Cover of the book 'Exploring Doubt' by Alex Wright featuring a row boat beached on a boggy landscape

Exploring doubt and evolving non-fiction

Posted Posted in Religion & Spirituality, Writing & Publishing

  Alex Wright’s short book Exploring Doubt is bang on zeitgeist. Situated firmly in the terrain between religious faith and unbelief, it turns on the thesis that ‘it is in hiddenness, not transparency, that life’s meanings may most eloquently be expressed.’ Along with a growing number of voices pointing to the limitations of a society […]

Midform publishing in the digital age

Posted Posted in Writing & Publishing

Sometimes it’s hard, to misquote Tammy Wynette, to be in publishing. There’s so much talk about the opportunities opened up by the digital revolution, but most of it is set against a background of change in which the struggle for readers and sales is greater than ever. But for me, there’s one digital-age development that […]

Introducing the ‘travella’ – the short form travelogue

Posted Posted in Place & Travel, Writing & Publishing

Travel writing is in crisis, for at least a couple of reasons. Firstly, it reflects – perhaps even amplifies – the wider crisis afflicting journalism: failing media outlets, derisory writing fees and an editorial culture that favours puff pieces over independent reportage. ‘The dream is over and the quickening plunge into poverty is unsettling,’ explains […]