A radio play I made with Alex Brenchley. Many attempts and many false starts were made to get here.
The first year of the decade without One Direction.
Culture and London, as relationships go, I would say the signals are clear: HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU.
Sam de Groot and I started making music together in 2010 when I ran a night called ‘I’ve Never Done This Before’. People were invited to do something they had never done before. For me it was a way to do stuff I wanted to do but for whatever reason – insecurity, embarrassment, lack of an excuse – never had. One time I did singing, then poetry, then acting. Singing + Poetry + Acting = Rapping. It suddenly seemed so vital I would rap at the next night. I expressed my intentions to Sam who reminded me that he had made beats in his youth. So his sampler and four-track came out of storage and we set to work. That first night we performed a cover of ‘Teenage Love’ by Slick Rick and our own song, ‘Making Life is Making Trouble’. This was followed a few months later by a song called ‘Glory’ and in 2012 we released an EP ‘Good at Goodbyes’. ‘Illegal Emotions’ is our debut album and came out in 2015.
Essay about Kasia Fudakowski.
The Royal College of Art Photography Department class of 2015 invited me to write a story for their book.
Really got into theatre when I moved to London. Which brought thoughts I wanted to talk more about so I wrote this, made it into a pamplet and, like a nutter, printed 500 copies. Still have a few, if you want one.
Words from Armando Andrade Tudela, Lou Buche, Alexander Damianos, Miquel Hervás Gómez, Lotte van de Hoef, Noa Giniger, Lauren Godfrey, Halina Kliem, Frank Koolen, Eileen Maxson, Ott Metusala, Sands Murray-Wassink, Marc Oosting, Bella Pace, Andrada Smaranda, Nora Turato, Joby Williamson and Celina Yavelow are included in this video Sam and I made for a ‘Friday Late’ event at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Are A3-sized books a big mistake? No one wants A3 books and bookshops do not want A3 books on their shelves – except San Serriffe, my favourite bookshop. Why did I make an A3 book? In 2014, I visited Thomas Hirschorn’s exhibition ‘Flamme Éternelle’ at the Paleis de Tokyo where a daily magazine was produced and I loved the format: stapled A3. It was big and booklike but simple and fast. I had got sucked into fetishising the hand-made, folding thousands of sheets, stapling, cropping pages. This felt like a more truthful proposition. And it did look so good, poems floating on all that white. But was it gratuitous and demanding? I read that Yehuda Amichai insisted his poetry books be 10 × 18 centimetres so they would fit in a reader’s pocket. Here are three of the poems from ‘TENDER TO MISTRAL’ recorded with Tom Rosenthal playing piano.
Another from ‘TENDER TO MISTRAL’ with music composed by Viktor Dorozsmai. Check the cover – a photograph by one of my favourites, Frank Koolen.
A portrait of London as seen from the top of Cromwell Tower, one of the three residential towers in the Barbican Estate. This film combines over 5,000 photographs by Siddharth Khajuria with music by Tom Rosenthal and my poetry.
My trilogy of novels, published by TRUE TRUE TRUE.
Workless, depressed, too regularly at Walthamstow JobCentre – London 2012 came to the rescue. This poem is about a summer of Stratford, Westfield and the 97 bus.
A song with Tom Rosenthal.
Poem for a book called ‘Linear Manual’ edited by Martin Kohout. I consider it my first piece of London art as Martin’s invitation to contribute came on the day I moved to London. It is here designed by Rémy Dautin – he did a great job.
Made a ton of videos with Alex. This is my favourite. Special notice: Harald den Breejen as “male enhancement” expert, Dr Wim van der Winkelweide.
Three paintings. I love painting but stopped in 2010.
2009 book written with graphic designer Sam de Groot.
In 2005 I moved to Amsterdam. I did a show called ‘Love Paul’ on Radio Patapoe, for which I wrote and performed this story based on those early days in a new city, a new country, with my friend Nathan Dilworth.