From coastal edgelands to the occult… Bex Shorunke introduces a packed programme of books, events and productions for 2019.
Over the six months I’ve worked at Penned in the Margins, I’ve realised that perspective, imagination and sensibility lie at the heart of what we do. The personal can become political, an instrument through which to investigate subjects as varied as gender, disability, history and the environment.
The 2019 programme you see above advances our artistic values in these most uncertain times. From cover star Rebecca Tamás’s remarkable WITCH, an occult-inspired debut that celebrates the revolutionary potential of female voices, to Anthony Anaxagorou’s breakthrough collection After the Formalities, a powerful examination of masculinity, race and class, forged through memory and language.
In May we launch Edgelandia, a four-year commissioning platform exploring the remarkable people and places at the edges of the map. Look out for lo-fi video gaming, audio artworks, site-specific sculpture and more in this ambitious and timely project. We also kickstart the UK tour of Antosh Wojcik’s solo show, How To Keep Time, a haunting meditation on dementia which premiered at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
I invite you to explore the pages that follow with an open, curious mind. Who knows? Like me, you might discover your new favourite author. As ever, if you have any thoughts or feedback, you can connect with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, or drop us a line on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WITCH by Rebecca Tamás
Reckless Paper Birds by John McCullough
Darling, It's Me by Alison Winch
After the Formalities by Anthony Anaxagorou
The East Edge by Chris McCabe
Backstage with Logan Dankworth by Luke Wright