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28/07/15: “This is my fucking country”

Image: @johnedenuk

Image: @johnedenuk

Soul Jazz Records presents Sound + Image: Music in Film

WED AUG 5th, 8.30pm @ Regent Street Cinema

ESSENTIAL Cult classic British reggae film! A compelling story of racism, violence and bigotry suffered everyday by black Britons in 1970s London, told as a thriller with a heavy reggae soundtrack!

Babylon was filmed on the streets of Deptford and Brixton. The story centres on sound system culture and themes of police racism, violence against blacks, poverty and disillusion with lack of opportunities. Dennis Bovell made the classic soundtrack.There is also music by Yabby You, Aswad, Michael Prophet and I Roy.

Read: Andrew Stevens on Babylon at 3:AM (2009)

14/07/15: Reviews – A call for pitches / submissions

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3:AM Magazine seeks pitches and submissions of high quality literary criticism in all its forms.

See our preferred publishers list for an idea of what we want reviewed, and our extensive criticism section for examples of the writing we favour.

If there’s a particular title you want to review, check with either K. Thomas Kahn or Tristan Foster to make sure it’s not yet being covered. See the contact page for our individual areas of interest so you can direct your pitch or piece to the editor best suited to the text.

P.S. Fiction editor Joanna Walsh has also posted a call for diverse and experimental fiction submissions.

12/07/15: Fiction – A call for submissions


(photo shows Ann Quin reading her own work)


3:AM is opening fiction submissions for a short period. I’m looking for innovative, linguistically or formally experimental new writing. The opening date is today: 13th July 2015, and the closing date/time is midnight on 31st July (GMT).

-Joanna Walsh, Fiction Editor.


Please read the guidelines carefully:

    • Under 3000 words, please. Standalone extracts from larger works are welcome, as well as short fiction in any form. Pieces should be previously unpublished in English. Submit no more than one piece of work per call for submissions.


    • Please send your writing as an attachment, with your name + title in the file name: e.g. Stein_Tenderbuttons.pdf, or AutobioAliceBT_Stein.doc. Please do not paste your piece into the body of your email.


    • Before sending your piece, you could have a look at some of the work 3:AM has published before – click on the Fiction tab at the top of this page.


    • It goes without saying that I want to encourage diversity in submissions, but I think I have to say it anyway, so DIVERSE SUBMISSIONS: YES, PLEASE!


    • I particularly welcome submissions in translation (with the written permission of original writer/publisher).


    • Please include a very short biography in your accompanying email (not in any accompanying attachment). This will go on the website if your piece is published, so keep it concise, and include links, if possible, to your personal site or whatever.


    • If you have sent me work while submissions were closed, please re-send during the open submissions period or I will not be able to consider it.


    • Depending on submission volume, I hope to be able to send acceptances by early September. Due to the volume of submissions I won’t be sending individual rejection notes. If you haven’t heard by the end of September I’m afraid it’s unlikely we’ll be using your piece. It’s fine to submit simultaneously to other magazines etc, but I would be grateful if you could let me know if your submission is accepted for publication elsewhere.


    • No payment (sorry). 3:AM is currently a labour of love for both contributors & editors. Submit by email (click on my name here.)


10/07/15: Philosophical Toys Launch!

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Susana Medina‘s brilliant Philosophical Toys will be launched on Friday 17th July at the Cock Tavern’s Function Room (23 Phoenix Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 1HB). Introduced by Lorna Scott Fox and Joanna Walsh; followed by a screening of Susana Medina and Derek Ogbourne‘s Leather-Bound Stories. Be there or be sober!

06/07/15: Poetry Submissions Are Closed!


Poetry submissions to SJ Fowler are closed until 1 January 2016! However, all isn’t lost: you can catch Mr Fowler live at Tate Modern on 18 July. Here’s the blurb:

The London based poets, writers and artists Patrick Coyle and SJ Fowler perform new works that push the boundaries of what we understand by performance and poetry. Following an hour of performance this is an opportunity to join them in an in-depth discussion to further explore these disciplines and other notions of the avant-garde.

Patrick Coyle’s recent spoken performances take the form of guided tours and poetry readings that incorporate various encounters with language including overheard conversations, digital correspondence, fictional future dialects and invented alphabets. Reflecting on contemporary methods of remote communication, Coyle proposes an alternative form of verbal engagement originating from research into the origins of speech and writing systems.

SJ Fowler’s performance explores derivation, digression and the often overlooked contexts and implications of public speaking, reading and performing. Ebbing between accuracy and forgetfulness, his work investigates how language comes to us, and is given to us, when we read and listen. A performance about constraint, introduction, preamble and the tropes of speech, Fowler presents a series of language experiments sewn together into a new whole, covering poetry, art performance, sound, repetition and re-enactment.

25/06/15: Textermination

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Come celebrate the launch of the Christine Brooke-Rose Society with 3:AM‘s Joanna Walsh. Book a free ticket here.

16/06/15: The Sex-Appeal of the Inorganic


Susana Medina‘s outstanding Philosophical Toys (Dalkey Archive Press) is published today. An extract is forthcoming in 3:AM.

[Pic by Derek Ogbourne.]

11/06/15: The Missing Links


On Erik Satie: “There are many kinds of eccentric and Satie was most of them”. * Malcolm McLaren‘s Paris: Capital of the XXIst Century. * An interview with Joshua Cohen: “One thing I did — which, if we tried it, would make this interview a lot easier for me, and a lot more difficult for you — was to write the answers first, and then write the questions second”. * Jaws40 years on. * Brian Dillon on curiosity (audio). * John Cheever reads “The Swimmer“. * New Rema-Rema releases here. See our interview with Gary Asquith. * Claire-Louise Bennett: “I began to write — not to make sense of things, the opposite in fact. I wrote in order to keep rationality and purpose at bay, to prolong and bask in the rhythmic chaos of existence, and luxuriate in the magnificent mystery of everything”. * Claire-Louise Bennett interviewed. * A review of Claire-Louise Bennett‘s Pond. * Rediscovering Brigid Brophy. * Joanna Walsh on Christine Brooke-Rose (audio). * Christine Schutt discusses Nightwork (video). * An introduction to Georges Bataille. * Last Best Hiding Place. * Hari Kunzru on László Krasznahorkai‘s Seiobo There Below: “As the worthy winner of this year’s Man Booker International prize, Krasznahorkai throws down a challenge: raise your game or get your coat”. Another review here. * Everything you need to know about László Krasznahorkai. More here. * An interview with Adam Thirlwell. * On Adam Thirlwell‘s Lurid & Cute. * PiL: the Ritz riot show. * An extract from Brian Dillon‘s The Great Explosion. * The daily life of gods. * Rediscovering Dorothy M Richardson‘s Pointed Roofs: “Its charm cannot be communicated”. * Suzanne Scanlon interviewed by Kate Zambreno. * Tim Parks: “At one point Mendelsund posits the idea that perhaps we read in order not to be oppressed by the visual, in order not to see”. *  Le Corbusier and body fascism. * An interview with Todd Cronan. * Six new tracks by Mick Jones. * An interview with Tim Parks. * The novel’s forking path. * Experimental fiction now by Daniel Green. * Daniel Green‘s review of 3:AM Co-Editor-in-Chief David Winters‘ brilliant Infinite Fictions. * 3:AM Magazine‘s K. Thomas Kahn reviews Nicolas Rothwell’s Belomor. * Awesome interview of 3:AM‘s Poetry Editor SJ Fowler: “The traditional, dominant mode of poetry is founded upon the notion that the poet can control language to represent the profound experiences of life. In so doing they employ means which are less than the things they wish to represent. In anecdotes, observation and conversation, and with sentiment, they reduce the world onto their pages. They transfuse life. Faced with overwhelming complexity, the response is assuredness. This is disingenuous at best, ignorant at worst. The contemporary, or what is called experimental poet, is making what is immensely complex in existence equally complex in language. This is what my work is about”. * The rise of Tom Drury. * An interview with Lydia Davis. * John Cooper Clarke on Vorticism. * The Manifesto of Futurist Woman. * The Association of Autonomous Astronauts. * The eeriness of the English countryside. * What knowledge do novels have? * Marshall McLuhan: “I read only the right-hand pages of serious books”. * New Orleans literature. * Henri Lefebvre’s archive of absence. * Jem Cohen profiled, and interviewed here. * The life of Saul Bellow: “Leader’s idea seems to be that if you lay the various fictions on top of each other, palimpsest-style, the repetitions and approximations will produce a reasonably good image of the truth – there will be a kind of darkening towards fact”. * Anne Carson on eclipses. * The Viagra Man. * A portrait of Frank Auerbach: “He says the obligation to take account of the art that has gone before carries two demands: ‘first that you attempt to do something of a comparable scale and standard, which is impossible; second that you try and do something that has never been done before, that is also impossible. So in the face of this you can either just chuck it in, or you can spend all your energy and time and hopes in trying to cope with it. You will fail. But as Beckett very kindly said for all of us, ‘try again, fail better’, and painting just took me over'”. * Gentrification. * The history of glitch art. * The story of Alice. * Michel Foucault‘s “The Culture of the Self” lecture, 1983. * Foucault and Blanchot. * The perfect martini according to Buñuel. * Malcolm McLaren. * Philip Glass on his legacy (podcast). * Gary Lutz‘s flailing phrases. * Technology and the occult. * Leonora Carrington’s Google Doodle. * Leonora Carrington: wild at heart. * Geoff Dyer on today’s underground culture. * Deborah Levy and Kirsty Gunn on short-story writing (LRB podcast). * La Coupole: “a cemetery with cocktails” * Olivier Assayas interviewed. * How the language you speak changes your view of the world. * The secret life of the cycle courier. * The Village Voice and the birth of rock criticism. * Networks of sounds. * Crass and MI6. * Blondie against nuclear power. * Sex on the beach. * On Matthew De Abaitua‘s Self & I. See the excerpt we recently published in 3:AM. There’s also an extract in Five Dials. * Milan Kundera‘s reputation reassessed. * Unseen Garry Winogrand. * James Bridle on the launch of MacGuffin. * On Alfred Hitchcock.

19/05/15: An Evening with University of Greenwich writer in residence Paul Ewen, and special guests

Greenwich Book Festival
Old Royal Naval College
Friday, 22 May 2015 from 7pm onwards

Paul Ewen (pictured), author of Francis Plug – How To Be A Public Author, recently longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize is very proud to host an evening with three of the UK’s most unconventional writers, all working outside the literary ‘scene’.

Simon Crump is the author of four books, including My Elvis Blackout and Neverland. He is an internationally exhibited artist, and has lectured in fine art and photography.

Stewart Home has authored 15 published novels, one book of short stories, and six books of cultural commentary. He works across various aesthetic mediums, and has completed numerous one-man art shows.

Frank Key is a writer of comic fiction who, according to The Guardian, “can probably lay claim to having written more nonsense than any other man living”.

Tickets can be bought via Eventbrite.

08/05/15: Whatever it is, we’re against it.

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(image via The Guardian)

I woke up to the same Britain as everyone else this morning, one I’d hardly expected. A Conservative majority had overturned predictions of a minority Labour government.

The people of Britain had voted to dismantle their lives.

The government’s arts budget – reduced by 36% since 2010 – is likely be cut by the same again during the next parliament, in order to achieve the £12bn departmental savings the Conservatives promise. The number of arts teachers in English schools has fallen by 11% since 2010. But Conservative cuts will hit us not only as artists, but as parents, as children, as workers, as benefit claimants. They will hit us in our hearts and minds, in our friendships and love affairs, in our family relationships. If we’re sick, or poor or disabled, they will hit us right where it hurts. They will be body blows. These changes will feel personal – as though we made the wrong decisions, as if we weren’t clever, or careful, or strong enough – but they will be political.

What can we do today? Very little, it seems. As we are writers, we can at least let our voices be heard.

All day I’ll be publishing pieces of prose, poetry and opinion, written on this day by UK authors.

3:AM says ‘Whatever it is, we’re against it'; perhaps, especially, this.

Joanna Walsh – Fiction Editor, 3:AM

You can contact me here, or here.


The redoubtable, multi award-winning poet and translator George Szirtes says:

“A bigger loss than anticipated.

You ask yourself where you live. It is a country of raised eyebrows, deep scepticism, and of keeping things as they are in case they get worse. It is a country that believes in the NHS but will risk its future because it is sceptical about threats to demolish it. It is a country with a fragmented working class base with a fragmented sense of identity. It has no great opinion of itself but will not be told by others that it should have a low opinion of itself. Fuck you, it replies. It is several countries not one. Its sleep too is fragmented. In the morning it raises its eyebrows while one part then another breaks off. It needs to be addressed patiently, with deadly honesty, with some appreciation of its intelligence, even with some affection, especially by those who want it to change, to move from acts of individual altruism (of which it has plenty) to one of socially cohesive altruism. It needs stop raising its eyebrows. It needs to see the greater good against the cost. It needs to say, now and then, fuck the cost. The gain is greater.

Go on Labour! Address it!”