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Dark Angels Note 155

The weekly Notes will pause over the summer months and we’ll see you all again in September.



Dearest Friends

Welcome back to our weekly Friday Note.



This week we remember Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924), a German-language short-story writer, diarist, scribbler and avid letter writer who lived in Prague.

As a trained lawyer, he worked for an insurance company, which didn’t leave him much time to write.

His most well-known works include his novella, The Metamorphosis, which he wrote in three weeks, and his psychological horror, The Trial.



“…that’s the remarkable result of this project – almost everyone who sees it feels inspired to read the story.”

Find out how The Metamorphosis inspired Israeli type designer and typographer Oded Ezer to create the project ‘The Samsa Enigma’, a collection of 24 covers for the fictional works of Gregor Samsa.

Read: The Cockroach Writer Turns 140 Metamorphic Years.



Kafka is revered for his letter writing. An avid correspondent, he wrote letters to his father, his friends and his fiancé.

Share some of your news or thoughts in a letter to anyone you wish. Up to you if you decide to send it.



In case you missed it last week, you can listen to John Simmons, Tim Rich and Therese Kieran read poems from Dark Angels, Three Contemporary Poets on Eat the Storms poetry podcast here.


Keep sending us your poems, writings, links and writerly whatnots that you’d like to share with the wider Dark Angels family. We love to read them.






Writing What We Hear, 8 September 2023

Join us for a one-day workshop in Highgate Woods to explore what it means to really listen, and to see how we can use whatever we hear as inspiration for writing.

Get your tickets here.


Weekly Tuesday Gatherings

Join us for a reflective hour of reading, writing and communing led by Neil Baker. Everyone is welcome – from the Dark Angels community and beyond. We meet at 7pm UK time. To join us, click here on the night. There’s no need to register in advance.


Be well, keep reading, keep writing and know that we’re always here.

From everyone at Dark Angels