I signed up to SoundCloud tonight, no doubt long after the early adopters. I don’t care. I think I’m going to find it invaluable for listening to new music. What got me there and what will no doubt become a new favourite is I Break Horses, the new signing to Bella Union. Although I love … More SoundCloud

Olufemi Terry

The Sierra Leonean writer Olufemi Terry has been named the winner of this year’s Caine Prize for African writing (follow the link to read all the shortlisted stories.) His winning short story is the frankly amazing Stickfighting Days (the link takes you to a pdf of the story) which is a bleak but absolutely compelling story … More Olufemi Terry

Cocteaus. In a box.

Here’s my lovely Cocteau Twins box set of the first four albums, remastered and pressed on heavy vinyl in new sleeves and a sumptuous Vaughan Oliver-designed box. What a birthday present! One of only 700, but sorry, purist collectors, I had to take the discs out of the cellophane and play them. And they sound … More Cocteaus. In a box.

Conrad & Me

I’ve previously mentioned those fine friends of mine at the Raconteur, a literary magazine full of idealism and optimism about literature and the sheer pleasure of writing and reading. Of course, my view is entirely unaffected by the fact they’ve given me chance to write at length about the literature I love. I want to share … More Conrad & Me