A conversation on essays on secrecy and signs - Camden Art Centre

The Pocket’s Delight

The White Review, in collaboration with Camden Art Centre, present The Pocket’s Delight, a discussion on essay writing, secrecy, and signs, with TWR issue No. 33 contributors Francis Whorrall-Campbell and Rosa Campbell, alongside TWR editors Izabella Scott and Skye Arundhati Thomas.

The essay Pocket Theory, by Francis Whorrall-Campbell, operates as a speculative manifesto in response to Ursula K. Le Guin’s 1986 essay The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction. They argue that the ‘secretive’ pocket is a fitting home for chimerical, hard-to-define narratives, whereby ‘tucked inside we might find weird lives and weird literature’.

Secrets are also the subject of Let Them Know by Signs, an essay by Rosa Campbell (co-written with Taushif Kara) that traces the strange histories and causes of the conspiracy theory — ranging from the Kenyan belief that British colonisers were stealing the blood of Africans to strengthen anaemic Europeans to QAnon and Pizzagate

Together with Izabella Scott, the essay writers will discuss encoded histories, rumours, misfit languages and fugitive politics.

The Artists

The Artists

Rosa Campbell is a doctoral candidate in the history department at the University of Cambridge. Her work explores global histories of feminism. She is an editorial fellow at the public history magazine, History Workshop Online, and writes on a range of platforms for both adults and children.

Taushif Kara is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cambridge, where he teaches and writes on the history of Muslim political thought. He is currently working on a collection of essays about waiting, futility and confinement titled Waiting for Revolution.

Izabella Scott is co-editor of The White Review.

THE WHITE REVIEW is an arts and literature magazine, published three times a year, with monthly online editions. It publishes fiction, essays, interviews with writers and artists, poetry, and series of artworks.