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You’ll find information in these pages about my recent and forthcoming publications and author events, along with details of other projects and media work.

My latest book, Artists’ Letters: Leonardo da Vinci to David Hockney, is published by White Lion. I’m currently writing a history of twentieth-century Britain – tracing, I hope, some new paths through this much-traversed field.

I have just started a second year as Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Exeter University’s Penryn Campus and will also be working again with composition students from the Royal Academy of Music on a new project, following on from the Barbara Hepworth Project.

I am very pleased to be represented, as of September 2019, by Felicity Bryan Associates.


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MichelangeloArtists’ Letters: Leonardo da Vinci to David Hockney is a collection of about a hundred letters by as many artists. The earliest is from Leonardo da Vinci, sending his cv to the Milanese despot Ludovico Sforza in the 1480s (‘I have methods of destroying every fortress’). The most recent is a postcard sent by Cindy Sherman in the 1990s. In between we eavesdrop on Michelangelo, Van Gogh, Monet, Mark Rothko,9780711241282 Joseph Beuys, Lee Krasner, Yoko Ono. ‘I seems to me,’ writes Dorothea Tanning to Joseph Cornell, ‘that our letters are far more a real barometer of our feelings than when we speak.’

 

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I’m interviewed about the book on Passéisme and in a Widewalls podcast.


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