Friday, November 02, 2007

Exciting Line-up in the Salt Margins: Thursday 8th November


Thursday 8 November
Whitechapel Gallery
Doors 7pm, readings from 8pm
Free entry

Salt Margins closes its doors for 2007 with a hefty dose of future fiction and poetry. There’s a return journey for the outrageously talented Luke Kennard and first-time Whitechapel forays for poets Valeria Melchioretto and Sascha Akhtar. Plus ‘sawn-off tales’ from David Gaffney. Joining the hosts of East London’s most exciting literary residency are the editors of Succour Magazine, celebrating their sixth issue ‘The Future’.

Whitechapel Gallery, 80-82 Whitechapel High Street (Tube: Aldgate East)

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Luke Kennard
Since his recent nomination for the Forward Prize for Best Collection, 26 year-old Luke Kennard has enjoyed a meteoric rise to poetic stardom. The Harbour Beyond The Movie (Salt) has been dubbed ‘original and startlingly imaginative lyrical pyrotechnics’. He is regional editor of Succour Magazine, an award-winning playwright with theatre group Pegabovine and is currently completing a PhD at Exeter University.

Valeria Melchioretto
Born to Italian parents in the German part of Switzerland, Valeria Melchioretto has been living in the UK since the early ‘90s. She was the winner of New Writing Ventures in 2005 and her debut collection of poetry was published recently by Salt. The End of Limbo is a journey through heaven and hell and back, stopping at numerous stations on the way, including iffy guest houses and ice palaces.

David Gaffney
Former teacher, lecturer, holiday camp entertainer, medical records clerk, pub pianist, debt counsellor and legal consultant David Gaffney is a master of short, short fiction. His Sawn-Off Tales (Salt) is filled with poignancy and wit – each story goes off like a tiny depth charge in the mind, leaving you with the trace memory of some new urban myth. Comic, absurd and disturbingly true.

Sascha Akhtar
Pakistan-born Sascha Akhtar is a writer, filmmaker, photographer, musician and dancer. She also teaches yoga and meditation. Her debut collection of poetry The Grimoire of Grimalkin is forthcoming from Salt. With fellow poet Anthony Joseph she runs experimental music, poetry and fiction night La Langoustine est Morte. She plans to learn Mongolian throat-singing.

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