‘High-Lands’—live at TULCA 2016

It was a great thrill to collaborate with New Pope for the TULCA Festival of Visual Arts in Galway a couple of weeks ago.

Here’s the audio of ‘High-Lands’, recorded live at the Galway Mechanics’ Institute, November 11 2016. The sound engineer was John Burke.

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New Pope is a songwriter dealing in melodic indie dream pop and sometimes folk. Onstage he is joined by Colm Bohan on percussion and Stephen Connolly on organ and guitar.

a4289365853_16Released in December 2015, New Pope’s debut album YOUTH was named number 13 in the nialler9 Reader’s Best Irish Albums of 2015, number 23 in The Thin Air’s Irish releases of the year and Release of the Week in The Irish Times.

‘Onwards, Westwards’ – the opening track from YOUTH – featured on the soundtrack to Baked In Brooklyn (2016) starring Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) & Alexandra Daddario (True Detective).

‘New Pope is a treat that has left a now totally full yet utterly silent room entranced.’ (Eoin Murray, The Thin Air, Róisín Dubh, 2015)

9781472453914‘High-Lands’ was originally commissioned in 2014 by London Fieldworks and Resonance 104.4fm as part of Remote Performances and broadcast live from Outlandia, a unique artists’ field-station in Glen Nevis, Lochaber, Scotland. The story also draws on research undertaken as part of a loose collaboration with Stuart Brisley, Maya Balcioglu and Dr Sanja Perovic of King’s College London, that was made possible by my residency at King’s College London in 2013-14, which was funded by Creativeworks London.

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‘High-Lands’ is also collected in the critical anthology, Remote Performances in Nature and Architecture, edited by Bruce Gilchrist, Jo Joelson and Tracey Warr (Ashgate/Routledge, 2015)

 

‘Writing police wrongs’ at Housmans

Having just taken ‘The Holborn Cenotaph’ to Galway in Ireland for my event at the TULCA Festival of Visual Arts (guest-curated this year by Daniel Jewesbury), I am really looking forward to bringing it back to London, where I am taking part in Housmans Bookshop’s ‘Writing police wrongs’ event on Saturday 26 November with Courttia Newland.

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Housmans approached me with the idea of doing an event following my reading at the London Radical Bookfair back in May, and so I am very pleased—together with Courttia Newland—to have been able to take up their invitation. If you don’t know it, Housmans promotes the work of authors and organisations whose ideas and messages are in keeping with the shop’s progressive and pacifist ethos. One of the central ways in which they do this is via their evening events at the shop. Courttia’s and my event continues their new regular series of events focusing on poetry and on radical and alternative literature, The Locomotrix, ‘Where the I is the public, where the I is things, where the I is the things that happen…’

Here’s the blurb:

Courttia2015(1)London authors Courttia Newland and Tony White both burst on to the literary scene in the late 1990s. Since then their paths have crossed occasionally, most recently when they discovered that they had each been writing fiction which addresses—each in their own ways—the controversial issue of deaths in police custody in the UK today.

Courttia Newland will be reading his powerful short story ‘Reversible’ from the new Sex and Death anthology edited by Sarah Hall and Peter Hobbs and published by Faber and Faber. Tony White will be reading ‘The Holborn Cenotaph’, a short story which uses the language and performance of contemporary law enforcement and policy to frame a satirical proposition that has been described by one audience member as ‘jaw dropping’.

The readings will be followed by discussion. Newland and White are both accomplished readers of their fiction, so come along to Housman’s to hear, and to be entertained and provoked—and to chat with—two of the best contemporary novelists around.

All are welcome, do please come along. More info here or below.

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ICYMI here is Courttia Newland’s Royal Literary Fund Lecture for February’s groundbreaking Bare Lit Festival at the Free Word Centre, London.

Courttia Newland and Tony White, Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9DX, Saturday 26 November, 6:30pm. Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

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Galway tonight

Yesterday’s get-in at the Galway Mechanics’ Institute for this evening Friday 11 November’s TULCA Festival gig.

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Here’s the blurb:

Acclaimed London author Tony White reads short stories including ‘The Holborn Cenotaph’ – ‘Super dry, dark and funny. Glasnost for UK cops’ (Tim Etchells). At once a satirical performance, a protest and an act of radical remembrance, ‘The Holborn Cenotaph’ proposes a shocking new use for the high-rise tower of Holborn Police Station in central London. Tony will also be reading from the 1999 ‘avant pulp’ novel Charlieunclenorfolktango, and a 2014 work ‘High-Lands’, performed here for the first time with live musical accompaniment from New Pope. New Pope is a critically acclaimed songwriter dealing in melodic dream pop, and sometimes folk. Onstage he is joined by Colm Bohan (drums) and Stephen Connolly (organ/guitar) to create an immersive musical experience.

Followed with a screening of Alan Phelan’s 2012 short Include Me Out of the Partisans Manifesto, in which a suburban couple battle through the apparent obliteration of their shared experience as their DVD collection is painstakingly broken up and recycled. The film is based on a short story by White that was originally commissioned by the Irish Museum of Modern Art as a fictional response to Phelan’s art practice.

The evening concludes into the night with New Pope taking the stage!

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Info and bookings here

TULCA 2016 — 11 Nov

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I’m looking forward to taking ‘The Holborn Cenotaph’ and other stories to TULCA 2016 in Galway. Here’s the blurb:

Acclaimed London author Tony White reads short stories including ‘The Holborn Cenotaph’ – ‘Super dry, dark and funny. Glasnost for UK cops’ (Tim Etchells). At once a satirical performance, a protest and an act of radical remembrance, ‘The Holborn Cenotaph’ proposes a shocking new use for the high-rise tower of Holborn Police Station in central London. Tony will also be reading from the 1999 ‘avant pulp’ novel Charlieunclenorfolktango, and a 2014 work ‘High-Lands’, performed here for the first time with live musical accompaniment from New Pope. New Pope is a critically acclaimed songwriter dealing in melodic dream pop, and sometimes folk. Onstage he is joined by Colm Bohan (drums) and Stephen Connolly (organ/guitar) to create an immersive musical experience.

Followed with a screening of Alan Phelan’s 2012 short Include Me Out of the Partisans Manifesto, in which a suburban couple battle through the apparent obliteration of their shared experience as their DVD collection is painstakingly broken up and recycled. The film is based on a short story by White that was originally commissioned by the Irish Museum of Modern Art as a fictional response to Phelan’s art practice.

The evening concludes into the night with New Pope taking the stage!

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11 Nov. Performance: Tony White accompanied by New Pope
Reading / Screening / Musical Performance
Date: Nov 11
Time: 7.30 – 11.30pm
Venue: Galway Mechanics’ Institute, Middle Srteet
Tickets: €5, booking required, limited capacity—BOOK TICKETS

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Zombies Ate My Library

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I posted about Blast Theory’s and my libraries project A Place Free of Judgement on The Bookseller blog.

It is interesting looking back at my notes from when we started work back in the spring. ‘If you plan to use technology in the final piece,’ advised Blast Theory’s Nick Tandavanitj, ‘get participants using it immediately for making and creating: it is the on-ramp to the project.’

We took that to heart, and the young people have been learning to use some pretty high-end kit—complex, up-to-the-minute sound gear, cameras and streaming technology—bringing their own creativity to bear, writing and telling stories and developing new kinds of interaction which will be put into practice live on the night, and which perhaps will also help to tell a larger story.

During the summer, Ju Row Farr and I wondered if A Place Free of Judgement was also becoming in part a kind of love song to libraries. It was clear that a project like this one could only happen in and through the public library network. The title A Place Free of Judgement refers of course to libraries’ fundamental ethos of access for all by right, and it stuck early on, yet all of this has been going on against a national and local backdrop of unprecedented library closures and organisational restructures the scale of which beggars belief.

A Place Free of Judgement livestreams tomorrow, Saturday 29 October 2016.

Find out more about A Place Free of Judgement on the project website.

As part of the project I’m going to be doing some live readings from a new short story specially written for the project: ‘Zombies Ate My Library’. There are events at Telford Southwater Library (3:30pm), Cannock Library (6:30pm) and Worcester, St John’s Library (9:30pm). Booking is essential for these. In addition to the live gigs, a series of short video clips of the story will be released at regular intervals during the livestream.

Here’s a tiny taste from ‘Zombies Ate My Library’:

 

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A Place Free of Judgement by Blast Theory and Tony White, Saturday 29 October, 3:00pm – 12:00 midnight. Log in at http://aplacefreeofjudgement.co.uk

Live readings by Tony White: 3:30pm Telford Southwater Library/ 6:30pm Cannock Library / 9:30pm Worcester, St John’s Library. Booking essential. Visit http://aplacefreeofjudgement.co.uk

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A Place Free of Judgement—livestreams on 29 October 2016

main-image_apfoj-copy30 teenagers take over three libraries for one night only. On 29 October 2016, over the course of 9 hours, teenagers in Worcester, Telford and Cannock will be taking control of their local libraries, and performing live to a worldwide audience. Through a unique project supported by Arts Connect and ASCEL West Midlands, the group have been working with multi-award-winning artists Blast Theory and author Tony White to re-imagine libraries, storytelling and their place in the world. This work will come to life in a 9-hour takeover of the three libraries, starting in Telford (3pm – 6pm), then Cannock (6pm – 9pm) and ending in Worcester (9pm – midnight). As the stories build, a new story by acclaimed author Tony White also comes to life with readings every hour, and a live event in each of the three libraries.

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A Place Free of Judgement by Blast Theory and Tony White, Saturday 29 October, 3:00pm – 12:00 midnight. Log in at http://aplacefreeofjudgement.co.uk

Live readings by Tony White: 3:30pm Telford Southwater Library/ 6:30pm Cannock Library / 9:30pm Worcester, St John’s Library. Booking essential. Visit http://aplacefreeofjudgement.co.uk

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A Foxy-T Twitter trail?

Lara Pawson, author of the brilliant and just-published This is the Place to Be, is tearing pages out of my novel Foxy-T and tacking them up around London—in a good way.

Here’s one she Tweeted earlier.

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This has nothing to do with me, or perhaps it does in that Lara mentioned it and I loved the idea, but I am not involved as such, and have no idea where Lara has put the pages—although actually I’m pretty sure that I do recognise the location above.

screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-18-35-07Lara has form, too. Earlier this year she did something similar with Julian Stannard’s poetry collection What Were You Thinking—distributing the pages en route between London and the Midi-Pyrenees area of France, and followed that with pages torn from Joanna Walsh’s Hotel which were—in Joanna’s words—‘scattered in French hotels, restaurants, guestrooms…’

foxy-t_gray318cover2Part peripatetic performance, part pamphleteering, part book art, it’s a lovely, slightly Quixotic, and actually extremely elusive and ephemeral idea—distributing the pages of a book in this way, to be seen or not.

Is it also perhaps a way of externalising the reading experience, or of sharing either particular and favourite passages or a general enthusiasm? I don’t know, but I feel like I’m in great company, and when I get a chance I’ll ask Lara more about it. If I find out I’ll let you know.

screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-18-43-24As with Pawson’s previous two escapades, the pages of Foxy-T are being photographed and tweeted in situ.

This time around however, Lara has suggested an added dimension to the Foxy-T Twitter trail. She has said that the person who locates and tweets the most pages will win a signed copy of my novel. I was delighted to agree to this suggestion, and I have a copy here, ready to sign for Lara to send to the winner!

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