Heart of Darkness in the Observer

Thanks to Ellah Allfrey and the Observer for including Heart of Darkness in the 10 best contemporary African books!


Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands

Heart of Darkness is included in the British Library's exhibition on landscape and literature.

From William Blake to the 21st-century suburban hinterlands of J G Ballard, Writing Britain examines how the landscapes of Britain permeate great literary works. 

Over 150 literary works, including many first-time loans from overseas and directly from authors: sound recordings, videos, letters, photographs, maps, song lyrics and drawings - as well as manuscripts and printed editions.

A Room for London

Heart of Darkness has been chosen to form part of the octagonal library in A Room for London.

High up on the roof of Queen Elizabeth Hall, a riverboat appears to have come to rest...

A Room for London is a one-bedroom installation, available to rent by the public for night-long stays throughout 2012. During the year it is also transmitting a programme of writing, performance and music.

There can be few places to stay a night in London quite as unusual, poetic and life-enhancing as A Room for London: a 'boat' perched, as if by retreating floodwaters, on the very edge of the Queen Elizabeth hall at the Southbank Centre.

The one-bedroom installation, built by Living Architecture and designed by David Kohn Architects in collaboration with the artist Fiona Banner, will stay on top of the roof throughout 2012. It will provide guests with a place of refuge and reflection amidst the flow of traffic at this iconic location in the capital. The lower and upper decks offer extraordinary views, by day and night, of a London panorama that stretches from Big Ben to St Paul's cathedral.


Crying Out Loud - A Matter of Life and Death

11.00 am, Sunday 27 May 2012 

(UK 1946) Written & directed by Michael Powell 
& Emeric Pressburger 100m. (U) 

David Niven, Kim Hunter, Roger Livesey, Marius Goring.

One of the crown jewels of British cinema from the brilliant Powell and Pressburger, A Matter of Life & Death is an extraordinary innovative and spectacular fantasy with David Niven as a downed RAF fighter pilot who must justify his continuing existence to a (Technicolor) heavenly panel because he has made the mistake of falling in love with an American girl on (black-and-white) earth when he really should have been dead. A brilliantly witty script, some great performances and innovative cinematography, including time-lapse images and time freezes, combine to create a unique classic of magical and romantic movie-making. 

This film screening has been programmed to complement Catherine Anyango & Julie Hill’s exhibition Crying Out Loud at Guest Projects, 1 Andrews Road, London, E8 4QL. 11–30 May 2012. 

For further information please see: www.cryingout.tumblr.com www.guestprojects.com 

£4/£3 Concs 

Rio Cinema Dalston, 107 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2PB

Crying out Loud, Catherine Anyango & Julie Hill

High drama and domestic hysteria converge at Guest Projects this May for Catherine Anyango and Julie Hill’s new exhibition project, Crying Out Loud,  a mise en scene that explores the representation of female emotion in the home and on the screen.

Catherine Anyango and Julie Hill take on the historical view of women as objects perpetually on the brink of hysteria – dripping with emotion, their bodies ready to overflow, blurring and overriding social norms. Using drawing, film, print, sound, sculpture, soap and water, their individual works together construct a mise-en-scène that explores the idea of the ‘unacceptable’ manifestations of emotional afflictions by actively playing with the emotions of the viewer. 

An illustrated catalogue will be published to coincide with the exhibition featuring essays by Dr Volker Sommer, Evolutionary Anthropologist at UCL; Dr Chantal Faust, artist, writer and tutor in the department of Critical and Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art and playwright, Booker prize shortlisted novelist and poet Deborah Levy.

Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England 

For further information on the exhibition and events please visit: 


Picked up

A couple of photos from Somerset house, with maestro Andrzej Klimowski's workshop as well.


Pick Me Up


I'll be running a workshop on 1/4/12 at Pick Me up, Somerset House.

Pick Me Up, the UK’s first annual contemporary graphic art fair, returns for its biggest edition yet in March 2012. The fair showcases the best new work from around the UK and the world with original works and prints available to purchase from just £10 and a multitude of events and workshops to take part in. 

The 1984 Project

I worked with English Pen, Pop Up, and the Free Word Centre on a literacy project involving Year 13 students. We worked with 1984 and ideas of power, surveillance and manipulation.