The most honest thing to say is that I’m a writer – but what kind of writer is more difficult. Poet? Novelist? Essayist? To date I’ve written 9 books and they range across all these genres – collections of shorts stories; collections of poems; novels; collections of essays. I’ve been short-listed or won some pretty major awards for these books. I’m also an academic of sorts. My PhD is in English Literature, and I now direct the Centre for Research in Creative Writing at the University of London, Royal Holloway. I lecture there as well. Like all blogs, this one is a kind of self-indulgence. It’s where I test out ideas that might later develop into larger essays. They are often polemic – and often angry about social injustice, especially those surrounding issues of race and gender – I’m sorry about that. But I hope they’re always honest, and even in this draft-stage, that these are things you might enjoy reading.