Sarcastic cross-stitch

This began as a conversation with Rachel, an old friend, confidante, and fellow mischief-maker. She was speaking about someone specific, who was making her life more awkward than necessary. Context here is everything.  The edited conversation went something like this… Me: Ooooh, I could make that for you. [Pause] in cross-stitch. Rach: [Looks blank, andContinue reading “Sarcastic cross-stitch”

Where does the mischief come from? #2

Or, Polyshrink mischief: badges washed in on the tide. I’m delighted to reveal a mischief publication, and a project I’ve been cooking up since November last year. Urban Selkie is my new publishing venture (website coming soon). It will form, and inform my upcoming PhD research into mischief and the counter-public sphere. Meanwhile, it’s another MAContinue reading “Where does the mischief come from? #2”

Where does the mischief come from? #1

I’ve just finished writing a positioning statement about making mischief – it’ll be published by Urban Selkie Publications later this month in a book titled Shrinkles of Dissent. Whilst I was word wrestling, I remembered I’d written something same-but-different a few years ago. I skiffled through my archived projects and dug it out from theContinue reading “Where does the mischief come from? #1”


Some ideas arrive fully formed, others come with serious graft, late nights, sweat/tears and caffeine. Those which appear as blindingly obvious – unexpected revelations, usually materialise when I’m cleaning my teeth. I treasure the latter the most. There’s something special about that twilight part of the day – the time between being wide awake andContinue reading “Yes/No.”