Writer, editor, reviewer

Posts for : August 2016


Reviews for the European Literature Network 0

Over the past few months, I’ve been contributing monthly reviews to the excellent European Literature Network, a project led by journalist and champion of all things literary and European, Rosie Goldsmith.

My recent reviews include a feature-length piece on Stephanie Heuet & Arthur Goldhammer’s adaptation of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time: Swann’s Way, which I found visually appealing, but satisfying only insofar as it reminds me of the genius of the original.

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I also wrote a very well-received (by the author, no less!!) review, of Burhan Sönmez’s third novel, Istanbul Istanbul, by which I was enchanted.

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My first experience of Estonian author Rein Raud was when I selected one of his short stories for Dalkey Archive’s Best European Fiction 2015. His novella The Brother, is the first piece of his long-form writing to appear in English. I reviewed it for Eurolitnetwork and I was rapt by this ‘exquisite literary puzzle’.

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Article – the UK’s reception of Drago Jančar 0

978-1-62897-054-8_twnn-194x300When I was editor at Dalkey Archive Press, one of my first jobs was editing The Tree With No Name, a seminal work by probably Slovenia’s foremost living writer, Drago Jančar.

So, when Elit, Literature House Europe, chose Jančar as one of the authors it wanted to feature in its series of articles about how various European countries respond to literature from other parts of the continent, I was a natural choice of commentator.

My research found that the UK’s response to Jančar is almost not-existent, and this became the theme of my article.

Read my exploration of this remarkable writer’s virtual invisibility in the UK here, on Elit’s website, or here on the European Literature Network.



An interview with John Donatich of Yale University Press 0

IMG_0432Having reviewed the two translations of Máirtin Ó Cadhain’s seminal Irish-language work, Cré na Cille that YUP’s Margellos World Republic of Letters published this year, I had the pleasure of interviewing John Donatich, Yale’s Director.

Our discussion about the motivations behind publishing two translations of the same book within the same year, and the significance of Ó Cadhain’s masterpiece can be found both here on the European Literature Network website, and here on Elit’s observatory of European literature.




Findings on Light — Pars Foundation 0

coverfront600thumbnail150dpi_300Earlier this year I had the great pleasure to copyedit and proofread the publication, Findings on Light. Part of the the Atlas of Creative Thinking — a project developed by the Pars Foundation — this highly original book brings together fifty contributions by poets, artists, scientists and thinkers, all discussing an aspect of light.

Edited by the poet Astrid Alben and Rijksakademie Fellow Hester Aardse, Findings on Light explores bioluminescence in deepsea creatures; how the Vikings used the Iceland spar stone to navigate; Vantablack – the world’s blackest manmade substance; a collection of early lightbulbs; and even how to capture moonlight in a box.

Combining poetry, academic essays, thought-pieces, photography, anecdote and wonderful graphic design, this book is a unique and original treasure.

For a preview of the book and to order it direct from PARS, click here.