot of reading on it since seeing the film … More ‘Terminator: Genisys’ – A Cross-disciplinary Film Review (Spoiler Alert)

An Open Letter to Everyone Who’s Asked for My Phone Number and A Polite Explanation for Why I Refused

I need a little rant now after being chatted up fairly intrusively at the bus stop yesterday evening. It sucks being rejected, I know. You see an approachable person in a public space and decide to have a go. Maybe you just feel like having a chat with someone to pass the time. Maybe you … More An Open Letter to Everyone Who’s Asked for My Phone Number and A Polite Explanation for Why I Refused

When the veil lifts between the dead and the living

If you’re wondering why my posts have been so morbid lately, the short explanation is that I’m working on a BA dissertation on Gothic fiction and the grotesque and the abject are on top of my mind as a result of academic specialisation. There is also a longer, more thorough explanation that I should probably … More When the veil lifts between the dead and the living

Death and Deactivation

I deactivated my Facebook account last Sunday. On Monday morning I started panicking about whether I could still log back as the e-mail address I’d signed up with had expired (I was more worried about not being able to return in order to permanently delete my account than about missing out on status updates). I … More Death and Deactivation

No Exit

You know how in the previous post I said I’ve been through a crisis induced by seeing a Beckett play live? I never really got out of it and that is why my blogging has been so scarce, as has been my writing of poetry and fiction. In Happy Days, the protagonist keeps talking to … More No Exit