Launch of FREAKSLAW by Jane Flett
Launch of FREAKSLAW by Jane Flett
Launch of FREAKSLAW by Jane Flett
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Launch of FREAKSLAW by Jane Flett

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Tue 30th July

6.30-9pm

 

It’s the summer of ’97 and the Scottish town of Pitlaw is itching for change.

Enter the Freakslaw – a travelling funfair populated by deviant queers, a contortionist witch, the most powerful fortune teller, and other architects of mayhem. It doesn’t take long for the Freakslaw folk to infiltrate Pitlaw’s grey world, where the town’s teenagers – none more so than Ruth and Derek – are seduced by neon charms and the possibility of escape.

But beneath it all, these newcomers are harbouring a darker desire: revenge.


And as tensions reach fever pitch between the stoic locals and the dazzling intruders, a violence that’s been simmering for centuries is about to be unleashed…

Described by Chelsea G. Summers as “the glittery punk offspring of Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love and Angela Carter’s Nights at the Circus”, Freakslaw is a queer literary horror about chosen family and the risks it takes to become the person you want to be.

Jane will be in conversation with So Mayer about toxic masculinity, maximalist joy, and the importance of queer excess. The night will feature a reading, discussion, audience Q&A and book signing.

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Jane Flett is a Scottish writer who lives in Berlin. Her fiction has been commissioned for BBC Radio 4, featured in Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, Highly Commended in the Bridport Prize, and performed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. She’s one half of the riot grrrl band Razor Cunts and a founder of Queer Stories Berlin. Freakslaw is her first novel.

So Mayer is a writer, publisher, bookseller, organiser and film curator. Their first collection of short stories Truth and Dare is out now from Cipher Press, and was long listed for the 2024 Republic of Consciousness Prize. Their recent books include A Nazi Word for a Nazi Thing, a book-length essay on queer films, bodies and fascism for Peninsula Press, and their most recent collaborative projects are Space Crone by Ursula K. Le Guin (Silver Press), The Film We Can’t See (BBC Sounds), Unreal Sex (Cipher Press), and Mothers of Invention: Film, Media and Caregiving Labor. So works with Silver Press, Burley Fisher Books and queer feminist film curation collective Club Des Femmes. 🐦@Such_Mayer.