Classified (flash fiction)

Lost: Twelve stone of useless weight that used to displace half the water in the bath and mock me, mock me, mock me for displacing more. Answers to the name ‘Mark’ reluctantly, preferring to watch old war movies or nail varnish drying on other women’s toenails. If found, please tell him to contact his mother and ask her to stop inviting me to Bridge classes.


Wanted: Pot of gold from end of rainbow. Any size of pot considered. No time wasters, no leprechauns.


Wanted: Sense of direction. Seller to deliver.


*first published in Classifieds by Equinox in 2012


As part of Hack The Barbican 2013 I ran a project with paper conservator Fiona McLees called book/jacket.


At the #HTB2013 launch party on Friday evening and during the day on Saturday, we took photographs of the outdoor & foyer spaces and eavesdropped on conversations. People kindly tweeted us lines they overheard, and we also harvested the #HTB2013 Twitter feed.


We randomly combined lines of the conversations with the photos and printed pocket-sized 4-page books. The books were stitched together using a Japanese stab binding technique.


Passing strangers were invited to look through the books and take the one that struck their fancy.


We were also interviewed by Laura Davidson for her alternative HTB2013 catalogue/blog, GetDialogue.

A digital compilation of the eighty photo/conversation pairings can be viewed here:

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World Event Young Artists 2012

I’m delighted to be one of the literary-types from the UK selected to attend the World Event Young Artists showcase in Nottingham in a couple of weeks. Four of my short stories will be exhibited at the Backlit Gallery during the 10-day extravaganza- posters of the openings, with QR codes for you to read the endings at your leisure (& audio, hopefully). I’ll also be giving a reading on the 11th September, as part of Stories in the Studio, alongside writers from Argentina, Bolivia, Eygpt, Spain, and Zambia.

You can see the profiles of the 1,000 young (18-30) artists (including me) from 100 different countries who are going to be taking part up on the WEYA website, ditto the full events & exhibitions programme.

Are you going to be at WEYA 2012? Drop me a line (vsadams[at] & lets start a conversation.