ESSAYS

 

I'm very happy to make these available for reading, but please do get in touch if you would like to use, cite or circulate any of my work: a lot of the writing is quite personal.

 

 

I prepared these notes for student composers as a form of introduction to writing for the voice. Written in 2017; updated 2021. 

 

On writing for the voice...
notes for composers 2021.pdf
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In February 2019 I was invited to take up a two-day Hartley Residency at Southampton University. For this I wrote a paper on collaboration, subsequently revised and attached here in the version I presented at the conference 'Collaboration is more refreshing than new socks' organised by CREATIE and Mixed Currents in December 2019 at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp.

 

The voice that calls the hand to write: exploring the adventure of agency and authorship within collaborative partnerships
The voice that calls the hand to write A[...]
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As part of the Hartley Residency, I also wrote a short position paper further exploring some issues of authorship in collaborative work. An updated version of this, entitled 'Sharing the spoils of a shared practice', was published in TEMPO Vol. 73 No. 290 (Oct. 2019).

 

Sharing the cultural capital
Sharing the cultural capital.pdf
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For the eavesdropping symposium in April 2020, which was held online as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, I wrote a short and quite personal essay sharing my experience of lockdown.

 

An identity in lockdown
An identity in lockdown.pdf
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This is also available as an audio file, read by me, on YouTube.

 

In the middle of one night during lockdown, I wrote some very candid words about menstruation, about the taboo that still surrounds the menstruating body, and about some of the physical and emotional challenges that come with this monthly experience.

 

The modesty days are over
The modesty days are over.pdf
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In January 2021 I presented this essay as part of the Fragility of Sounds lecture series, organised by Pia Palme and Christina Lessiak and hosted by the Kunstuniversität, Graz. 

 

In the thick of it: further reflections on the mess and the magic of collaborative partnerships
In the thick of it.pdf
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This is also available (abridged) as an audio file, read by me, on YouTube.

 

Berliner Festspiele / MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues invited me to contribute to their 2021 digital festival: 'Inside Out' is a video essay made with filmmaker Jessie Rodger.

 

Inside Out: a video essay
Inside Out MAERZMUSIK (3 March 2021).pdf
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The film is now available on YouTube.

 

 

 

I'm very happy to make these available for reading, but please do get in touch if you would like to use, cite or circulate any of my work: a lot of the writing is quite personal.

 

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