I am looking forward to taking The Holborn Cenotaph to Vanguard Readings at the Peckham Pelican next week. Here’s the flyer!
I just got back from the third Festival Poligon in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where I spent a few days with my old friend Niall Griffiths, UK artist Anna Best, and many other writers and critics from Bosnia, Croatia, Germany, and Serbia.
It was a great privilege to give the first ever public readings from my forthcoming novel The Fountain in the Forest at the Museum of Herzegovina’s kuća Ćorovića (Ćorović House), the Mostar birthplace of novelist Svetozar Ćorović (1875–1919).
Thanks to Festival Poligon director Mirko Božić and to the festival’s funders, venues and community, my fellow writers and artists, and the people of Mostar for their generosity and hospitality.
Here are just a few of photographer Ivan Kelava’s great pictures, taken from the Festival Poligon Facebook page, starting with this amazing photo of the reading in the Black Dog Pub in Mostar’s old town.
My latest novel The Fountain in the Forest is published by Faber and Faber on 4 January 2018.
Here’s the blurb from the bound proof:
When a brutally murdered man is found hanging in a Covent Garden theatre, Detective Sergeant Rex King becomes obsessed with the case. Who is this anonymous corpse, and why has he been ritually mutilated? But as Rex explores the crime scene further, the mystery deepens, and he finds himself confronting his own secret history instead. Who, more importantly, is Rex King?
Shifting between Holborn Police Station, an extraordinary abandoned village in rural 1980s France, and the Battle of the Beanfield at Stonehenge, The Fountain in the Forest transforms the traditional crime narrative into something dizzyingly unique. At once an avant-garde linguistic experiment, thrilling police procedural, and counter-culture bildungsroman, this is a novel of unparalleled ambition.
I just had a first sight of the page proofs of my forthcoming novel The Fountain in the Forest — here’s the full title page. It comes out on 4 January 2018 — get ready to dive in!
Piece of Paper Press is delighted to present HOME IS ON MY MIND… a new artist’s book by Barbadian artist Sheena Rose. In this informal, ‘zine’-style work, produced in a special limited edition of four-hundred numbered copies, Rose creates loose narrative sequences from drawings of home that she made in her sketchbook while completing her Masters studies in the USA in 2016, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Fulbright Scholarship. Executed with a free and frank cartoon-like clarity, and containing some adult themes, HOME IS ON MY MIND… is magical, mythic and intimate.
Sheena Rose says:
‘I can’t help thinking of my home, Barbados, and understanding myself as a Black Caribbean woman. These sketches help me free up my mind with random thoughts of home, taking you into my magical, humorous and somewhat conflicted world. I hope you can handle this strange land…’
Sheena Rose is a Barbadian artist, whose practice involves mixed and new media, including animation, drawing, painting, performance and video. Rose has exhibited and performed internationally, recently presenting her performance work ‘Island and Monster’ at the Royal Academy, London, in association with International Curators Forum (ICF). Rose’s work has been included in art fairs, film festivals and auctions including Prizm Art Fair, Third Horizon Film Festival and Rush Philanthropic Foundation Arts Auction Art for Life.
Piece of Paper Press was created by author Tony White in 1994 as a lo-tech, sustainable artists’ book project to commission and publish new writings, visual and graphic works by artists and writers. Each book is manufactured from a single A4 sheet that is printed on both sides and then folded, stapled and trimmed by hand to create the book. Piece of Paper Press titles are usually published in a limited edition of 150, and always distributed free, either at an event or by post to a slowly evolving mailing list. Past contributors include Tim Etchells, Penny McCarthy, Rose Frain, Steven Hull, Suzanne Treister, Elizabeth Magill, Alison Turnbull, James Pyman, Liliane Lijn, Michael Moorcock, Joanna Walsh and Suzanna Medina.
I’ve posted this ad from the Guardian books page (singular) in 1986 before, but I came across it again while sorting through some files and love the fact that a writer as confrontational and experimental as Kathy Acker would not only be described as one ‘with style, wit and narrative drive’ – all true of course – but also be a big enough draw to be the lead title (alongside books by Jonathan Meades, Thomas M. Disch, and Don Bloch) opening Paladin, a new paperback list from Grafton Books, by then a division of Collins.
I’ll be reading at London’s live literature night In Yer Ear, which is always a good night. The lineup includes Julia Bell, Gemma Weekes, JJ Bola, Alison Hitchcock, Dave McGowan and more.
I’ll be reading from my Blast Theory novella Zombies Ate My Library.
It’s on Tuesday 16 May at the King and Queen, 1 Foley Street, London W1 from 8pm — see you in Fitzrovia if you fancy coming along