My story ‘Black Hands’ that appears in issue 2 of the briliant new magazine Archivio, has been shortlisted for ‘Best Original Fiction’ in the Stack Magazine awards, alongside work from notable literary magazines like SAND and Funhouse.Read More
Pleased to be invited back to the two week residency at Lemon Tree House in Tuscany. Held in an ancient hamlet (formerly a castle), the residency is structured around a series of craft talks held most evenings. As artist in residence, My talks offer thoughts about working across disciplines and my current work exploring recent evolutions in language and image.Read More
New words in issue 2 of Archivio magazine. I haven’t published much for a while as I was finishing a novel, but here’s a new piece. Another collab with Brad Feuerhelm who gave forth some searing vernacular photos taken on a tour during the gulf war. My story is entitled ‘Black Hands’ written through the voice of a gulf war vet, who, many years later reckons painfully with his resignation at the limitations of mankind and the eternal enterprise of ritual, sacrifice and scapegoat. Out now with Archivio MagazineRead More
On May 25, I gave a keynote at a symposium at the Literature Colloquium in Berlin.
Entitled THE SWARM: LANGUAGE AS A FICTION the piece explores nature’s swarms as an entry point to looking at our autonomous dictatorial drivers and manipulators of language, consciousness and perception, covering the erasure of histories and the limitations in the semantics of identity politics in relation to technology.Read More
I'm going to be speaking in a couple of days (MAY 24) at the 'Afro Berlin' symposium, deconstructing autonomous societal 'swarms' and who dictates the polarised narratives, languages and new moralities we must abide by.
The next issue (not pictured) of biannual Italian magazine Archvio, will feature a new story from me. Entitled 'Black Hands' it dives right into the residual decay of PTSD and explores the codependency of ritual and sacrifice through the manic neuroses of a gulf war veteran. more soon.
Excited to return to The Lemon Tree House in 2018 as Artist/Writer in residence again. If you're a budding writer then this tranquil corner of Tuscany and the team makes for a great environment to reflect and connect.
An audio recording of a panel discussion at the Royal Society of Literature as part of the launch of Freeman's Journal. The panel consisted of editor and writer John Freeman, novelists Tahmima Anam and Kamila Shamsie and myself.
A TEDx Talk
Our lives are massively bombarded by images. Should we celebrate that fact or dread its consequences? As a creator of images, Michael Salu is interested in communication they provoke. Can communication through images nd our advancement with digital experiences actually help us reach a greater level of empathy for each other? Or should we fear the reverse?
Michael Salu's story The Nod explores identity through virtual reality and appears in issue 1 (Arrival) of Freeman's Journal.
I spoke with Freeman's Journal about some of the underlying elements structure my recent art practice, which is manifesting in both text and image as I explore the representation through the physical and the digital.
Freeman's Journal landed at new bookshop Liberia in February as preview event before the shop's official opening. I joined editor John Freeman and short story writer extraordinare Helen Simpson in a discussion about migration, what drives us to write, where we find characters and how we talk about the world.