Reader-in-residence, Humbermouth Literature Festival, Hull (cancelled due to COVID-19)
March – August 2020
LIQUID (Rebecca Lennon), Dilston Park Gallery/Matt’s Gallery, London
March 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19)
‘People kept telling me I should write a biography’, The Icing Room, London.
‘WE WILL PLUCK OUR MAGIC TWANGERS’, London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery, London.
‘Queer Lives in Print’, with Will Eaves for LGBT+ History Month at Brixton Library
‘Writing the Queer Working Class’, with Isabel Waidner, Review bookshop, London
Peckham Literary Festival, London
‘Lost Voices’ at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Open Book, BBC Radio 4
On women’s writing in the 1960s, with Nell Dunn.
Chair at launch of Joanna Walsh’s “Break.up” and Lara Feigel’s “Free Woman” at LRB Bookshop
The Advance Guard of the Avant-garde – BBC Radio Archive on Four
With DJ Taylor, Jeremy Noel-Tod, Eimear McBride and Jonathan Coe. Listen here.
Literary Friction podcast with Nell Dunn
On the rediscovery of ‘lost’ writers. Listen here.
On Ann Quin’s Berg. Listen here.
Suite (212) podcast with Juliet Jacques and Jonathan Coe
On sixties experimental writing. Listen here.
The Unmapped Country launch event, LRB Bookshop, London
I’ll be in conversation with Deborah Levy and Juliet Jacques. Tickets here.
BBC Radio 4’s Open Book
Talking about the life and work of Ann Quin. Listen here.
The Verb, BBC Radio Three
I appeared on The Verb with Steven J. Fowler, David Morley and Charles Fernyhough, talking about literary creativity and voice hearing.
Art Writing 2015, Aarhus
Commissioned to devise and deliver a performance based upon my Writers’ Inner Voices research at ‘INTIMACY: Art Writing the Body’ festival at the Aarhus Centre for Literature.
Edinburgh International Book Festival
Hosting the Patrick Ness event.
The White Review Readings, Newcastle
Reading from my forthcoming edited collection of the unpublished short stories of Ann Quin.
Royal College of Art, London
Plenary roundtable panellist at ‘Experiment in Literature, Film and Music’ symposium.
Open Book, BBC Radio 4
I was interviewed by Mariella Frostrup on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book about my Writers’ Inner Voices research.
Cine City: Brighton International Film Festival
Introduction to a screening of the films of B.S. Johnson, Samuel Beckett and William Burroughs.
Legacies of the Avant Garde: Experimental Writings 1960-2014
Keynote lecture on the life and work of Ann Quin at the University of Brighton.
BBC College of Production Podcast
My Writers’ Inner Voices research formed the basis of a BBC podcast with television and radio writers.
READ: Research in English at Durham Podcast
In this podcast, Pat and Jennifer explain that literary critics think about the history of fiction in the twentieth century in the wrong kind of way. According to the prevailing view, British writing was at its zenith in modernism in the early twentieth century, but by the second half of the century it was overtaken by the global movements of postmodernism. British writers could no longer compete in the world market of fiction, which displayed a spirit of experiment and adventure of which the British public were allegedly suspicious.
However, Jennifer and Patricia argue that the problem is one of perspective. Instead of dividing writing according to generic or historical movements, if we think about the various forms that innovation might take we can discover radical British writing preceding modernism, in writers such as George Eliot; outlasting modernism, in writers such as Iris Murdoch; and still visible in the present, in writers such as Tom McCarthy. This podcast and the review stake a claim for the evolving existence of literary experimentation in Britain.
Christine Brooke-Rose reading
Reading at the ‘Christine Brooke-Rose: Remade’ conference at the Royal College of Art, London.
Launch of Best European Fiction Anthology
Hosting the launch event for the Best European Fiction anthology at Europe House, London with authors including Aleksander Hemon and Kirill Kobrin.
COPY Art Residency, Site Gallery, Sheffield
I participated in the COPY event at Site Gallery, taking part in a plenary roundtable, podcast, public talk and publication exploring forms, processes, structures and concerns within contemporary art writing and publishing.
New Media and Academia
Leading a workshop on using new media at the AHRC ‘New Media and Academia’ conference at Northumbria University.
We Must be Boned of our Norms: The British Novel and the Counterculture
Public lecture at the University of Sunderland’s Lunchtime Lectures series.
Reports of its Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated: Will digital media finally kill the novel?
Public lecture at the Late Summer Lectures series, Durham University.