Recent Publications

I have published two books of visual poetry recently. Erased Words: in tempore belli (written in time of war) with Paperview Books, based in Leiria, Portugal, and Songs of Despair and other poems with Trickhouse Press based in Dundee, Scotland. Erased Words, in tempore belli I am genetically 13% Tatar, probably Volga or Crimean, and... Continue Reading →

Calligraphy and Drawing at Art Centre Washington

I have been concentrating on finishing my research recently but am participating in a group exhibition at the Art Centre Washington entitled Earth Requiem. "Earth Requiem is an ambitious exhibition and series of events organised by The Sunderland Indie, presenting creative responses to the climate crisis. Through painting, sculpture, photography, film, music, poetry, dance, performance,... Continue Reading →

‘My Dying Father’ at Baltic

I am currently showing a sketchbook entitled My Dying Father (2019) at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Newcastle, UK. The show has been put back from 2020 due to the Covid-19 restrictions in force in the UK. It is currently installed but until galleries and museums reopen, on-line only. 3D virtual tour of... Continue Reading →

13th UKAPCE Chinese Calligraphy Competition 2020

The UK Association for the Promotion of Chinese Education is working in partnership with the Poem, Calligraphy and Paint Institute, Kut-O Association Chinese School, Singtao Daily, Phoenix TV and Warwick University to organise its annual Chinese calligraphy competition. The deadline is 15th June 2020. Categories: Children (below 9); Youth 1 (10-14); Youth 2 (15-19); Adult... Continue Reading →

Xu Wei (徐渭) calligraphy

In the interests of scholarship and to provide a concise resource for interested parties, I am posting some examples of Xu Wei's cursive calligraphy, scanned from a book I bought in China. The texts are mostly poems written by Xu Wei himself, but there is also a poem by Du Fu (712 – 770) and... Continue Reading →

Recent copy of Huai Su 懷素 Autobiography 自叙帖

In an effort to improve my cursive calligraphy I have been copying Huai Su's (懷素) (737–799) famous Autobiography (自叙帖). I first copied this while at the LanTing Academy of Calligraphy earlier this year, but thought I would have another attempt. The Autobiography is considered one of the greatest pieces of cursive calligraphy (草書). The original (or... Continue Reading →

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