5’9 / 1981 / B Rh+ / Instagram: @veryspecificvideotapes / Twitter: @tessanorton

Writer/artist, West Yorkshire, UK. I like sambal and 90s supermodels.

I am a Jerwood Arts / FACT Digital Fellow in 2020-21, working with FACT gallery on a new multimedia commission. Following a residency at Wysing Arts Centre, I produced an artist’s publication called The Fields Here Are Full of Ghosts, which you can buy as an edition on Wysing Polyphonic here. I’ve given readings, and contributed to exhibitions and events at Liverpool Biennial, The Tetley, Wysing Arts Centre, SPACE and more.  I am, as far as I know, the only person to have hosted Wayne’s World at Flat Time House. My writing has appeared in various publications including Tribune, Burlington Contemporary, The Wire, Corridor 8, This is Tomorrow. 

Excavate: The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall was published by Faber on April 1, 2021. Don’t listen to me, listen to David Peace: “To 50,000 Fall Fans: please buy this inspired & inspiring, profound & provocative, beautiful & bonkers Book of Revelations, choc-stock-full of loving Acts by true Apostles, simultaneously both the scrapbook you wished you’d kept and a portal to futures & pasts, known & unknown, & a Fantastic Celebration of this Nation’s Saving Grace.” Fall Heads? More here!

Writing commissions and enquiries:


I’m happy to talk about any writing commissions for exhibition texts, essays, interviews or features.

I’m also available for freelance work on interesting and ethically sound arts or charity projects. (Editorial, content, editing, audience development: for more, see here.)