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Arthur Russell event and playlist

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Not only are we welcoming Richard King on 19 July to discuss his beautiful new book TRAVELS OVER FEELING with DJ and curator Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy, but we made a little playlist of Arthur Russell essentials to celebrate. Take a listen and grab tickets for the event below.

The music of Arthur Russell defies classification. Across a twenty-year career he created a body of work which ranged from his pioneering compositions as part of the New York avant-garde alongside artists including Philip Glass and Allen Ginsberg, to his genre-expanding disco and art pop productions, to his posthumously released folk songs.

TRAVELS OVER FEELING is the result of extensive research by author Richard King, curating the ephemera and documentation found in both Arthur’s and other private archives, and consists of hand-written scores, lyrics, photos, letters and drawings. Throughout, King has conducted wide-ranging original interviews with Arthur’s collaborators, contemporaries, family and friends. The resulting book reveals a true picture of one of the most distinctive artists of the last fifty years.

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Joanna Biggs & Harriet Baker in conversation with Željka Marošević

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We were honoured to host Joanna Biggs (visiting from NYC) and Harriet Baker on Thursday 13 June for a really generous and open conversation with editor Željka Marošević about their respective books, A LIFE OF ONE’S OWN and RURAL HOURS; both books are about women writers who live on their own terms outside of societal expectations. 

They discussed the writers they chose to write about and that it felt like being accompanied by them as friends, as you may choose the women to support you in a crisis. How for Harriet’s writers, Woolf, Lehman & Townsend-Warner, each writer went through a creative and personal crisis then changed their environment for something transformative to take place. How this transformation was taking place in the quieter moments in their lives when they’re not writing, but was still very much part of the work.

Jo talked about her close chronologically reading of the diaries and how their lives unfold showed key things missing, things not being kept, a sadness in the archives. The writer’s lists as an intimate way of knowing their day. Lists as practices of self care, as private and defiant, their compressed emotional qualities.

For Jo, including her own life was a way of being honest about why she cared about her writer’s lives – rather than keeping critical distance, she showed how and why she related to them. 

Women writers in periods of failure and crisis are robust. We also like them because they fail and you see in their writing how they survive it. The desk in the middle of the room as a symbol that women’s lives can be multi faceted, their lives are part of their work.

How Jo noticed a devotion to community, and a gratitude for this both in the writers lives and in her own. Editorial work is performed for one another as care work, and an acknowledgment of all the intricate psychological work that goes unpaid. 

The writers discussed were :
Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, Zora Neale Hurston, George Eliot, Toni Morrison, Mary Wollstonecraft, Sylvia Plath, Elena Ferrante, Rosamond Lehmann and Sylvia Townsend Warner.

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Musa Okwonga and Tayo Popoola in Conversation

“Sometimes you forget you are in this migrant body, then the news reminds you.”

Musa Okwonga reads from IN THE END, IT WAS ALL ABOUT LOVE earlier this month at the shop. If you weren’t one of the lucky few that managed to score a ticket for Musa’s event with Tayo Popoola, we’ve just shared a recording of their incredible discussion to YouTube.

Watch below relive a very special conversation exploring radical vulnerability, love, race, loneliness, and family that we felt enormously fortunate to host.

Enormous thanks once again to Musa, Tayo, Rough Trade Books, and everyone that joined us on the night!

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Tice Cin in Conversation with Lola Olufemi

Sad because you missed out on tickets for the launch of Tice Cin’s KEEPING THE HOUSE with Lola Olufemi a couple of weeks ago? Well, you can turn that frown around, because the whole event is now available to watch online.

Tice and Lola’s discussion of the book’s unique exploration of the Turkish Cypriot underworld of North London received one of the most rapturous rounds of applause we can remember in some time!

Huge thanks to Tice and Lola, Nicky at And Other Stories, Father William Taylor at St. Thomas’ Church, Martine Sobey at Clapton Commons, and Lou Palmer for recording and production.

Keep an eye out for more of this kind of thing in the coming weeks and months, and in the meantime make sure you grab KEEPING THE HOUSE, which is in stock and available to order for collection or nationwide delivery.

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Ideas for a New Art World: Zarina Muhammad of the white pube with Michael Lacey

We hosted a really excellent conversation last night between Zarina Muhammad of the white pube and artist Michael Lacey (with the white pube’s Gabrielle de la Puente joining via the chat). Watch back below for super insightful chats about the start of art criticism, plus some deep reality TV discourse.

Huge thanks to Zarina, Gab, Michael, Rough Trade Books, as well as everyone who joined us live (shout out interntional crowd!)

the white pube’s new Rough Trade Books pamphlet, IDEAS FOR A NEW ART WORLD, is in stock and available to order for collection or nationwide delivery.
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A Wild and Precious Life

Yesterday evening we hosted a remarkable discussion of recovery, writing, and community with the editors and contributors of A WILD AND PRECIOUS LIFE: A RECOVERY ANTHOLOGY. Huge, huge thanks to Zoe, Gary, Alex, and Rob for their readings and insights, and a big thank you to Lily for serving as chairperson.

Watch below if you missed it, and head to our webshop to grab a copy of the book!

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Isabel Waidner in Conversation with Maz Murray

Yesterday evening we welcomed Isabel Waidner for an amazing discussion of their new novel, STERLING KARAT GOLD, with Maz Murray! Catch up below if you missed it, and make sure you grab a copy of the incredible SKG which is in stock now ✨

Huge thanks to Isabel and Maz, Sam at Peninsula Press, and everyone that joined us live. What an absolute treat!
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Natasha Brown in Conversation with Sara Collins

Yesterday evening we welcomed Natasha Brown for a virtual event to discuss her acclaimed debut novel, ASSEMBLY, with Sara Collins! Huge, huge thanks so Natasha and Sara for a very deep and insightful chat, and thanks also to all of you that joined us live ♥️

ASSEMBLY is in stock now and available to order for collection or nationwide delivery, and if you missed the event, you can watch it below.