Deborah Turnbull's work has been published on the Ink, Sweat &Tears webzine, and in The Embodiment Journal. Her flash fiction was shortlisted in the international Brighton Prize 2018. Deborah's writing has featured in the subversive installations of The Fortune Cats art collective, including one in Somerset House, London.
Her work was selected by Luke Kennard for The Best New British and Irish Poets 2017. She is the poet-in-residence for the Booth Museum of Natural History where she is writing her latest work: a poem series about rewilding death and grief. The Booth's ever-growing taxidermy archives in the mezzanine have become her second writing sanctuary, after her bed. Deborah's work is concerned with personal and political trauma, while always seeking redemptive chinks. The intersection of art and science is of continual fascination, and offers itself as something real to cling to in difficult times.
The Very Special World is a new band, initiated by Deborah Turnbull and Tim Leopard, riffing off the beloved 1967 Nancy & Lee 'psychedelic cowboy' album. They are readying their set for their debut. Nearly there. Deborah is also a sometimes-backing vocalist and dancer for the performance art band, The Private Sector.
Deborah is one of the founding members of the Brighton Arts Lab — a space to explore artistic ideas, anarchistic impulses, creative process and collaboration in the context of support and constructive feedback— and is a contributor to its spin-off anonymised magazine Slab. She is intensely invested in their evolution.
Deborah has been a reader for prestigious literary awards, and has hosted the Rattle Tales Brighton Fringe Show.
Her debut poetry pamphlet was launched by Eyewear Publishing as part of their Lorgnette Series on
10th December 2017.
Turnbull's work is usually of dark matter, but she promises to lighten up just as soon as the world changes.
Much more to come.
Photo by Karen Goodwin