June 2013


Finished copies of The Trip to Echo Spring have arrived! It will be published on 1 August. You can pre-order a copy here. Can't wait? There are a few signed preview copies in Heffers in Cambridge.


Recent reviews include Rebecca Solnit's The Faraway Nearby, Sarah Schulman's Gentrification of the Mind, I Remember by Joe Brainard, Here and Now by Paul Auster and J.M. Coetzee, Field Notes From A Hidden City by EstherWoolfson and Sheila Heti's How Should A Person Be.


I've also recently written essays for the Observer on Riot Grrl and for Aeon on the place of plants in our culture, medicine and art. And you can watch my Charleston discussion with Sigrid Rausing and Patrick McGrath on trauma and creativity here.


And a bit of happy news: I was awarded a Travelling Scholarship by the Society of Authors as part of their 2013 Authors' Awards.


Spring 2013


I'll be doing various Echo-related events this spring, including Cambridge Wordfest on 13 April, the Aye Write Festival in Glasgow on 19 April, the Lewes Monday Literary Society on 29 April and the wonderful Charleston Festival on 23 May.


I'm also teaching two workshops: Looking, Walking, Remembering at Charleston on 24 May and Landscape Writing at Cambridge Wordfest on 12 April.


Winter 2012


My new essay for Aeon on art, sex, loneliness, NYC, David Wojnarowicz and the Hudson piers is now up here. It's a sneak preview of many of the issues & themes that will crop up in the new book, The Lonely City.


Autumn 2012


Recent pieces include a column on the month's best books for Prospect, a review of Sara Maitland's Gossip from the Forest in the Observer, and an essay on ash dieback, Hurricane Sandy, M.R. James, giant spiders and ruptured children for the Junket. I also reviewed Cynthia Carr's astonishing biography of David Wojnarowicz, Fire in the Belly, for the Statesman.


Summer 2012


To the River has been shortlisted for the Dolman Travel Book Award.


I've written about my favourite airport for the Guardian here.


Recent reviews include Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan for the Statesman and Katherine Angel's Unmastered for the Observer.


I'll be reading from To the River in Belgium on 31 August at Zin in Zomer, an arts festival in Hasselt, and again in Lewes on 26 September.


June 2012


I'll be reading and discussing landscape with poet Jean Sprackland at the London Review Bookshop on Thursday 28 June. Details and tickets here. On 26 May, I chaired an event at Charleston festival with Ronald Blythe and Robert Macfarlane. We talked about memory, landscape, ghosts and their beautiful new books. You can listen to it here.


May 2012


To the River has been shortlisted for the 2012 RSL Ondaatje Prize, awarded for a distinguished work of literature evoking the spirit of a place.


I've written a 100th birthday appreciation of John Cheever for the New Statesman, as well as a guide to the South Downs of Eric Ravilious and the Bloomsbury set for the Guardian.


On 30/31 May I'll be teaching a couple of all-day workshops at Charleston Festival on writing and walking, with inspiration and technical tips from Frank O'Hara and Virginia Woolf. Both of these notably original writers used walking – be it city strolls or rural tromps - as ways of stimulating their work, and we'll be looking at Woolf's diaries and O'Hara's lunch poems to see how these fertile strategies might be applied to our own creative productions. Advance booking is recommended as places are very limited.


Spring 2012


I'm very happy to announce that I've just been awarded a Sigmund Strochlitz grant from the University of Connecticut to work on Frank O'Hara's letters. I've also recently written another short piece for Teenage, on Two of Us, a 1980s queer-positive film by the BBC.


'The Lonely City', my essay on de Chirico, Edward Hopper and aesthetics of loneliness in Manhattan is in the spring edition of The Junket.


I'll be reading from John Berryman's Homage to Mistress Bradstreet at Poetry at Blacks on 10 Jan and from To the River at The Book Stops Here on 13 Feb.


Winter 2011


I've just written a short piece about my years as a riot grrrl for my friend Matt Wolf's Teenage project (his film, an adaptation of Jon Savage's book, is out next year). Recent reviews include Jesmyn Ward's  Salvage the Bones and a book of the year toast to Wayne Koestenbaum's magnificent Humiliation.


Autumn 2011


I'm spending autumn in New York, researching The Trip to Echo Spring. A report of my adventures is in the New Statesman. A couple of dates on my return: I'll be reading at Richmond Literature Festival on 25 November and the Festival of Ideas in Bristol on 1 December. I'll also be guest lecturing on Exeter University's Writing, Nature and Place MA on ways of approaching place-specific writing. 


August 2011


On 20 August, I'll be in conversation with James Runcie at the amazing Beyond Borders festival at Traquair House in Scotland, discussing landscape, memory and identity. I'll also be talking to Joan Bakewell about landscape at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on 22 August as part of her Key Ideas of the 21st Century series.


June/July 2011


June kicks off with the Telegraph Hay Festival on 3 June and the Yellow-Lighted Festival in the Cotswolds on 4 June. Later in the month, I'll be reading at the Steyning Live Lounge in Sussex on 21 June and the CMP Festival in Brighton on 9 July. I've also written a piece for the Observer magazine about why I spent my early twenties living feral in a bender in the Sussex countryside.


Summer 2011


I'll be interviewed by Jenni Murray on Woman's Hour on 27 April. You can listen again here.


First reading of the season is with Leo Benedictus at the i Literary Salon in the Hendrick's Horseless Carriage of Curiosities on Satuday 28 May at 1pm. That's followed by Charleston Festival on 29 May, where I'll be in conversation with Alexandra Harris, author of Romantic Moderns, and the art historian Frances Spalding.


You can read my guide to New York's best literary hotels in Condé Nast Traveller here.


Spring 2011


To The River will be published in the Netherlands by De Bezige Bij, also the Dutch publisher of WG Sebald and Virginia Woolf.


Winter 2010


I've just been awarded a fellowship at MacDowell, the oldest artists' colony in the United States, to work on my second book, The Trip to Echo Spring. I've also received grants from the Arts Council and the Authors' Foundation to travel around America in the spring of 2011 in the footsteps of Tennessee Williams and Raymond Carver. I'm thrilled by both these opportunities, and extremely grateful for the generosity and support of MacDowell, the Arts Council and the Authors' Foundation.


Summer 2010


I've started writing for the New Statesman; reviews include the latest novels by Benjamin Markovits and Nicholas Shakespeare. I've also been recommending spooky summer reads for the Observer, as well as reviewing the brilliant Nicola Barker. And there's a whole slew of other stuff - Nancy Mitford and Michael Chabon among them - here.


Spring 2010


Recent reviews include Meg Rosoff, Tobias Wolff, Jane Gardam, William Burroughs and Janice Galloway, not to mention a bizarre history of literary hoaxes. I've also profiled Stephanie Meyer, the squeaky-clean vampire queen, for the Observer, as well as previewing hot books to look out for in 2010.


Summer 2009


I'm delighted to announce that the non-fiction book I'm currently working on, Going Under, and my second book, The Trip to Echo Spring, have been bought by Canongate.

Autumn 2020


A new book ahead! Here: In Search of a Common Paradise is about gardens, hidden violence and the long dream of a shared paradise.  It will be published by Picador. More here.


Bookshop UK has just been launched. It's a way to shop online and support independent bookshops at the same time. My books can be bought here, along with books that I've been inspired by or loved.


Spring 2020


Buy your signed Funny Weather here


Read: how to survive self-isolation

           the role of art in difficult times

           spring is coming

           Andy Warhol's body

           David Bowie is my patron saint of quarantine

           clothes as protest


Watch: I made a short film with Nowness about home, love, and growing roses

             Funny Weather launch/in conversation with the Center for Fiction

             Front Row Late with Mary Beard on art in a pandemic


Listen: Radio 4 Only Artists

             Radio 4  Start the Week on art in an emergency,

             The Great Women Artists on Sarah Lucas, Ana Mendieta and Chantal Joffe

             Monocle on Funny Weather


Winter 2019


Listen: frieze Bow Down podcast on the painter Agnes Martin


14 Nov: Derek Jarman, Protest! seminar at IMMA, Dublin 2-5.30

19 Nov: on non-fiction at UCL, 5.30-7


Autumn 2019


Read: on illness, leaky bodies and the language of trauma


24 October : FutureFest Late on the future of storytelling, Barbican Conservatory, 6.30 pm

5 November: in conversation with Hermione Lee, Oxford Centre for Life Writing, 5.30 pm


I'm a visiting fellow at UCL this year.


Summer 2019


Crudo has won the 100th James Tait Black Memorial Prize. According to Fiction Judge Dr Alex Lawrie, of the University of Edinburgh: “This is fiction at its finest: a bold and reactive political novel that captures a raw slice of contemporary history with pace, charm, and wit.”


16 Aug: How to Read A Novel, Edinburgh Festival, 2 pm

17 Aug: James Tait Black Prize, Edinburgh Festival, 6 pm


Read: on Andrea Dworkin's legacy


Spring 2019


Major news: my new book Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency will be published spring 2020 by Picador in the UK and Norton in the US. More here.


I wrote the catalogue essay for Chantal Joffe's new show of self-portraits, The Front of My Face. And I have a text piece in Palimpsest, a show curated by Charlie Porter at Lismore Castle Arts, open until 13 October 2019.


25 April: in conversation with Chantal Joffe & Charlie Porter at Victoria Miro, 6.30 pm

28 May: in conversation with Octavia Bright at Pages of Hackney, 7 pm


Winter 2018


6 February: On Wolfgang Tillmans, Irish Museum of Modern Art

19 February: Derek Jarman: A Celebration, Tate Britain

25 February: Utopia or dystopia: Imagining futures, British Academy

28 February: Sargy Mann, Late Paintings, with Chantal Joffe at the Royal Drawing School


I talked about some of the influences on Crudo with Five Books


27 October: Festival of Italian Literature in London, with Ali Smith, 4.30 pm

31 October: Goldsmith Prize Readings, 6.45 pm

22 November: Virginia Woolf and Landscape, Cambridge University, 5.30pm


Read: Kathy Acker, Ana Mendieta and violence, Sally Rooney's second novel, the contents of my fridge, Degas


Autumn 2018


Crudo is published in the US by W.W. Norton on 11 September. The New Yorker likes it.


US tour dates


13 September: Close Looking: On David Wojnarowicz, Yale University Art Gallery, 12.30 pm

13 September: On Becoming a Writer, Afro-American Cultural Centre, Yale, 5.30 pm

13 September: Windham-Campbell Prize readings, Yale University Art Gallery, 7.30 pm

14 September: Writing On Family, New Haven Free Public Library, 12 pm

14 September: Portraying Artists, Whitney Humanities Center, Yale, 4 pm


17 September: Crudo launch w Eileen Myles, McNally Jackson Williamsburg, NYC, 7 pm

18 September: Crudo launch w Stephanie Danler, Housing Works, NYC, 7 pm

19 September: Crudo launch, Politics & Prose, Washington DC, 7 pm


29 September: I'll be doing an absolutely one-off performance of a brand-new commission, a dialogue with Virginia Woolf's Orlando, written to celebrate its 90th birthday, at Charleston's Small Wonder festival. From 8-23 September you can also see A Million Candles, an Orlando-inspired installation made with artist Sarah Wood.


7 October: Auto/Biography, Frieze Art Fair, 12.30 pm

13 October: Cheltenham Literature Fesival, 8.30 pm

21 October: Manchester Literature Festival, with Andre Aciman, 4 pm


Summer 2018


Crudo is a Sunday Times top ten bestseller and has been shortlisted for the Gordon Burn prize. And Suzanne Moore described it as 'a hot, hot book.' Buy it at Waterstones, Foyles, LRB, Amazon or download the audiobook here.


Read: on love after loneliness

Listen: a roving Crudo conversation with Ali Smith at the LRB


2 June    LONDON Stoke Newington Literary Festival, with Meg Wolitzer SOLD OUT

15 June   BELFAST Waterstones

16 June   DUBLIN Dalkey Literary Festival, with Sinead Gleeson

22 June   LONDON London Review Bookshop, with Ali Smith SOLD OUT

26 June   BRIGHTON Rialto Theatre, with Elizabeth Day

28 June   LONDON Waterstones Piccadilly, with Viv Albertine SOLD OUT

2 July      BRISTOL Central Library

3 July      BATH Mr B's SOLD OUT

4 July      MANCHESTER Waterstones Deansgate

5 July      EDINBURGH Golden Hare

11 July     LONDON British Library, with Jon Day SOLD OUT

26 July    MANCHESTER Lowry with Chantal Joffe

31 July     PARIS Shakespeare & Co,


Spring 2018


I've written the introduction to the new edition of Modern Nature by Derek Jarman, one of the most beautiful books ever written.






Read: on St Derek of Dungeness, on Deborah Levy & freedom, on sitting for Chantal Joffe, on Daphne du Maurier's queerness, on bodies, on Eileen Myles's dog, on Joseph Keckler's spooky tendencies.









Listen: LRB podcast on Derek Jarman's Modern Nature with Sarah Wood & Philip Hoare.




























12 April: talking to Deborah Levy about The Cost of Living at the London Review Bookshop

15 April: talking to Ali Smith about Crudo at Cambridge Literary Festival

25 April: talking to Jeremy Gavron about his new novel Felix Culpa at Burley Fisher Books.


Amazingly, I'm one of the eight recipients of the 2018 Windham-Campbell prize.
















Winter 2017


Read: on fires, Kathy Acker, Basquiat, John Ashbery, damaged bodies, lidos, Paula Modersohn-Becker


Listen: a podcast with Philip Hoare


14 September: talking about fiction with Jon Day & Deborah Levy at the Toast shop

21 October: talking about the future of London with Iain Sinclair, Festival of Italian Literature in London


Summer 2017


Read: women & surrealism, queer British art, David Hockney, John Berger, monsters


9 June: Queer and Trans Writing at Goldsmiths

29 June: Not Here launch at the Horse Hospital

3 July: Ways of Seeing: Revisiting John Berger at Tate Modern

5 July: Refugee Tales at the ICA







Spring 2017


Hot news: David Wojnarowicz's extraordinary and deeply timely memoir Close to the Knives is being republished in the UK on 2 March, with a new introduction by me. I'll be talking about his life and work:


14 March: with Philip Hoare, Chantal Joffe and Gareth Evans at the LRB Bookshop

15 March: United States of Resistance with Max Liu at Waterstones Gower Street

30 March: Wojnarowicz extravaganza of readings and performance at the Horse Hospital with David Hoyle and Ali Smith.


Read: Emily Witt's Future Sex, Tim Murphy's Christodora, Michelle Tea's Black Wave, 5 books of a lifetime.


19 Jan: in discussion with Eileen Myles at the LRB (listen again here)

6 March: The Art of Non-Fiction at the British Library with Lara Feigel and Hisham Matar

23 March: The Eccles British Library Writer's Award Festival at the British Library

25 March: The Lonely City book club at the Royal Academy

25 April: Hunter College Distinguished Writers Series, New York City




Winter 2016


Read: Rauschenberg's ingenuity


1 Dec: Courtauld Institute, talking about the life and legacy of David Wojnarowicz


A few copies of Shipwreck, my collaboration with artist David Dernie, are still available. It's a signed edition of 100, available here for £20. All proceeds go to Médecins Sans Frontières.


Autumn 2016


Shipwreck, a collaboration with artist David Dernie, runs at the Ruskin Gallery in Cambridge from 3-19 November.


Vanished into Music, my Radio 4 documentary about the composer Arthur Russell, airs on Radio 4 at 11.30 am on 27 September. Listen again here.


The Lonely City has been shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and the Goodreads Best Books of 2016 (vote here)


I also interviewed the brilliant Ali Smith. And Funny Weather, my Frieze column, is now online (1, 2, 3).


7 October: Durham Book Festival

9 October: London Literature Festival, with Teju Cole and Megan Bradbury

12 October: Manchester Literature Festival


Summer 2016


Read: Orlando, erasure and trans heroines, the wild life of Georgia O'Keeffe, David Wojnarowicz's extraordinary memoir, Katie Roiphe's The Violet Hour, conceptual art and how I became a writer.


I'm judging this year's Frieze Writer's Prize: enter here.


Watch: my conversation with Maggie Nelson about The Argonauts.


17 May: 5X15, talking about I Love Dick with Chris Kraus

20 May: Charleston Festival, Sussex, with Julia Blackburn

25 May: London Review Bookshop, talking about The Argonauts with Maggie Nelson

26 May: International Literature Festival, Dublin

9 June: Whitstable Biennial, with Brian Dillon

14 June: Shakespeare & Co, Paris

30 June: Pages of Hackney, London

4 July: Refugee Tales, Faversham

12 July: 5X15, Television Tower, London















29 July: Port Eliot, Cornwall

9 October: London Literature Festival, with Teju Cole and Megan Bradbury

12 October: Manchester Literature Festival











Spring 2016


Amazing reviews are pouring in for The Lonely City. It's published on 3 March and I'll be doing a UK and US tour. You can read a gigantic extract in the Observer and an interview with the wonderful Charlie Porter here.
















25 Feb: Salon North, Harrogate International Festival

1 March: London Review Bookshop, in conversation with Brian Dillon

4 March: British Library, in conversation with Ali Smith + drinks reception

8 March: Barbican Open Salon, in conversation with Andrew Graham-Dixon











14 March: Kramerbooks, Washington DC

15 March: Community Bookstore, Brooklyn, in conversation with Laura Miller of Slate

16 March: McNally Jackson, New York, in conversation with Dan Fox, editor of frieze

18 March: Brookline Booksmith, Boston

23 March: Book Soup, Los Angeles, in conversation with Maggie Nelson


New essays: Goodbye to Bowie and a reconsideration of Joseph Beuys

And in March, I'll be joining the wonderful frieze as a regular columnist. To celebrate, I made them a playlist, featuring Warhol, Wojnarowicz and a few others: watch here.










Winter 2015


I wrote about my year of reading for the Millions.


Other recent pieces include a review of I Love Dick by Chris Kraus, a profile of Truman Capote, a love letter to the British Library and an essay on the difficult business of separating art from life .


Autumn 2015


In Frieze Masters: an essay on E1027, Eileen Gray's lost modernist masterpiece.

In the New Statesman: reviews of William Finnegan's surf memoir, Barbarian Days, and Edmund de Waal's porcelain pilgrimage, The White Road.

In the Guardian: Lou Reed's complicated life.


17 November: I'll be talking about The Lonely City at Bristol's Festival of the Future City. Tickets here.


Summer 2015


Two new essays: Agnes Martin, the abstract artist who disappeared into the desert, and Joseph Cornell, pioneer of assemblage art, collector, autodidact, pastry-lover & white magician.




23 May: In conversation with Esther Freud at Charleston.

28 May: In conversation with Elizabeth Day at Waterstones Piccadilly.

4 June: In conversation with Jon Day at Hatchards Piccadilly.

8 June: Teaching one week residential Arvon course on non-fiction. More info and booking here.






Spring 2015


I've been working on this for a while: a Guardian long read on the internet and loneliness.


Two new essays on visual art: Richard Diebenkorn and the colours of California in the Guardian, and a profile of brilliant, charismatic Sarah Lucas for the New York Times.


Two reviews: Atticus Lish's debut nove, Preparations for the Next Life and Maggie Nelson's magnificent The Argonauts.


In May, I'm collaborating with writer Helen Macdonald and artist Sarah Wood on A Murmuration, an exhibition about bird watching and surveillance at Brighton Festival. You can hear me discussing it on Start the Week.


Winter 2014


I'll be giving a lecture on my forthcoming book, The Lonely City, at the British Library on 26 January. Tickets here. I'll be talking about the book and the research process, and giving a few sneak previews of the contents too.


Last piece of the year: a love letter to Frank O'Hara, Joe Brainard and the New York School in the Guardian.


The Trip to Echo Spring is out now in paperback in the US. It's also one of New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2014, and Time's top 10 nonfiction titles of the year.


Autumn 2014


My long profile of the amazing Hilary Mantel is in the November issue of US Elle. Read it here. I also reviewed In the Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman and chose my ten favourite books for These Lists.


I'm writer in residence at Manchester Literature Festival, and will be reading a specially commissioned piece at (and about) the wonderful Midland Hotel over afternoon tea on 9 October at 3pm. Read it here.


Summer 2014


Echo Spring is out now in the UK in paperback. It's also just been shortlisted for the Gordon Burn prize.  


Two new essays: in The Fabulist on airports and in the Guardian on women writers who drank, a cast that includes Jean Rhys, Marguerite Duras and Patricia Highsmith.


Three reviews: David Mitchell's Bone Clocks, Michael Cunningham's Snow Queen and Philip Hensher's Emperor Waltz.


Events: I'll be talking about alcohol and writers at Salon London at the brand new Foyles bookshop on 23 June, and chairing an event with Leslie Jamison at the LRB bookshop on 8 July.



Spring 2014


My essay 'The Magic Box' is in the new issue of Granta. It's about David Wojnarowicz, art, Aids and the gentrification of Times Square. The intro is available to read online here, buy the issue here.


16 April: reading at the Society Club in Soho with Patrick de Witt for a Granta event on alcohol.

23 April: talking about my writing more generally at Clare Hall, Cambridge.


There's a long interview with me about lonelinesss, transgressive writing , alcohol and all sorts of other things on Buzzfeed here.


Recent reviews include Leslie Jamison's The Empathy Exams for the New York Times.


Winter 2014


I'll be in conversation with Gaby Wood about David Wojnarowicz for the launch of Granta 126, 'Do you remember': 4 Feb at the Horse Hospital. Other spring dates: Bath Literature Festival on 6 March, Manchester Writing School on 20 March.


Autumn 2013


I've been in New York, Chicago and Pittsburgh for the last two months, on a research trip for The Lonely City. I explored some incredible archives, including Andy Warhol's Time Capsules at the Warhol Museum and Henry Darger's journals and art materials at the American Folk Art Museum. An essay on my work in the David Wojnarowicz archive at Fales Library is forthcoming in the next issue of Granta.


The Trip to Echo Spring is published in America on 31 December, and I'll be touring the States in January. Full details here.


I'll be talking about Virginia Woolf's Orlando and what it has to do with gender outlaws Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Kate Bornstein & Chelsea Manning at 5X15 's Exceptional Women event on 28 November at the St Pancras Hotel.


Summer 2013


28 August: I'll be reading from The Trip to Echo Spring, as well as a story by Hemingway, at Pin Drop in London at 6.30 pm.


Recent radio includes Radio 4, BBC World Service, Australia's ABC, Ireland's RTE and Newstalk and Talk Radio Europe. Two of my favourites were Radio 4's Open Book, discussing writers and alcohol with Mariella Frostrup and NTS, discussing the genesis of Echo Spring with the wonderful Carrie Plitt.


There are extracts from Echo in the Observer and the Sunday Times, plus a piece on the five greatest drinking novels in the Financial Times.


Picture credit: Sophie Davidson