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Chris McCabe

Wed. 11th Dec., 7PM

at Brick Lane Bookshop

£5 (redeemable against a copy of The East Edge on the night.)

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Join author Chris McCabe, who will be discussing his most recent book The East Edge with writer and publisher Tom Chivers.

Headstones are sliding earthwards. An urban fox forages for slugs. A jogger disappears into a forest of sycamores as high-rise blocks glister with the last of the sun.

Follow Chris McCabe into the nocturnal world of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park in search of the lost and forgotten poets of the East End. In The East Edge, McCabe leaves the safety of streetlights behind and walks in the footsteps of William Morris and W.G. Sebald through one of London's most enigmatic Victorian cemeteries.

Stealing through the shadows, McCabe discovers stories of maritime disasters and the war dead, veers off the path with contemporary poet Stephen Watts, and trawls the archives to uncover one of London's overlooked mavericks, the career criminal-turned-poet William 'Spring' Onions. McCabe's lyrical prose and trademark dark wit are interrupted by a 'disembodied essay', spoken by a poltergeist who has returned to haunt his master's house.

In this, the third instalment of McCabe's journey through London's Magnificent Seven, the stakes are raised as he places himself into the foreground of the cemetery as a performer. Can the burial grounds become a space for live theatre? Will the voices of the dead rise to meet the living? What ghosts emerge when darkness falls?

Chris McCabe was born in Liverpool in 1977. His most recent poetry collection is Speculatrix (Penned in the Margins, 2014), which followed three previous books The Hutton Inquiry, Zeppelins and THE RESTRUCTURE. In 2014 he was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. His creative non-fiction book In the Catacombs: A Summer Among the Dead Poets of West Norwood Cemetery was published in 2014. His work has been described by The Guardian as 'an impressively inventive survey of English in the early 21st century.' He works as the Poetry Librarian at the Poetry Library and teaches for the Poetry School.

Tom is a writer, publisher and arts producer. His most recent poetry collection is Dark Islands (Test Centre, 2015). Tom was co-Director of London Word Festival from its inception in 2008 until 2011, and was a recipient of a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Award. He was a board member of the Poetry Book Society (2009-2013) and Inpress Books (2013-2017).

In Lieu of a Memoir by Tadhg Muller

An Open Pen Novelette

Book Launch

Thursday Nov. 28th, 7PM

at Brick Lane Bookshop

Free but booking essential.

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Muller was first published with Open Pen way back in 2012 in Issue Six. Since then his short stories have been published widely. This novelette, a supposed collection of short stories that paint a portrait of an artist, bound by the narrative of that artist’s time in London from 2005 to 2015, presents Tadhg Muller as a writer of immense talent with total conviction in his wild approach to storytelling. He is untameable, and so is this novelette, our fourth in a series of five, here, In Lieu of a Memoir, for just £4.99.

Tadhg Muller is the ultimate unreliable narrator. This dark take on autofiction spirals towards madness (leaving for Paris) with the inconsistencies of Muller’s plot, whilst maintaining the gravity of what London life is like for an immigrant with no money, no prospects, and never quite enough sense to abandon hope.

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Music is the most beautiful language in the world - Yiddisher Jazz in London's East End 1920s - 1950s

An Evening with Alan Dein

Thursday 5th Dec., 7PM

at Brick Lane Bookshop

Free but booking essential.

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Alan Dein is a multi award winning radio documentary presenter, whose own family harks back to the major wave of immigrants fleeing the pogroms of Eastern Europe from the end of the 19th century.

For the first time ever, we can discover the remarkable sounds of Jewish-themed jazz recorded in London from the 1920s to the 1950s - thankfully preserved within the grooves of ancient discs. 

Join us for a unique evening of talk, jazz and reminiscing.