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A yearly membership programme of workshops and courses, plus the teeny tiny thrill of supporting my work.




What You Get When You Join

  1. A signed, numbered, limited edition A5 art print welcoming you to SP
  2. Free, members-only livestreams, including workshops on topics you help to choose
  3. Monthly updates on my own projects
  4. A 30% discount on all artworks

Livestream Calendar

Each month, I run a <45 minute workshop on topics relating to writing, speaking and making art.

I’ll share the recording afterwards.

Members will be notified beforehand about the specific topic. If you have any requests, I’ll be happy to hear them.

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Twice-Yearly Reviews & Monthly News

I’m leaving some Reviews open to non-members to get a sense of what Special Projects is about. Click the picture to read.

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Q2, June 2022
Q4, Dec 2021
Q2, July 2021

As above, I’m leaving some open to non-members to get a sense of what Special Projects is about.


Jan 2024
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Dec 2023
Exterior of Two Poems, a gallery in Hampstead
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Sunset Over Prospect Place
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June 2022
John-Paul Flintoff, Roman Krznaric, John Armstrong, Tom Chatfield, Philippa Perry and Alain de Botton at TSOLlive
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Dec 2021
Hazy drawing of roadside fruit shop with blue awning, stacked crates outside with bright stripes of colour depicting different fruits, smudged interior, person walking by with a shopping trolley. (Alt Text courtesy of NJ.)
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Art Prints

When you join, I’ll send you a signed, numbered limited edition A5 art print

You also get 10% off any other artwork.


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Unlocking for others

As well as the members-only perks, your membership supports the production of projects that I want to make available publicly.

One that started in January 2023 is Think Like A Journalist:

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Other projects I share publicly have included several pop-up, limited-time newsletter series: Everyday Writing, Great Speeches of the 20th Century, Alt Text Challenge and How To Change The World: 10 Years On.

You can find some of those projects on this page.

Together, these comprise a way to blow up ideas into something bigger. As you follow along, I hope it will be like looking into a notebook of work-in-progress on future books and essays.

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I hope you like the sound of this.

Thank you.


Some questions you may have

Wasn’t this called “Adequate Projects”?

For a while, yes, though it started off as Special Projects – the name used by Craig Mod, whose own Special Projects inspired me. After my first year, I told him that I’d copied the name and general structure of his Special Projects, and he was fine about it. You’ll do it your own way, he said.

The word “adequate” amused me when I came up with the title of A Modest Book About How To Make An Adequate Speech, and it still amused me when I used it for my ADEQUATE Podcast. It doesn’t mean “rubbish”. It means good enough – and good enough is good enough.

But in Feb 2023 I reverted to Special.

Is it easy to unsubscribe?

Yes, instantly. Just send me an email. No hard feelings. I don’t want anybody unhappy.

Are my payment details safe?

Absolutely. I don’t see any of your details, and nor does anyone else. Payment goes through Paypal / Stripe.

I’ve never heard of you, just landed here. What should I read to get a sense of whether this is something I’d like?

I wouldn’t sign up either yet! I recommend that you take a look at some of my Books and Journalism.

If you like what you find, I hope you’ll come back.


For now, that’s all I can tell you.