Writers’ and Activists Café in Sofia

This week, with Wind&Bones, I embarked upon a new venture here in Sofia: a weekly café for writers and activists, which we’re running in collaboration with Greenpeace, Bulgaria. Our first café was on Tuesday, and was loads of fun. We had tea, coffee and snacks, …

To Express or to Explore? The Art of Nonfiction

Some months ago — in that strange, hushed lull after finishing the manuscript of one book, and starting to think about another — I sat down to write. I fired up my laptop. I flipped through my notebook to the page where I had written …

Sixty-Four Chance Pieces and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

A few days after arriving here in Sofia, I was invited to the recent China/Bulgaria conference organised by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, where I gave a reading from my Sixty-Four Chance Pieces. The conference took place in Sofia’s wonderful archaeological museum, and I talked …

The Stories that Make Us: nonfiction with Sofia University

Now that we have properly landed in Bulgaria, things are getting busy. As a part of the Wind&Bones project that I run with my collaborator Dr. Hannah Stevens, I am working with the Academic Foundation for English and American Studies at Sofia University to deliver …

Projects in Bulgaria

Last week, I was in Plovdiv, Bulgaria for the EmpathEAST 2019 forum for empathy-driven social change. Run by the wonderful Bulgarian organisation Ideas Factory / Фабрика за Идеи, I was there with my Wind&Bones collaborator, Hannah Stevens, talking about storytelling and social change, and running …

Workshops with Refugee Trauma Initiative

Next week, along with my Wind&Bones collaborator Dr. Hannah Stevens, I’ll be running a creative writing workshop in conjunction with the brilliant Refugee Trauma Initiative here in Thessaloniki. RTI work to address trauma, to offer psychological support, and to offer training to refugees, asylum seekers …

On the Art of Staring into Space

I love train journeys. I love them for the opportunity they give for life to establish a different rhythm. Over the last few days, I’ve been taking slow trains from Thessaloniki to Sofia, and onwards to Vidin on the Danube. In Vidin, I’ve been checking …

Society of Authors Grant

For the last few months, I’ve been based in Thessaloniki, where I’ve been working on my book for Granta, Hello Stranger: stories of connection in a divided world. It’s been a fruitful few months of writing, connecting and research. I’m just about to head to …