Writer, editor, reviewer

Posts for : January 2015


Korean fiction – editing, reviews and author interview 0

While at Dalkey Archive Press, I edited two books from their Library of Korean Literature – published in association with the Literature Translation Institute of Korea: The Republic of Uzupis by Hailji and Scenes from the Enlightenment by Kim Namcheon.

List, LTI Korea’s English-language magazine, asked me to review two of the books from the Library of Korean Literature that I hadn’t edited.

My review of Pavane for a Dead Princess by Park Min-gyu is here. My review of Another Man’s City by Ch’oe In-ho is here.

I subsequently interviewed Hailji – author of The Republic of Uzupis – at The Korean Cultural Centre in London.


Sponsored posts for Culture Compass 0

I provide copywriting services for arts organisations and businesses.

I have recently been writing ‘sponsored posts’, otherwise known as ‘advertorials’, for Culture Compass online magazine.

My piece about Vodafone’s new HD technology is here: http://www.culturecompass.co.uk/sponsored-post-vodafone-every-second-counts/

My piece about Turespaña’s new tourism campaign is here:   http://www.culturecompass.co.uk/sponsored-post-whatever-you-need-find-it-in-spain/


Culture Compass 0

logoI am currently Books Editor for online arts and entertainment magazine, Culture Compass, which was founded by Loma-Ann Marks.

As well as reviewing books, I cover a variety of other art forms for CC, including dance, film, TV and theatre. In 2013 I acted as CC’s roving reporter at the Edinburgh festivals. I also copywrite sponsored posts (advertorials) for the site.

My page at Culture Compass is here



Best European Fiction 2015 0

In 2014 I was editor of the 2015 issue of Best European Fiction, Dalkey Archive Press’s noteworthy annual anthology.

It was a great pleasure to be set free on a huge pile of submissions from across Europe, and to select and compile what I thought were the best, most original and most interesting 33 stories.

Starting out with no clear themes in mind, I found that contemporary European writers share many of the same concerns, so it became easy for me to group together works examining an idea from different angles, and to run various threads through the selection, from Enrique Vila-Matas’s brilliant preface, through Joanna Walsh’s opening story, to Edy Poppy’s winsome Dungeness, which closes the anthology.

BEF 2015 has been well received: Daniel Hahn wrote an incisive review for The Guardian, picking up on some of the darkness I seem, through my choices, to have brought to this year’s collection!

David Hebblethwaite is reviewing the collection story by story, and so far enjoying what he finds, while the UK’s Booktrust was also very complimentary.