Litro World Series Goes East with: India

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The Litro Magazine World Series brings to Londoners annually a selection of fresh, exciting literary stars and artists from around the globe.

 

Litro #156: India – Out 1st October 2016!

Now in its fourth year, Litro’s World Series ventures East – with India emerging as the eagerly anticipated next instalment.

Litro #156: India follows hot on the heels of this summer’s highly charged Cuba edition.

Each issue is curated to engage readers with themes that resonate, cross-cultural content while focusing on a specific country and its wider global reach.

October’s India issue explores the diverse and brilliant range of literature from a vast space that can’t simply be contained by geographical or socio-political boundaries.

Litro #156: India will feature a colourful variety of works by novelists, poets, essayists, critics, screenwriters, thought-provocateurs and more. Contributors come from a diverse range of backgrounds including fiction, history, science, politics and diplomacy. Each offers their unique perspective on Indian culture and society, past and present, locally and overseas.

Guest-edited by Shashi Tharoor (politician, writer and diplomat), writers include William Dalrymple (historian, critic, writer and broadcaster), Shauna Singh Baldwin (author of the novel What the Body Remembers) Nikesh Shukla (writer of fiction and television and host of the Subaltern podcast), Shehan Karunatilaka (novelist and writer), Divya Ghelani (writer and screenwriter), Amarjit Chandon (Punjabi poet and essayist), Abraham Verghese (author) and many more.

Litro Live! celebrates the edition on 13th October 2016, with a return special take-over of Waterstones Piccadilly. The India themed evening includes workshops, talks, readings, live music and performances from some of today’s leading writers, artists, dancers and musicians – including a workshop with Jennie Jethwani’s Absolute Bollywood (renowned for their performances at major global events).

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Litro 156: India will be a passionate foray into the literature and arts of this vast country of staggering extremes and myriad legacies. Rich in beauty, mystery, history, thought and tradition.

Writers featured

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Shashi Tharoor, an Indian politician and former diplomat, has published 15 bestselling works on India covering its history, culture, film, society, foreign policy and more. His monthly column, India Reawakening, appears in 80 newspapers worldwide. He is also a passionate lecturer and speaker – globally recognized for his contributions on current issues in India.

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A Scottish historian, writer, curator, broadcaster and critic, William Dalrymple regularly publishes essays and books regarding the history of South Asia and the Middle East. Influenced by travel writers such as Byron and Newby, he has also written on his personal journeys in India and Central Asia, making his work relevant in both historical and contemporary areas of literature.

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Shauna Singh Baldwin, an Indian born Canadian-American novelist, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for her novel What the Body Remembers. Her novel, Tiger Claw, was nominated for the Giller Prize. She strives to address issues of multiculturalism and minority experiences, whilst offering outspoken reflections on the traditional society she was raised in.

Abraham Verghese

Abraham Verghese, a physician-author who is well known for his 2009 novel, Cutting for Stone which landed as #2 on the New York Times trade paperback fiction list in 2011. His first book My Own Country was based on his own personal transformation through his work as a doctor. He has now written a total of three best-selling books.

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Nikesh Shukla is a writer of fiction and television and host of the Subaltern podcast. His debut novel, Coconut Unlimited, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2010 and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2011. Meatspace is his second novel.

 

Shehan Karunatilaka

Shehan Karunatilaka, a Sri Lankan writer who currently resides in Singapore is best known for his novel, Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Matthew which tells the story of an alcoholic journalist to trying to track down a missing cricketer in the 1980s. He cleverly uses cricket as a device to talk about Sri Lankan society as a whole. Karunatilaka is also a musician and plays bass for Sri Lankan bands.

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Writer Divya Ghelani, who published her work in The Times and The Bookseller, is currently adapting her historical story, The  Imperial Typewriter, into a short film. She is currently working on her debut novel, RUNAWAY.

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A poet and lawyer, Mona Arshi is an emerging poet whose debut  Small Hands (Liverpool University Press, 2015) won the Forward Prize for best first poetry collection. Her poems often tackle grief, humour and self-awareness, while others draw on cases she worked on as a lawyer.

Amarjit Chandan, a Punjabi poet and essayist writes a variety of world poetry and fiction, often invoking the theme of place in his writing. He often writes about his hometown in the Punjab, Nakoda. Amarjit has been awarded several lifetime achievement awards for his poetry by both the Punjab Government and the Punjab community in Britain.

Tickets to the Litro World Series: India Waterstones take over are available i- store at Waterstones Piccadilly, by telephone 0207 851 2400 or by email: [email protected]

If you’re feeling inspired by Litro #156:India we’d love to hear from you

For further press enquiries, please contact Litro Magazine:
Tel: +44 203 371 9971 email: [email protected] Or connect with us on social media and join the conversation #Litroworldseriesindia | www.litro.co.uk




Litro Live! at Stoke Newington Literary Festival

stokeyfestSummer is almost here, and we’re excited to announce that Litro Live! will be kicking off its festival season this June. We will be at the fifth Stoke Newington Literary Festival on Sunday 8 June, with a very special event: the launch of Litro Represents, our new bespoke literary agency.

For the last ten years Litro has been publishing stories by the most exciting new writers, alongside work by established authors. This one-of-a-kind Litro Live! event brings together three of the most promising young writers from the pages of the magazine, as well as the first authors to be signed up to Litro’s new bespoke literary agency, Litro Represents. Reading from their works-in-progress will be: Maia Jenkins (winner of the GQ/Norman Mailer Prize), Rebecca Swirsky (shortlisted for the Bridport Prize) and Reece Choules (finalist for the Aesthetica Short Fiction Award). The event will be hosted by Litro editor Dan Coxon.

Maia JenkinsMaia Jenkins: Maia Jenkins grew up in Singapore and France but moved back to the UK in 2009. In October 2013 she won the GQ Norman Mailer Student Writing Prize for her essay ‘To the Weakness of Others’, which will be published in the July 2014 issue of GQ. Her short memoir piece, ‘Lessons’, appeared in Litro #132; her reviews of the stage production of American Psycho and Galveston, by True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto, have appeared in Litro online. She is currently working on her first novel, All a Darkness.

Reece ChoulesReece Choules: Reece Choules regularly contributes to The Culture Trip with articles on film, literature and music. His short stories have appeared in The Southbank Review, Inkapature, The Dying Goose and Cigale, and his story ‘Staircase‘ appeared in Litro #130. He was Long Listed for the 2013 Fish Publishing Short Story Competition and was a finalist in the Aesthetica Short Story competition. He is currently working on his first novel, The Drift.

Rebecca SwirskyRebecca Swirsky: Rebecca Swirsky is currently being mentored by Stella Duffy after winning the Word Factory Apprenticeship. Her fiction is featured in Matter, Ambit, The View From Here, Ink Sweat & Tears, The Pygmy Giant, Stories for Homes anthology for Shelter, Cease, Cows and a number of British anthologies, including the Bridport anthology. Her story ‘Hotline to Almighty‘ appeared in Litro #131. She is currently shaping her debut novel-of-stories, A History of Symmetry.

Other highlights of this year’s Stoke Newington Literary Festival include Ray Davies, Jonathan Meades, AL Kennedy, Mark Kermode, Seamus Milne, Tanya Byron, Claudia Roden, Lynn Barber, Ben Watt and Joanne Harris. Check out their website for the full programme, as well as tickets for Litro Live! on Sunday 8 June.

We’re also offering you the chance to join us and meet our writers, talk to our editors, and enjoy one of the UK’s newest literary festivals. Visit our Stoke Newington Flash Fiction Competition page to find out how you could win a pair of weekend tickets (worth £120) to the Stoke Newington Literary Festival, and have your story published on the Litro.co.uk website.




LitroLive! : 2013 St Pancras Take Over

litrolive_poland_bannerThe Litro World Series Goes to Poland

For one night only, Litro is taking over St Pancras International Station for an evening of readings, discussions and live music inspired by Polish Literature.

To celebrate our upcoming June issue, we’re bringing Poland to the heart of London for Litro Live! Join us on the Upper Concourse of London’s iconic St Pancras International Station at The Betjamen Arms for an evening of inspiration (and probably a few drinks). Whether you’re into short stories, spoken word, literary talk or just a jolly good time, it’s going to be a great night, and best of all it’s FREE so bring your friends!

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Speakers include: Grażyna Plebanek, Wioletta Grzegorzewska, A.M. Bakalar, Jacek Dehnel, and 2012’s UK Slam Champion Adam Kammering. Music from avant-garde harpist and Rockabilly Gypsy Jazz pioneer Lucinda Belle and DJ Liminal Londoner.

Unless you’re a member of our Book Club, this could be 2013’s only Litro meet up, don’t miss out! We can’t wait to see you all.

Join us from 6-11pm for Litro Live! on Thursday 20th June at The Betjemen Arms, Unit 53, St Pancras International Station, Pancras Road, London N1C 4QL.

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14 July Photo Album: Litro Live! with Geoff Dyer, Lisa Lore & Charlene Soraia

On 14 July, writer Geoff Dyer (download this app for a taster of his writings) and musicians Lisa Lore and Charlene Soraia joined Litro for a day of readings, spoken word and music at the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in Hyde Park. Here are some photographs from the day, courtesy of Sophia Spring and Lisa Lore:

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Geoff Dyer reading. You can download this app for a taster of his writings.

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The audience

Litro editor in chief Eric Akoto interviews Geoff Dyer

(Left) Charlene Soraia

Lisa Lore, Charlene Soraia, Eric Akoto and Kenji




“Endless Poem” at the Rio Occupation London

Do check out tomorrow night’s “Endless Poem”, an intercultural event as part of Rio Occupation London, presented in partnership with Litro.

Directed by Rob Drummer and written by Brazilian poet Ramon Mello, “Endless Poem” is a three-part collaboration performed by Sean Hart, a professional actor with HighTide Festival Theatre, and includes contributions by writers Vickie Donoghue and Kenny Emson, as well as a mural by Brazilian visual artist João Sánchez.

When: Friday, 20 July; from 5:00 p.m.
Where: The Farmiloe Building, 34 St John Street, London EC1M 4AY.

Free drinks available. Click here for more details.




14 July: Litro Live! in Hyde Park with Geoff Dyer

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Litro Live! will be hosting the first of its summer gatherings at the Serpentine Pavilion, in line with our second America issue.

Our special guest, the acclaimed author and essayist Geoff Dyer, will be reading from his novel Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room. He will also be chatting to Litro Editor-in-Chief Eric Akoto about his recent road trip through America and other experiences across the pond.

Geoff Dyer is the author of Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi and three previous novels, as well as many non-fiction books including The Ongoing Moment (winner of the ICP Infinity Award for Writing on Photography), But Beautiful (winner of the Somerset Maugham Prize), and Out of Sheer Rage (a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award).

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Other guests, yet to be confirmed, will also be in attendance.

It is also a perfect time to appreciate art and design in our urban spaces. Yoko Ono will unleash her #smilesfilm exhibition at this year’s Serpentine Pavillion, designed by guest architect and acclaimed Chinese designer Ai Wei Wei, alongside the Swiss team Herzog De Meuron. Their collaboration will draw upon all past creations at the Pavilion, paying homage to the diverse and forward thinking architects and artists of the past twelve years.

Come and celebrate the summer with us (RSVP here), and expect your usual mix of Litro Live! readings, spoken word performances, live music… and who knows, perhaps an after party! Let’s hope for plenty of sunshine!

What is Litro Live?

Litro Live! has been running since November 2008. It is an evening of stories and music, bringing together writers, poets, musicians and fresh and exciting talent from the world of the spoken word. It features literary readings and poetry interspersed with live music and DJ sets. Most of all, Litro Live! is a chance to gather with friends and fellow literary fiends.

Litro Live! started as a monthly residency at Foyles Cafe on Charing Cross Road, which regularly attracted about 200 people. Now Litro Live! has launched it’s own mini summer festival in Hyde Park, and participated in a number of events throughout the year, including the annual Camden Crawl, as well as hosting summer parties and occupying spots throughout London to entertain guests and passersby – one year, we took over a corner of St. Pancras rail station!




A History of Litro Live!

28 Feb 2012: Litro Live! World Series presents “Double Dutch”

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The first Litro Live! festival of 2012, Double Dutch, was held in partnership with the Dutch Embassy to celebrate the Netherlands and the impact it has had on the world through literature, sports and the arts.

This took place at the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen, Patrick Gwynne’s iconic building, inspired by country living, in Hyde Park. There was a great line up of day events, which led into the evening with talks, debates and live music at the Kensington Gore Hotel.

Special guests included David Winner (journalist and author of Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football), Simon Kuper from The Financial Times, award-winning writer Ramsey Nasr, Abdelkader Benali (marathon enthusiast and author of Marathon Runner), novelist Sanneke van Hassel (below right) and Flemish writer Chika Unigwe.


About Litro Live!
Celebrating music and the spoken word

Litro Live! has been running since November 2008. It is an evening of stories and music, bringing together writers, poets, musicians and fresh and exciting talent from the world of the spoken word. It features literary readings and poetry interspersed with live music and DJ sets. Most of all, Litro Live! is a chance to gather with friends and fellow literary fiends.

Litro Live! started as a monthly residency at Foyles Cafe on Charing Cross Road, which regularly attracted about 200 people. Now Litro Live! has launched it’s own mini summer festival in Hyde Park, and participated in a number of events throughout the year, including the annual  Camden Crawl, as well as hosting summer parties and occupying spots throughout London –  one year, we took over a corner of St. Pancras rail station – to entertain guests and passersby.

If you think your business would benefit from being part of Litro Live!, please contact us at [email protected].


Litro Live! Past Line-Ups

To date we have attracted some of the best authors reading from their works including:

David Winner (journalist and author of Brilliant Orange)

Simon Kuper

Ramsy Nasr

Abdelkader Benali

Sanneke van Hassel

Chika Unigwe

Sadie Jones (Orange Book Awards Prize Winner)

Geoff Dyer

Jake Arnott

Hugo Williams

Richard Milward (Ten Storey Love Songs, Faber – included in The Evening Standard’s top 10 British talent for 2009)

Stephanie Theobald (“She’s an effortless, natural poet.” – The Guardian)

We’re also featured some fantastic and diverse music artists – across all genres, from folk to heavy rock and rap. You can listen to part of singer Ana Silvera’s wonderful performance at the Litro Live! at the Camden Crawl 2010 event here: Litro Live! at the Camden Crawl

We’re also had sets by talented DJs, such as 10sui, as well as electrifying live performances by poets, including Murray Lachlan Young and Stephanie Theobald.


Critical appreciation for Litro Live!

“Although this was the first Litro event I have been to hope that it won’t be the last, and if you happen to be a London-dweller I would strongly recommend checking out their website for details of their monthly live show…” – Eilidh, posted by bookarmy.com.

“It was an evening of people re-ordering words as well as drinks….a bill crammed with writers, poets, comics and musicians. The tables and sofas were full with a coffee-drinking crowd… talent-and-personality-fuelled events such as these make sure the pages of original writing keep being turned — and should be replicated as much as possible.” – Charlotte Williams, London journalist.




Litro Live! on 21 July 2011

 




Litro Live! at the 2010 Camden Crawl

Here is another chance to listen our recording of last year’s Litro Live! event at the Camden Crawl. Below is an extract from the original post:

Litro Magazine, London’s leading free short stories magazine, brings together a slew of leftfield literary and musical talent, both established and new, in celebration of the free spirit of music and words. Words from Philip Wilding, Murray Lachlan Young, Garth Cartwright and more. Music from Errol Linton, Orlando Seale, Cellophane Flowers, Ana Silvera and more. With live dj sets from the award winning Ninja Tunes DJ 10sui aka Tracie Storey.

Litro Live! at the 2010 Camden Crawl

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Visit our Litro Live! page for details on this year’s event at the Camden Crawl, as well the chance to purchase tickets.




Litro Live! at the Camden Crawl 2011: performers announced!

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We are pleased to announce the line up for our next Litro Live! event, at the Camden Crawl on the May Bank Holiday weekend. For full details, please take a look our dedicated Litro Live! page here, where you can also buy tickets in advance. Here’s a taster of what we have in store…keep an eye out though, as we will be announcing more performers later on!

Host: Dean Atta

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Our event host we be poet Dean Atta. S winner of the Spirit of London Award for ‘Achievement through the Arts’, he has been commissioned to write poems for the Damilola Taylor Trust, Dr Maya Angelou and the  Keats House, among others, and his work has been featured on both radio and television.

Words:

Words will come courtesy of Colin Grant and David Szalay, with further guests to be confirmed soon!

Live Music:

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We’ll have our usual eclectic mix of genre artists for this event – Turbogeist are inspired by both 80’s alternative music and 70’s rock and draw influence from bands as diverse as as The Replacements, Pantera, and Prince.

Aisha Ludmilla Pin is a soulful singer who writes, performs and produces all of her own music (click on the attached links to see and hear more from these artists).

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DJs:

On rotation, we will have IDC (whose last album was called a “revolutionary rave”) and Huge club promotor and DJ Sexface Sally.

We will have more details about the line up coming soon, so do watch this space. In the meantime, you can book your tickets online via our Litro Live! page – just scroll down to the cart section at the bottom. Alternatively, you can also book at www.thecamdencrawl.com.

 You can buy tickets right now direct from litro.co.uk by using our checkout cart at the bottom of the page. You can also buy tickets via the Camden Crawl official website at www.thecamdencrawl.com.

  Keep up to date with the latest news on our events via our Facebook, MySpace and Twitter pages. You can also sign up to our monthly e-newsletter.


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Litro Live! @ Camden Crawl 2011

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Where? Abbey Tavern
Date? Saturday, 30 April 2011

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Litro Live! event at Camden Crawl for the second year running! Guests can look forward to another event filled with the best spoken word performances and musical talents. Look out for more details, including the line-up, coming very soon to our website and our social networks.

For a taster of what could be in store, check out a recording of one of the performances from last year’s event here, or find out more out Litro Live! on our dedicated page.

About Camden Crawl:

In a very different fashion from the coinciding Royalist festivities, the Camden Crawl is scheduled to take place on the weekend of 30 April and 1 May 2011, celebrating its 10th birthday edition since its inception in 1995.

Swift on the heels of selling out its early bird weekend tickets, the Crawl is pleased to reveal the first stage of its line up announcements for 2011. Over the past four years, the festival’s daytime fringe programme of cutting edge arts and music has continued to flourish on a par with its legendary rock & roll evening extravaganza. During the daylight hours the main thoroughfares of Camden will literally burst at the seams with a vast array of comedic talent, visual art and crafts exhibitions, spoken word and performance theatre, interactive events & games and, of course, live music.

Sprawling across more than twenty venues, the Crawl daytime schedule of events kicks off from midday on both days of the weekend and runs until 6:00 pm when the evening live music scramble begins. Upon arrival at the festival each ticket holder will be presented with an all-access wristband, programme guide, timetable and free download album to help plot his/her day’s adventure. ‘Crawlers’ will be granted unlimited access to all official daytime and evening venues and parties capacity permitting.




Litro Live! Summer Party – 22nd July

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Thursday 22nd July

Venue: The Paradise, by way of Kensal Rise

Time: 6pm-12am

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After a month of near non-stop sports and intense sunshine, it may be time to take advantage of the cooler, long evenings with a night of great literature, music and poetry. Litro Live! aims to do just that in July, with an evening packed with literary and musical talent. We’ll be at The Paradise (near Kensal Rise) on Thursday 22nd July from 6pm until midnight, showcasing the following fantastic line-up.

Host:

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Paul Lyalls – the first poet to perform at the new Wembley Stadium and co-presenter of the ‘Big Slam Poetry House’, Paul has gigged over 10 Edinburgh Festivals and has performed at many varied and prestigious venues, from Belfast to New York.

Words:

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Joe Dunthorne – having won the Curtis Brown prize for his debut novel Submarine and been compared to J.D Salinger by the Observer, Joe Dunthorpe is quickly becoming Hackney’s hottest literary property.

Sabrina Mahfouz – an award-winning poet, playwright and writer, Sabrina has just returned from Glastonbury Festival.

Mark Pilkington – editor of Strange Attractor and writer of the Guardian’s ‘Far Out’ column, Mark’s new book, based on the aforementioned column, is out now.

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Murray Lachlan Young – a firm favourite at previous events, Murray returns with his often surreal, frequently rude and always hilarious performed verse.

Brigitte Voutsa – Brigitte’s one-woman show has already garned critical praise and now she brings her eccentric and charming blend of music, comedy and poetry to Litro Live! in July.

Music:

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DJ 10SUI / Soldiers of the Knight – 10SUI, the ‘First Lady of Breaks’,  returns to Litro Live! after having spun the decks for us at the Candem Crawl.

The Maybirds – an all-woman folk foursome, this up-and-coming band produce haunting and melodious folk music.

MZ Bratt – hailed by those in the know on the urban music scene as one of this year’s ‘one to watch’ artists.

Tickets will be available at the door, priced at just £5.  Friends of Litro can receive half-price tickets for Litro Live!  This July we are entering new subscribers into our draw to win one of five pair of tickets to the Royal Academy of Arts’ Summer Exhibition, so now is a great opportunity to become a Friend.




Litro Live! at the Camden Crawl: Podcast

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Litro Live! at the Camden Crawl – click to listen to Ana Silvera perform one of her songs at last Sunday’s Litro Live!

It may not have been the sunniest of Bank Holiday weekends in London on Sunday, but that was no deterrent to Litro Live! and the audience who gathered in the Edinboro Castle in Camden for our eclectic and exciting mix of leftfield performers. Singer and musican Ana Silvera charmed with her intimate and beguiling set; Garth Cartwright read from and discussed More Miles than Money: Journeys Through American Music, accompanied by Errol Linton on the harmonica. Journalist and writer Philip Wilding took us on a dark but comic trail with readings from his work,  included his acclaimed new novel Cross Country Murder Songs; Chris Salewicz, author of Redemption Song, discussed Bob Marley, his legacy and the Jamican music scene. London trio and Battle of the Bands 2007 finalists Mad Dog performed their set of blues-inspired underground rock; whilst event host MC Angel presented her upfront and witty observations on modern life and DJ 10sui (Tracie Storey) spun the decks between the acts.

Click on the link above to listen to our podcast from the event, featuring a performance from singer Ana Silvera.




Litro Live! at the Camden Crawl this Sunday

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Litro Live! at the Camden Crawl: Sunday 2nd May

  

 

A date for all your diaries – next Sunday sees the first Litro Live! event of 2010, at the Camden Crawl. Tickets are available now – and half price entry for Friends of Litro (click on the Become a Friend of Litro link at the top for more information).

Litro Live! at Gaymer’s Camden Crawl

an evening of storytelling and music

 

SUNDAY MAY 2nd, 12pm-7pm

@ The Edinboro Castle, Camden, NW1 7RU

Litro Magazine, London’s leading free short story magazine, brings together a combustive mix of leftfield literary and musical talent, established and new, for a cider-sponsored springtime celebration of the free spirit of words and music…

Garth Cartwright, award-winning journalist and acclaimed music writer, will be talking us through his latest work, More Miles than Money, an epic trek through the backwoods of America to rediscover the roots music – blues and country, folk and soul – that he loves, accompanied by Brixton-born blues man Errol Linton on the blues harp.

Philip Wilding, co-presenter with Phil Jupitus of the BBC6 Music Breakfast Show and multi-talented journalist and writer, will be reading selections from his contemporary noir debut novel, Cross Country Murder Song – published to rave reviews in February 2010.

Bestselling music biographer Chris Salewicz will be bringing to life a legendary and enigmatic figure like never before, with a selection of readings from his impeccably researched book, Bob Marley: The Untold Story, followed by a Q&A session.

Later on, special guest DJ 10SUi aka Tracie Storey the ‘First Lady of Breaks,’ will be tantalising the audience with her fine vinyl and turntable trickery.

Ana Silvera – named recently as ‘a major talent in the offing’ (Music Week) – will be singing songs from her first studio album – contemporary and alternative with a lush, intimate sound that is fast gaining recognition among discerning critics and fans alike.

Finally, south London trio Mad Dog will be playing a high-tempo set of underground rock. Finalists of the Battle of the Bands competition in 2007, they have a taut, intelligent, classic blues power-rock sound that is at once classic and completely their own.

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…for more details on the Camden Crawl, please visit

www.thecamdencrawl.com

…for more details on the event hosted by Litro Live!, please visit

www.thecamdencrawl.com/partners/daytime/litro-live

 

…for press enquiries please contact:

 

Eric Akoto

[email protected] / Tel: 0203 371 9971

Or

Alex Spears

[email protected] / Tel: 07962 017045

 




Litro Live!

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LitroLive! at the Gaymers Camden Crawl

Sunday 2 May 2010 from 12–6pm

Garth Cartwright on American Music
The Kiwi-born wanderer (author of 2005’s best music book, “Princes Amongst Men: Journeys with Gyspsy Musicians”), talks us through his latest work, “More Miles than Money: Journeys Through American Music”, in which he sets out to see whether the American roots music he loves – blues and country, folk and soul – is still alive in the 21st century. His journey takes him from the sandstorms of the Burning Man Festival to the LA bus station to the Mexican cantinas of San Antonio, the Indian reservations of New Mexico to the last surviving juke joints of Highway 61. He is an award-winning journalist who regularly contributes to The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Songlines and the BBC World Service. He has compiled many CDs, knocked up bits and pieces for many a music and/or travel book and DJs whenever anyone lets him near turntables and a mixer.
… with Errol Linton on blues harp
Garth’s accompanied by Errol Linton on harmonica. Best known for his “Blues Vibe” combo, Errol has kept the legacy of Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson sounding raw, fresh and above all, strangely British.
Philip Wilding Cross Country Murder Songs, Philip is a journalist, writer and producer for radio, television and magazines, he’s also the co-presenter of Phill and Phil’s hugely successful Perfect Ten podcast (and sell-out live shows) alongside Phill Jupitus. Philip Wilding produced and co-presented the BBC 6 Music Breakfast Show with Phill Jupitus. Among others, he’s worked alongside Danny Baker, Mark Lamarr and Lauren Laverne.
Chris Salewicz on Bob Marley
Chris Salewicz, bestselling author of Redemption Song, the classic biography of Joe Strummer, interviewed Bob Marley in 1979. Now for the first time he brings to life not only the Rastafari religion and the music scene in jamaica, but the spirit of the man himself. Interviews with dozens of people who met Marley and have never spoken before are woven through the narrative, as Salewicz seeks to explain why he has become such an enigmatic and heroic figure, loved by millions all over the world.
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special guest DJ the award winning Ninja Tunes DJ 10sui aka Tracie Storey.
Ana Silvera – named recently as a ‘major talent in the offing’ (Music Week), with a lush, intimate sound that is fast gaining recognition among discerning critics and public alike.

Litro magazine London’s leading free short stories magazine brings together a slew of leftfield literary and musical talent, both established and new, in celebration of the free spirit of music and words. Words from Philip Wilding, Murray Lachlan Young, Garth Cartwright and more. Music from Errol Linton, Orlando Seale, Cellophane Flowers, Ana Silvera and more. With live dj sets from the award winning Ninja Tunes DJ 10sui aka Tracie Storey.

Garth Cartwright on American Music
The Kiwi-born wanderer (author of 2005’s best music book, “Princes Amongst Men: Journeys with Gyspsy Musicians”), talks us through his latest work, “More Miles than Money: Journeys Through American Music”, in which he sets out to see whether the American roots music he loves – blues and country, folk and soul – is still alive in the 21st century. His journey takes him from the sandstorms of the Burning Man Festival to the LA bus station to the Mexican cantinas of San Antonio, the Indian reservations of New Mexico to the last surviving juke joints of Highway 61. He is an award-winning journalist who regularly contributes to The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Songlines and the BBC World Service. He has compiled many CDs, knocked up bits and pieces for many a music and/or travel book and DJs whenever anyone lets him near turntables and a mixer.

… with Errol Linton on blues harp
Garth’s accompanied by Errol Linton on harmonica. Best known for his “Blues Vibe” combo, Errol has kept the legacy of Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson sounding raw, fresh and above all, strangely British.

DSC_0184Philip Wilding Cross Country Murder Songs, Philip is a journalist, writer and producer for radio, television and magazines, he’s also the co-presenter of Phill and Phil’s hugely successful Perfect Ten podcast (and sell-out live shows) alongside Phill Jupitus. Philip Wilding produced and co-presented the BBC 6 Music Breakfast Show with Phill Jupitus. Among others, he’s worked alongside Danny Baker, Mark Lamarr and Lauren Laverne.

Chris Salewicz on Bob Marley
Chris Salewicz, bestselling author of Redemption Song, the classic biography of Joe Strummer, interviewed Bob Marley in 1979. Now for the first time he brings to life not only the Rastafari religion and the music scene in jamaica, but the spirit of the man himself. Interviews with dozens of people who met Marley and have never spoken before are woven through the narrative, as Salewicz seeks to explain why he has become such an enigmatic and heroic figure, loved by millions all over the world.

Music
Special guest DJ the award winning Ninja Tunes DJ 10sui aka Tracie Storey. Ana Silvera – named recently as a ‘major talent in the offing’ (Music Week), with a lush, intimate sound that is fast gaining recognition among discerning critics and public alike.




Litro Live! October 29th at Serpentine Bar & Kitchen, Hyde Park

LitroLive! 29th October
6pm ’til the Witching Hour
HYDE PARK MACABRE
A warming night of eldritch tales and songs,
roast chestnuts and whisky, art and conviviality,
at the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen, Hyde Park
As winter draws frostily near, and the curtain between the worlds of sense and spirit is inched open, LitroLive! ventures into Hyde Park for its biggest party yet. Partnering with the Royal Parks and the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen, we bring Litro magazine’s inventiveness – and an armful of artists, established and new – to Londoners both quick and dead, and to lovers of the spoken and sung word.

Ticket type

Tickets bought after 28 October will be charged at £7 on the door.

words:
China Miéville – Britain’s brightest and boldest author of fantastic fiction and doyen of the “New Weird” reads from his novel in progress, Kraken.
Praise for The City and the City
‘Call it a love letter to the diversity, polyglot sprawl, complexities, contradictions, pitfalls, humanity and street-life of the metropolis.’- Los Angeles Times ‘A weird and ingenious idea so cleverly and convincingly carried out that the result bears comparison with the modernist myths of Kafka or Borges. No kidding… This is an exceptional novel: audacious, original and haunting’- Daily Mail
‘There is no one else writing stuff like this’- Dazed and Confused

Kevin Jackson on vampires

Kevin Jackson’s childhood ambition was to be a vampire but instead he became a polymath. His colossal expertise ranges from Seneca to Sugababes, with a special interest in the occult, Ruskin, take-away food, Dante’s Inferno and the moose. Biteis the indispensable companion to the age of the vampire. It’s like Schott’s, but it casts no shadow…Roger Clarke on British ghosts and the movies
The restless food and film writer, author of Story of The Scene, will talk about what really happened on the set of Vampire’s Kiss, and about his forthcoming History of British Ghosts.
Courttia Newland
The novelist, anthologist, literary ambassador and editor of The Global Village reads his new short story, an unsettling moral tale of unexpected eeriness in the everyday.
‘As literary culture, we are chronically short of this sort of fiction. Voices like Newland’s provide a vital counterpoint to the likes of Bridget Jones.’- Financial Times
‘Britain’s brightest black writer’- Evening Standard
‘Newland will open up the world of fiction to a whole new audience.’- The Guardian
Music:
Niall McDevitt
Dark Star of the London performance scene, shamanic poet, actor and psychogeographer (channelling the spirits of Blake and Rimbaud in his infamous alternative City tours), Niall McDevitt’s bodhran, guitar and wolfish voice once formed half of London-Irish folk-punk act The McDevels, but tonight he treats us to a solo set of macabre musings.
Art:
Adele Morse

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4 New Sensation Adele, fresh from Frieze, is twenty four and going places. A certified taxidermist, her phantasmagoric works of insistently macabre imagination meld animal body parts and human attributes to unsettling effect.
Drinks:
Highland Park Whisky
Enjoy complimentary drams of this fine single malt. After gaining the accolade ‘best spirit in the world’ for the second year running, the fine folk from Highland Park are “delighted to come to LitroLive! and offer guests something to warm them up on a dark Autumn night.”
Reserve your tickets at www.litro.co.uk or call +44 (0)20 7792 0750 for more information.

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Litro Live! June 11th at St Pancras International Station.

 

 

Litro Live! Thursday June 11th, 6-10pm

 

‘An evening of live storytelling and music in a celebration of journeys across borders’

 

St. Pancras International Station

 

 

On Thursday 11th June, from 6pm – 10pm, Litro Live! will put together its biggest live event yet, in partnership with St. Pancras International Station, bringing its inventive approach to St. Pancras International Station for an evening of music and the spoken word, featuring artists including Geoff Dyer and Jake Arnott, Hugo Williams, and music by Stuart Silver, The Mayfly Trio and Kate Daisy Grant with more to be confirmed.

The event will be held at the Betjeman Arms on the Rendevous level (upper concourse) with views of Eurostar trains heading to Europe on High Speed 1, the UK’s first high speed railway line, making it the perfect setting for audience members to get into the mood for their own summer travels.

Maureen Bannerman, Retail and Marketing Director at St. Pancras International said:

We are pleased to be working with Litro on this event. The written and spoken word is particularly important to us, as of course it was the Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman, who saved this Victorian masterpiece from demolition in the 1960s

Artists confirmed so far include travel authors Geoff Dyer, Alistair Boyd, Hugo Williams, (TLS travel writer, Queen’s Gold medal winner for poetry and editor of Betjeman for Faber’s ‘Poets on Poets’ series) and Jake Arnott (reading from his travel-infested new title ‘The Devil’s Paintbrush)

Musicians including The Mayfly Trio, Kate Daisy Grant will be followed by a live Dj set by DJ Jamie Byng.

For more info and press interviews: call – 0207 792 0750 or email: [email protected]




Litro Live! Presents ‘Femme Fatales’

Litro Live! Thursday 12 March 6-10pm
The Café at Foyles, Charing Cross Road

Litro Live! an evening of stories and music, returns to the Café at Foyles, Charing Cross Road with fresh and exciting talent for 2009. Litro Live! features readings from the hottest new writers interspersed with live music and DJ sets.

The line up for Thursday 12th March includes readings from: Laura Dockrill ( Ugly Shy Girl, Harper Collins) – Recently named one of the top ten literary stars of 2008, Jaqueline Walker, (Pilgrim State, Sceptre) Sara Stockbridge (Hammer, Vintage) – 80’s muse of fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, brings couture to the page.

With music from:
Black and White Radio and Spinners: Alice Lloyd and Mat Ashton

Tickets: £6/£5 concession available on the door or from –

litro-live-march2 www.foyles.co.uk/events.asp?#litro