Wallacea Week 2018

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I’m currently deep into The Malay Archipelago by Victorian naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace. I’ve been aware of Wallace – in particular his travels in Maluku – for years; but I have never got round to properly reading him. So I’m taking the opportunity of being involved …

In Ubud this October

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I’m extremely excited that after almost a quarter of a century, I’ll be heading back to Indonesia this October, this time to the Ubud Writers and Readers festival, where I’ll be talking about my travel book Stealing With the Eyesː Imaginings and Incantations in Indonesia, …

In Bulgaria

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I’m currently in Bulgaria with my fellow Wind&Bones writer, Hannah Stevens, where we’re running some workshops in Varna with the LECTI (Language Education Culture Tolerance Information) centre, and also doing a short residency in the Sofia Literature and Translation House. If you are in Varna, …

Interview in the Southeast Asia Globe

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I’m very pleased to have an interview published in the Southeast Asia Globe, about anthropology, Indonesia, witchcraft, exoticism, writing and my book Stealing With the Eyes. Here’s an extract: I used to tell my creative writing students that everywhere is exotic from the point of …