Look and Listen
BiographyI trained as an artist in performative practice before completing an MPhil in Creative Writing (Distinction) at Glasgow University. My artistic practice is now text based and includes a set of e-books on 1970s performance collective The Theatre of Mistakes; a conceptual artwork for New York duo Praxis and James Franco's Museum of Non-Visible Art; and latterly 'Whorticulture,' a novel about four migrant women in antebellum America.
InspirationThe seed for 'Whorticulture' lies in the true story of a New Orleans madam who killed three husbands, one of whom was a preacher! This made me curious to know more about prostitution in mid-nineteenth century America and what the other options were for women at that time. I was also fascinated by the complex system of race classification in New Orleans - a horrible, racist hierarchy of skin color. I've always loved lyrical writers like Jeanette Winterson and wanted to try to write "beautifully" about a difficult subject. 'Whorticulture' is dark. It's not a romantic book. Some readers have admired the way the women deal with hardship, others have found it depressing. But I've really learned a lot about it from readers' reviews.
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