Rachel Harris

Spent the day at the Digital Design Studio, the postgraduate research and commercial centre of the Glasgow School of Art and where an “intense learning and research environment exploits the interface between science, technology and the arts to explore imaginative and novel uses of advanced 3D digital visualisation and interaction technologies.” So, erm, we’ve (E52) been doing that.

Heads Up Festival…

Been busy with Heads Up these last two weeks.

A good time was had by all, with three outstanding shows heading to Hull via Battersea Arts Centre: The Money, Backstage in Biscuit Land and Until You Hear That Bell. Then homegrown shows in the form of LO:CUS Dance Theatre, Non Applicables Guide to the Perfect Dinner Party, Finding Bobby Bubbles, live music from Emma King, Carrie Martin and Katie Spencer brought to the festival by Rock Artist Management and a couple of events that saw ‘cultural leaders’ Mikey Martins (Freedom Festival) and Martin Green (Hull 2017) having a chat with us on stage, as well as theatremakers from the city gathering to share what they’ve got going on.

During (and before) the festival, lamp post banners mysteriously disappeared, we managed to lose our big Heads Up flags somewhere, and we broke a new banner just one event in. These things are sent to test the mettle of festival organisers but we’ve come out the other end laughing and vowing to do it all again (funding’s in place for the next three years, hurrah).

Heads Up will be back in October 2016.


“I have unlimited vices—laziness, wastefulness, being too emotional. I mean to fix these things, but I have a feeling that my novels would then die, so I leave them be.” So says Natsuo Kirino (Out, and other stuff where people seem to get chopped up a lot).

I know how she feels. Recent writing, when I’ve not been too lazy to do it, has all been a bit doooooowwwwnnn. But as I venture forward and recall why I got into all this, I’m heading into optimistic territory. Trying to put the play back into plays, have a lot more fun. M’friend sent me this lovely link about why this might be a very good idea.


The majority of today involved a headache. It still does.

“His head .. it exploded. As if someone had scooped out his brains and put a hand grenade in his skull.”

Stephen King – I Am The Doorway

Days when I do fuck all…

“You get these writers who say: ‘I go to my office at nine and I write from nine till 12 and then I revise from two till four and that’s my day, and I do 2,000 words a day and when I’ve done my 2,000 words a day that’s me,’ and you go: ‘What?’ I have days when I do fuck all. I sit down at a computer, nothing’s coming, I’m having to tear each word out, it’s like digging for coal, and I’ll go: ‘No, this isn’t working,’ and I’ll just walk away.”

Ian Rankin

Popping up this weekend…

Got some stuff on as part of this. You might want to come and have a look?

“What Is Infinity?

FREE Event at Home Hopper pop-up gallery, Hull, 11 Princes Avenue, Hull, HU5 3RX on Saturday, February 13 (7-10pm) and Sunday, February 14 (1-4pm) 2016

What is infinity to you? We’re asking an artist, a writer, musicians, performers and the audience to ponder this question… expect some curious results and an immersive and thought-provoking range of creative responses.

For more information follow What Is? Collective on twitter @whatiscollectiv

There’s also a bar, in case you were wondering.