Messages, in The Amorist

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I’m very pleased to see my new short story, ‘Messages’, published in vol 6 of The Amorist, the magazine ‘for devotees of love and passion.’ It is a tale of distance, desire and the power of words. The Amorist should be available from all good newsagents.

Talking About Orpheus in Sofia

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This was recorded last December, but I forgot to post it back then, so I thought I should add this link to a video of my Bulgarian TV interview with the excellent Dessie Mikova about my novel The Descent of the Lyre. It was recorded last December when I was over in Sofia. In this interview, you will note that …

Snapshots of Museum Experience – Elee Kirk

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I’m really pleased to be able to announce that I’ve just received the contract from Routledge for Dr. Elee Kirk’s forthcoming book Snapshots of Museum Experience — a study of children’s experiences and photography in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. It will be published in their Routledge Research in Museum Studies series. As many of you know, Elee was …

Highbrow Philosophy!

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I’m delighted to announce that my introductory philosophy course, “What Is Wisdom: An Introduction To Philosophy”, has just been launched over on Highbrow. It’s a ten-day email course which covers a whole range of philosophers — Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Epictetus, Confucius, Zhuangzi and the Buddha. The course explores what the philosophers have said about what wisdom is or might be. …

Forthcoming – Stealing with the Eyes

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I’m delighted to be able to announce that my anthropological-memoir-of-sorts, Stealing with the Eyes, is due to out from Haus Publishing next year. It is a tale of possession, exorcism, gods, ancestors, anthropologists and unpaid debts, drawing upon the research I did into the wood-carving industry a quarter of a century ago (!) in the Tanimbar islands of Indonesia. I’ll post …

Ready for Lift-Off (and a review)

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I’m very excited that my middle-grade novel, Lucy and the Rocket Dog is on the launchpad, and almost ready for lift-off. The launch date in the US is 15th August. It should also be available in the UK from around then, although a UK edition (with ‘Mom’ duly replaced by ‘Mum’, and any sidewalks — if there are any — converted …

Goat Music Review

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I was delighted a couple of days ago to stumble across a review of Goat Music, my reinvention of the tale of Apollo and Marsyas, over on The Letterpress Project. “The gods are largely spiteful, arbitrary, self-centred and generally driven by shabby motives…This is indeed a story of incautious hubris but in Buckingham’s hands its also a tale of the …

Myanmar

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Those who follow my other blog WaywardPhilosophy.com will already know that I am currently in Myanmar, where I’m spending several months teaching a course on global cultures as a part of an exciting new initiative. Whilst I’m away, I’ll be posting more essay-like updates about life in Yangon and beyond over on WaywardPhilosophy, and continuing to use this blog for …