The Self-Illuminating Pen

Published by MAP Magazine
Supported by Creative Scotland
The Glasgow School of Art
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

2020

The Self-Illuminating Pen

Published by MAP Magazine
Supported by Creative Scotland
The Glasgow School of Art
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

2020

A series of ‘letters to the editor’ on writing in the small hours. The letters relate how habits of writing shape what is written, and how writing is effected by listening.

The five letters are: Guitar and Balloon, The Here-And-Now-Word, Glue Ear, With, Dear Alice.

The Self-Illuminating Pen also exists as a series of videos produced in collaboration with the artist Isobel Lutz-Smith.

The Self-Illuminating Pen is published as a pamphlet with ‘writing exercises’ available from MAP Editions.

The letters are a companion piece to Guitar! (Book Works, London).