Recent Presentations

You can find videos of some some of my most recent talks on these links. Transcripts of all are available on my Medium channel.

A Future Not to Feel Sad About, 2017 Oxford University Disability Lecture
Access Denied: World Mental Health Day talk at Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford

2017 talks

24 January – Seeing Through the Fog – at the launch of the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute’s report into banking practice and mental health at Barclays HQ, Canary Wharf
2 March – The Consolation of Solitary Sports – University of Oxford Mental Health Awareness Day Lecture
28 March – Looking Behind the Label – Managing Mental Ill-Health (with Verity Westgate), University of Oxford UAS Conference
1 June – A future Not to Feel Sad About – Oxford University Disability Lecture
13 September – Free to Dream: Basic Income and Mental Health – Mental Wealth Festival at City Lit, London
17 November – The Monk, The Memorist, The Mushroom and the MRI – part of the Being Human Festival at Oxford Natural History Museum
18 November – Free To Fly – After Dinner speech at the Herbert Smith Freehills Oxford disability Law Mooting Championship


My Medium channel here is where you can find much of my current writing about creativity, mental health, basic income and wicked problems.

Informative Copy
Why I Write, Warren Adler’s Writers of the World
Creativity, Collaboration, and the Need to Rethink Copyright, Oxford Writers’ House

Open Up to Indies talk at London Book Fair
Where not to Look for Great Self-published Books, Guardian Books Blog

Julie Enszer, Pank
“The Lights Went Out and there was Garth from Wayne’s World and Elvis Costello Playing Fisher Price Percussion”, an interview with the Candle Thieves, The Indie Handbook

He Was a Steampunk Jeweller Called Pete and the Spit of Andy Warhol”, The Indie Handbook
We Need to Talk About Beside The Sea, Pank
The Consolation of Bleak Stories, Guardian Books Blog
The Place of Poetry in the World, Sabotage Reviews

Collaborations and Commissions

Stitch – 31 March 2016 commissioned by Oxford Playhouse
Penning Perfumes – 21 February 2013 at the Albion Beatnik, Oxford
The Charnel House (ed. Tom De Freston) – winner of the 2015 Saboteur Award for best anthology
Lyrical Badlads – 12 November 2011 at Modern Art Oxford
Schnellkritik – 29 October 2010 at Modern Art Oxford
Illegitimate Objects – 17 October 2015 at Oxford University Mathematical Institute
Onform Sculpture Poetry Installation – 14 July 2012 at Asthall Manor
Soapbox City – 1 May 2014 in Oxford City Centre
Breaking of Tulips – 23 March 2014 at Oxford University Botanical Gardens

Selected events and Speaking Engagements

4 February – Year Zero at Rough Trade, Brick Lane
20 May – Year Zero and Knickerbocker Circus at the Poetry Café
13 October – Literary Death Match, Cement, Shoreditch
18 November – Into the Desert, O3 Gallery, Oxford

12 May – Grit Lit, Red Roaster, Brighton
4 June – The New Libertines at Stoke Newington Literary Festival
28 July – Rising Literary Stars, Blackwell’s
18 October – This is Oxford, Blackwell’s

9 January – Full Fat, 93 Feet East, Brick Lane
23 January – The New Libertines at Three Minute Theatre, Afflecks, Manchester
18 April – Alliance of Independent Authors launch at London Book Fair
27 April – A Good Old Yarn, Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham
17 June – Performance Poetry in Oxford, Old Fire Station
19 July – Templar Poetry, Chipping Norton
12 October – Poetry Jam, The Tea Box, Richmond
10 November – The New Libertines at Woodstock Poetry Festival

20 April – The New Libertines at Chipping Norton Literary Festival
24 April – Some of These Things Are Beautiful, Cheltenham Poetry Festival
8 June – Nothing To Say at Stoke Newington Literary Festival

8 April – Opening Up To Indie Authors at London Book Fair
26 April – The Age of Absinthe at Chipping Norton Literary Festival

7 October – Howl, Blackwell’s, performing the whole of Ginsberg’s poem to mark its anniversary
27 October – Gin and Phonics, Freud’s, Oxford

9-10 January – National Poetry Slam Final, Royal Albert Hall
30 January – The Anti-Slam, Old Fire Station, Oxford
23 February – Poetry on the Spot, Albion Beatnik Bookstore, Oxford
26 October (to present day) – Poeting at Waterstones, hosting a new evening of poetry at Waterstones, Oxford
25 November – Stretched to Breaking Point, Lecture at the Ashmolean Museum’s Fright Friday