This is a selection of events that I’ve been part of over the past few years. For up-to-date listings of forthcoming events see my Events and Bookings page.
2022 dates included:
September 25 2022: an online reading of T.S. Eliot’s very rarely-performed short play Sweeney Agonistes: Fragments of an Aristophanic Melodrama, for David Collard’s online salon The Glue Factory. Featuring Paige Niblet and Alex Kapila as Dusty and Doris, David Henningham as Sam Wauchope, Ray Davis (Klipstein/Swarts), Tony White (Krumpacker/Snow) and Glue Factory host David Collard as Sweeney.
June 26 2022: Tony White talks about Piece of Paper Press at David Collard’s online salon The Glue Factory, alongside Aea Varfis Warmelo, David Hayden, Abigail Parry, and Stephanie Ellyne.
2021 dates included:
October 21 2021: *Provisional by — proVISIONAL 01 A Digital Variety *Provisional is an evening of performance featuring: Tony White, Bronaċ Ferran, Roney FM, Simon Poulter, Pete Gomes, Rose Ruane, Vader, Claudia Memourim, Bane Her Film Theatre, Gary Marshall-Stevens, Michael Sanders, The A38. That Sounds Perfect (unconfirmed Glasgow), Simon Munnery, Jon Dovey, Mike Stubbs (Book Burning), Stefan Szczelkun – tickets here
October 2 2021: Carthorse Orchestra – the last ever outing for David Collard’s unique online literary gathering, with Sara Baume, Lauren Elkin, Stephanie Elleyne, Wendy Erskine, Tim Etchells, Rónán Hession, Laura Hopkins, Michael Hughes, Amy McCauley, Helen Ottaway, Paul Stanbridge, Aea Varfis-van Warmelo, Tony White, Natalia Zagorska-Thomas.
July 7 2021: Inventive Podcast, presented by Professor Trevor Cox, featuring aeronautical engineer Sophie Robinson and a specially commissioned short story by Tony White. More info and links shortly.
June 28 2021: ‘Superstar Engineers: Here We Go!’ Edinburgh Science Festival launch of the Inventive Podcast, includes an extract from my short story inspired by the brilliant engineer Sophie Robinson. Here’s the blurb: ‘Inventive engineers Askwar Hilonga, Sophie Robinson and Sian Cleaver in conversation with Professor Trevor Cox, plus a fantastic short story by Tony White.’ Event supported by the EPSRC. This online event is free.
June 25 2021: They are all of them themselves and they repeat it and I hear it, the marathon reading of Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans instigated and organised by Anna Barham and Irene Revell (that I participated in through 2020) will be broadcast in its 52hr entirely from Friday 25 June at 6pm, as part of Town Hall Meeting of the Air, an exhibition and public programme conceived by Kate Liston & Tess Denman-Cleaver that thinks about the poetics of civic gathering. Town Hall Meeting of the Air is at Baltic39, Newcastle upon Tyne until 2 August 2021. Listen at http://www.townhallonair.com/
May 29 2021: Carthorse Orchestra — ‘Piece of Paper Press: author Tony White on his unique imprint’, for David Collard’s online literary gathering. Alongside Rónán Hession, Tim Etchells, Joanna Walsh, Lyn Buckle, and Laura Hopkins.
April 28 2021: They are all of them themselves and they repeat it and I hear it Anna Barham & Irene Revell’ live-streamed reading group continues with the final reading from How to Write, by Gertrude Stein – also broadcast live on Star and Shadow Radio. More info and streaming archive.
April 14 2021: Tony White, ‘How Visual Artists Helped Acclaimed Author Solve Crime Novel Puzzle’, lecture with readings from The Fountain in the Forest (Faber and Faber, 2018). Opening lecture in the Ramadan Lecture Series in Art and Design, the American University of Sharjah. Speakers were invited to discuss alternative or potential histories in relation to their practice.
March 31 2021: They are all of them themselves and they repeat it and I hear it Anna Barham & Irene Revell’ live-streamed reading group continues with live readings from How to Write, by Gertrude Stein. More info and streaming archive.
February 9 2021: They are all of them themselves and they repeat it and I hear it Anna Barham & Irene Revell’s live-streamed reading group continues with live readings from How to Write, by Gertrude Stein. More info and streaming archive.
January 26 2021: They are all of them themselves and they repeat it and I hear it Anna Barham & Irene Revell’s live-streamed reading group continues in 2021 with live readings from a new title: How to Write, by Gertrude Stein. More info and streaming archive.
2020 dates included:
December 30 2020: The 23rd and final part of ‘They are all of them themselves and they repeat it and I hear it’ — concluding Anna Barham and Irene Revell’s yearlong reading of Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans (1925). Readings from Anna Barham, Sarah Chilvers, Jen Hodgson, Sabrina Fuller, Daniela Cascella, Kerstin Shrodinger, Cristina Ramos, Louise Gray, Sarah Chatwin, Tony White, Karen Di Franco, Julia Calver, Joanna Raczynska, Teresa Cos, Lady Lucy, Dragos Olea, Naoko Takahashi, Holly Antrum, Claire Holdsworth, Harriet Plewis, Serena Braida, Vanessa Desclaux, Esmerelda Valencia, Miranda Clow, Lucy A Sames, Katherine MacBride, Tess Denman-Cleaver, Irene Revell. Streaming starts 8:00 pm. More info and streaming archive here
December 2 2020: ‘They are all of them themselves and they repeat it and I hear it’ — Anna Barham and Irene Revell’s yearlong reading of Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans (1925). Streaming starts 8:00 pm. More info and streaming archive here.
October 29 2020: Crime Writers’ Association – ‘In conversation with Antony Johnston’, plus readings from Victoria Dowd, Tony White, Barbara Nadel. Streaming starts 7:30. Sorry, audience limited to CWA members only.
October 20 2020: ‘They are all of them themselves and they repeat it and I hear it’ — Anna Barham and Irene Revell’s yearlong reading of Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans (1925). Streaming starts 8:00 pm. More info and streaming archive here.
September 19 2020: A Leap in the Dark 50 – the last-ever Leap in the Dark, an online gathering that has been running twice-weekly since early April and has, to date, featured more than 150 contributors. Featuring Helen Ottaway, Tony White, Natalia Zagorska-Thomas, Michael Hughes, Amy McCauley, Helen and Melanie Pappenheim, Tim Etchells, Henningham Family Press, Aea Varfis-van Warmelo, regular feature the ‘settee salon’ and your host the Pale Usher a.k.a. David Collard. Streaming starts 8pm.
June 27 2020: A Leap in the Dark 26, a special edition of David Collard’s online salon dedicated to Seen From Here: Writing in the Lockdown, introduced by the editors Tim Etchells and Vlatka Horvat, with Season Butler, Tony White, Andrea Mason, Chris Thorpe, Rachel Genn, Fernando Sdrigotti, Jacob Wren, Marvin Thompson, Lara Pawson, M John Harrison, Caroline Bergvall. 100% of proceeds from Seen From Here go to The Trussell Trust. 8pm Saturday 27th June 2020
May 19 2020: ‘They are all of them themselves and they repeat it and I hear it’ — Anna Barham and Irene Revell’s yearlong reading of Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans (1925). More info and streaming archive here.
May 6 2020: ‘They are all of them themselves and they repeat it and I hear it’ — Anna Barham and Irene Revell’s yearlong reading of Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans (1925). More info and streaming archive here.
May 1 2020: 24 hours of special broadcasts, midnight to midnight, to mark the 18th anniversary of London’s arts community radio station Resonance 104.4fm. Featuring two new works from Tony White never before broadcast on radio | 05:30, a radio edit of my short story ‘Apocryphal Fragment from the Lives of the Conquistadors’, from A Puppet Show by Steven Hull for Glow: Santa Monica 2013 | 20:00, short story ‘High-Lands’ performed live at the Mechanics’ Institute, Galway for TULCA Festival of Visual Arts 2016, with live musical accompaniment from New Pope. More info and Listen Again to these programmes here.
April 9 2020: ‘They are all of them themselves and they repeat it and I hear it’ — Anna Barham and Irene Revell’s yearlong reading of Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans (1925). Now online. More info and streaming archive here.
March 15 2020: Essex Book Festival. The Word From Paris with Philip Terry and Tony White. The Penguin Book of Oulipo book launch. This is the first collection in English to bring together 100 pieces of ‘Oulipo’ writing. Editor and translator Philip Terry will be joined by novelist Tony White to read and discuss selections from the book, as well as some of their own writing inspired by the group. 4:00–5:00pm, Studio 1, Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH. Tickets: 27 years and under: £5.00 | Standard: £7.00. Info and bookings.
February 29 2020: A Leap in the Dark. A one-off entertainment to celebrate the leap year with music, performance, poetry, prose, book talk. Also good grub, strong drink & cocoa. Feat. Anna Aslanyan, Tim Etchells, Neil Griffiths, David Henningham, Michael Hughes, Melanie Pappenheim, Paul Stanbridge, Aea Varfis-van Warmelo, Tony White, Natalia Zagorska-Thomas, David Collard. 6:00–9:30pm, Paddington Conservative Club, 1 Hormead Road, London, W9 3NG. Doors open at 6:00pm. The show starts at 6:15 and will finish at around 9:30pm, with two intervals. Tickets £11.00. Info and bookings.
February 1 2020: ‘They are all of them themselves and they repeat it and I hear it’ — Anna Barham and Irene Revell’s yearlong reading of Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans (1925). More info and streaming archive here.
January 11 2020: ‘They are all of them themselves and they repeat it and I hear it: a yearlong reading of Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans (1925)’. Group reading/performance and livestream curated and produced by Anna Barham and Irene Revell. Invited participants. Further dates to follow.
2019 dates included:
November 29 2019: Culture and Climate Change: Scenarios, publication launch. Geographical Lates: Cop25 Climate Talks, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR. 6.00pm-10.30pm Exhibition Road doors open at 6.00pm. From £10.00 per person. Booking info here.
November 9 2019: Emma Curtis, Amanda Robson, Tony White, for Richmond Literature Festival’s Local Author Day, Twickenham Library, Garfield Road, Twickenham, 2:30pm
October 26 2019: Endland, Tim Etchells reading from his new collection ENDLAND and in conversation with Tony White, Off The Shelf Festival of Books, Drama Studio, Shearwood Road, Sheffield S10. 3:00pm.
July 27 2019: A Night of Pure Moby Dickery. A celebration of Herman Melville’s salty maritime epic – in a boat in a church in a landlocked London borough – prompted by the 200th birthday of Melville this year. With Will Barrett, David Collard, Henningham Family Press, Jennifer Hodgson, Melissa McCarthy, Tony White, Eley Williams, and more. Eventbrite booking here.
June 16 2019: Please join us for Bloomsday readings by Marcia Farquhar and Tony White. The legendary Marcia Farquhar will be reading Molly Bloom’s monologue from James Joyce’s ULYSSES and London author Tony White will give his ‘bravura’ reading of ‘The Willingdone Museyroom’ from Finnegans Wake, & we will drink a glass or two of the cheapest Bourgogne wine. Bookartbookshop, 17 Pitfield Street, Hoxton, London N1 6HB. Sunday 16th June, 2019, 2.00 – 5.30pm. Readings start 2:45pm.
June 15 2019: Hillingdon Library Service presents Crime Fest: Masterclass with Tony White. The Lounge at Winston Churchill Theatre, Manor Farm, Pinn Way, Ruislip HA4 7QL. Saturday 15 June, 2019 at Tickets £5.00. Booking and more info here.
May 4 2019: Finneganight. On Saturday 4th May (the actual publication date of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake in 1939), a gathering of enthusiasts, sceptics and the well-disposed uncommitted who would all like to celebrate the world’s most difficult book. With Alba Arikha, Jessica Boyd, June Caldwell, David Collard, David Henningham, Jennifer Hodgson, Dan O’Brien, Melanie Pappenheim, Alex Pheby, Jessica St Clair, Susan Tomaselli, Tony White, Eley Williams, Alice Zawadski. SOLD OUT – see photos of the event here.
April 30 2019: Tony White joins fellow novelists and members of the Crime Writers Association Louise Burfitt-Dons (The Missing Activist), Emma Curtis (author of When I Find You) and Amanda Robson (Envy) for crime fiction chat. Methodist church hall, Thames Street, Staines, TW18 4SD. 7.30pm
March 26 2019: The first night of a brand new literary event in Soho: The Great Wen. Hosted by Murray Lachlan Young and Dave McGowan. Feat. Murray Lachlan Young, Tony White, Adelaide Banks, Jessica St James, Dave McGowan, Alan Tyler, Dean Wilson. The Union Club, 50 Greek Street, London W1D 4EQ.
March 13 2019: The Hurst, Winter Warmer: Fiction – re-energising your creativity, residential course with Kirsty Gunn, Meaghan Delahunt. Guest speaker Tony White. The Hurst, The John Osborne Arvon Centre, Craven Arms, Shropshire.
February 15 2019: The Fountain in the Forest guided walk, for the Resonance FM annual fundraiser 2019. Starting at the memorial to the Zeppelin attack of 1915 in Queen Square (and probably ending in a local pub), the walk takes in many of the landmarks of ‘Rex King Country’, including the site of Wyndham Lewis’s Rebel Art Centre of 1914 on Great Ormond Street, Sid’s (a.k.a. Conduit Coffee House) on Lamb’s Conduit Street, Holborn Police Station, and the celebrated fish and chip shop Fryer’s Delight, interspersed with anecdote, local history, and readings from The Fountain in the Forest.
February 11 2019: ‘Chiswick Crime Writers’ Panel’. Ever wondered how crime writers approach their writing? Three authors and members of the Crime Writers Association, Louise Burfitt-Dons (The Missing Activist), Tony White (The Fountain in the Forest) and Amanda Robson (Guilt) talk to Emma Curtis (author of When I Find You) about everything criminal in their plots. Chiswick Library, Duke’s Avenue, London, W4 2AB. Mon 11 Feb 2019, 18:30. Tickets (available from the library) £3.00 or £1.50 for CWA members.
February 6 2019: ‘Speech Acts for Resonance’. An epochal evening of poetry, spoken word and readings for Resonance 104.4fm Fundraiser — featuring Rachael Allen + Edward Doegar + Rakaya Esime Fetuga + Liliane Lijn + Tony White + more tbc! Tickets: £10 (£6 students, concessions) on the door. All proceeds go to the Resonance Fundraiser. . At Iklectik, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, Lambeth North, London SE1 7LG.
January 23 2019: ‘Writing an experimental crime novel’. Tony White reads from The Fountain in the Forest and is interviewed by Dr Nick Hubble, author of The Proletarian Answer to the Modernist Question. Brunel Writers Series 2019. Brunel Library (room: BANN 226), Brunel University London, UB8 3PH. Weds 23 Jan 2019, 17:30–19:30.
2018 dates included:
November 9 2018: Kirsty Gunn and Tony White: Literary Page-turners. Can contemporary literary fiction also be page-turning stuff? Of course it can, say acclaimed novelists Kirsty Gunn and Tony White, both published by literary publisher of pedigree, Faber & Faber. Stroud Book Festival, 18:30–19:30: Friday 9 November. Lansdown Hall, Stroud, Glos. Tickets £8: Available from Subscription Rooms.
October 13 2018: Strong Language Live #2 is a bold followup to Friday’s session comprising an inventive and restless evening of performances, readings and installations out in the atmospheric former bank space of Attercliffe™. Renowned punk poet, author and tattooist Joolz Denby shares the stage with performer Selina Thompson whose work touches on identity, bodies and the environment. Both Joolz and Selina will have new texts published by Piece of Paper Press available to collect free on the night. Lending further grace and gravity to the evening is Piece of Paper press editor and cult author Tony White, reading stories including The Holborn Cenotaph – ‘his powerful satirical performance piece’ (Financial Times) – that mix contemporary urban concerns with an approach that’s both gritty and conceptual. FREE. Venue: Site Gallery, 1-5 Brown Street, S1 2BS. 7:00–9:00pm
October 13 2018: Strong Language: ‘Small is Beautiful’. A two part discussion event around the labour of love that is radical print. In the first part artist Penny McCarthy will talk to the artist Janette Paris about her celebrated Arch Comic – ‘Bringing art and life together’ since 2011 – and to Tony White about the ambitions and approaches of Piece of Paper Press, which over the years has seen contributions from artists, performance-makers and writers from Joanna Walsh to Michael Moorcock. In part two, Leigh Wilson chairs a discussion about passion, politics and innovation featuring a rich array of forces to be reckoned with in contemporary independent publishing, from Sheffield-based & Other Stories to Dostoyevsky Wannabe and Longbarrow Press. Both sessions will have lots of space for audience questions and discussion – so please get involved. FREE. Venue: Site Gallery, 1-5 Brown Street, S1 2BS. 1:00–3:00pm
October 12 2018: Strong Language Live #1, gets the weekend off to a powerful and playful start with readings from the genre-defying authors M John Harrison and Courttia Newland who both have new texts published by Piece of Paper Press available to collect free on the night. There will be additional word play from curator Tim Etchells and from artist Vlatka Horvat who’ll be reading a text related to her brand new projection piece As Things, As Animals on display at locations around the city. Strong Language Live #1 also sees the opening of our enticing exhibition of Piece of Paper Press editions and ephemera. FREE. Venue: Site Gallery, 1-5 Brown Street, S1 2BS. 7:00–9:00pm
October 12–14 2008: ‘Piece of Paper Press: artworks and ephemera 1994–2014’ – part of Tim Etchells’ Strong Language weekend, a display of books, artworks, and ephemera from 24 years of Tony White’s Piece of Paper Press, featuring books and artworks by Ian Bourn, Pavel Büchler, Peter Bunting, Barbara Campbell, Mikey Cuddihy, Stevie Deas, Tim Etchells, Stephanie Fawbert, Rose Frain, Jane Gifford, Bruce Gilchrist, Halford + Beard, Christopher Hewitt, Steven Hull, Liliane Lijn, Elizabeth Magill, Penny McCarthy, Susana Medina, Michael Moorcock, James Pyman, Borivoj Radaković, Sheena Rose, Gordana Stanišić, Suzanne Treister, Alison Turnbull, Joanna Walsh, and Tony White. FREE. Venue: Project Space, Site Gallery, 1-5 Brown Street, S1 2BS. DOCUMENTED HERE.
October 11 2018: The Fountain in the Forest at Off The Shelf Festival of Words, Sheffield. Tony White will be reading from The Fountain in the Forest and talking to novelist Nicholas Royle. This event is also part of Strong Language, curated by Tim Etchells. Thurs 11 Oct, 6pm. Site Gallery, 1-5 Brown Street, S1 2BS. Tickets (In Advance) £6/£5 (concs) | Tickets (On the Door) £7/£6 (concs). Bookings and info.
September 5 2018: Alison Turnbull’s Japanese Paintings. Tony White will read an extract from the short story he contributed to Alison Turnbull’s artist’s book Spring Snow – A Translation (Book Works) to coincide with the display of Turnbull’s paintings in the Bury Place windows of Rodic Davidson Architects studio. 6–8pm, readings 7pm. 1 Pied Bull Yard, London WC1E 2AE. London Review Bookshop will be open on the evening, and copies of both Spring Snow – A Translation and The Fountain in the Forest will be available.
July 3 2018: A guided walk with readings from The Fountain in the Forest, to Holborn locations featured in the novel. ‘Refresh, Reboot, Retool: new imaginaries for challenging times.’ 3pm–6pm, 3rd July, The Art Workers Guild, Bloomsbury. £45 (Reduced £25 tickets are available for artists and creative practitioners, students, ECRs, and employees of not-for-profit, volunteer and third sector organisations). DOCUMENTED HERE.
June 27 2018: Split, Croatia. Tony White reading from The Fountain in the Forest and in conversation with Croatian author, playwright and translator Borivoj Radakovic – 8pm, Academia Club Ghetto, Dosud 10, Split 21000, Croatia. DOCUMENTED HERE.
June 20 2018: Koprivnica, Croatia. Tony White reading from The Fountain in the Forest and in conversation with Croatian novelist Marko Gregur – 7pm, Koprivnica Library, Zrinski trg 6, 48000 Koprivnica, Croatia. Info here.
May 26 2018: Digi_Create Conference, part of the Creative Fuse Northeast digital literature programme — ‘Explore the creative ways that writers are using digital technologies and distribution to develop their work and to engage with audiences. The event is suitable for professional and emerging writers/producers/publishers who wish to gain professional skills, insights and understanding. This event is open to all writers in the North.’ Line-up includes Richard Evans, Kate Pullinger, Tony White, and Alison Boyle (Arts Council England). 11–4pm, Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne. Register here.
May 9 2018: Experimental Fiction: Tony White and Jeremy Gavron in conversation. ‘A thrilling double bill! Join Tony White and Jeremy Gavron as they discuss their new novels, both being hailed as ambitious novels with experimental styles. People love to debate the death of the novel, so here is a chance to witness it flourishing boldly and growing in new ways.’ Golden Hare Books, 68 St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5AQ. 6:30–8:00pm. Tickets £5.00. Bookings and info here.
May 3 2018: Tony White and Gregory Norminton talk experimental fiction. The Bookseller Crow, 50 Westow Street, London SE19 3AF. Bookings and info here.
April 27 2018: The Fountain in the Forest: An Evening with Tony White – ‘We couldn’t be more excited to host Tony White to discuss his new novel The Fountain in the Forest. It is a powerful new take on crime writing and radically different to anything we have encountered before.’ – Waterstones Oxford, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AF. 19:00. Bookings and info here.
April 14 2018: Endlessly curious – Rein Raud and Tony White in conversation with Bhavit Mehta. ‘With an inquisitive mind and sophisticated style, Rein Raud is versatility personified: he has written poetry, plays, short stories, and novels. One of Estonia’s best known writers and an influential opinion leader, Raud will be in conversation with the formally adventurous and equally curious British novelist, writer and editor Tony White, whose latest novel, The Fountain in the Forest, has just been published to much acclaim. EstLitFest, Print Room, The Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3LB. 5pm. Booking here.
March 29 2018: Tony White interviews Man Booker-shortlisted Graeme Macrae Burnet about his newest novel, The Accident On The A35. Waterstones Islington, 11 Islington Green, London, N1 2XH. 6:30-8:00pm, tickets £3.00. Bookings and info here.
March 8 2018: WRITERS’ CENTRE KINGSTON PRESENTS The English PEN Modern Literature Festival. Nearly a dozen contemporary English writers present new works, each in tribute to a writer who is part of the English PEN Writer’s at Risk programme, writers living under oppression around the world. All Saints Church, Kingston upon Thames. 14-16 Market Place, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1JP – 7PM – FREE ENTRY. Full line-up and info.
March 7 2018: Reading and Resistance, Waterstones Gower Street, a new series of salons at which writers and readers will discuss the relationship between literature and politics in the work of authors from all over the world, with Jeremy Gavron, James Miller and Tony White. Bookings and info here.
March 5 2018: Brixton Book Jam – readings from Tony White, Mark Hill, Chris Chalmers, Sarah Robertson, Ivy Ngeow, Lorna Fraser, John Cullen, and Stevyn Colgan with more to be announced. Hootananny, 95 Effra Road, London SW2 1DF. 7.30pm FREE. Find out more.
February 28 2018: Brunel Writers Series EVENT POSTPONED DUE TO INDUSTRIAL ACTION
February 27 2018: IN YER EAR – with Tony White, Julia Bell, Bioni Samp, Dave McGowan, Ryan Addison Fletcher, Lara Pawson, Valentine Carter, Clancy Gebler Davies, Sharon Shaw, Colin from Trisha’s. The French House, 49 Dean Street, London W1D 5BG. 20:15–22:30. Find out more on the IN YER EAR event page.
February 23 2018: Storysmash Masterclass. Storysmash is a project delivered by Nottingham City Libraries in partnership with National Videogame Foundation and Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, funded by Arts Council England.
February 22 2018: The Fountain in the Forest and the French Republican Calendar – readings and discussion with Dr Sanja Perovic of King’s College London, author of The Calendar in Revolutionary France (Cambridge University Press. Housmans Bookshop, London. Bookings and info here.
February 19 2018: Faber Social and Tony White present ‘UNDER THE PAVING STONES: a night of experimental fiction’, with Kirsty Gunn, Tony White, Richard Milward, Joanna Walsh, Eley Williams, Iphgenia Baal. The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London W1W 7JD. Tickets £8 in advance. Doors 7pm. Performance 7.30pm. Bookings and info here
February 15 2018: The Fountain in the Forest readings and discussion, Sheen Bookshop, 375 Upper Richmond Rd W, London SW14 7NX. 6.00pm
January 29 2018: Storytellers Inc. St. Annes-on-the-sea, Lancashire.
January 19 2018: Tony White launches his new book The Fountain in the Forest with a rare screening of Wetherby (1985) a film he loves and which has featured in much of his writing. Wetherby is playwright and screenwriter David Hare’s first film as director and stars Vanessa Redgrave. Tony will be in conversation with writer, poet and CB Editions publisher Charles Boyle about the film after the screening. 7:00pm–21.30, Friday 19 January 2018, London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, London WC1A 2JL. Tickets £15. Bookings and info here.
January 11 2018: The Fountain in the Forest: launch party. Daunt Books, Marylebone High Street, London W1.
2017 dates included:
December 7 2017: Writers’ Centre Kingston presents an evening about HOPING, with guest speaker Tony White alongside Helen Julia Minors and Helen Palmer. Minima Yacht Club, 48a High Street, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey. KT1 1HN. More info here.
November 29 2017: The Ungoverned Tongue – ‘An evening of spoken word accompanied by a live, responsive, ambient soundscape’ – downstairs bar, Numidie, 48 Westow Hill, Crystal Palace, London SE19. More info here.
October 19 2017: Vanguard Readings, with Jane Harris, Chloe Mayer, Zelda Rhiando, Lydia Ruffles, Richard Skinner, Tony White. The Pelican, 92 Peckham Road, London SE15 5PY, 19:30. ‘Free entry, pay bar. All welcome.’
September 24 2017: Festival Poligon. I’ll be performing The Holborn Cenotaph as part of the Literary Picnic, City Park, Trg Hrvatskih Velikana, 12:00pm.
September 23 2017: Festival Poligon, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. An evening of readings moderated by Festival Poligon director Mirko Božić, featuring Mili Đukić, Jonathan Bousfield, Tony White, Niall Griffiths, Marko Gregur, Stevan Tatalović: Kultura periferije/čita Igor Vidačković. Time: 20:30. Venue: Black dog Pub, Jusovina 5.
September 22 2017: Festival Poligon, Mostar. In Conversation: Tony White & Niall Griffiths — including the first public reading from White’s forthcoming novel The Fountain in the Forest. Moderator: Mirko Božić. Time: 19:00. Venue: Ćorovića kuća, Maršala Tita 178.
September 22 2017: Festival Poligon, Mostar. Brexit: Europa u krizi, drugi dio: Niall Griffiths i Tony White, predavanje: Brexit i književnost. Time: 11:00. Venue: United World College, Španjolski trg 1.
September 8 2017: Diissonance book launch with paul hawkins, Gary Budden, Roy McFarlane + more TBC. Cafe Gallery, 21 Old Ford Road, E2 9PL London: 18:30–21:00. More info here.
August 24 2017: I’m reading as part of the Worm Wood exhibition by Tereza Stehlikova and SJ Fowler, set in the beautiful Dissenter’s Chapel in historic Kensal Green Cemetery. Also reading: Thomas Duggan, Alexander Kell, Astra Papachristodoulou, Tereza Stehlikova, SJ Fowler and more. August Thursday 24th : 7pm doors – Free entry, 391 Ladbroke Grove. London W10 5AA. Entrance via Cemetery door on Ladbroke Grove (ring the doorbell if not open and the door will remain closed from 8pm until the end of the event).
May 27 2017: I am delighted to be taking part in an all day reading of The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington, to accompany the exhibition Houses are really bodies: the writing of Leonora Carrington, Cubitt Gallery, 8 Angel Mews, Islington, London N1 9HH. Starts: 12:00–20:00. I’ll be reading at around 16:15. More info on the Cubitt site.
May 16 2017: I’ll be reading from Zombies Ate My Library at IN YER EAR #24. Plus: JJ Bola, Julia Bell, Alison Hitchcock, Gemma Weekes, Gerard McKeown, Dave McGowan, and music from Robert Hacker Jessett of Morton Valence. The King & Queen, 1 Foley Street, London, W1. Time: 20:15–23:15.
May 11 2017: Saboteur Awards accessible preview salon (this event is by invitation only).
April 28 2017: Resonance FM’s 15th Birthday Party — booking essential. More info here.
April 1 2017: The English PEN Modern Literature Festival — 30 contemporary UK-based writers present new works in tribute to writers at risk around the world at Rich Mix, London, on April 1st 2017. #penfestuk — Venue One, Rich Mix: London
2pm / 4pm / 7.30pm. Free entry, but English PEN membership appreciated. More info here.
March 20 2017: I’ll be reading from Zombies Ate My Library at Sylvia Plath Fan Club, Union Club, 50 Greek Street, London W1.
March 6 2017: I’ll be reading from Zombies Ate My Library at Brixton Book Jam. Lineup: Carla Valentine, Chris Jackson. Nazima Kadir, Jim Gleeson, Tony White, Irenosen Okojie, Jo Clayton, Jacqueline Crooks, Dzifa Benson, Desiree Reynolds, Richard Skinner, Zelda Rhiando, Sherbaan V. Valean. Usual venue The Hootananny, 95 Effra Road, Brixton, London SW2 1DF. Doors open at 7.30pm.
March 2 2017: ‘Digital London’, University of Westminster, London. (Sorry this is not a public event.)
February 25 2017: I will be discussing and reading from Shackleton’s Man Goes South at the Land/Change micro-festival. Dedicated to teaching, learning and performances, Land/Change brings together writers, artists, local organisers and academics working with communities around the world to explore creative, critical and activist responses to landscapes and places under processes of change. ‘Places’ may be defined by histories which are both culturally celebrated and traumatic, and talks and presentations will address the ways in which arts and humanities approaches can be used to respond to environmental change and to help empower communities to determine their future. Land/Change, Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3QY. 11:30am–18:00.
February 25 2017: ANATHEMA #1—a new experimental writing series in Bristol curated by Moot Press, Hesterglock Press and Sad Press. Readings from JR Carpenter, Felix Bazalgette, Rowan Evans, Sarah Hayden, Lila Matsumoto, Paul Hawkins, Camilla Nelson, Tony White. Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft Road, Bristol BS1 3QY. Free. Doors 7:00 for 7:30pm start.
February 21 2017: A Place Free Of Judgement, book launch and sharing event. Come and meet Blast Theory and acclaimed author Tony White and discover how they worked with young people and libraries on a unique performance project, also the launch of the A Place Free of Judgement book. Organised by Arts Connect and ASCEL. Southwater Library, Southwater One, Telford, TF3 4JG. Tues 21 Feb 2017 11am – 4pm. Register to attend here.
2016 dates included:
December 1 2016: Visions in the Nunnery — ‘with five live performances, including Richard Layzell, Elena Cologni, Marina Moreno, Tony White, and Raluca Croitoru and Mikio Saito from the Unnoticed Art Festival, with a new installation Hey You! by Tessa Garland’. Thursday, December 1, 2016, The Nunnery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ, 6-9pm. Info and bookings here
November 26 2016: The Locomotrix: Readings and discussion with Courttia Newland and Tony White, Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9DX — 6:30pm. Admission £3.00 redeemable on purchases, more info on the Housmans site
November 11 2016: Tony White, ‘The Holborn Cenotaph’ and other stories, TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, Galway, Republic of Ireland. I will be working in collaboration with Galway musician David Boland aka New Pope from Citóg Records – the night will be a mix of readings and music PLUS a special screening of Include Me Out of the Partisans Manifesto, the beautiful 2012 short film by Irish artist Alan Phelan, which is based on my short story (about Phelan) ‘Include Me Out’. BOOKING ESSENTIAL
October 29 2016: A Place Free of Judgement, by Blast Theory and Tony White. 30 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 award-winning artists Blast Theory and author Tony White to re-imagine libraries, storytelling and their place in the world.
- Livestream: 3pm – midnight. Log in at http://aplacefreeofjudgement.co.uk
- Live readings by Tony White:
- 3.30pm Telford Southwater Library (TF3 4JG);
- 6.30pm Cannock Library (WS11 1AA);
- 9.30pm Worcester, St John’s Library (WR2 5AX)
- Visit http://aplacefreeofjudgement.co.uk to book your place.
October 8 2016: Ludlow Library, writing workshop for A Place Free of Judgement by Blast Theory and Tony White.
October 1 2016: Dudley Library, writing workshop for A Place Free of Judgement by Blast Theory and Tony White.
September 30 2016: The Roger Ely Experience. An evening of celebration of the life and times of the remarkably influential performance artist, chef, event and festival producer and archivist Roger Ely. There will be a presentation of some his extensive video archive and live performance from collaborators and friends including: Anne Bean, Steve Beresford, Neil Butler, Ginny Farman, Dave Stephens, Richard Strange, Dianne Torr, John Watts, Mark Waugh and Tony White. Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 6AB. Bar from 6pm, theatre 7:30pm. Info and bookings here.
September 19 2016: Piece of Paper Press and PEER are delighted to invite you to celebrate the launch of ‘Subjective Interfaces’, a new artist’s book by Ian Bourn, a British artist best known for his pioneering work in video art from the late 1970s onwards. ‘Subjective Interfaces’ by Ian Bourn is produced in a numbered limited edition of 200, of which up to 75 copies will be distributed free at the launch. PEER, 97-99 Hoxton St, London N1 6Q. Monday 19 September, 6:30 – 8:30.
September 17 2016: Estuary Festival 2016. I will be reading from Shackleton’s Man Goes South as part of Estuary Festival’s Shorelines programme. Find me in the Shorelines Main Auditorium in the Departures Lounge at the Tilbury Cruise Terminal, 12:00–12:25. More info and full programme here.
September 15 2016: I will be reading from my climate change novel Shackleton’s Man Goes South at the Polar Museum, Cambridge.
May 16 2016: Bath Spa University. Sorry, this is not a public event.
May 7 2016: ‘Speakers’ Corner’, London Radical Bookfair, 1pm (just outside the main entrance). Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW. Update: Live audio of this event is now up on Soundcloud here.
April 29 2016: ‘The Holborn Cenotaph’, Creative Works London Festival, Chapel, King’s College London, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS. 2:00pm AND 4:30pm. Find out more. No booking needed, but N.B. FREE festival registration is essential for admission to King’s College London.
April 26 2015: In Yer Ear #19, King and Queen, 1 Foley Street, London W1W 6DL from 8:15pm
March 27 2016: HY-Brasil! Easter Rising Centenary Event. Here’s the blurb: ‘Featuring Brazilian songwriter Leandro Maia and guitarist Thiago Colombo. Tony White reading The Holborn Cenotaph—‘Super dry, dark and funny. Glasnost for UK cops’ (Tim Etchells)—and his incantatory performance reading of Apocryphal Fragment from the Lives of the Conquistadors. Luciana Haill’s Dreamachine & light projections, Liam Ryan’s Cosmic Easter Eggs.’ Iklektik Art Lab, Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, London SE1. Free with paid bar (donations at door welcome). Performances 8:00-10:15pm. Doors: 7.45. More info here.
February 29 2016: I will be talking about three of my large-scale digital literature projects to Digital London postgraduate students at University of Westminster. Sorry, this is not a public event. Update: Slides from this talk are now on speakerdeck here.
February 22 2016: Sylvia Plath Fan Club #4, with Justin Cartwright, Tracey Moberly, Johny Brown, Zoe Howe, Tony White and residents: Kirsty Allison, Anne McCloy & Gary Fairfull. The Library, St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4BD London, United Kingdom. (See the video of my previous visit to the Sylvia Plath Fan Club.) Info and bookings here.
February 20 2016: ‘Reading and Being Read: Readers, Writers, Publishers’ A symposium and workshop bringing together writers, readers and publishers from independent presses in the UK. With Susie Nott-Bower and Lynn Michell, Linen Press and Alex Pheby and Sam Jordison, Galley Beggar, Tony White, Piece of Paper Press, and students from the London College of Communication. Conference Centre, British Library, Euston Road, London NW1. Sat 20 Feb 2016, 11:00 – 16:00. Info and bookings here.
January 27 2016: I’ll be giving a short reading as part of the Future Scenarios – Surgery & Network Event for the three Climate Change artists’ residencies (closing date for applications 15 Feb). The surgery event is an opportunity for potential applicants to develop their applications. 19:30 to 21:30 (GMT) Artsadmin, Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 6AB Info and bookings here. Download my own climate change novel Shackleton’s Man Goes South direct from publisher the Science Museum here.
January 18 2016: I’m reading ‘The Holborn Cenotaph’ on a bill with punk legend Dave Barbarossa, famed drummer from Adam and the Ants and Bow Wow Wow. Library, St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4BD London, United Kingdom. FREE BUT N.B. LIBRARY IS A PRIVATE MEMBERS’ CLUB SO RSVP VIA THIS FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE IS ESSENTIAL FOR ADMISSION.
2015 dates included:
December 5 2015: London. An evening of satire in poetry and prose, with Holly Hopkins, Anthony Howell, Courttia Newland and Tony White. Poetry at The Room, 33 Holcombe Road, Tottenham Hale, London N17 9AS. 7:30pm. £5.00 entry plus donation for refreshment.
November 21 2015: Venice Agendas 2015: Crossing Boundaries. Turner Contemporary, Margate. The Holborn Cenotaph, 12:40pm in the Sunley Gallery. In conversation with Iain Sinclair and Simon Smith, 3:10pm in the Foyle Rooms. These and other events throughout the day will be broadcast live on Periscope, follow #airedeturner @veniceagendas @TCMargate @waughoffice. Full listings here.
November 18 2015: The Holborn Cenotaph; lunchtime reading for an invited audience. Blast Theory studio, Port Slade, East Sussex.
November 5 2015: Inaugural night of the Sylvia Plath Fan Club. Line-up: Kelli Ali, Anne McCloy, Donald Gardner Erik Stein, Gil De Ray, Gary Fairfull, Kirsty Allison, and Tony White. 64 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ. 7:30pm until late. RSVP on the Sylvia Plath Fan Club’s Facebook event.
October 27 2015: In Yer Ear #15, ‘back in Fitzrovia with another brilliant line-up: Honor Gavin, Tony White, Music and poetry from Mr Ben Assiter and Sara Wingate Gray, Steven Rogers, Keith Kahn-Harris, Julia Bell, and Glenda May Richards.’ King and Queen, 1 Foley Street, London W1W 6DL from 8:15pm. RSVP on the yer ear #15 Facebook event page.
October 19 2015: I am delighted to be speaking at think/do-tank The Cornelius Foundation’s ART of Conversation supper: aesthetics, not just politics. ‘Situated in London’s political heart, The Red Lion has been Westminster politicians’ favourite drinking hole for centuries. The Dining room will be rearranged as a long communal table. In the authentic style of a Victorian Gin Palace, the ART of Conversation invites you to explore the arcanes linking art and politics.’ The Red Lion, 48 Parliament Street, Westminster, London SW1A 2NH, from 7.30-8.00 pm: ales in the Cabinet (downstairs), 8.00-10.30 pm: quintessential English pub 3-course meal in the Dining Room (upstairs). Ticket inclusive of 1/2 bottle of wine or 2 pints of ale pp. Info and bookings.
October 16 2015: Lit Crawl London. ‘Lit Crawl London, in partnership with the Literary Kitchen Festival, invites you to choose your own path through a series of events held right across the neighbourhood. We’ll be taking over pubs, bookshops, an arcade bar, a pool club and coffeeshops to bring readers and writers together. Free events, a relaxed atmosphere … a melting pot for book lovers and anyone drawn to the pleasures of the unexpected.’ I’ll be on 8:00—8:45pm at Yada’s Kurdish Restaurant, Arch 163, Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST. Full line up and venues on the London Lit Crawl 2015 site.
October 6 2015: Remote Performances in Nature and Architecture, book launch. Readings and performances 7-8pm. I’KLECTIKARTLAB, ‘Old Paradise Yard’, 20 Carlisle Lane (Royal Street corner), next to Archbishop’s Park, London SE1 7LG. 7-9pm. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
September 19 2015: I’ll be giving a reading of my specially commissioned short story ‘Essex Indexicals’ at the opening of Chris Dorley-Brown’s Fifteen Seconds: Part 3. Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1JH, 5-7pm (exhibition runs from 5-27 September 2015).
July 30 2015: audio of my short story ‘High-Lands’ is part of Remote Centres: Performances from Outlandia, with works by Bram Thomas Arnold, Ruth Barker, Ed Baxter and Resonance Radio Orchestra with Tam Dean Burn, Johnny Brown with Band of Holy Joy, Clair Chinnery, Alec Finlay and Ken Coburn, Kirsteen Davidson-Kelly, Benedict Drew, Goodiepal, Sarah Kenchington, Lisa O’Brien, Lee Patterson, Michael Pedersen and Ziggy Campbell, Geoff Sample, Mark Vernon/Jo Joelson & Bruce Gilchrist, and Tracey Warr. Until 30 August. Edinburgh College of Art: Tent Gallery, Evolution House, 78 Westport, EH1 2LE. Mon-Fri, 12-5pm (or by appointment)
July 10 2015: Launch of “Shklovsky’s Zoo” by Joanna Walsh, the 29th title from Tony White’s Piece of Paper Press. “Shklovsky’s Zoo” is published in a limited, numbered edition of 150 copies, and numbers 51-150 will be given away at a launch event at bookartbookshop, 17 Pitfield Street, London N1 6HB, 6.30—8.30pm. No reservations. Strictly one copy per person, while stocks last. Read the press release (opens as PDF).
June 25 2015: New Dawn—Beaconsfield’s 20th Birthday Party. ‘A rare chance for all of us to take cultural ownership of a pioneering art venture that deserves to survive – join our Friends, Best Friends and Patrons! #SupportBeaconsfield – safeguard Beaconsfield’s future.’ Guest performers include David Ball (Soft Cell) & Dave Chambers, Shiva Feshareki & Jack Jelfs, Lucky PDF, Boo Saville, Simon Tyszko, Tony White. 7pm to midnight. RSVP essential—strictly guestlist.
June 1 2015: I’m reading at the celebrated Brixton Book Jam. Full line-up: Alex Wheatle, Tamim Sadikali, Jean Smith, Graham Buchan, Valdemar Alsop, Kirstin Innes, John Cullen, Joanna Biggs, Zelda Rhiando, Monique Roffey, David McGrath, and me ;) Venue: Hootananny, 95 Effra Road, Brixton, London SW2 1DF. Trains: Brixton, Victoria Line/Brixton Overground. Buses: 2, 3, 432, 37, 415. Doors: 7:30pm, and it is FREE.
May 1 to July 26 2015: Include Me Out of the Partisans Manifesto (Alan Phelan, 2012)—a short film based on my short story ‘Include Me Out’, is included in the exhibition IMMA Collection: Fragments, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland. Read more here.
May 9 2015: London Radical Bookfair 2015: The Tanner St Takeover. I’ll be reading short story The Holborn Cenotaph as part of the speakers’ corner programme at 1:30pm, where I will also give away the last few copies of the edition that was produced for the recent event at The MAC, Belfast. Read more about this.
April 20 2015: Cabaret Futura. I’ll be reading The Holborn Cenotaph at the latest of Richard Strange’s legendary evenings of ‘uncategorisable entertainments’. The Paradise, 19 Kilburn Lane, Kensal Rise, London W10 4AE. Tickets £10.00.
March 29 2015: IN YER EAR #10 — In Yer Ear are putting on a Sunday afternoon away gig at Longwave in South London. I’ll be reading on a bill with The Conformists, Iphgenia Baal, Gary Lowe, Julia Bell, Dave McGowan, Becky Fury and Marianne Hyatt. Longwave Bar, Elephant & Castle, 4pm. Read more about this.
March 27 2015: Zara Lyness gives a spontaneous performance/reading of The Holborn Cenotaph to an audience of students and staff at Belfast School of Art, University of Ulster. Read more about this.
March 26 2015: The MAC, Belfast. The Cenotaph Project and the public sphere. ‘This event will include presentations from the artists Stuart Brisley and Maya Balcioglu, writer and academic Dr Sanja Perovic, and Belfast-based artist and writer Dr Colin Darke, followed by an open discussion amongst the speakers and audience. The evening will conclude with a reading by London-based author Tony White of his satirical short story The Holborn Cenotaph, written in response to Brisley and Balcioglu’s project, in the tradition of Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal…’ Info and bookings.
March 26 2015: Belfast School of Art, University of Ulster. (View the slides for this talk on Speakerdeck.)
March 24 2015: CreativeWorks London Information Event. I’ll be giving a short presentation about work undertaken during my residency at King’s College London — which was funded by CreativeWorks London — and the loose research collaboration with artists Stuart Brisley and Maya Balciouglu, and Dr Sanja Perovic of King’s that the residency enabled. The event is being held to announce the final round of CreativeWorks London’s Creative Entrepreneurs-in-Residence Scheme. (View the slides for this talk on Speakerdeck.)
March 17 2015: Goethe Institute, London. Free Word presents Weather Stations: Climate Change – The Stories We Tell. A panel discussion with Mirko Bonné, Chris Rapley and Tony White. 6.30pm doors open, 7pm Event starts. Admission free. Listen to audio archive of this event on Free Word’s SoundCloud.
March 17 2015: How are digital developments disrupting traditional publishing and what new opportunities exist for writers in this sphere? New Writing North/Northumbria University. (View the slides for this talk on Speakerdeck)
February 20 2015: I’m speaking and reading at ‘The Contemporary Small Press: A Symposium’. Seeking to address the role and status of the small press in the UK, to facilitate productive dialogue between the diverse publishers working with contemporary innovative writers and poets, to explore the history of the small press, literary politics and the relationship between the small press and the mainstream. The Boardroom, 309 Regent Street, University of Westminster, London w1 10:00-17:00 Free but booking essential.
February 5 2015: Tony White and Tom McCarthy, MA Critical Writing in Art and Design at the Royal College of Art, London. (Sorry, this is not a public event).
January 17 2015: ‘Minutes To Go, Years Apart’, October Gallery London. Readings and conversation with Liliane Lijn and Tony White. Including ‘A Porky Prime Cut’ performed with a specially composed live musical accompaniment by UK acid house pioneer and former Psychic TV collaborator Richard Norris. October Gallery, London: Saturday 17 January 2015. This event was recorded for broadcast, date TBC. Find out more.
2014 dates included:
October 28 2014: By way of tribute to the late Jack Bruce, a special broadcast of Tony White’s short story first broadcast as part of Remote Performances in August 2014. ‘Stormbringer’ was inspired by talk of a period in Jack Bruce’s life when it seems he was entitled to be formally addressed as The Much Honoured Laird of Sanda. Voice: Tony White. Guitar: Peter Lanceley. Resonance 104.4fm, 4:00pm. More info and audio archive.
October 24 2014: ‘The Cenotaph Project and the Public Sphere’, panel discussion and reading with Stuart Brisley, Maya Balcioglu, Sanja Perovic and Tony White. Presented as part of the Arts & Humanities Festival 2014: Underground, in the George Gilbert Scott-designed Chapel, King’s College, London. BOOKING NOW OPEN ON THE FESTIVAL WEBSITE.
October 20 2014: ‘TCCE in partnership with the British Academy presents “Artists in the Academy”’ — Inside Out Festival. The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH, 6.00pm – 7.30pm. ‘At a time when universities are exploring new ways to maximise the impact of their research and connect themselves to the wider world in increasingly dynamic and unexpected ways, it appears that universities are also signalling a desire to bring the work of arts practitioners into the academy …’ READ MORE. Chair: Deborah Bull, Director, Cultural Partnerships, King’s College London. Participants to include: Tony White, Novelist; Jasmin Vardimon, Choreographer; Di Mainstone, Visual artist; Professor Philip Crang, Royal Holloway University of London; Dr Dominic Johnson Queen Mary, University of London. FREE BUT BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
October 14 2014: Westminster University, London. I’ll be talking about my fiction and digital projects such as Missorts to MA creative writing students on Westminster University’s new ‘Digital London’ course, which focuses on contemporary digital practise in literature. I have shared my Digital London slides on Speakerdeck.
October 9 2014: ‘Drift: Collective Reading & Forensics.’ Whitechapel Art Gallery poet in residence Caroline Bergvall invites a great rosta of poets, writers, performers and activists to read with her from her current interdisciplinary and collaborative project Drift: Holly Pester, Sophie Mayer, Shezea Quraishi, Carol Watts, Jonathan Skinner, Mikhail Karikis, Cherry Smyth, Chris McCabe, Joelle Taylor, Tony White, Marj McDaid, Rod Mengham, Olumide Popoola, Hester Reeve, Susan Johanknecht and Amaara Raheem will raise the words. Thursday 9 October, 7pm – 9pm. Booking essential. £8.50/£6.50 concession (£4.25 Whitechapel Gallery Members). *Proof of concessions and membership to be shown on the door.
September 11 2014: Artists and Climate Change, Dana Centre, London. I’ll be discussing my novel Shackleton’s Man Goes South alongside other artists featured in the Science Museum’s Climate Changing programme, and a range of experts who bring different perspectives to the challenge of engaging audiences with climate change. Chaired by journalist and broadcaster Quentin Cooper. Dana Studio, Queensgate, London SW7, 14:00—17:30. FREE but booking essential.
August 4-10 2014: Remote Performances, broadcasting live from Outlandia in Glen Nevis, Scotland on Resonance 104.4fm. Works included a live reading of the specially commissioned new short story ‘High-Lands’ with soundscape by Johny Brown of Band of Holy Joy (Weds 6 August, 1:45pm); and ‘Stormbringer’ with live accompaniment from Peter Lanceley of the Resonance Radio Orchestra (recorded at sunset in Roshven, Tuesday 5 August, broadcast Thursday 7 August, 1:30pm). See also blogpost about ‘High-Lands’ here, and find out more about Remote Performances here. Listen to ‘High-Lands’ on the Resonance 104.4fm Soundcloud page.
July 12 2014: Record launch — A Puppet Show (Nothing Moments, 2014) by Steven Hull, featuring music by Tanya Haden, Petra Haden, Gibby Haynes, Anna Huff, Steven Hull, and the short story ‘A Fragment from the Lives of the Conquistadors’ by Tony White. Part of the Steven Hull-curated exhibition ‘My Little Boat of Sorrow’ (opens as PDF), at Rosamund Felsen Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave. B4, Santa Monica, CA 90404, USA — exhibition reception and record launch 5:00-7:00pm. (Exhibition continues to August 9 2014. Gallery Hours: Tue–Sat, 10:00AM–5:30PM)
June 23 2014: I’ll be reading a short extract from my Science Museum novel Shackleton’s Man Goes South during Weatherfronts: climate change and the stories we tell, the latest workshop from TippingPointUK. Free Word Centre, London. EVENT SOLD OUT
June 11 2014: special broadcast of Shackleton’s Man Goes South over the vintage Denman Horn, as part of the Resonance 104.4fm residency at the Science Museum’s Virgin Media Space. 3:00pm at the Science Museum, or on Resonance 104.4fm across central London. This broadcast is now archived for listen-again.
May 2-5 2014: Bristol Art Weekender. Missorts, my permanent soundwork for Bristol, is part of the programme for the inaugural Bristol Art Weekender. ‘For the first time in Bristol art organisations and artists have come together to stage a weekend celebration of art across the city.’ Follow #BAW2014
March 1 2014: Out of Site. PEER in partnership with Animate Projects has commissioned four new moving image works to be back-projected through their gallery windows and viewed from Hoxton Street. My new short story ‘Animate Me’ is published to accompany the commissions, and I’m chairing a panel discussion with the artists Savinder Bual, Karolina Glusiec and Margaret Salmon, at the gallery. This event is free but booking is essential. Click here to reserve a place.
January 15 2014: ‘Animate Me’. Publication of a new short story commissioned to accompany the PEER and Animate Projects’ Out of Site commissions 2014, comprising four new moving image works to be back-projected through the gallery windows and viewed from Hoxton Street. ‘Animate Me’ is available as an A5 pamphlet designed by Joe Ewart of Society, free from PEER, 97 & 99 Hoxton Street, London N1 6QL.
January 9 2014: Republic of the Moon, London. I’ll be reading my short story ‘Occupy the Moon’, commissioned by The Arts Catalyst and first published in 2011, now available in print for the first time as part of Manifesto for a Republic of the Moon, to accompany the exhibition. £3.00 from exhibition shop at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank, London SE1 9PH. More info here.
2013 dates included:
December 10 2013: I’ll be giving a short reading from the new paperback edition of my novella Missorts Volume II at the Milk Thistle, Bristol, 6:30-9:00 pm.
December 5 2013: I’ll be reading from the new paperback edition of my novella Missorts Volume IIon a bill with my fellow-Faber author Michael Smith and Adam Foulds for the Winter Shuffle Festival, London. The Living Room, St Clement’s hospital, Mile End, London 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm (readings 8-9pm). Tickets: £7/£5 (booking fees may apply).
December 4 2013: I’m speaking at ‘Press to Print’, an event for UCL postgraduates at The Slade School of Art. Other speakers include Jane Rolo of Book Works and UCL Art Librarian Liz Lawes.
October 24 2013: Shackleton’s Man Goes South. The Literary Platform Field Trip to Science Museum. “Join The Literary Platform team on the second of its TLP Field Trips – a chance to get out and see project work talked through by the project makers themselves. Tony White, and Sarah Harvey of the Science Museum will be able to talk about the novel and the project and walk us through the accompanying exhibition in this exclusive one-off tour for The Literary Platform readers.” Registration price of £15.00 includes a signed copy of the limited edition paperback of Shackleton’s Man Goes South. 14:00-16:00 Booking and more info here.
October 19 2013: Ilkley Literature Festival. Joining me at Ilkley Playhouse for readings from Shackleton’s Man Goes South and discussion about imagining climate change futures will be climate scientist Professor Andy Challinor and chair Sian Ede. Booking now open, buy tickets here. Download the ebook FREE here.
October 15 2013: Manchester Literature Festival. I’ll be reading from my novel Shackleton’s Man Goes South and discussing it with Gregory Norminton (editor of the excellent climate change-inspired short story collection Beacons: stories for our not so distant future). This event reviewed here.
October 9 2013: King’s College London. ‘Shackleton’s Man Goes South: climate crisis and Oulipan strategies.’ Introductory talk to Tony White’s residency at King’s College, London. “White will discuss his work, in particular the 2013 novel Shackleton’s Man Goes South — the first novel ever published by the Science Museum — and Dicky Star and the Garden Rule, a novella that was specially commissioned to reflect upon the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Both books deploy literary strategies associated with the Ouvroir de littérature potentielle. He will also briefly introduce the collaboration with KCL’s Dr Sanja Perovic and the artist Stuart Brisley that is the subject of his residency.”
September 28 2013: I’m delighted to be collaborating with artist Steven Hull for his event at the Glow all-nighter, Santa Monica, Ca. ‘Glow is an all-night cultural experience featuring original commissions by artists that re-imagine Santa Monica Beach as a playground for thoughtful and participatory temporary artworks.’ Click here for more info about planning your visit to Glow.
July 20 2013: ‘Asian East Enders: Celebrating British Asian culture in the East End — a fusion of traditional and local influences.’ I’ll be reading from and discussing my novel Foxy-T on the 10th anniversary of its publication, in this event for the Cockney Heritage Festival. Introduced by Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, and featuring music from Spex MC, King Sour Da MC and Checkered Faces. The reading will be followed by a panel discussion hosted by the Swadhinata Trust with speakers Benjamin Zeitlyn, Sean Carey and Delwar Hussein, chaired by Julie Begum. Idea Store Whitechapel, 4th Floor 321 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1BU. 1:00 to 4:00pm. An edited version of the talk I gave at this event is now posted on the Faber and Faber blog.
June 19 2013: Climate Commons: literature, climate change and activism. Readings by Tony White, Hayley Newman & James Marriot. Wednesday 19th June 2013 at Proboscis Studio 6pm to 8pm. FREE but booking on the Proboscis eventbrite page is essential.
May 17 2013: ODI “Friday lunchtime lectures: A story of polar archives and climate change.’ 13:00 to 13:45. The Open Data Institute, 65 Clifton Street, London, EC2A 4JE. FREE BUT BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Join Tony White for a short reading from Shackleton’s Man Goes South, and to hear how he used contemporary climate data and old polar archives to tell a new kind of climate change story. Friday lunchtime lectures at the Open Data Institute. You bring your lunch, we provide tea & coffee, an interesting talk, and enough time to get back to your desk.Twitter: #odifridays
May 9 2013: I’ll be talking about Dicky Star and the Garden Rule and Shackleton’s Man Goes South at Words/Worlds, The Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster University: Centre for Performance and Practice. 1:30-5:30. FREE. Convened to mark the appointment of Tim Etchells as Professor of Performance at Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA), Words/Worlds is an afternoon symposium focused on approaches to writing in an interdisciplinary context. With Tim Etchells, visual artists Martin John Callanan and Penny McCarthy, curator Mathieu Copeland, performance maker and scholar Andrew Quick and Tony White.
May 4 2013: Newcastle Writing Conference. As part of this day-long event I’ll be joining fellow authors Lisa Gee and Ewan Morrisson and Sophie Rochester of The Literary Platform between 3.30 and 4.30 to discuss Digital Writing. Newcastle Writing Conference, Great Hall, Sutherland Building, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne: Saturday 4 May, 9.30am-5.30pm. Full details and booking information is available at http://nclwritingconference.eventbrite.co.uk. Tickets (includes lunch and refreshments): £99 / £50 (students) / £20 (Cuckoo Young Writers)
April 26 2013: I’ll be giving a remote lecture about the development of my Missorts soundwork/app to CLAN — the Cornwall Locative/ Interactive Arts Network.
April 24 2013: Science Museum, London. Shackleton’s Man Goes South — book launch and gallery opening. My new display for the Science Museum launches as part of a climate change-themed Science Museum Lates. The display accompanies my new novel Shackleton’s Man Goes South, the Museum’s Atmosphere commission 2013. Atmosphere gallery, admission free. Panel discussion: Is everything going south? Chair Siân Ede introduces Tony White, Simon Ings (novelist and editor of New Scientist’s digital quarterly Arc) and Dr Emma Tompkins (specialist in climate change adaptation and adviser to the UK Climate Impacts Programme) to discuss how science and literature are imagining climate change futures. I’m sorry that due to overwhelming demand the RSVP list for this event has been closed.
April 12 2013: ‘Missorts: Literature Reinvented’ — I’ve been invited to discuss Missorts, my new, permanent public artwork for Bristol inspired by the city’s radical literary heritage, and talk about writing for new digital platforms. I’ll be in conversation with Claire Doherty of Situations. The event is part of the fascinating-sounding exhibition Writing Britain: Bristol Writing. The event is free: book a place at any Bristol library or ring the Central Library on 0117 903 7250. Bristol Central Library. 7pm to 8.15pm
January 4 2013: ‘Include me out of the partisans manifesto’, screening of the new short film by Irish artist Alan Phelan that is based on my short story ‘Include Me Out’. Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Chancery Lane, Dublin. Friday 4 January 19:00 pm to Saturday 5 January 19:00. Admission free.
2012 dates included:
November 22 2012: University of Essex, Centre for Creative Writing. Colchester. Talking about and reading from my work, particularly my novella Dicky Star and the Garden Rule. Part of the Writers at Essex programme. Venue: The Art Exchange, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, 6.00 pm, admission free.
November 20 2012: Missorts, launch of new, free, immersive soundwork app and novella. Live readings from me, while Psychedelic drum pop band Beaty Heart will perform a live remix of Missorts. St Mary Redcliffe, Redcliffe Way, Bristol, BS1 6RA. 6.30 pm.The event is free and open to all, but booking essential. www.missorts.com
November 5 2012: Faber Social Presents DISSENT. ‘Celebrating the anniversary of Guy Fawkes’ failed plot, the Faber Social is proud to present an evening promoting the dissenting tradition.’ I’m a late addition to the bill, so not listed yet but delighted to be appearing with Stewart Home, James Kelman, Ali Smith. Also Dorian Lynskey (who I interviewed on stage at Glastonbury last year) will be DJ. 7:00 p.m. The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London W1W 7JD.
October 27 2012: Final Academy, The Horse Hospital, London. Put together by Joe Ambrose: ‘This event honours The Final Academy which took place in London 30 years ago this October, and which featured William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, 23 Skidoo, and Psychic TV.’ More info.
October 27 2012: Durham Book Festival. I’ll be reading from — and talking about — Dicky Star and the Garden Rule at Durham Town Hall in the Burlison Gallery at 11 am. Tickets: £6 / £4. Click here for booking info and Durham Book Festival website.
October 13 2012: I’ll be reading from — and talking about — Dicky Star and the Garden Rule as part of an After Hours event at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, to coincide with the forthcoming exhibition by Jane and Louise Wilson. The Whitworth promise ‘a fantastic evening of art, performance and live music as the gallery opens up, After Hours. The event is part of this years Manchester Weekender,’ plus a free glass of wine on arrival. More info here.
October 11 2012: Include Me Out of the Partisans Manifesto, part of Alan Phelan: Fragile Absolutes Part 3, Limerick City Art Gallery, Ireland. World premiere of a new short film by artist Alan Phelan, from my story ‘Include Me Out,’ that itself was originally commissioned to accompany Alan’s brilliant shows at Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, and Chapter, Cardiff. More info soon.
September 12 2012: ‘Reinventing Fiction, with Kate Pullinger, Tony White, Tim Wright,’ Guardian Masterclass. What do the current transformations in reading, writing, and publishing, mean to us as readers, writers, and artists? Showcasing a mix of new approaches, this is an exceptional opportunity to spend an evening with writers who operate at the cutting edge of where fiction meets new technology. This event will consist of a series of three presentations and a discussion and Q&A with guest speakers Tim Wright and Tony White. Limited spaces, 6.30pm- 9.30pm, The Guardian, 90 York Way, King’s Cross, London N1 9GU. Tickets: £39 (inclusive of VAT and booking fees).
July 22 2012: Port Eliot Festival. I’ll be doing a half-hour set on the Five Dials Stage at 4.15 on Sunday 22 July, reading from my specially commissioned novella Dicky Star and the Garden Rule. More on the festival line-up here. Photos of this event posted here.
July 6 2012: Biotik Session, Eden Project. I’ll be on the Biotik stage as part of the Eden Sessions for Nowhereisland, with Salena Godden and others. We’re doing two shows, so I’m on at 3pm and again at 4.40pm. (This event now blogged here.)
July 2 2012: Experimental Writing Across Borders. Brunel University. With Matt Thorne and José Francisco Fernández of Universidad de Almería I’ll be discussing, ‘the transnational reach of the New Puritan Manifesto,’ as well as recent directions in creative experimentation today, including readings from Dicky Star and the Garden Rule.
June 8 2012: The Literary Conference: Writing in a Digital Age. I will be speaking on a panel convened by The Literary Platform. Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA. Full listing and booking information here.
April 26 2012: Dicky Star and the garden rule (Forma). Launch event for new work of fiction, including readings and discussion with writer and broadcaster Ken Hollings. 6.30 pm, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA. Watch video.
Tony White reads from Dicky Star and the garden rule at the Free Word Centre, London. from Forma Arts & Media on Vimeo.