Fountain playlist, plus Wystics

I’ve pulled together a playlist of music mentioned or featured in my new novel The Fountain in the Forest, which is published by Faber and Faber on 4 January 2018.

It features among others The Stranglers, Culture, The Clash, Young Marble Giants, Killing Joke, and The Enid’s encore at the Stonehenge Free Festival 1984, as well as Berlioz, Bach, and Brecht and Weill, plus some plunderphonics from Okapi and Aldo Kapi Orchestra.

These tracks are not presented in their order of appearance in the text, and where e.g. bands rather than particular songs are cited, I have made informed editorial decisions. I may also have taken one or two liberties in the interests of your listening pleasure ;)

Anyway, here it is.

Perhaps it’s inevitable that the Wystic Mankers are not on Spotify. If they were, I’d have included the song ‘Love Revolution’, from their brilliant live album wysticmankers@stonehenge.1984, on which the Wystic’s are joined by Rainbow Ron on vocals, plus The Colin Angela Tribe wall of sound.

Incidentally, with Rainbow Ron’s Eek-A-Mouse-inspired toasting over the Wystic’s rough stoner funk jam, ‘Love Revolution’ may be the best 17 minutes of music that you’ve never heard. Luckily, ‘Love Revolution’ from the Wystic’s set at Stonehenge 1984 is available on their Bandcamp page, so you can buy it there, or listen on the Bandcamp player here:

Same goes for the Cardiacs, but luckily someone has posted a recording of the opening track from their Stonehenge 1984 set on Youtube, and put it together with some amazing Super 8 footage:

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Writers’ Centre Kingston presents a literary event on Hoping

WRITERS’ CENTRE KINGSTON PRESENTS A LITERARY EVENT ABOUT HOPING
DECEMBER THURSDAY 7TH : 7PM – FREE ENTRY

Minima Yacht Club, 48a High Street, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey. KT1 1HN
http://www.minimayc.co.uk | http://www.writerscentrekingston.com/hoping

 

WITH GUEST SPEAKER TONY WHITE ALONGSIDE HELEN JULIA MINORS AND HELEN PALMER, WITH READINGS BY LUCY FURLONG, SARAH DAWSON, GALE BURNS.

About the event : The theme for this event is Hoping. Each of the three speakers will respond as they see fit – with a new piece of literature or an informal talk, an academic lecture or a performance. They might shape a previous work to the theme or create brand new fiction, non-fiction, theatre or poetry. Their choice of medium is as creatively free as their choice of message.

About the speakers :

Tony White’s latest novel The Fountain in the Forest is published by Faber and Faber on 4 January 2018. He is the author of five previous novels including Foxy-T and Shackleton’s Man Goes South, and the non-fiction work Another Fool in the Balkans, as well as novellas and numerous short stories published in journals, exhibition catalogues, and anthologies. White was creative entrepreneur in residence in the French department of King’s College London, and has been writer in residence at London’s Science Museum and the UCL School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies. He recently collaborated with artists Blast Theory on the libraries live-streaming project A Place Free Of Judgement, and currently chairs the board of London’s award-winning arts radio station Resonance 104.4fm.

Dr. Helen Minors is an Associate Professor of Music and Course Leader for two B.Mus degrees. She was Head of Department 2013-2017. She is the University Lead for the franchise programme at Edinburgh College, TECHNE doctoral training lead, a member of both the Inclusive Curriculum Group and the Network of Equality Champions, and current chair of the National Association for Music in Higher Education UK. She is a performer/improviser, musicologist and practice researcher. She has a wide range of experience including success as: head of department of two university music departments; co-lead of the AHRC Network “Translating Music; and teaching excellence with awards, mostly recently receiving a Rose Award ‘Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Research’ for the funded collaborative project “Taking Race Live” (2016) recently nominated for a CATE HEA award (2017). Her research explores the interdisciplinary, intercultural transfer and interplay of the senses between musics and texts (including dance, theatre, cultural studies and translation studies) within works from the 20th century to today.

Helen Palmer is a writer, performer and lecturer at Kingston University. She is the author of Deleuze and Futurism: A Manifesto for Nonsense (Bloomsbury, 2014). She has recently published papers on feminist rewritings and diffractive pedagogies, and some of her poetry has recently been published in the Minnesota Review themed issue on new materialism. She is currently writing a book called Queer Defamiliarisation and a novel called Pleasure Beach, which is a feminist reimagining of Joyce’s Ulysses.

In partnership with Cultural Histories Kingston.

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Faber Social and Tony White

I am delighted to be collaborating with Faber Social to co-curate a night of experimental writing, as part of the programme of events etc. to celebrate the launch of my latest novel The Fountain in the Forest, which is published by Faber and Faber on 4 January 2018. The event is called Under The Paving Stones, and I am really excited that some very special writers indeed will be joining me on the night. It is an honour to be sharing the bill with:

KIRSTY GUNN

‘Gunn’s prose is accomplished, poetic, and haunting.’ Times Literary Supplement

STEWART HOME

‘Stewart Home is one of our most important and interesting novelists.’ New Statesman

JOANNA WALSH

‘Joanna Walsh is clever, funny and merciless.’ Yuri Herrera

IPHGENIA BAAL

‘One of London’s most potent secrets.’ Iain Sinclair

ELEY WILLIAMS

‘She has in common with George Saunders the ability to be both playful and profound, and we are lucky to have her.’ Sarah Perry

The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London, W1W 7JD, Doors 19:00.

Show starts at 19:30

Please click here for tickets

 

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Brunel Writers Series 2018

It is great to be a part of the Brunel Writers Series 2018, at Brunel University London, which has been put together as ever by the brilliant Bernardine Evaristo, and features some great writers including Irenosen Okojie, Leone Ross, Richard Scott, Lara Pawson, and more, plus student readings. My event is in February. Events are free, but booking essential. Here’s the poster…

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Polar bearings

The Polar Museum in Cambridge have released the audio of a panel event about culture and climate change that I was proud to be involved in last year. Here’s the blurb:

The Arctic and Antarctic have long claimed a strong hold on the western imagination, but climate change has given these regions new prominence and meaning. Why have these places held such a strong attraction for western explorers and storytellers? Has Polar science been well represented in climate change coverage in professional journalism and social media? What have we learned from controversies, whether about natural science, or the interests of the people and places most affected by change? How much do we know about future scenarios for these sensitive regions, and how should we tell those stories today in a way that might change the future for the better? Is the future the next frontier for explorers and storytellers?

This free public event explored these themes with contributions from climate modeller Tamsin Edwards (Open University), oceanographer Mark Brandon (Open University), Cambridge Polar Museum curator Charlotte Connelly, poet Nick Drake (author of Arctic-themed poem cycle ‘The Farewell Glacier’) and writer Tony White (Science Museum writer in residence and author of the Science Museum published climate change novel Shackleton’s Man Goes South). Broadcaster and writer Dallas Campbell (presenter of BBC’s Bang Goes the Theory and City in the Sky) introduced and chaired the event. It was co-organised by the University of Cambridge Polar Museum and The Mediating Change Group, which is based jointly at the Open University Geography Department and the University of Sheffield School of Architecture.

Click here to listen on the Polar Museum’s Soundcloud page now

Click here to download a free PDF of Shackleton’s Man Goes South by Tony White, the first novel ever published by the Science Museum

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Read the opening chapter…

Read the opening chapter of The Fountain in the Forest in this exclusive chapter sampler from publisher Faber and Faber. Here’s the blurb:

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 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, philosophical meditation on liberty, and counter-culture bildungsroman, this is an iconoclastic novel of unparalleled ambition.

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The Fountain in the Forest is now available to pre-order direct from Faber and Faber

‘White’s “astonishing experiment in literary form” to Faber’ (The Bookseller)

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