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November 2018

Launch: Scott Manley Hadley: Bad Boy Poet

14th November 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us for the launch of Scott Manley Hadley's collection Bad Boy Poet. Bad Boy Poet is the debut poetry collection from whingy hipster blogger Scott Manley Hadley. It is a series of “confessional-style” poems describing the life of a confused and conflicted youngish man as he tries to work out who he is, following a mental health crisis and the subsequent breakdown of a relationship. Also there’s loads about poo, illness, ageing, masculinity, Pierce Brosnan, sexuality and dogs. Open…

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Semipermeable: Contemporary Literary Morphologies

15th November 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
£4

Semipermeable brings together five UK-based writers, Aurelia Guo, Felix Riemann, Matilda Tjäder, Lizzie Homersham and Vijay Kurana, along with William Kherbek, the writer of the novels Ecology of Secrets (2013) and ULTRALIFE (2016) and the poetry collections retrodiction (2016), 26 Ideologies for Aspiring Ideologists (2018) and Everyday Luxuries (2018). These writers work across a broad span of genres and engage a diverse range of subjects, what they have in common is a commitment to exploring the possibilities presented by literary…

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Dodie Bellamy in conversation with Paul Clinton

17th November 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
£5

Poet and critic Dodie Bellamy is the author of ten books and numerous chapbooks, focusing on sexuality, politics, feminism, experimentation and all things queer. This year, in recognition of her contribution to fiction, poetry and art writing, she is the subject of a season of events at contemporary art space CCA Wattis, San Francisco. Join us at Burley Fisher where Bellamy will appear in conversation with writer, art critic and Goldsmiths lecturer in curating Paul Clinton, to discuss her varied…

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Nervous States – William Davies in conversation with Suzanne Moore

21st November 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Burley Fisher Books, 400 Kingsland Road
London, e8 4aa United Kingdom
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Why do we no longer trust experts, facts and statistics? Why has politics become so fractious and warlike? What caused the populist upheavals of recent years?  William Davies’ new book, Nervous States: How Feeling Took Over The World, is an incisive, far-reaching exploration of our political landscape, charting how feelings have come to reshape our modern world. William will be joining us, in conversation with Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore, about his compelling, essential guide to the turbulent times we are living through. William…

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In Conversation: S.K. Perry | Michael Donkor | Irenosen Okojie

22nd November 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
£5

Join us for an evening of readings and discussion with S.K. Perry, Michael Donkor and Irenosen Okojie. Let Me Be Like Water is SK Perry's debut novel, published this year in the UK & US by Melville House. As well as writing, she has variously been a campaigner, a nanny, a call centre fundraiser, a gender and equalities consultant, and an educator. Sarah is currently undertaking a PhD in creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, where alongside writing a new…

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December 2018

Launch: Unknown Quantities Issue No. 6

5th December 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Unknown Quantities is an annual experimental interdisciplinary publication. Issue Nº6 is a collection of written and visual works examining notions of space and place. Through the lens of their respective practices, contributors address contemporary political economies of space and express critical ideas about perception, affect, culture and identity. Join us!

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Launch: Kingdom of Mud

6th December 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Kingdom of Mud describes the attempts of two observers (a naked eye and a loose tongue) coming to terms with the divide between their interior world and the outside landscape. Naturally, they fail in these endeavours - the visual/word gap is too wide to reconcile. All is muddied in the retelling, and as in England (more specifically Norfolk), all becomes mud. Shiri Lee Webb is a photographer based in London. Her work has been featured in Vice, Stereoscope Magazine and…

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JackedFloss

14th December 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

JackedFloss Joint book launch for Sarah Crewe & So Mayer @sarai_81 & @tr0ublemayer Friday 14 December 2018 Burley Fisher Books 7 pm. Free. Join us for solstitial ululations and feminist invocations. Mulling, dancing and revolution will be served. (Aqui)fers will be Lit(mus). Book blurbs: floss floss is an exploration of working class feminist psychogeography via flick, a woman thing, and a phantom dog named floss. The poems explore sites of erasure and loss in central and North Liverpool, and combines…

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Late opening and signing: The Gentle Author, Jane Giles and Ali Catterall

20th December 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us for an extra special late night opening and book signing featuring The Gentle Author, Jane Giles and Ali Catterall whose titles all celebrate London - its places, people and cats. THE LIFE & TIMES OF MR PUSSY - The Gentle Author Filled with sentiment yet never sentimental, THE LIFE & TIMES OF MR PUSSY is a literary hymn to the intimate relationship between humans and animals. SCALA CINEMA 1978-1993 - Jane Giles Scala Cinema 1978-1993 by Jane Giles…

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January 2019

Freeman’s Power w/ Tahmima Anam, Nimmi Gowrinathan and Elif Shafak

16 January @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

From the voices of protesters to the encroachment of a new fascism, everywhere we look power is revealed. Spouse to spouse, soldier to citizen, looker to gazed upon, power is never static: it is either demonstrated or deployed. Its hoarding is itself a demonstration. Freeman's Power is an anthology of writings on the nature of power in the unstable contemporary. To celebrate the launch of the annual we have invited JOHN FREEMAN, former editor of Granta and author of How to Read a Novelist, Tales of Two Cities, Tales of…

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Bindlestiff London launch!

24 January @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join Influx Press and Wayne Holloway to celebrate the launch of Wayne’s debut novel, BINDLESTIFF, hosted by the ever excellent Burley Fisher Bookshop in Haggerston. BINDLESTIFF is an electric novel, brimming with ideas and energy – exploring the art of storytelling, the Hollywood system, a future America and the struggles of a London adman to sell a screenplay in the City of Angels. Kick away the January blues in style – come for the book, stay for the drinks, readings…

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February 2019

LIMBO – Dan Fox in conversation w/ Claire-Louise Bennett

6 February @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Burley Fisher Books, 400 Kingsland Road
London, e8 4aa United Kingdom
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Please join us to hear Dan Fox discussing his new book, Limbo, with Claire-Louise Bennett. Limbo: In a world that demands faith in progress and growth, Limbo is a companion for the stuck, the isolated, delayed, stranded and those in the dark. Fusing memoir with a meditation on creative block and a cultural history of limbo, Dan Fox considers the role that fallow periods and states of inbetween play in art and life. Limbo is an essay about getting by when you can’t get…

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