I had the pleasure of speaking to Tanvi Misra for CityLab about the forthcoming Imaginary Cities book and the accompanying twitter feed. You can read it here. There wasn’t room to mention a massive thank you to the Spens family for their ongoing help with the project. My fiancée’s father Michael Spens sadly passed away earlier this year. He was an exceptional architect, editor and writer and left behind a wealth of work, guidance and books from Aalto to Zumthor which have proved invaluable (you could gain a master-course in modernism and architecture from the turned-up corners of his books alone). Hopefully the finished book will be something of a tribute to him and a thank you to Christiana and Janet who’ve been incredibly supportive. The book will be out next May with Influx Press all going to plan. I should mention that it’s not a coffee-table book of illustrations but rather an essayistic nonfiction book, along the lines of Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space, if I can make an obviously ludicrous comparison.
I should also mention that I’ll have a poetry collection coming out next year (partially kindly funded by the NI Arts Council) entitled The Ghost Republic. It consists of two parts – rewriting Irish history through Borgesian character sketches of Carson, Wolfe Tone and so on, and a long single poem viewing Ireland from multiple angles, inspired by Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji by the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. There’s no publisher lined up as yet (any suggestions/lifelines in that direction are most welcome) but given the way my recent collections have come out -tarot cards, messages in bottles etc – it will exist in some form; possibly tied to an anchor and dumped in the sea. Time will tell.