Peter K.
Subscriber since: April 2011
Location: Lewes, East Sussex, United Kingdom
About Me
This may sound pretentious, and I'm sorry about that, but it is an attempt to honestly describe how words work for me. I'm a painter who writes, and the other way around - a writer who paints. I won a prize for the Anthony Burgess/Observer Award for Arts Journalism, I was published in an anthology of short stories, and my story was then shortlisted for The Raconteur Short Story of the Year; my novel, 'The Driftwood Giraffe' is on sale at Amazon/Kindle as well as Nook and Barnes and Noble and it was runner up for the Lightship Novel Prize; and I received a Chiltern Writers poetry prize. I was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, then won an award from the Bridgewater Prize, and Colm Toibin shortlisted me at the Wexford Literary Festival. All this, and I am not published yet. So, any publishers or agents out there, give me a call.
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Favorite Word:

distillment
Evocative and associative; distillment occurs in Shakespeare, so the elder Hamlet immediately appears 'in my mind's eye'. Distillment is also a process of manufacture, and a refinement of thought. A painting can appear because of a word or a phrase - or even a title - which then stimulates an image. So, for today anyway, distillment is a favourite word.

Least Favorite Word:

spiritual
Because this occurs so often, and is so often misunderstood, I react badly to 'spiritual'. It hides a conceit, and exposes the arrogance of human awareness. It has inspired billions of people to obey ludicrous texts, and has allowed others to rationalise superficial notions of man's supremacy among all life forms. It is ultimately a gross conceit. And yes, I am an atheist.
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Favorite Quote:

"The Aquarium is gone. Everywhere, giant finned cars nose forward like fish; a savage servility slides by on grease."
- Robert Lowell 'From The Union Dead'