Last month we launched a new series of events at Housmans focusing on poetry and experimental literature, called Locomotrix. Our aim in doing so is, as a radical bookseller, to showcase literature that is radical both in content and in form. For our first event we were pleased to have poets Laura Taylor and Joy France, self-confessed proud Northerners, perform readings. Laura presented her debut collection of poetry Kaleidoscope and both she and Joy displayed their caustic sense of wit and irreverent humour to expose the hypocrisy and duplicity of the powers that be.
Our second Locomotrix event is ‘Writing Police Wrongs’. Authors Tony White and Courttia Newland will be throwing their proverbial book at the police with fiction related to police injustice. Courttia Newland will be reading his powerful short story ‘Reversible’ from the new Sex and Death anthology edited by Sarah Hall and Peter Hobbs and published by Faber and Faber. Tony White will be reading ‘The Holborn Cenotaph’, a short story which uses the language and performance of contemporary law enforcement and policy to frame a satirical proposition that has been described by one audience member as ‘jaw dropping’.
The readings will be followed by discussion. Newland and White are both accomplished readers of their fiction, so come along to Housman’s to hear, and to be entertained and provoked—and to chat with—two of the best contemporary novelists around. This event takes place on Saturday 26th of November at 6:30pm. See you there!