Drawn words: Pictographs in the Chinese language and visual culture.

My essay "Drawn Words: Pictographs in the Chinese language and visual culture" has now been published in the journal: Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice Volume 3, Number 2, pp. 229-240 1 November 2018 Vol. 3 (2) is a special issue concerned with the relationship of drawing and language. Abstract: This essay considers the presence of pictograms – drawings... Continue Reading →


Current PhD Research

In March 2018 my PhD research was confirmed and given the green light after a presentation and question and answer session with senior academics at the University of Sunderland. The research title is: Calligraphy as Embodied Practice: a Cross-Cultural Investigation into Embodiment and Corporeality in Chinese and Western Calligraphy. I will be studying the relationships... Continue Reading →

Cultural Evening at ICOS charity

On 15th March 2018 I participated in a "Cultural Evening" organised by the charity ICOS in Sunderland. ICOS provide assistance to people arriving in the UK from abroad, everything from providing free English classes, to applying for visas, to general cultural integration. Maggie gave a presentation about Taiwanese culture and I lead an informal workshop... Continue Reading →

UKAPCE Chinese Calligraphy Competition

My entry for the UKAPCE Chinese calligraphy competition is finally finished. I wrote a poem by Wang Zhi Huan (王之渙), a Tang dynasty poet, entitled "On Stork Tower" (登鸛雀樓). It is a famous poem in China: 白日依山盡      bái rì yī shān jìn 黃河入海流      huáng hé rù hǎi liú 欲窮千里目     ... Continue Reading →

Recent Visual Poem Publications

Between leaving the University of Wolverhampton and starting at the University of Sunderland I made a series of "Visual Poems" from photographs previously taken with a Holga camera while traveling in the Far East. They were a product of the research I undertook at Wolverhampton into Eastern aesthetic principles and traditions of representation, and word-image relationships... Continue Reading →

Recent Chinese Calligraphy (道德經)

The Dao De Jing (道德經) is a fundamental Daoist text. It dates from at least 4th century BCE and its authorship is usually ascribed to Lao Tzu (老子). Roughly it translates as "The Book of the Way of Virtue”. It is only about 5000 characters long and was probably originally written in seal script (zhuan shu,... Continue Reading →

Binary Oppositions and Calligraphy

As part of my research into the possibilities of East – West cultural exchange in written language I have been investigating the different ways binary oppositions are conceived in Eastern and Western thought (see my previous post on the Tai Chi diagram). This idea of interconnected opposites is particularly important to Daoism, which has formed... Continue Reading →

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