Thanks to everyone who came down to the New Libertines reading at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival yesterday. It was sold out and the stewards were turning people away at the door which was good news for us, I suppose, though disappointing for people who couldn't get in. I'm sorry if you were one of them. Details of more events here.
The event marked the launch of The Zoom Zoom, a new anthology of poetry and prose by writer and artist Penny Goring. Her writing is beautiful, dirty, sexy, sad and wonderful. There are some samples of her writing on her site here and extraordinary images and videos which she has sourced on the internet (and acknowledged) and matched to lines from her poems here. You can buy the book in paperback or for your Kindle in the UK and the US. Interesting Q&A with Penny here. There's a fantastic film of her poem, Temporary Passport, performed by Penny and animated by Ashleigh Nankivell - it was shown at the Liverpool Biennial last year:
As well as Penny's book, which I bought and started reading last night, I'm reading Dove Season by Johnny Shaw, who I met in New York last week. Dove Season won't be published until September but I'm reading the free teaser chapters on my Kindle. Johnny is a playwright and screenwriter and Dove Season is his first novel. He's an interesting man and it was fun to spend time with him in New York. I love what I have read of his book so far - it's beautifully written, with an engaging first-person narrator and some wry observations about the southern California desert/Mexican border where the book is set. Johnny teaches screenwriting and I know there are quite a few playwrights and screenwriters who read this blog so I'll see if he'll do a Q&A with me about his work some time. If you like the sound of Dove Season you can pre-order the paperback in the UK and the US and/or download the free teaser chapters from the Kindle store in the UK and the US.