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Mapping Place | Troubling Space

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This essay expands on writing, thinking, talking, and walking undertaken in collaboration with London-based writer Mary Paterson. Throughout our collaboration Mary has asked questions about place, migration, identity, and belonging. Questions that are mostly unanswerable. Questions that I’ve tried to answer anyway. Because speaking about the unspeakable with someone comes as a relief. Building on a series of keynotes presented 2018-2019, this essay is structured around keyframes, a term borrowed from animation. Echoing the timeline feature common to animation, audio, and video editing softwares, this essay is designed to be read in a long horizontal scroll.

is a writer and practice-led researcher working across print, performance, and digital media. She is A Fellow of the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library and the Moore Institute at NUI Galway. Her web-based works have been presented in museums, galleries, and festivals around the world. Her digital poem The Gathering Cloud won the New Media Writing Prize 2016. Her print poetry collection An Ocean of Static was highly commended by the Forward Prizes 2018. A new book based on her digital poem This is a Picture of Wind is forthcoming from Longbarrow Press in 2020.