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.