Calmly, Joyously, Recklessly: Writing Summer

‘All poetry is that. Suddenly, you see something.’ Louis Zukofsky’s lines about sudden clarity are both liberating and anxiety-provoking. Why can’t the something be summoned? How best to wait for it? It will happen, somehow. This summer, more than previous ones in my academic life, is a summer of writing. Serious writing. Every day I sit at my… More Calmly, Joyously, Recklessly: Writing Summer

The Queen of May

In 1865, Julia Margaret Cameron started to work with 15 x 12 inch photographic plates to create her haunting images of what Virginia Woolf and Roger Fry titled Famous Men and Fair Women. Cameron’s allegorical work has been an important aspect of my own research on Victorian music and visual culture, and I’ve also been thinking about… More The Queen of May

The Artist, the Architect, and the Ladybird

A few months ago, the artist Miriam Elia produced We Go to the Gallery, a book that satirised the contemporary art world via the classic medium of Peter and Jane, the idyllic brother and sister from the Ladybird book series for children. Elia was threatened with legal action by the publisher for copyright infringement and… More The Artist, the Architect, and the Ladybird