Tag Archives: Writing

Words in the airways

From a glowing Bakelite wireless in the distant 1950s to the latest digital receiver, my ears have experienced an onslaught of millions of multi-layered words.

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Rubbish story

For the past few years, I’ve collected handwritten notes that have been abandoned on London’s streets. Now a new form of writing is born – ‘litterature’

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All aboard

Depending on where you find yourself in New York City, outdoor chess is almost certainly available within 15 to 20 minutes.

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A thunder of assent

Throughout Churchill: The Power of Words, you are reminded of the importance of the physicality of writing, and the way in which the scaffolding of language is built, piece by piece, with effort and craft, to arrive at something which inspires, moves and motivates

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The noise of waters

The Thames Water van was on a street nearby. ‘We love water’ suggests these providers of London-based aquatic solutions are making a noble effort to sound friendly and engaging.

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Back to Midtown

If you’re going to promote an area’s links with great writers, you have to do better than ‘The Bloomsbury Set, based in the area included Virginia Woolf and E.M. Forster.’ It doesn’t even make sense.

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Ugly truths

It’s not easy writing about global conspiracy on a poster. You have to capture the essence of a worldwide system of corruption in text a passer-by can digest swiftly. This piece – attached to a traffic light by Trafalgar Square in London – makes an ambitious effort to cover the necessary ground while the paused [...]

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Special delivery

This beautiful, limited edition letterpress poster arrived in the post this morning. Designed and printed by Justin Knopp at Typoretum, the piece was originally created to accompany my interview with the Gentle Author of Spitalfields Life in the first issue of Random Spectacular.

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Hoxton Bienniale

Just recovering from the launch party of the 5th Hoxton Biennale. The months of preparation are as exhausting as they are exhilarating, but it’s worth all the effort when I see the streets, cafes, bars, galleries and public buildings filling with heart-stopping works of staggering genius.

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The Gentle Author of Spitalfields Life

‘In the midst of life I woke to find myself living in an old house beside Brick Lane in the East End of London.’ With these words the Spitalfields Life blog was born, back in August 2009.

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