I am often invited to give readings and to talk about my books and other projects at literature festivals, universities, conferences, spoken word gigs, panels and music festivals, in book shops, galleries, arts centres, pubs, libraries, museums, nightclubs and performance art venues across the UK and around the world: from London to Lancashire, Soho to Split, Mostar to Galway. I enjoy giving live readings. It is an important part of my work as a writer, and I would love to welcome you to forthcoming events.
Events relating to my latest novel The Fountain in the Forest are usually coordinated by the publicity team at Faber and Faber. I am always happy to hear from anyone about a reading or a talk. See below for a word about bookings.
2019 dates include:
March 13 2019: Arvon Foundation.
January 23 2019: Brunel Writers Series.
2018 dates include:
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 include:
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.
As noted above, events relating to my latest novel The Fountain in the Forest are usually coordinated by the publicity team at Faber and Faber.
But I am always happy to hear from anyone about a potential event or reading. If you run an events programme or festival etc. and are interested in booking me to read or participate in some way then please feel free to get in touch as far in advance as possible with as much information about your event(s) as you can. I need to know where and when it will be (venue, date, time etc), what kind of event it is, as well as information about travel and accommodation, and by when you would need me to send you any blurb and press photos. It would also be useful to know more about the audience and how you plan to publicise the event; how I might be able to add to that.
My technical requirements are very simple: at the most basic these would be a microphone on a mic-stand, enough light to read by, and a small table upon which I can place a glass of water and whichever books I am reading from.
You should also, ideally, let me know what the fee is. I mention money because this is what I do for a living, and I think that writers should be paid and expenses should be covered. Too often it seems that everyone but the writer (the festival staff, the crew, the bar staff, the DJ, etc.) is being paid! FYI, the Society of Authors suggest a basic author appearance fee of £150.00 plus expenses.
However, I do know that some events, and arts projects of various kinds, can be run on less than a shoestring, and that payments are not always possible, especially if you’re trying to start something from scratch. I’ve done this myself; started things from scratch. I know that sometimes it is a kind of miracle if things come together at all. I also know that there are other kinds of value than purely financial. So, long-short, artists and writers should be paid, but it is also true that if I need the warm-up or if I’m simply into what you’re doing then I still might. Just ask.