Details have just been announced of the 2020 Folkestone Triennial. If you haven’t been before, it’s a trail of specially commissioned artworks that takes you all around the town, and it’s incredibly atmospheric and inspiring. My favourite works from previous years include a large Pantone colour wheel on a clifftop that you could rotate to match the exact shade of the sea, and a flotilla of small ships hung from the ceiling of a church. The town is full of cafes and independent shops too.
The theme for 2020 is ‘the plot’ so if
that’s not a must-see for writers, I don’t know what is…
– Jill Hopper
This month I’ve been reading The Plot Against America by Phillip Roth. Written in
1995, it’s spookily relevant for our era. It’s a counterfactual novel, going
back to the outbreak of world war two, and posits a scenario in which a rabidly
right wing celebrity president got elected with the connivance of a foreign
power, and then started manipulating the media to win a previously docile
population over to his crazed racist views. It’s brilliant, but also frightened
the bejeezus out of me. Truth (whatever that is) emulating fiction?
– Martin Lee
been interviewed for a podcast for the second time in recent months. This one should interest our tone of voice
– John Simmons
This month, I’ve started dipping into
the treasure trove of short stories on the BBC Sounds app. Ideal escapism
for my commute when my eyes need a wee rest from reading.