‘Some of the wisest things friends have said to me have been over text! But it’s a different kind of thinking.’
‘She’d blinked at me kindly and said it must be sad when your country no longer exists, then returned to pulverising her asparagus.’
‘While writing we recover memories, recover moods, and we start to interpret them.’
‘The reader doesn’t need to have answers, but they do need to have theories.’
‘There wasn’t much money. His father had been blunt: the classes were fine, the rest wasn’t.’
‘In a sense, we had been waiting for the Ripper to visit for months, even years.’
I was possessed, for a year, by a woman whose name I do not know.
‘The great pleasure of archive work lies in searching for these secrets known and unknown.’
‘The way I write in general is basically just to move, in as a quiet-minded a manner as I can, toward what I feel as heat.’
‘What does it say about capitalism that we have money and want to spend it but we can’t find anything worth buying?’
‘The moment in childhood when one realizes that one is Black is profoundly disorienting.’
‘Carboniferous cockroach. / Gregarious cockroach.’
An interview with the winner of the 2020 Sunday Times / University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award.
‘grief is an animal. we all know that. but which animal / exactly? what kingdom, what family, is it ever a fish?’
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