Author Archives: danholloway

She Drew the Gun

Ever since my first gig, I’ve been a firm believer that art is best when it crosses disciplinary boundaries. Aside from the obvious community-building advantages of introducing new groups of people to your work, you expose yourself to new influences. … Continue reading

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Desecration: Twisting Bodies Out Of Shape

Over on my personal website I’ve been  looking at writing tha explores the darkest parts of the human psyche. Carrying on that theme, it’s a pleasure to spend some quality time discussing why writers – and readers – feel this strange … Continue reading

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Gore, Guernica, and Glorious Garishness at the Globe: The Art of Tom De Freston

I first properly got to know Tom De Freston and his art when I hosted a poetry reading at his studio, part of the creative hub that is the Magdalen Road Studios in Oxford. It was like walking into a … Continue reading

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The Dangerous Balance of Friendship

Two months ago, I wrote about a wonderful Kickstarter project, Anna Fennel Hughes’ Crockett’s Fall. I am delighted to be able to report back so soon that not only did the project reach its target but the resultant book is … Continue reading

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The Internet is Incidental: In Conversation with Tao Lin and Ben Brooks

I am on the 5th floor of Waterstones Piccadilly spilling some of my complimentary pineapple juice waiting for Tao Lin, 30, and Ben Brooks, 21. I feel that is an implausible thing to say. Waterstones don’t do events for Tao … Continue reading

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Self-publishing can be a beautiful thing

I am always saying that self-publishing is as much about beautiful craft and beautiful objects as it is about e-this, e-that and e-the other, and nowhere more so than in the production of art books. So I was bowled over … Continue reading

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The Imagination Thief

Rohan Quine’s The Imagination Thief is one of those books that has originality stamped across it with a pair of size 12 DMs. An incredibly dark picaresque through the recesses of the human psyche, it is an uncomfortable, troubling immersive … Continue reading

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Save Southbank Skatepark

Earlier this week the Guardian, in conjunction with Zadie Smith, launched a photography competition to find an image that captures the meaning of urban life in London today. The picture that accompanied the story was of Southbank Skatepark. In many … Continue reading

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The View On the Way Down

You know those windscreen repair adverts with the saccharine jingle? The ones warning you how any chip on your windscreen can turn into a crack. I was lying awake the other night thinking (no, that’s not a bad case of … Continue reading

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Over at our sister site 79 rat press, we have just launched for pre-order 6 amazing books, from new writers and some writers very familiar to people here. I have reposted the announcement in full here – don’t miss out! … Continue reading

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