Seven Sisters Country Park

During my last few weeks in Brighton, I was determined to do some of the things I’d always intended to do. One was to visit Seven Sisters Country Park, a place where seemingly all of my students had visited and expressed shock that I hadn’t. It turns out it’s often erroneously referred to as Seven … Continue reading

Creative Workspaces #2

I asked some more writers and artists to tell me a bit about their desks and studios…   Jenn Thompson Writer London, UK “For the first time in about a decade I’ve finally got an actual desk. No more writing on beds/floors/kitchen tables. It’s some sort of Scandinavian bureau from the 20s and was given … Continue reading

Creative Workspaces

I asked some writers and artists to tell me a bit about their desks and studios…   Caroline Allen Ceramic Artist Giggleswick, UK “My studio is a classroom which I have access to as part of a one year residency programme in a school. I teach ceramics for twelve hours each week, and the rest … Continue reading

Good Things Part 5

Some good things that have happened recently… I bought this excellent comic book which I had wanted for ages: I went to London for the David Bowie exhibition at the V&A. It was very good. I also met up with some old friends from up north. I couldn’t get any pictures inside the museum, so … Continue reading

Clash

There are three very good bands/artists playing in Brighton next Saturday (22nd June). Not all conveniently in the same venue as part of a dream line-up, but all in separate places at the same time. They are… The Babies at The Green Door Store Deerhoof at The Haunt And Scout Niblett at Sticky Mike’s Frog … Continue reading

Great Escape 2013

I went to Great Escape a few weekends ago. It’s not a typical festival in that it doesn’t take place in a field, but at various venues spread out over the city (like a colder and more obscure version of Austin’s SXSW). This includes the usual suspects such as Audio, The Haunt and Komedia, as … Continue reading

The Lady Boys of Bangkok

Last week I went to see The Lady Boys of Bangkok for my friend Charlotte’s birthday.  They come to Brighton every year during the Fringe festival but I’d never been before… probably because tickets are normally £28, but we managed to get half price ones this time. It was a very entertaining evening of cabaret … Continue reading

New Room

I moved house recently and I’m feeling much more settled now. I even took a trip to Ikea, which was quite a novelty after several years spent moving between countries. This doesn’t mean I’m going to stay in England forever… but for now at least. I’ve put pictures on the walls and bonded with my … Continue reading

2012 in pictures

Well, this is my 100th blog post and it’s the end of the year so I thought I should do some kind of retrospective. It’s been a very different year from 2011, when I lived in Shanghai. Here are some aspects of 2012 that I managed to document in between moments of actually living my … Continue reading

Recent things

Some things I’ve seen in Brighton lately. A wall somewhere near the Old Steine. Nighttime in Kemp Town. Werner Herzog’s ‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams’ in Preston Park. Morris dancers outside The Crescent. Seagulls, as always. The brilliant Violens at The Green Door Store.