Wax vitrines by the artist and main character of Casting Shadows, Sally Kettlestone. A novel by Patricia Mullin.
Embedded in the wax are objects from Sally's childhood collection; they act as clues to the unfolding mystery that lies at the heart of the narrative. The fourth image is the reverse side of the third; here Sally's particularly macabre keepsakes project from the wax, inviting the viewer to touch or perhaps recoil. Click on the images to enlarge.
I am interested in collections and display; the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford is one source of inspiration. I am intrigued by the personal made public; also the sense of reverence objects acquire when they are invested with sacred reliquary or museum-laden authority. It is no coincidence that my MA course, directed by the poet George Szirtes, was titled Writing the Visual.
Patricia is a member of the Society of Authors and East Anglian Writers
2018 Tidelines - short story course Wells Maltings - Wells-next-the-Sea - Creative Writing Tutor
2018 Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts. Fictional Narratives - Associate Tutor
2017/18 Anteros Arts - Creative Progress - Workshop leader - developing creative working practice
2017 Pensthorpe Natural Wildlife Park North Norfolk. Workshop leader prose 'Words on the Wing'
2017 Cambridge University - Murray Edwards College English Literature Society (Formerly New Hall) 'Modern Repose' Workshop leader 'Object Lesson'
2017 Writers Centre Norwich - Short Story Course - Prose Progression - Creative Writing Tutor
2016 The Bridport Prize. 'Lick' shortlisted by the judge, the author Tessa Hadley
2016 Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts - short story course - Fictional Narratives. Inspired by the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury collection. UEA Associate Tutor.
2016 Words and Women competition winner for Folding - anthology published March 7th Unthank Press
2015 Words and Women competition winner for The Siren - anthology published March 8th Unthank Press
2014 Arts Council Award of a grant for Casting Shadows a novel
2014 The Yeovil International Literary Prize. Commended for Casting Shadows. Judge: Elizabeth Buchan
2014 Words and Women competition winner for The Sitting - anthology pub March 8th Unthank Press
2014 Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts. A short story course taking inspiration from the Reality exhibition
2013 Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts. A short story course taking inspiration from the Masterpieces exhibition. UEA Associate Tutor
2013 Creative Catalyst - a collaborative workshop with the land and seascape artist Tracey Ross
2013 Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts - Fictional Narratives Course - UEA Associate Lecturer
2013 Creative Spring - creative writing tutor
2012 Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts - Museum Night workshop leader
2012 Creative Spring - creative writing tutor
2010/11 Gold Dust programme mentored by the award winning author Jill Dawson
2010 Editor. Voices from the Cathedral Anthology. Published by Blackshore an imprint of Gatehouse Press
2009 Shortlisted for the Arts Council East Escalator Award
2008/10 Creative Writing Tutor. Site-specific community education course. Norwich Cathedral
this course was presented as part of the successful bid for Norwich UNESCO City of Culture
2009 Archie and the Dragon Children's short story. Published as part of the Norwich Dragon Festival
2009 Contemplating Julian. Site-specific creative writing course. The Julian Centre, Norwich course tutor.
2009 The Whisk, the Spoon and the Grater Short fiction for National Holocaust Memorial Day. Pub: ink- sweat-and-tears ezine
2009 The Camera Lies Voicing Visions - Norwich 20 Group exhibition. Collaboration with the print maker Derek Rae
2008 Christmas Cake and Soft Angular Short fiction. Pub: ink-sweat-and-tears ezine
2005/10 Readings and talks, Gene Genie Babylon Gallery Ely. Westminster Library. Cafe Writers Norwich. Pimlico Library. Book groups.
2005 Gene Genie Novel. Published by The Stone Press
2003 Café Writers poem of the month
2002 Guest writer for Women Writers and Editors Network
1999/2005 Co-ordinator Café Writers Norwich
Design/illustration/exhibitions/galleries - full CV available on request.
After graduating from the Central St Martins, Patricia became a designer for Liberty & Co London working on the Tana Lawn and Veruna wool dress ranges, later freelancing and selling to international textile houses in the UK, New York and Japan. After teaching, quite by accident, she became an illustrator and her work has featured in Women's Journal; Taste Magazine; A' La Carte; Elle; City Limits; Time Out; Quadrant Design Associates; Vauxhall Motors and Landell Mills Commodities.
Exhibitions and galleries include: The Artists Day Book, Smiths Gallery Covent Garden (Arts Council national tour). Women's Eye, Lauderdale House London; Snape Maltings Gallery/Suffolk; Blickling Hall Gallery,Norfolk; The Brandler Gallery,Essex; The Eastern Rooms,Rye; Opposite Ends - exhibitor and curator - Norwich; The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral. In addition, Patricia was a member of the Norwich Cathedral Exhibitions Committee, closely involved in developing the exhibition space within the Hostry 2009/10.