Helsinki: A Correlation of Worlds (between Finlandia and the Antipodes)

There is no doubt there is a clear delineation between my formative years in New Zealand and Finland. Both are known as clean, green destinations. Both are sparsely populated, both have risen from relative global slumber to be desired liveable countries and both now command a good degree of personal wealth to be able to […]

Process Not Product #6: Screenshots

As mentioned previously, this year I’ve been busy piecing together the 30 year overview ‘Dating the Page.’ Despite much of it being existing material it is an expansive project and has proven very taxing to put together. It is the first time I’ve put imagery with my poems, many of which have been retouched for this […]

Shenzhen/Guangzhou: Welcome to Metroland!

A few months ago in Shenzhen, the new city to airport Line 11 was opened. Not long after that lines 7 and 9 followed. Meanwhile Guangzhou’s own metro opened Line 7 and an expansion of 6 but sadly as yet no 9 which would be useful as it will link Huadu with the ever mysterious […]

Process Not Product #3: Dating the Page

A year or so ago, I started gathering imagery for a possible 20th anniversary edition of my first book A Lyrical Oasis. However such is the guiding light of David Sylvian I thought wouldn’t it be good to do a book which isn’t your average compilation but also added drawings, photos and other stuff from my […]

Process Not Product #2: Titles

Titles are plentiful, so much so that I don’t know what to do with them all. Shifting Focus, System and Chance, Dating the Page, House of Many Faces and Auxiliary Machine are all mooted, it’s just a question of for what and when. Back in the day it was simple. Write a book usually as […]

Process Not Product #1

For sometime there has been a new book in progress/production. Unusually this has no fixed title or cover design as yet – normally the starting points alongside that of documenting my location and life events. However it’s the very thing called life that has made progression inexorable. Teaching, the blog and everyday life take time, […]