Bake Off with Gordon Burn

By Lee Brackstone Gordon Burn is not a hard person to talk about, or make sense of, in the world we find ourselves in nine years after his death. He comes up often in my engagement on social media; a ghostly afterlife that may have fascinated someone who was so engaged with how the media…

Tony White’s The Fountain in the Forest Crossword Competition

Tony White’s The Fountain in the Forest Crossword Inspired by the experiments of Georges Perec and Oulipo, Tony White wrote The Fountain in the Forest using a literary technique known as ‘mandated vocabulary’, where the words used to create the work are predetermined in some way. In this case, each chapter was written using all…

Gordon Burn (1948-2009)

Friends, colleagues and fellow novelists Val McDermid, Richard T. Kelly, Liam McIlvanney and Faber’s Lee Brackstone pay tribute to the great Gordon Burn. Val McDermid writes: Every time I read something by Gordon Burn, I came away feeling that I’d learned something important about the way people make connections. Connections to each other, connections to…