Thursday, February 26, 2009

Tom Chivers book launch in London: diary date

Launch of The Terrors by Tom Chivers

Sunday 29th March
The Market Trader
50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX
Nearest Tubes: Aldgate, Aldgate East, Liverpool Street
Free entry

Drinking games & petty chit-chat from 7pm
Readings by Tom Chivers, Tim Wells, Jane Holland, Jane Commane & James Wilkes from 8pm

The Terrors is the first in a series of special mini-pamphlets from Nine Arches Press; darkly-humoured e-dispatches of crime and punishment from over the walls and across centuries....

The Terrors is a sequence of imagined emails; poetic missives from the start of the 21st century to inmates at London's notorious Newgate Prison. The emails introduce a cast of 18th century villains and their gruesome crimes: 'Half-hanged Smith'; executioner-turned-murderer Jack Ketch; the notorious Waltham Blacks.

Mimicking the tone of its primary source, The Newgate Calendar, The Terrors tacks from horror to humour, from moral disgust to the casual chit-chat of the digital generation, all the time delineating London's violent urban undercurrent in bold, energetic and sometimes shocking language.

£5 from Nine Arches (from launch date)

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