4 Minute Hangout With: Stuart Evers

Stuart EversYou might not know anything about Walthamstow other than that it’s the end of the Victoria Line and spawned ’90s boy band East 17. But its diversity and “unpretentious” nature has been inspiring writer and journalist Stuart Evers for the last few years. Currently he is working on a novel set in Walthamstow based around a family over several generations, somehow managing to juggle the writing with an expanding family of his own, having recently had his first child.

Stuart’s first published short story Some Great Project appeared in Litro magazine and went on to be included in his debut short story collection Ten Stories About Smoking, published last year by Picador. His debut novel If This Is Home questioned the what the concept of home means, so LitroTV decided to catch up with Stuart in his local to see what Wathamstow has meant to him and to his writing.

Check out what Stuart’s been up to on his Twitter.

4 Minute Hangout With: Dean Atta

Dean AttaDubbed “the Gil Scott Heron of his generation” by Charlie Dark, London-born-and-bred spoken word artist Dean Atta has been making waves ever since his poem “I Am Nobody’s Nigger” went viral last January. The poem, which took 30 minutes to write and received thousands of views, likes and shares in a matter of days, was inspired by the killing of Stephen Lawrence and the use of the N-word in rap. It became the title of Dean’s debut poetry collection, which was published in February by The Westbourne Press.

If you are familiar with the London spoken word circuit, no doubt you will be familiar with Dean. The 27 year-old has been writing and performing poems for over 10 years, running workshops with schools and poetry nights all over the capital. His focus is on using writing and spoken word to break down barriers and discuss difficult issues within race, gender and sexuality.

LitroTV manages to grab four minutes with him on the Docklands Light Railway to discuss how London has inspired his work and what’s next for this very busy, 21st century poet.

You can order Dean debut collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger, here.

4 Minute Hangout With: Evie Wyld

Evie WyldAt the heart of Bellendon Road, at the artsier end of Peckham, is a lovely little bookshop crammed with interesting finds. This is Review, a bookshop and literary hub run by novelist Evie Wyld.

Having won several awards for her 2009 debut, After the Fire, A Still Small Voice, Evie was recently one of the 20 writers to feature on Granta Magazine’s prestigious list of young British talent. The list is like the Mercury Music Prize of the book world, often elevating relatively unknown authors into the spotlight. Previous writers to appear on the once-a-decade list include Will Self, Zadie Smith (now appearing for the second time), Ben Okri, Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan and Jeanette Winterson, among many other household names.

Evie’s second novel, All the Birds, Singing, which tells the story of a female sheepherder on an unamed British Island whose flock is ravaged nightly by a mysterious beast, is out in June, published by Jonathan Cape. In this video for Litro TV, she reads us an exclusive extract from the novel and tells us a bit about what inspired the eerie setting and what projects she’s got lined up, including getting married.

You can pre-order Evie’s new novel, All the Birds, Singing, here.

LitroTV meets: Adam Kammerling

Adam Kammerling
Adam Kammerling

Describing himself as a “poet, rapper and general miscreant,” Adam Kammerling is certainly an exciting and entertaining member of the contemporary spoken word scene. Hailing from Brighton, where he, “cut his teeth on the open-mic cyphers and rap battles on the local hip-hop scene”, he has travelled around the UK and abroad leaving a trail of expertly interwoven words in his wake.

Winner of the Brighton Hammer and Tongue Slam Champion 2010, the Hackney Slam Champion 2011 and the UK Slam Champion 2012, he has performed at Glastonbury, Latitude and Big Chill festivals, done theatre shows in Soho and Bristol Old Vic, as well as numerous collaborative projects with bands and charities, such as the Cambodian break dancing NGO Tiny Toones, promoting rap and spoken word as healthy forms of self-expression.

We talked to him after his performance at Hammer and Tongue Hackney about the projects he’s working on at the moment and what’s next in the pipeline. “The main thing is writing,” he says. “You get caught up in everything else and just don’t have the time to write. April is going to be a writing month – so expect new material.”

Adam is currently touring, running workshops and working with a band – but he’s keeping schtum about that. Instead, he recommends we “keep our ears peeled” for updates.

Check out more of Adam’s work at his website.

LitroTV meets: Femi Martin

Femi Martin
Femi Martin

It’s not often that you witness someone telling a short story with as much rhythm and passion as a poem. But we couldn’t take our eyes of flash fiction writer and performer Femi Martin at spoken word event Hammer & Tongue in Hackney recently. She captivated the audience with her compelling lyrical compositions and energetic, honest storytelling.

Femi is no stranger to performing her work. In February 2012 she was appointed as the Dickens Young Writer in Residence, working closely with The Charles Dickens Museum, Spread the Word and Cityread London, where five pieces of her flash fiction inspired by quotes from Dickens’s novels were commissioned. She has performed at various festivals, venues and events, including Bloomsbury Festival, the  Southbank Centre, Wilderness Festival, Tongue Fu and Come Rhyme With Me.

Telling intimate stories about love and relationships, Femi’s narratives take you into private worlds that ache with tragedy and beam with humor and sensitivity, while feeling oddly familiar. We all know what it feels like when another school kid steals your chocolate bar out of your coat pocket, or what someone special really means by what they’re not saying, or “the under-word”, as Femi recounts in her story “Dig“. She delivers these tales with such ease and fluidity, that it is impossible not to listen, laugh, and feel.

Recently she has been working on new pieces of flash fiction, scripts, running workshops and developing a one woman show called All the Men I thought I Loved, which she performed a scratch of last year at Theatre503 in Clapham.

Check out what Femi is up to at the moment over at her website