Terminal in the best sense

There’s something in the air Or perhaps it’s in the water Or perhaps it’s in the pale and Trembling heart that I have torn From my chest to plant In the black soil before Our house where the windows Stare at us as if we…

Horse Phantoms

A couple of months ago, I published Four Species of Ghost, a knife crime on the body of psycho-geography, in Kamenzind Beograd Issue 5. Four Species is partly an homage to Iain Sinclair, whose work has been hugely influential in how I understand the city…

Writing off Iraq

This month the White Review published my non fiction piece Every Night is like a Disco: Iraq, 2003, which only took me 11 years to write. I had it in notes, in my head, for that whole time; I always intended to write something, especially…

Picture accompanying The tiger waiting on the shore

Scene V. Dunsinane. Within the castle.

I originally submitted The tiger waiting on the shore to Nature magazine because I’d been enjoying the Nature Futures podcast. This week Nature selected the story for the podcast, and I had the pleasure of listening to Noah Baker read it. I have no idea…

Picture accompanying The Humanitarian Future

Danas Mirabilis

And so it came to pass that Aeon and Nature both published one of my pieces on the same day. The Humanitarian Future was difficult. The original article was trying to be three things: a potted history of the modern humanitarian sector, an outline of…

Paul Currion In performance at UK Parobrod, March 2014

No Place To Run No Place To

One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a writer is to sit around waiting for other people to recognize your genius. There are two reasons for this: first, you’re not a genius; and second, people are idiots. (You may notice that these two…

Short Story – Chiral

The short story “Chiral” was shortlisted for The White Review Short Story Prize – you can read it at http://www.thewhitereview.org/fiction/chiral/. The White Review is a fantastic magazine that supports experimental writing, and Chiral is a stream-of-consciousness story. It’s only three paragraphs long, but each paragraph…