words

and as imagination bodies forth
the forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
a local habitation and a name

William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

I write reviews, mostly for books but also film and music.

Short stories, poetry and essays are written for publication, which I’ll either link to or post here when not attached to any.

As part of my practice, I have the Oxford Dictionary app downloaded, ready to search each and every word I come across that I don’t quite understand. I remember doing this for the first time in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx & Crake – the word was ‘ersatz’ – and, since, I’ve filled notebooks, book margins and my little mind with more words than I had before. My @dnl_words Instagram account is a visual scrapbook of my journey through writing, but mostly words I find and love while reading publications I’m subscribed to. The blackout method first came to me through Austin Kleon, and I try to use the interesting word in a poetic context, one which fits its meaning. You can find them bundled here, or follow me on Instagram.