n quentin woolf

novelist; broadcaster

royal caper


Writers’ Lab stalwart Thomas J O’Mara has recently published HRH Prince Philip: Escape from the Palace, a comic alternative history charting the very un-royal exploits of the queen’s consort. It’s 1966 and Prince Philip is the only grey man in a world bursting with an endless kaleidoscope of colour. He longs to break free of the royal shackles and dreams of escape from his gilded cage.

Update from Platform-7’s John McKiernan

My new project called the Waste Agency, is seeking to begin a 3 year conversation in City of London on how we find a solution to our ever increasing and unsustainable consumption.

The first batch of emails went out on Tuesday. British Land asked me to view Broadgate as a potential location for the Waste Agency shop and Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP offered an empty premises at Ludgate Circus for the month of August. City of London Corporation have discussed 2 locations and they requested The Tights Ball to display at their offices and possibly in the Guildhall. And much more.

London Cannon Street station is now confirmed as Platform-7’s exhibition space for the next 2 years in support of the Waste Agency. Tights Ball has had lots of activity with North London Waste Authority (1.7m households) taking a bin and discussing rolling the project around their 7 boroughs, London Fire Brigade requesting 2 bins for their 600 staff HQ, British Land took a bin and London Waste and Recycle Board called to find out more as they are discussing the project at a London level.

The tights is the poster girl for the Waste Agency, giving the project broader publicity while Cannon Street is to draw in the thinkers working within the City who may have the power to actually make change. It is very experimental and might not work but I have got off to a very good start and I hope that the interview with Londonist Out Loud, with such perfect timing, adds weight to what is being attempted here.

- John

on the somme



NQW with Murakami and Amis in Top Ten books

Cambridge Literary Festival, Spring 1–6 April

Ali Smith’s selection of her favourite three debut novels of the year is one of the festival’s favourite fixtures – and this year is likely to be no exception, as three writers, all of whose books deal with issues of conflict and masculinity, discuss their first forays into fiction with Ali. Come along and meet N Quentin Woolf, (The Death of the Poet), Robert Allison (The Letter Bearer) and Anna Whitwham (Boxer Handsome).

06 Apr
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Divinity School Lecture Hall
St John’s College
St Johns Street
Cambridge, CB2 1TP

£7 / £8

You can book your tickets here

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Dates announced for Spring 2014 Writers’ Mutual: Retreat

Following the success of several retreats in Bordeaux in 2013, dates have been announced for a further Writers’ Retreat in amongst the vineyards in Spring 2014.

For more details, please follow the link – writers’ mutual: retreat, 17th-23rd march 2014

Londonist Out Loud, a podcast about London, 20th September 2013


Londonist Out Loud, a podcast about London, 13th September 2013


A Clockwork Orange © BFI

Londonist Out Loud, a podcast about London, 6th September 2013


Londonist Out Loud, a podcast about London, 31st August 2013


Londonist Out Loud, a podcast about London, 23rd August 2013