£6.00 + postage, September 2013, 72pp
Wayne had moved into a new flat in a King’s Cross backstreet. It was secreted yet spacious. Little did he know at that stage how many friends and random members of the public – not to mention journalists and photographers – would descend on the place, sparking salacious rumours and ensuring these ‘salons’ a place in London’s literary folklore.
Advertising the events with a hand-drawn map inviting people to ‘follow the trail of moths’, which lined the street from tube station to venue, and filling his kitchen with fine foods, Wayne gave his home over to performances from leading British poets, accompanied by savvy micro-lectures, music and art installations, spanning three nights from December to March. This book contains, in print form, a selection of the work read on those nights, as well as a complete story by writer Imogen Robertson.
Unfortunately, we were unable to reproduce the banjo interludes.
• Shortlisted for a 2014 Saboteur Award.
Featuring work by:
Rachael Allen, Mark Waldron, Matthew Caley, Tim Wells, Harry Burke, Annie Freud, Jack Underwood, Kayo Chingonyi, Camellia Stafford, Imogen Robertson, Sophie Colins, Matthew Gregory, Inua Ellams, Sam Riviere, Professor Glass, Clare Pollard.
The Wren's Death
I think everybody’s right.
A bad memory can bring you luck
like a whalebone in moonlight.
I plan to save myself through
some kind of casual association.
Not with you though. The wrong
thing is the right thing which means
the right thing’s right. My preference
is for black ink, medium script,
single spacing. But this is obvious.
In high school I was jinxed,
and no one will ever say my name
enough times to get me out of it.