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here's my book, you can get it everywhere, it's in shops and everything, it has as much of me as i've ever put into anything, i'd love you to read it, endless impossible thanks to everyone who made it happen…

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13 Oct
My book launches tomorrow. I'm truly overwhelmed by the interest & support it's had so far -- I never imagined anything like this. Thank you.

Following this thread on language, here's one on Orkney's history, & the thinking on time & space in the book.

This is the Ness of Brodgar, a 20-year long (so far) excavation of a stone age building complex that's shaped what we know about neolithic Orkney.

It's a group of large, likely ceremonial buildings, in regular use for about 1000 years, from 3300BC.
It's in a World Heritage Site called the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, which has dozens of stone circles, individual stones, tombs, settlements and other features.

It's sat between two lochs, with islands and hills rising round: a place where time is held.
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12 Oct
oh... a spare hour... maybe i should get round to che cking through my invoices, it's been a while...

*opens invoices_complete.ods*

you're telling me... i haven't thoroughly checked my invoices... since october 2020...

one would think that when one did one's tax return in may that one would have also checked that all of one's invoices had been paid

anyway if you haven't paid me for work in the past year GET READY FOR AN EMAIL
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12 Oct
every time you see any public conversation about trans people and cancel culture, somewhere there is a trans woman whose life is being wrecked by those events in a very direct and material way and you will almost never hear her story
i'm not exaggerating. i personally know a lot of women who've been through this, and i'm one of them. the stories don't go public because of social precarity, media disinterest, and most of all by legal threats.
sometimes i'll meet a sister and some piece of d i s c o u r s e will come up in conversation and she'll say, "oh yeah, that was me". and then i'll get the true story, and it is always ten times wilder and more awful than anything you could imagine.
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11 Oct
Rehearsing with @AtziComposer for the official book launch!

We've prepared a performance of music and words from Deep Wheel Orcadia for @PTBOpoetry this Saturday. It's going to be really special.… Me and Atzi taking a selfie...A moody image of a cello ho...
@AtziComposer @PTBOpoetry Atzi and I last performed this at the ØY Festival in Papa Westray in November 2018: a beautiful dark northern winter night in the old kelp store -- this building: Image
@AtziComposer @PTBOpoetry Before the show, we took a walk around the coast of the island, paying homage (as I always like to) to the site where the last breeding great auk in these islands was shot, 200 years ago: Fowl Craig. A colour photo of a red cla...A black and white photo of ...
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8 Oct
It's six days until Deep Wheel Orcadia is published, and pre-orders are landing through letterboxes now!

An Orkney language science fiction verse novel is a queer thing, so I'm going to do a few threads about the ideas and inspirations behind it.

First, what is this language?
Here's Orkney, off the north coast of Scotland. My whole childhood was in Westray, one of the north isles, at the old Midbea Schoolhouse.

(The Castle o Burrian is the best place in Orkney for puffins. Go there at dusk and sit quiet. It's my favourite place in the world.) ImageImageImage
The oldest consistently recorded language in Orkney is Medieval Norwegian, in runes developed from the Younger Futhark.

Here they are graffiti-carved in the walls of Maeshowe, a neolithic tomb, in 1150AD, in an episode recorded in the Iceland-written Orkneyinga saga. The Orkney Book of Runes, b...Illuminated runes in a ston...
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9 Sep
I found this article on thew trans struggle in feminism from Amia Srinivasan illuminating, less for any particular analysis of the trans-exclusionary campaign, and more for its diagnosis of a perennial problem in white Anglo-American feminism:…
Srinivasan restates Bracewell's startling conclusion that both sides *lost* the late 20th century Anglo sex wars, through amelioration into liberal capitalism in both its permissive and carceral forms. The same is transparently true of the current trans and anti-trans tendencies.
Anti-trans feminism's collaboration with fascist, white nationalist & capitalist patriarchal movements (as lately noted by Butler) is clear, but so is trans liberalism's rapid incorporation into liberal capitalism's politics of representation & inclusion:…
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