Tom Overton

Writing John Berger’s biography. Edited Portraits: John Berger on Artists and Landscapes: John Berger on Art. Postdoctoral Fellow on archives of Barbican Centre & Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Visiting Fellow at Centre for Life-writing Research, King's College London.

Written

'Duty Calls', frieze.com, 26th October 2017 [1334 words].

'Oberhausen Film Festival', The White Review, 7th June 2017 [3327 words].

'Worst-case scenario: Threads (1984)', Paris Review Daily, 10th April 2017 [1690 words].

'Movement of Trade and Movement of People: The Year in the UK'Biography, Volume 39, Number 4, Fall 2016, pp. 667-73 [1884 words]. 

'A life in the margins: It’s time that the extraordinary life and work of Anya Berger was acknowledged', frieze.com, 27th February 2017 [1546 words]. 

'John Berger (1926-2017): Tom Overton reflects on the life of a great storyteller', frieze.com, 9th January 2017 [1518 words; March 2017 print edn., no.185, pp.116-17].

'John Berger - Marxist art critic and Booker Prize-winning novelist - obituary', The Telegraph, 3rd January 2017 [1770 words].

'We are all suffering equally', Paris Review Daily, 20th September 2016 [1354 words].

'Oh God, what a blabbering mess!', Times Literary Supplement, 1st July 2016, pp. 17-19 [3,834 words].

'Extraordinary Rendition', Paris Review Daily, 17th June 2016 [931 words].

'Broadcasting Felix', London Review of Books Blog, 2nd June 2016 [441 words].

'Steven Claydon: The Gilded Bough, Sadie Coles HQ' [review] Artforum, May 2016 [600 words].

'Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict by Austin Reed review – the first African American prison memoir', Guardian, 24th February 2016 [1,100 words].

Common Property 3: Urinal, Pipe, Balloon Dog’, Jerwood Visual Arts Blog, 15th February 2016 [1143 words]. 

Common Property 2: Fame and Money’, Jerwood Visual Arts Blog, 15th February 2016 [1224 words].

Common Property 1: SUPERFLEX and Tristram Shandy’, Jerwood Visual Arts Blog, 3rd February 2016 [1000 words]

‘Ted Hughes in Hebden Bridge’, London Review of Books Blog, 14th January 2016 [619 words].

What’s the Difference Between Looting and Collecting?’, London Review of Books Blog, 23rd December 2015 [596 words].

‘At Wembley’, London Review of Books Blog, 18th November 2015 [654 words].

‘The 1939 Register: where did Britain sleep as war was declared?’, The New Statesman, 13–19th November 2015, p.16 [566 words].

‘I’d rather be there if I could’, Jerwood Visual Arts Blog, 9th October 2015 [1099 words].

‘Nationality Doubtful’, London Review of Books Blog, 29th September 2015 [590 words].

‘I seem very mixed up today: Notes on Three Works in the Jerwood Drawing Prize’, Jerwood Visual Arts Blog, 16th September 2015 [999 words].

John Berger on Henry Moore’, in Anne Wagner & Robert Sutton (eds.), Henry Moore: Sculptural Process and Public Identity, Tate, 2015 [7,962 words].

‘End Matter: Katrina Palmer Explores the Source of Portland Stone’, Apollo, 20th May 2015 [809 words].

‘Whaling Station during the Lunch-hour’, Various Small Fires, 18th May 2015 [1932 words].

Andrew Lacon at Division of Labour at Edel Assanti, London’, this is tomorrow, 12th May 2015 [500 words].

‘“The memory of the world”: British attempts to save endangered Middle Eastern artefacts’, New Statesman, 10th–16th April 2015, p.16. [621 words]

‘Plastic Words at Raven Row’, The White Review, [online exclusive] 1st March 2015 [3810 words].

‘What the strikes at the National Gallery tell us about Britain’, New Statesman,27th February – 5th March 2015, p.16 [581 words].

‘The story of the Haggerston Estate is the story of social housing in Britain’, CityMetric/New Statesman, 12th February 2015 [1085 words].

Interview with Douglas Coupland, The White Review, vol. 12, November 2014, pp. 137–49 [6021 words].

As if it were the only one’: The Story of John Berger’s Booker Prize for G.’ in Telling Stories: Essays on John Berger ed. Ralf Hertel & David Malcolm (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2015) [7531 words].

‘A Personal View’, Apollo, vol. 179, no. 620, May 2014, pp. 68–71 [2434 words].

Interview with Geoff Dyer, The White Review, [online exclusive] 10th July 2014. [5781 words]

‘Keywords and Constellations at Tate Liverpool’, Apollo, 5th March 2014 [550 words].

‘Cécile B. Evans: AGNES Goes Live’, Apollo, 4th March 2014 [552 words].

‘Jeremy Deller, English Magic 2013’, The British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, British Council, February 2014 [2205 words].

‘Francis Bacon, Study for A Portrait 1952’, Tate website, January 2014 [881 words].

‘Francis Bacon, Figures in a Garden c.1936’, Tate website, January 2014 [790 words].

‘Mike Nelson, I, Impostor 2011’, for The British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, British Council, March 2013 [2403 words].

Art and Property Now’, OpenDemocracy, 5th–9th November 2012 [4000 words].

‘1972’, in Journal of Visual Culture: Ways of Seeing 40th Anniversary Issue, vol. 11, no. 2, August 2012, pp. 37–40 [1000 words].

‘The Company of the Past’, in John Berger: a cura di Maria Nadotti – Riga 32. With Geoff Dyer, Anne Michaels, Arundhati Roy, Simon McBurney, Katya Berger, Colum McCann, Salman Rushdie, et al. (Milan: Marcos y Marcos, 2012), pp. 237–44 [2,300 words].

Agents

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