Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Pop-up shop (1): the programme

Left: the Shop, empty – at 201 Portobello Road, London W11 1LU. Next week: 1st to 7th July, the Shop filled with books (CBe, Eyewear, Arc, Five Leaves, Flipped Eye, and more), photographs by Ken Garland, other things. Various writers will be calling in to do brief pop-up readings through the week. The programme for the week at present looks like this (think of the whole thing as a work in progress, and if you’re in striking distance do call in to see how it’s going):

Monday 1st July
Evening: 7 pm: Eyewear party, with reading by Mark Ford

Tuesday 2nd July
Day readers: 2.30 pm, Leah Fritz; 3.30 pm, Kimberly Campanello;
4 pm, Christopher Reid; 4.30 pm, Astrid Alben; 5pm, Liane Strauss

Wednesday 3rd July
Day readers: 1.30 pm, Tim Dooley; 3 pm, Fiona Curran; 3.30 pm, Andrew Motion;
4 pm, Sandeep Parmar & James Byrne

Evening: Flipped Eye event:
6 pm: Sarah Westcott – runner up in the first Venture Award, reading from her new pamphlet Inklings for followed by Q&A/signing.
6.45 pm: Introducing The mouthmark Book of Poetry – a hardback anthology of all the single-author pamphlets produced under the mouthmark series, including Jacob Sam-La Rose’s Communion, Denise Saul’s White Narcissi, Inua Ellams’ 13 Fairy Negro Tales and Warsan Shire’s Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth

Thursday 4th July
Day readers: 3.30 pm, Anthony Howell; 5 pm, Harry Man

Evening: 6.30 pm, Laura Del Rivo and Cathi Unsworth
Laura Del Rivo has been living in the Portobello Road area for over fifty years. She still runs a market stall. In 2011 Five Leaves reissued her debut novel, The Furnished Room (1961; filmed by Michael Winner in 1963 as West 11): ‘an evocative taste of black-coffee blues ... a perfect encapsulation of that shady, shifting Ladbroke Grove on the cusp of profound social change’ (Guardian). She has a story in the new Salt anthology of Best British Short Stories 2013, and a new collection will be published by Holland Park Press this year.
Cathi Unsworth is also a local author. Her novels include Bad Penny Blues, an exploration of the unsolved ‘Jack the Stripper’ murders of eight working girls in along the Thames in the1960s, The Not Knowing and The Singer (‘Cathi Unsworth has written the Great Punk Novel’ – David Peace). Her most recent novel, The Weirdo, was published in paperback in June. In the book of essays on London Fictions (Five Leaves, 2013) she writes on Lynne Reid Banks’s The L-Shaped Room (1960).

Friday 5th July
Day readers: 1 pm; Tamar Yoseloff; 1.30 pm, John Greening; 3.30 pm, Steven Fowler;
4 pm, Michael Horovitz

Saturday 6th July and Sunday 7th July: still open, very open (we won't have sold ALL the books by then, will we?)

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