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05/07/19: A Night of Pure Moby Dickery

David Collard, the genius behind Finneganight — which celebrated 80 years of Finnegans Wake — wants “to change the way that we talk about books”. Help him do so by attending A Night of Pure Moby Dickery in London on 27th July. Tickers are on sale here.

A Night of Pure Moby Dickery is prompted by the 200th birthday this year of Herman Melville. No better setting can be imagined for a celebration of his salty maritime epic — a boat in a church in a landlocked London borough. There will be lashings of grog and cocoa and ginger cake, followed by sea shanties, poetry, performance and the celebrated Settee Salon, from which Jen Hodgson and her guests will hack at the cultural blubber surrounding the text in search of critical ambergris. (You may also find out what a ‘pattie slapper’ is, and does.)

Artists confirmed for the night are:

* Will Barrett – musician, songwriter and maker of musical instruments.

* Robert Cohen – writer and performer.

* David Collard – author, critic, literary hack.

* John Dobson – actor, recently seen in Six Bad Poets by Christopher Reid .

* Henningham Family Press – artist collaborators David and Ping Henningham.

* Howard Horner – actor and writer.

* Will Eaves – novelist, poet and teacher; author of the prize-winning Murmur (Canongate, 2019)

* Jen Hodgson – writer, critic and editor of The Unmapped Country (And Other Stories).

* Jessica Kinsey – recently played Cordelia and the Fool in The Yard Players’ production of King Lear.

* Melissa McCarthy – author of Sharks, Death, Surfers – an illustrated companion (Sternberg Press).

* Matt Prendergast – actor.

* Tony White – author of The Fountain in the Forest (Faber) and publisher (Piece of Paper Press).

* Eley Williams – prize-winning author of Attrib. (Influx Press).

Other names to be confirmed . . .

Then, after a short interval (and more grog) Part 2 will be something utterly astonishing.

MOBY DICK – REHEARSED
A Drama in Two Acts by ORSON WELLES

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

A rehearsed reading of a play last performed in Britain in 1955. That was a short West End run at the Duke of York’s Theatre, starring Welles as Ahab and an extraordinary cast (Patrick McGoohan, Joan Plowright, Gordon Jackson, Peter Sallis and — improbably — Kenneth Williams). Our cast of ten, every bit as dazzling, will be revealed on the night.

Welles spent eight years adapting Melville’s novel for the stage and his text is simply astonishing – much of it in blank verse. There could be no better setting for this one-off revival than The Tin Tabernacle – be sure not to miss it, and brag about it to friends in the years to come!

This will be followed by the draw for our fund-raising raffle. All proceeds go to the climate change campaigners Extinction Rebellion Scotland. Prizes will have a maritime theme.

Bring your own booze if you don’t like rum (there will be plenty of rum, and cocoa for those who prefer it).

22/06/19: Even (Especially?) in Paris We’ll Never Have Paris

Joint book launch of Andrew Gallix’s We’ll Never Have Paris (Repeater Books) and Andrew Hodgson’s Paris collection (Dostoyevsky Wannabe)

Andrew Gallix, Laura Waddell, Susana Medina, Fernando Sdrigotti

Andrew Hodgson, Andrew Gallix, Adam Biles (pic by Sam Jordison)

Gerry Feehily, Susana Medina, Sam Jordison, Yelena Moskovich, Ian Monk, Andrew Hodgson, Thom Cuell, Lauren Elkin, Andrew Gallix, Fernando Sdrigotti

Even Kenneth Goldsmith turned up

Andrew Gallix and Kenneth Goldsmith

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11/06/19: Exile on Denmark Street

Tales From Tin Pan Alley (dir. Henry Scott-Irvine) is the first full-length documentary to tell the story of Britain’s own ‘Tin Pan Alley’ on London’s Denmark Street.  Home to songwriters, music venues, recording spaces and musical instrument shops since 1906 (as well as London’s pre-war ‘Little Tokyo’), the film explores the capital’s declining music heritage amid on-going development of the surrounding area.  Interviewees include Dan Cruikshank, Will Self, Herbie Flowers, Kenney Jones, Glen Matlock and Eddie Piller (not to mention input from 3:AM contributors Andrew Stevens and John Rogers).

The next London screening takes place on Friday July 5th from 7.30pm at SouthWestFest (Lillington Gardens Community Hall & Bar, London SW1V).  More details can be found on the SouthWestFest website.

09/06/19: They’ll Never Have Paris

Owen Booth

Tomoé Hill

Richard Skinner

Lee Rourke

We’ll Never Have Paris launch at Burley Fisher, London.

07/06/19: The Past is a Foreign City

David Collard‘s “The Past is a Foreign City” appears on p. 191 of We’ll Never Have Paris.

06/06/19: French Exchanges

Chris Power‘s “French Exchanges” appears on p. 38 of We’ll Never Have Paris.

: Paris Belongs to Us


Elsa Court‘s “Paris Belongs to Us” appears on p. 204 of We’ll Never Have Paris.

: Pilgrimage

Tomoé Hill‘s “Pilgrimage” appears on p. 113 of We’ll Never Have Paris.