Fictions of Every Kind: Futures (recap)
26 November 2018
Our FUTURES event was an absolute belter, if we do say so ourselves.
We featured two wonderful invited speakers, Suzannah Evans and Glen James Brown, who are both documenters of different kinds of apocalypse.
SUZANNAH EVANS lives in Sheffield and her pamphlet Confusion Species was a winner in the 2012 Poetry Business book and pamphlet competition, judged by Carol Ann Duffy. She has had poems published in The Rialto, The North, Magma and Poetry Review and her poem ‘Helpline’ has been ‘Poem of the Week’ on the Guardian website. She has been a Hawthornden fellow and was one of the 2015 Aldeburgh Eight. Suzannah works as a teacher of creative writing and a poetry editor. Her debut collection Near Future was published in November 2018. GLEN JAMES BROWN is from the North East of England. He studied English at Leeds Beckett University. He is a winner of the Kate Bates Memorial Award and he lives in Manchester. His first novel, Ironopolis, set in a decaying housing estate in once-industrial Middlesborough, combines magical realism and normal realism. Described as "bold, polyphonic and daringly structured", it is now available from Parthian Books.
We had a packed list for the OPEN MIC, full of bold and inventive contributions from Martine McDonagh, Nick Allen and Ian Harker (all invited speakers at previous events), plus Andrew Lambeth, Moira Garland, Joe Williams, Abby Meyer and Alex Chadha.
And our HOUSE BAND morphed into TOMORROW PEOPLE to deliver this musical smorgasbord:
Intro - The Atrocity Exhibition / All Tomorrow’s Parties (The Velvet Underground)
100 Years - The Byrds
GNDN - Admiral Radley
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow - The Shirelles (Carole King) / Metal Mickey (Theme)
Your Face Can Tell The Future - The Flaming Lips
Thank you everyone!