Talking to The Wastes

“Truth, pretending, endings, and the stories we necessarily tell ourselves and each other.” Ellie Hoskins on a fragmentary and poetic debut novel by Roy Claire Potter…   A good book, to me, feels like...

Dora Maar: Behind the Lens – In Pictures

Dora Maar: Behind the Lens emphasises the titular artist’s photographic talent and experimental flair. We invited the founder of Amar Gallery, Amar Singh, to talk us through some of his favourite works from...

The Big Interview: Jonathan Boyd, Head of Programme for Jewellery & Metal MA (JaM) at the Royal College of Art

Pushing the idea of jewellery to breaking point, Royal College of Art tutor Jonathan Boyd is encouraging the next generation of designers and artists to exponentially challenge their practice. He tells Laura Robertson...

On 2001: A Space Odyssey

“It remains a masterpiece of epic proportions.” Mike Pinnington does a deep-dive into Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, which is back in cinemas this weekend – 60 years after the director had wondered...

This Town: Working Class Cultures on TV

Just 8% of people in film and TV identify as being from a working-class background. Can better, more nuanced representation on screen help? Kenn Taylor on Stephen Knight’s This Town… Dante (Levi Brown)...

Thy Race is Run – Apocalypse Now?

Why are we so drawn, perhaps increasingly so, to visions of the apocalypse? Mike Pinnington, via a variety of mediums – from poetry to gaming – interrogates our seemingly endless appetite for the end…  “We...

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Mike Pinnington on Vallisaari island, Helsinki. Photograph by Laura Robertson

Field Trip: Helsinki, Finland – Happiness and Cultural Guardians

Taking in climate change at Helsinki Biennial, diversity at the Ateneum, and visiting contrasting new galleries in an art school and bar toilets (!), Mike Pinnington’s return to Finland’s capital city is a timely reminder...

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Playlist: Disquiet Residency #3 – Tangled Tales

Musing on the rich tradition of narrative song writing, in his latest playlist, Aaron Williams draws on contemporary masters of the form… Music has long been fertile soil for storytelling (and, therefore, storytellers);...

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Present Tense. Publish by The Double Negative, 2019.

Present Tense (2019) // Paperback // £14.99

Present Tense A decade since Liverpool EU Capital of Culture… What now?  Edited by Laura Robertson and Mike Pinnington ISBN 978-1-5272-4281-4 Published August 2019. Very limited edition run of 250 copies. Paperback, 96...