15th April, 2019

A long weekend in Suffolk

We’ve just returned from our first trip to Suffolk, where open landscapes and abundant birdlife take centre stage and everything feels gently connected. The food’s pretty good too.

5th April, 2019

Identity at Dot York 2018

It was an honour to speak at last October’s excellent Dot York conference, invited to contribute my thoughts to the opening session exploring digital identity.

19th March, 2019

Don McCullin at Tate Britain

That one man should witness so many horrors is hard to process. That nations like ours continue to facilitate such atrocity and poverty is devastating.

6th March, 2019

Dear Nature book launch

Last night I attended the launch of Dear Nature, an important new work from renowned Nottingham artist John Newling. I was also invited to give a reading from the book.

25th February, 2019

Convenience Store Human

Thoughts on the uniqueness of the Japanese konbini, the subtle science fiction of Convenience Store Woman, and notes from a recent Q&A event featuring author Sayaka Murata and translator Ginny Tapley Takemori.

8th February, 2019

Goodbye, Albert Finney

My Mam always joked that in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning—that brilliant kitchen sink drama set in 1960s working-class Nottingham—his Arthur Seaton was “just like yer Dad!”

28th January, 2019

Death Cab For Cutie

Rock City, Nottingham

21st January, 2019

The Twilight Sad

Rough Trade in-store, Nottingham

31st December, 2018

2018 in music

It was a year where music helped contextualise a world weighing heavy, my favourite albums serving as coping mechanisms. Stacking art in ordered lists is questionable, but also a way to exert a little control, to own something of the year. And so, here are my top albums, tracks, and gigs of 2018.

20th November, 2018

Metric

Kentish Town Forum, London

9th November, 2018

New Order

Alexandra Palace, London

7th July, 2018

The Cure's 40th Anniversary

Plus Slowdive, Interpol, and The Twilight Sad. Hyde Park.

19th June, 2018

Manic Street Preachers

Robert Smith's Meltdown at Royal Festival Hall, London

2nd June, 2018

The National

Plus Broken Social Scene, Warpaint, Future Islands, Cat Power and others. All Points East, Victoria Park, London

31st December, 2017

2017 in music

A fantastic year for music: many of my favourites returned with new albums and heaps of exceptional new artists appeared. We also made it to lots of shows. Here are my top albums, tracks, compilations and gigs of 2017.