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June 2019

Launch: Daddy Issues by Katherine Angel

21 June @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Burley Fisher Books, 400 Kingsland Road
London, e8 4aa United Kingdom
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Please join us for the launch of Daddy Issues by Katherine Angel, the new book in the pocket essays series by our very own Peninsula Press! An essay on fathers and feminism In the wake of #MeToo, we have begun to talk more openly about the widespread harm inflicted by men on women. But little has been said about the fact that many of these men are also fathers. Bold, challenging and nuanced, Daddy Issues examines the place of fathers in contemporary…

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Launch: Try To Be Better – Prototype

28 June @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Prototype invites you to celebrate the launch of Try To Be Better – a multi-disciplinary publication that celebrates and responds to the idiosyncratic creative practice of the poet W. S. Graham through the lens of experiment and process. Presenting their work on the night will be contributors including Astrid Alben, Edwina Attlee, Tom Betteridge, Holly Corfield Carr, Lauren Doughty, Aisha Farr, Natalie Ferris, Lucy Mercer, Aimée Parrott and Denise Saul, alongside reflections from the book’s editors Sam Buchan-Watts and Lavinia…

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July 2019

New Work 75: Mira Mattar, Oliver Corino and Rebecca Bligh.

4 July @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

New Work 75 Please join at Burley Fisher Books this Thursday 4 July at 7.30pm for the latest New Work event, featuring readings by Mira Mattar, Oliver Corino and Rebecca Bligh. New Work is an ongoing series of events organised by Maija Timonen and Aurelia Guo, hosting readers working across various disciplines of writing. Doors 7.30pm for readings starting 8.00pm. Publications from all authors for sale at the store. £4 -- Mira Mattar writes fiction and poetry. She has recently…

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Unheard: Live at Burley Fisher Books

5 July @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Four of London's freshest composers present brand new pieces performed by top musicians in an intimate independent bookshop. At Unheard, we believe that some music doesn't belong in the concert hall. We bring exciting experimental music into intimate and unexpected venues across the capital and invite audiences to experience something that's new for them and never before heard by anyone else. Also, its completely free! This concert features work by Matthew Lomax, Antonio Sa Dantas, Dan Samsa and Thomas Foster.…

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Irreplaceable: Julian Hoffman in conversation with William Atkins

9 July @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
£5

Please join us for an evening of conversation about wildness, connection and the ecologies and cultures of place, as Julian Hoffman and William Atkins read from and discuss their new books. Irreplaceable: All across the world, irreplaceable habitats are under threat. Unique ecosystems of plants and animals are being destroyed by human intervention. From the tiny to the vast, from marshland to meadow, and from Kent to Glasgow to India to America, they are disappearing. Irreplaceable is more than a…

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Launch: Starling Days by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

11 July @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for the launch of Starling Days - the moving new novel from Desmond Elliot-shortlisted author of Harmless Like You. ‘Starling Days is a beautifully weird portrayal of being alone together, millennial ennui, bisexuality and hybrid identity. It captures the brilliance and isolation of big cities as well as the struggle and strength to keep on going. A singular novel from the poetic and painterly mind of Rowan Hisayo Buchanan.’ Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti Mina is staring over…

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Brixton Review of Books: Summer Launch Issue 6

12 July @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us for the launch of Brixton Review of Books Summer Issue! There will be a host of readers, drinks, merriment and copies of the magazine will be available. Will Eaves, Jen Calleja and Thomas Bunstead will all be reading on the night. Thomas Bunstead is a writer and translator living in East Sussex. He has translated some of the leading Spanish-language writers working today, including Agustín Fernández Mallo, Maria Gainza and Enrique Vila-Matas, and his writing has appeared in…

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Launch: Elastic by Johanne Bille: In conversation with Octavia Bright

25 July @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us for the launch of ELASTIC, a new novel by Danish author Johanne Bille, tr. Sherilyn Hellberg, published by Barbican-based Lolli Editions. Johanne Bille will be in conversation with Octavia Bright. When Alice is with Mathilde, her experience of the world shifts, as though Mathilde brings with her a force that charges everything around her: the park bench, the sticky linoleum floor of the supermarket, their interlocked hands, the buttons on a winter coat. But Mathilde is also…

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August 2019

Reading & conversation with Savannah Knoop, Lee Relvas, Linda Stupart & Isabel Waidner

1 August @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Savannah Knoop, Lee Relvas, Linda Stupart & Isabel Waidner for a very special queer literary salon at Burley Fisher. Featuring readings from the authors’ works followed by discussion, Q&A and signing.   Savannah Knoop is a New York-based artist, performer, and writer.  They are the author of the memoir Girl, Boy, Girl: How I Became JT LeRoy (Seven Stories Press), and co-wrote the screenplay for the film ‘JT LeRoy’, starring Kirsten Stewart and Laura Dern (premiering in the UK…

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Launch: Treatment by Adrian Bridget

2 August @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us for the launch of Treatment, the debut novel by London-based writer Adrian Bridget. The event will feature a reading of an unpublished text by the author. The book will be available for purchase on the night for the first time. ‘A parody of a mouth: say, a mouth-theatre, say it.’ Operating on the peripheries of a pathological discourse, Treatment penetrates the interstices of modern queer consciousness to medicate a multiheaded body of work. With no cure in…

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In conversation: Mary Jean Chan and Amelia Abraham

8 August @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
£4

To mark the release of her debut collection Flèche with Faber & Faber, Forward Prize-shortlisted poet Mary Jean Chan will be in conversation with Amelia Abraham, author of Queer Intentions: A (Personal) Journey Through LGBTQ+ Culture (Picador, 2019).   Both Mary Jean and Amelia will read from and discuss their recent publications.

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Children’s Book Reading: The Night of the Full Moon by Melisande Potter

10 August @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Please join us for a children's book reading and activity morning with Melisande Potter. Melisande will be reading from her book The Night of the Full Moon, an adventure story about two friends, a turtle and a grasshopper. There will also be an introduction to the author's own story  on how Jamaican culture inspired her writing. The activities will be created by choosing a subject from the story to draw and colour with pencils. All materials provided. Ages 5-10.  

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