Category Archives: News

5 Minute Monologue in Tower Bridge Engine Rooms

I’m really pleased to have been selected to read at this event in aid of MIND. Tickets are limited so get in early if you fancy it.

This is the second year of A Series of 5 Minute Monologues – with excerpts of live cello – this year at the Tower Bridge engine rooms. Each year a new collection of 5 minute monologues – with live cello interludes – is performed as part of Greenwich Shorts, linked to the timing of the London Marathon. This year the pieces revolve around themes of love and resilience. Join us for the show, drinks and food (all included in your ticket price).”

New: 22 Ideas About the Future

I’m extremely pleased to announce the publication of 22 Ideas About the Future.

It’s the book I’ve been co-editing with Benjamin Greenaway for Cybersalon, based around the four events we ran last year on the future of health, community, the high street and money.

It has 22 speculative stories exploring these themes with an afterword for each section by one of the experts. Topping and tailing it is an introduction from Douglas Rushkoff (named by MIT as one of the “world’s most influential intellectuals”), a preface by Cybersalon founder Eva Pascoe and a postface about writing the tales from Dr Christine Aicardi of King’s College London.

Here’s some more info, but you can find out all about it, including all the contributors and how to pre-order, on the Cybersalon Press website.


This collection of provocations from the think tank Cybersalon brings together a blend of near-future speculative fiction and non-fiction commentary from leading experts in the fields of health, community, retail, and money. Together, they shine a light behind the cornerstones of our lives to reveal the unexpected and invite you to cast your critical eye on technology and its effect on society. Be prepared for warnings and inspirations from those who speculate about the future and those who make it a reality.


“The shards from a score of Black Mirrors reflecting future truths, as only fiction can.”
Charles Arthur, author of Social Warming: How Social Media Polarises us all


“Challenging and lively, these short stories will inspire readers to give more thought to the surprising risks and opportunities of pervasive technologies.”
David Wood, Futurist and author of Vital Foresight


“These stories will stop you in your tracks, make you think and spur you into action!”
Jana Hlistova, Founder of The Purse, Host of The Purse Podcast


“When the Western population is lost in a fantasyland of algorithms and abstractions, the 22 tales of speculative fiction in this book are able to provide unique and subversive insights into our possible futures.”
Richard Barbrook, author of Imaginary Futures


“If visions are futures for the heart, here we have much heartfelt foresight into how our lives, our relationships, and our selves, are being transformed by data-fication. These futures feel personal, as they should.”
Tracey Follows, futurist and author of The Future of You


Copyright faces. Innocent tech.

In the latest offering of Pith – my (sort of ) newsletter – I touch on a couple of things that caught my eye recently around fake faces and the presumed innocence of tech. Alongside some brief pondering about these there’s also bits and pieces of news.

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