An Evening of Modern Poetry for Private People
by Ridgwell Editorial Team
Tangerine Press, in association with Rising magazine, present
AN EVENING OF MODERN POETRY FOR DRINKING PEOPLE
Upstairs at the Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3BL
FRIDAY 13TH JULY 2012
Come along to one of the finest poetry readings of the year:
From Long Beach, California. His last collection, Hammers & Hearts of the Gods,
was selected by The Morning Star as a ‘Top Seven Book’ in 2009.
He has twice been the subject of programmes about his poetry on BBC Radio 4.
JOAN JOBE SMITH
Also from Long Beach, California.
Founding editor of the seminal Pearl Magazine and also Bukowski Review.
Widely published and with a new novel out soon: Tales of an Ancient Go-Go Girl
Stoke Newington’s very own, and editor of Rising magazine.
Has written for The Guardian, The Stool Pigeon, etc.
New poetry collection, Dark Corners of the Land, out this year.
Jenni’s debut novel, The Panopticon (William Heinemann), has been hailed as the most assured Scottish debut for a decade (The Scotsman).
She will read from this and some poetry too.
He’s waived his usual £3000 reading fee, but this will be Mr. Ridgwell’s last ever reading.
Visceral poetry taken to a new level. And very funny too.
And there’s music too, from the ever-delightful comedian/presenter and, err, DJ, Miss Hatty Ashdown.
FREE EVENT–no door pressure.
See you there,
of Tooting Broadway
More info on all involved:
Fred Voss, a machinist for 32 years, has had three collections of poetry published by Bloodaxe Books.
He is regularly published in magazines such as Poetry Review, Ambit, Atlanta Review and Pearl, and has twice been the subject of programmes about his poetry on BBC Radio 4.
Fred is regularly invited to read in the UK, including the Ledbury Poetry Festival, and in 2011 he and his wife, poet Joan Jobe Smith, were featured readers at the University of Pittsburgh.
His latest book, HAMMERS AND HEARTS OF THE GODS (Bloodaxe) was selected by The Morning Star as one of the Top Seven Books for 2009.
In 2011, the third edition of the eclectic hardcover journal Dwang (Tangerine Press) included a special section of his work, with new poems, critical essay, interview, etc.
In summer 2012, World Parade Books will publish his first novel, MAKING AMERICA STRONG.
JOAN JOBE SMITH
Joan Jobe Smith is founding editor of Pearl and Bukowski Review, has been published internationally in more than 1000 anthologies and literary journals,
including AMBIT, BEAT SCENE, THE NORTH and COUNTERFEIT CRANK (let’s hear applause for that last one!).
She has had more than 20 collections of poetry published (and one cookbook), including THE POW WOW CAFE from UK’s The Poetry Business.
This year World Parade Books will publish her memoir TALES OF AN ANCIENT GO-GO GIRL.
She married poet Fred Voss on Bloomsday, 1990 and lives in Long Beach, California.
Tim Wells has cultivated a laugh that’s more like a caress. He walks properly. He does not slouch, shuffle or stumble about.
He knows that wide, floating trousers are only good for wearing on a veranda with a cocktail in your hand.
His latest collection, ROUGHER YET, is published by Donut Press.
Adelle Stripe is a founding member of the Brutalist Poets and lives in Calderdale.
Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Stool Pigeon, Mineshaft, Savage Kick and Chiron Review.
She has released two chapbooks on Blackheath Books and won ‘Poetry Book of the Year 2009’ at the 3:AM Magazine Awards for Cigarettes in Bed.
Her third collection, Dark Corners of the Land, is due for publication later in 2012.
More info here: http://www.darksatanicmills.wordpress.com
Jenni Fagan is a poet and novelist. Her poetry has been nominated twice for The Pushcart Prize, and won 3:AM Poetry Book of The Year in 2010.
Her debut novel, THE PANOPTICON, recently published by William Heinemann, is part of the ‘Waterstones 11’, selected as one of the best debut novels of 2012
and is now being published in France, Czech Republic, Australia, India. USA and Canada rights were recently sold following a frantic bidding war.
Comments on THE PANOPTICON:
‘It is the most assured and intriguing first novel by a Scottish writer that I have read in a decade,
a book which is lithely and poetically written, politically and morally brave and simply unforgettable.
As a debut, The Panopticon does everything it should. It announces a major new star in the firmament.’
‘This punkish young philosopher is struggling with a terrible past, while battling sinister social workers.
Though this will appeal to teenagers, the language and ideas are wholly adult, and the glorious Anais is unforgettable.’
‘Dazzling and distinctive, Jenni Fagan’s prose is fierce, funny and brilliant.’
Ridgwell is an enigma. His works, sought after by lit fiend collectors in the know, are hard to come by, expensive, and puzzlingly obscure.
When he burst onto the underground literary scene in 2006, he was hailed variously as an aberration, a literary thug-genius, the hard man of British writing, and an affront to all women.
Having waived his standard appearance fee of £3000, Ridgwell has stated that July’s event at the Betsy Trotwood promises to be the last reading he will ever do.
Various poetry and short story collections have been published by Blackheath Books, Kilmog Press, Bottle of Smoke Press, Grevious Jones Press.
He also writes a regular column, Diary of a Dirty Boozy Bastard, for the Tooting Free Press.
For more, go here: http://www.josephridgwelljr.wordpress.com
Sophie Cameron is a short poet (in height not length). Born in Yorkshire, she combines both drooping vowel sounds with black humour and real poetic observations.
Like holding a mirror up to society and talking about how nice the mirror is. Sophie has successfully swung punches at Literary Death Match and gigged with Scroobius Pip.
“Bluer than the sea.” Josie Long
Musical interludes are supplied by mistress of the turntables, comedian, presenter, writer, actor and slipper wearer, Hatty Ashdown.
More here: http://www.hattyashdown.com