Life-writing, with pictures.

In October, I took up a visiting scholarship at the Oxford Centre For Life Writing, based at Wolfson College, Oxford University. I’ve worked with them in the past and I know they are keen that as many people as possible access their research, so I will make sure anything I produce that’s related to this position is enjoyable and accessible as well as educational. It’s an unpaid, honorary position, but a huge privilege to be nominated to do this, plus I get access to all their amazing libraries and other resources. What is life-writing though? Doesn’t it just mean memoir?…

Run for your life

Update alert! I’ll be running for charity on July 14th. Leeds Women’s Aid. It’s just a Fun Run (5k) but it’s my first ever race and I’d like you to sponsor me if you can, or share this post with someone who might. Here’s my GoFundMe. Let me know if you want me to run backwards, or dressed as a parakeet or whatever, I’ll do anything if it raises more money (Almost). Anyway, read my blog post below. It’s a good one. Watching the London marathon and all those amazing over achievers made me want to write about my own…

True North

Here’s the spark to light the fire Here’s the rope to haul the sail Here’s the coal to feed the engine Here’s the strength to build the rail True North, 2018, Boff Whalley for Commoners Choir I’ve been wondering lately if I might be a ‘professional Northerner’, an insult sometimes levelled at people from the North of England who are always banging on about how it’s grim up north. Certainly I’ve written one grim book about growing up in the north, I still speak with an accent despite having travelled far and wide, I’m interested in social realism and I’m…

The Legacy of Artemisia, or Why Should We Care That Someone Was Raped

  The Comics Forum is a two day academic conference that runs alongside Thought Bubble in Leeds. The forum topic for 2014 was Violence. My presentation seemed to go down well and unusually, there were lots of questions and discussion during question time (typically people ask me questions individually, in private, after any talk I’ve given) perhaps because I was part of a panel on sexual violence so the audience felt more comfortable about asking questions. I haven’t posted on here for a while so I thought I’d post the whole thing, images and notes. Hope you find it interesting….