Speech Acts for Resonance

screen shot 2019-01-21 at 16.38.29‘An epochal evening of poetry, spoken word and readings for the Resonance fundraiser 2019’ (it says here) – featuring Rachael Allen + Edward Doegar + Rakaya Esime Fetuga + Liliane Lijn + Tony White + …READ MORE

  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 7:30 PM 11:00 PM
  • Iklectik, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, Lambeth North, London SE1 7LG
  • Tickets: £10 (£6 students, concessions) on the door
  • All proceeds go to the Resonance Fundraiser 2019

BTW, regular readers will know that I have been involved with Resonance in one way or another for a long time, initially (in the project’s earliest days) when I worked at Arts Council England, and most recently, chairing the board from 2010–18. If you don’t yet know about what New York’s The Village Voice called ‘the best radio station in the world’, here’s a catch-up:

Resonance is a trail-blazing, not-for-profit radio station dedicated to creativity, arts and culture. Launched in 2002, our award-winning programming gives voice to the vibrant diversity of London’s thriving arts and music scenes. Resonance’s pool of creatives speak directly and expressively to an engaged and passionate audience, locally, nationally and internationally.

Our 24/7 broadcast service combines Resonance FM’s signal in the City with DAB digital radio coverage across Greater London. And our experimental platform, Resonance EXTRA, features on DAB in Brighton & Hove, Bristol, Cambridge, London and Norwich. Live streaming of both stations adds to the impact of our cultural broadcasts and radio artworks.

Resonance celebrates its seventeenth anniversary in 2019. We now want to consolidate, refine and grow our work. This year we need urgently to relocate our studios and broadcasting gear (the site is being redeveloped) – at considerable cost.

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Brunel Writers Series – 23 Jan 2019

I am really looking forward to talking about The Fountain in the Forest with Dr Nick Hubble of Brunel University, as part of this year’s Brunel Writers Series.

Nick Hubble is the author of a brilliant new book, The Proletarian Answer to the Modernist Question, so will bring a unique perspective to the discussion.

Other events in the series include Lara Pawson and Hannah Lowe, Catherine Johnson, Daljit Nagra, and more. Here’s the blurb:

The Creative Writing faculty at Brunel presents an amazing line-up for the Writers Series 2019. Hosted by Bernardine Evaristo, Professor of Creative Writing, all events will have Brunel students opening the evening with readings from their work and brilliant headline authors – all free and welcome to all. We hope to see you there!

Brunel Library (room: BANN 226), Brunel University London, UB8 3PH

Weds 23 Jan 2019, 17:30–19:30. Register here.

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Double trouble with photographer Chris Dorley-Brown

Photo © Chris Dorley-Brown, 2018

It’s paperback publication day for The Fountain in the Forest. I recently visited the paint frame that provides the setting for the opening chapter of the novel with photographer Chris Dorley Brown, whose stunning new book The Corners just won the prize for best photographic book in the prestigious BBD&PA, the British Book Design & Production Awards.

Photo © Chris Dorley-Brown, 2018

Thanks first of all to the great Alastair BrotchieAtlas Press founder, Jarry biographer, Oulipo scholar, avant-gardist and painter extraordinaire – for in the first place inviting me in to see his studio, the historic paint frame of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The place stuck in my mind, and provided the inspiration for the novel’s opening scenes, which are set in the fictional ‘Royal Palace Theatre’. Alastair then graciously allowed Chris and I to visit in the run-up to publication. But on one condition: that we didn’t get in the way. He had a job on.

Chris Dorley-Brown and I have worked together before a few times (he took my ‘London Author’ photo for one thing, and I contributed to his project BBC in the East End 1958–1973), but I was reminded of these pictures when an audience member came to chat after my recent Stroud Book Festival event and told me that her mother had worked in this very paint frame at the Theatre Royal in the 1960s.

Photo © Chris Dorley-Brown, 2018

In fact, there are now very few of these historic spaces left in London. Earlier this year Eleanor Margolies wrote a lovely and informative post about The Fountain in the Forest for her theatre design blog From the Jocelyn Herbert Archive. Eleanor’s piece links out to some further resources, including more detailed discussion of another paint frame, Harkers Studio in South London, and the campaign to save it from redevelopment.

The Fountain in the Forest is published in a new B-format paperback edition (with new, neon-blue livery) on 3 January 2018.

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Heart-shaped full moon

I thought this was an apt image with which to end 2018: a heart-shaped full moon over Richmond Park (shot from a moving car at 16:06 on 22 December 2018).

Season’s greetings and sincere thanks to all for friendship, collaborations and support through an incredible year.

Nina Allan’s 2018 crime fiction round-up

I’m delighted to discover that The Fountain in the Forest features in novelist and critic Nina Allan’s 2018 Reading Round-up: Part 1. Here’s what she has to say:

The most satisfying books in crime as in any area of literature tend to be those that do not fit easily into any category, that confound expectations. Tony White’s The Fountain in the Forest contains some of the best police procedural writing I have encountered – gritty, dense with detail, obsessively forensic – and on the level of a detective story it is entirely satisfying. That it also works as an experimental novel of the OULIPO school, and as a work of political and social commentary gives it a denseness and what I can only call composure that few novels in any genre can hope to emulate.

Nina Allan also links to a fascinating ‘reading challenge’, thrown down last January by the Bute Noir crime fiction festival.

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Personal Anthologies

The writer Jonathan Gibbs has a great short story project called A Personal Anthology. Every week for the past year or so he has invited a writer to assemble a fantasy anthology of twelve short stories – the selection criteria is up to that week’s contributor – which is distributed first to a list of subscribers via email newsletter, and then added, story by story – plus commentary – to a searchable site. It’s a really interesting and generous project. Gibbs writes about the genesis of A Personal Anthology here.

This week it was my turn, and I pulled together a dozen stories from Kafka to Courttia Newland via Joolz, Victor Headley and Myles na gCopaleen, comprising some formative early reads, three stories that I’ve been privileged to publish at different times, and others. Since I’d joined the project late, I felt that previous guest editors had done a lot of the heavy lifting and covered lots of bases, thus I didn’t need to include Borges, for example, because others have already done so. I wanted my own personal anthology to reflect just some of the different ways that short stories are used: in live literature, in teaching, and as units of informal exchange by writers. It’s a bit rough and ready. I ran out of time, and as I sent it off I was kicking myself for various omissions, too much flim and not enough flam, etc. But it is what it is, and you can read my contribution, and those of all the other guest editors in the letter archive. The searchable version is here https://apersonalanthology.com/

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Four new books from Piece of Paper Press

Joolz Denby, DANDELION — POPP.034
M John Harrison, REAL DREAMS — POPP.035
Courttia Newland, THAT SMALL DEATH — POPP.036
Selina Thompson, 12 RACE CARD ANSWERS — POPP.037

Specially commissioned and first published in October 2018 as part of STRONG LANGUAGE curated by Tim Etchells, Piece of Paper Press is delighted to present four new artists’ books by Joolz Denby, M John Harrison, Courttia Newland, and Selina Thompson, each in a special edition of 100 numbered copies from a strictly limited print run of 500 copies of each title.

STRONG LANGUAGE was three days of readings, performances, projections, installations and discussions curated by the artist, writer and performance maker Tim Etchells of Sheffield’s Forced Entertainment, which took place at the newly re-opened Site Gallery, Sheffield from 11–14 October 2018, as part of the city’s Off The Shelf Festival of Words 2018.

From ‘Dandelion’ (detail). © Joolz Denby, 2018

Highlighting radical writing and independent publishing in the UK, STRONG LANGUAGE centred on Tony White’s Piece of Paper Press, and included the first ever comprehensive display of all titles produced since the project’s inception in 1994, plus selected artworks and ephemera from the Piece of Paper Press archive.

The new titles by Denby, Harrison, Newland, and Thompson were distributed free at a number of live events and discussions during the STRONG LANGUAGE weekend in October 2018. Series design and typesetting of the STRONG LANGUAGE titles for Piece of Paper Press is by the artist Vlatka Horvat.

STRONG LANGUAGE took place at Site Gallery, Sheffield, 12–14 October 2018, curated by Tim Etchells, in association with Off The Shelf Festival of Words. STRONG LANGUAGE was part of Cultural Destinations 2, a project of Sheffield Culture Consortium, funded by Arts Council England.

DOWNLOAD THE PRESS RELEASE HERE

Piece of Paper Press: artworks and ephemera 1994–2017, Site Gallery, Sheffield. October 2018. (Photo: Chris Saunders)

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On show: Piece of Paper Press archive 1994–2017

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