Issue #2


Issue II was launched in February 2017.

The journal includes fourteen pieces of creative non-fiction, short fiction, poetry and visual work, produced by researchers in London, and illustrated by specially commissioned designers and artists. The print edition is a sleek 48 pages, gathered within a soft cover and standing at an elegant B5.


You can request a copy by emailing We’d love to know more about our readers, so please let us know how you heard about us and if you are involved in any research yourself.

The journal is available at no cost, thanks to generous support from the London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP) and the AHRC. We have limited copies, so make sure you don’t miss out!

We occasionally distribute copies at special locations and events around London. So keep your eyes peeled and your ear to the ground. Follow us on twitter @stillpointLDN or Facebook for clues.


You can also read a digital version online:


Editor’s Note

There are perfect research moments when we feel the resonance of Italo Calvino’s maxim that ‘reading means approaching something that is just coming into being.’ In these still points of thoughts coalescing, emerging laterally from the words of others, we sink into a feverish kind of reading in which we feel the approach of a revelation – the sense that something is finally taking shape. In the notebook beside us we scrawl these rapid-fire ideas in shorthand: trying to fix a thought, and yet capture its energy.

When you sit down to write your next chapter, or paper, the words you commit to the page will be more concrete, precise, and diligently referenced than the freeform fall through language you tried to convey in your notebook. Yet something is lost. Typing-up demands a return to linear thought, in which spidery arrows and colour-coded ideas must be flattened, made monochrome.

In this issue, The Researcher’s Notebook, we hope we have created a space to celebrate the beauty and complexity of the idea that is just coming into being. The issue is designed to read like a collaborative researcher’s notebook and in this sense it is a provocation, as much as it is an edited collection. From field notes, essay-poems and doodles in distracted creativity, to family archives, and acts of emotional archaeology, the pieces in The Researcher’s Notebook are testament to the creative energy the research process is fuelled by and, in turn, inspires.

This is the last issue that the current editorial team will put together, and as we hand over The Still Point we’d like to say what a privilege and a pleasure it has been – thank you to everyone who has generously shared their work in print and on our blog. We hope you enjoy Issue II as much as we have enjoyed putting it together.

Francesca Brooks, Editor in Chief

Editorial Team: Fran Allfrey, Thalia Allington-Wood, James Fisher, Amy Lidster, James Morland and Charlotte Rudman

Designed by Rebecca Healey. With illustrations also from George Clayton, Jon Paterson, Matthew T. Shaw, Ruth Tullis and Stuart Ruel.

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