23rd Mar 2012
Everyone’s talking about…
Budget, what budget? George Osborne can keep his misery-making, Wednesday was all about World Poetry Day! Established by UNESCO to “reflect on the power of language and the full development of each person’s creative abilities,” this international celebration of the reading, writing and enjoyment of poems inspires everything from cut out and keep quotations to exchanges of favourite #translatedpoetry. So whilst we’re eyeing up our ‘to read’ pile for the coming week, why not tell us which poems and poets you think we should be checking out!
We have also spent this week trying to rap along with B*tches In Bookshops – AQ:LASHEA. Our Twitter feed was full of people showing some love for Annabelle Quezada and La Shea Delaney – “read so hard, got paper cuts” – showing Jay Z and Kanye West how it’s done.
We were devestated to hear the The Women’s Library was under threat. An update on their website this week has confirmed that “If a new home is not found by the end of December 2012, the Library will move to opening hours of one day per week for a period of three years, with a further review at the end of that period.” Here’s hoping they find a new home for their extensive women’s history collection!
Ever picked up a book and had to put it down to write a list of things to research, or left it unfinished to go and listen to The Raincoats for the first time? Well, you might just like this week’s ‘My Three Favourite…’ feature: Hot Topic books, the paperback equivalent of the Le Tigre song ‘Hot Topic‘ which acts as a fantastic to-read, to-listen, to-love list for any wave feminist. This week, we also reviewed Trieste by Dasa Drndic (a “harrowing mishmash of memories from a multitude of minds, a haunting series of recollections and testimonies”), The Narrows by M. Craig (a “queer steampunk cycling tour de force”) and the reissue of The New Moon With the Old by Dodie Smith.
In other news…
It’s not long now until our Short Stack Launch Party! Next Wednesday, we’ll be aboard Tamesis Dock with Pulp Press and a lot of rum to celebrate the launch of the Short Stack anthology – are you coming? There will be prizes, surprises… and did we mention the rum?
For anyone in Oxford next week (or who can get there – this will be worth it), the two Not The Oxford Literary Festival events at the Albion Beatnik look set to be amazing. On Wednesday (and this is the only acceptable excuse for not being at our launch, ok?), it’s Poets Vs Proseurs as some of the best writers of poetry and prose duel it out for your delight and then on Friday you’re in for a real treat: a literary all-nighter in a bookshop (heaven!) – “whether your night is just beginning, or you are heading home from the mainstream festival in search of something more stimulating, drop in to our all night festival of wonders, a place where manifestos will be written, thoughts pulled to their breaking point, performances honed, old favourites murdered on the guitar, films screened, and research, er, researched.”
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