Resident photographer of the London literary scene, Harpreet Kalsi, captured our Dedalus launch party wonderfully.
You can see more of his photography at ≠thatthingyoupluck.com
Dedalus available for pre-order in our shop here.
The debut novel¬†of¬†a respected and much-loved poet; a sequel to the lodestar of Modernist writing; causing a stir among Joyceans and universities before it was even signed. The firstfruits of this novel… but I will share these with you later. For now :
“Friday‚Äôs children would be fattening like seals across the sand, on their way to class. Black liquorice teeth. Loving and giving under the whalefeed of the clouds. He had to teach.”
Friday 17th June 1904. Stephen Dedalus wakes up in a Dublin Martello tower, hungover but with winnings in the pocket of his borrowed trousers. Dedalus goes about his day. Settling scores and debts. Pursued by the ghosts of his mother, Hamlet, and now a man called Leopold Bloom who has woken up with plans for him. The young poet weaves hopes and ideas into burning wings of ambition. Can he elude death in the passages of books?
McCabe‚Äôs iconoclastic tribute to James Joyce‚Äôs masterpiece gives right-of-reply to his self-portrait, Stephen Dedalus. Stephen and Bloom, cut from Joyce‚Äôs ego, become cultural types pasted into Digital Age storytelling.
‚ÄúParts of this book will remain with me, and pollute my reading of Hamlet and Ulysses, forever. I also add it to my personal library of Great Books About Dead Fathers.‚ÄĚ
Max Porter, Author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers
BLOOMSDAY BOOK LAUNCH:
5pm ‚Äď 7pm
Saturday 16th June¬†2018
Lock-keeper‚Äôs Cottage Graduate Centre
(nr. Mile End Lock)
Queen Mary University of London
Nearest Tube Mile End
Join us for a can of Forty Foot beer ūüėČ¬†music, and an¬†interactive reading :¬†you choose which path we¬†take as we dip into¬†the book.¬†You can turn up on the day, but email¬†us¬†(RSVP here) to be added to the guest list and receive updates.
We are delighted to be hosted by Queen Mary University of London¬†Department of English¬†: The London home of Joyce scholarship and¬†Ping’s¬†alma mater,¬†where she studied¬†Ulysses¬†and first introduced it to David. Without this introduction editing this book would have been impossible. QMUL offer cutting edge courses in Modernist Literature and Creative Writing. This is the place to be.
Order your PRESALE copy here, and it will arrive in all its gorgeousness (yellow translucent cover!) before Bloomsday:
Chris McCabe¬†is the author of four poetry collections, most recently¬†Speculatrix¬†(Penned in the Margins).¬†Pharmapoetica, with Maria Vlotides, was shortlisted for The Ted Hughes Award and his plays¬†Shad Thames, Broken Wharf¬†and¬†Mudflats¬†have been performed in Liverpool and London. His non-fiction series, searching for a great lost poet in one of London‚Äôs Magnificent Seven cemeteries, begins with¬†In the Catacombs: a Summer Among the Dead Poets of West Norwood Cemetery¬†(selected as an LRB Bookshop book of the year) and¬†Cenotaph South: Mapping the Lost Poets of Nunhead Cemetery. He co-edited, with Victoria Bean,¬†The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century¬†(Hayward Publishing, 2015).
If you are¬†a poetry reader you will probably already have this event in your diary, but we would urge anyone at all interested in Independent Publishing and Literature to come. It brings together some of the most vibrant and innovative small publishers and is a peerless introduction to contemporary poetry in all its forms. More than a hundred half-tables putting big publishers to shame.
Join us at 12 noon¬†in the Brockway Room¬†when we¬†present a survey of our best¬†concertina books from the last ten years, including a British Council commission printed live in Moscow. Renowned artist-poet Sophie Herxheimer will read from our¬†30 metre long The Listening Forest collaboration, and her dazzling new homage to Emily Dickinson: Your Candle Accompanies The Sun. Find out how this simple binding could help you disseminate your poetry and prose.
Free Verse will also be your first chance to handle¬†and buy our latest publication:
Your Candle Accompanies The Sun, My Homage To Emily Dickinson
by Sophie Herxheimer
Come find us at our table.
25 Red Lion Square
London WC1R 4RL