Please join us for the launch of Kate Morgan's Ingress, published by Pilot Press. Kate will be in conversation about the book with Rebecca May Johnson.
Ingress is an unwieldy body of writing that attends to intimacies between selves and others, objects and sites, considering how a difference of position, pronoun and voice might render these in unique ways. In doing so, Morgan's work speaks to a particular state of being in the world, of materiality, of loss, of gendered experience, of cultivation and of the act of writing itself. An experiment in form as argument, Ingress was written over the course of two years from a tenement flat with a garden in Glasgow.
‘I loved this strange, accomplished book and its account of porosity and seepage on many planes. It’s tender, sexy, sly and dextrous, moving relentlessly along deep channels, emerging unexpectedly into sweet air, alert to language at every step.’
— Olivia Laing, author of Everybody: A Book About Freedom
‘Kate Morgan’s Ingress is a startling, many-headed meditation on language, art, and the natural world, opening you up to sensations and collapsing interior and exterior. A garden becomes a text becomes a body. The personal and the analytic mingle and slyly astonish. Morgan is one of those magicians who suspends reality through precision and excavation, digging deeper into experience, and also one of those metaphysicians who finds meaning at-hand in the daily and then disperses it all to be gathered again. This result is potent, moving, and mysterious.’
— Nate Lippens, author of My Dead Book: A Novel
‘It doesn't matter what genre this book is (essay, personal diary, notebook), nor what its subject matter is (a garden, a sculpture, the plumbing system underlying a house, love), because in some mysterious way, it manages to transform the material part of the world into poetic intensity and affect whoever holds it in their hands, as if it were a flood, overwhelming and reassuring at the same time. In this sense, the omnipresent water in this truly lyrical exploration of reality seems to take over the words and transform this text into an organism with a life of its own.’
— Cecilia Pavòn, author of Little Joy: Selected Stories
‘Ingress is a text that enacts its own name, a shining thing seeping into the reader––which is the same act as the drawing out of relation, the intimacy of attention paid at the shifting edges of things. Morgan’s writing is softly piercing, unpeeling sameness to separate out the difference of different things, but where difference is always just the slight refraction of the other. Ingress is both the container and the fluid contained, the brim and its brimming–– the fact of a boundary makes possible its breach.’
— Evelyn Wh-ell, author of Memoirs of a Child Plot Hole
Kate Morgan is a writer and artist from London, living in Glasgow. Their writing has been published by Sticky Fingers, Nothing Personal, MAP, Worms, and in anthologies by Pilot Press.
Rebecca May Johnson is a writer whose writing brings critical practices into everyday life. She has published essays, reviews and nonfiction with Granta, Times Literary Supplement, Daunt Books Publishing and Vittles, among others. She was a creative writing fellow at the British School at Rome in 2021. She earned a PhD in Contemporary German Literature from UCL in 2016. She also uses online publishing to conduct stylistic experiments: her essay ‘I Dream of Canteens’ was published via TinyLetter and gained widespread acclaim, winning ‘The Browser’ prize for the best piece on the internet in April 2019. She publishes a newsletter called dinner document where she shares recipes and thoughts about food every week. Her first book, Small Fires, was published by Pushkin Press in 2022.