Day one of Commonwealth Games proceedings, and I thought I’d kick things off on a…cheery note. Ok, it’s not the most forward-thinking of countries (just try googling ‘Rwanda + LBGT rights’), and it doesn’t have the happiest of recent histories, but it’s on the list because a) it’s one of two competing nations* at the […]
For various reasons (this is one; this, most recently, is another [congratulations, guys]; moving house is yet another; oh, and there’s been the small matter of earning money [boring]) I haven’t been posting here with much frequency (if at all) of late. In an effort to remedy this, and to celebrate the happy-making trifecta that a) marking […]
Caveat No. 1: The link-bating wossisname that I am, this article isn’t actually about 12 Years a Slave, in spite of the image at the top. Sneaky. (For more on this, see below.) Caveat No. 2: I know I haven’t written anything here for ages (there is a book to come in 2014 that explains some […]
This extract is from my forthcoming monograph, Travel Writing and the Transnational Author, which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014 [edit: available NOW at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Travel-Writing-Transnational-Author-Knowles/dp/113733245X ]. In this book I look at examples of the writing of four authors whose work has attracted rave reviews, large financial advances, and generally placed the writers […]
As promised in today’s talk, click here for my presentation on Robert Louis Stevenson. (References, etc., as full as possible; do get in touch if there’s anything that needs clarifying.) Thanks to Charlotte Mathieson for organising a great conference, with lots of really interesting people! Sadly, research is back on hold, now, as I’m back to marking…
I love This American Life. As the worst – or, depending on your point of view, the best – kind of liberal, left-wing, arts academic, the combination of innovative approaches to culture with a focus on the perspective of the oppressed and silenced throughout history appeals to me. And also, Ira Glass’s voice – Woody […]
Very quickly (must get into the habit of switching off at night), here’s the presentation from my most recent lecture: http://prezi.com/yx5t3bfe9bje/lecture-selvon/?kw=view-yx5t3bfe9bje&rc=ref-17118910.