It’s not all dark evenings and surprise showers this autumn. November also marks the start of our latest season of publications, which are all perfect reading while sheltering from the billowy night. How authors celebrate their books is often varied and unexpected. Just take a look at the photograph above to see how our very […]
How authors celebrate their books is often varied and unexpected. Just take a look at the photograph above to see how our very own Honor Gavin commemorated the release of Midland (Subtitle: ‘A Novel Out of Time’.) And yes, before you ask, that tattoo is permanent.
You might have caught a glimpse of Midland (read by the author herself) at our Ten Year Anniversary Party, but the novel – an anarchic and experimental history of Birmingham set amidst the accumulated rubble of the twentieth century – is now officially out. There is a series of events celebrating the book that we are almost ready to announce so keep an eye on the website. Though you can look forward to our night at Toynbee Studios on 22 January in collaboration with Nine Arches and Influx Presses in which Honor, along with the celebrated poet and storyteller, Polar Bear, and Nine Arches’ own Jane Commane, will be discussing writing about place, with a particular focus on the Midlands.
As November draws to a close, Chris McCabe will be revealing his own darkened London though his highly anticipated new collection Speculatrix. To unveil the book in fitting style, Chris will introduce and read from the collection in the twelfth century crypt of the Clerkenwell Priory of the Ancient Order of St John. Space will be limited for this remarkable event so please do RSVP online. Last week we followed Chris and early modern literature academic Sarah Dustagheer on a walk around London. You can listen to Chris reading one of the poems from Speculatrix (recorded on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral!):
If you can’t make it to the launch, there will be an opportunity to hear Chris read from his extraordinary non-fiction book In the Catacombs at Waterstones Piccadilly on 20 November. Chris will be joined by Scott Wood, host of the London Fortean Society and author of London’s Urban Legends: The Corpse on the Tube, for London Haunting. Together they will share stories of London’s ghosts and how they still linger in the rain-soaked back-alleys of the capital.
We close the Penned in the Margins year with the launch of Sarah Hesketh’s striking second collection The Hard Word Box. An inventive and compassionate meditation on dementia, The Hard Word Box combines poems and conversations that take the reader on a journey through memory and imagination. Sarah will be launching the book on 17 December at the Free Word Centre in London. Space will be strictly limited for this event so please let us know if you would like to attend.