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Influx Press at Stoke Newington Literary Festival

Last year, the year before that, and the year before that we have had the pleasure of holding events at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival.

In 2013 we collaborated with 3AM Magazine, Galley Beggar and the Lonely Coot Press. It was at the Mascara Bar and those who came will always remember it as, 'that time I saw Eimear McBride read from A Girl Is A Half Formed Thing before it was even published'. Probably.

In 2014 we did a late night, booze sodden, literary salon with Galley Beggar and 3AM again. This time the night would be less well remembered due to the amount of alcohol consumed, but with fuzzy recall you would definitely remember Nikesh Shukla reading from Meatspace before that lamb chop got on in the pages of the Broadsheets. You'd have also been captivated by the inimitable Jack Cheshire performing a cover of 'Killing Moon' by Echo and the Bunnymen.

This year, on June 6th the festival have given us a full day to programme whatever we want. This is a great opportunity for us to share the platform, or hand over our platform to other presses and organisations we believe are producing important and interesting work exploring Britain and London. We are grateful to Liz from Stoke Newington Lit Fest for giving us this space and we've put together a diverse and fascinating day.

All events will take place in the charming upstairs room at the White Hart on Stoke Newington High Street. Dangerous, you may think, given our fondness for the sauce, but rest assured, we shall maintain a professionalism right up until we don't have to.

The programme is as follows. The details aren't fleshed out, but this should provide a taster of who we've invited and who might be reading.

1-2pm: Test Centre

Test Centre is an independent publishing house and record label with an interest in the spoken and written word. Based in Hackney, East London, it was established in 2011 by Will Shutes and Jess Chandler. Test Centre's authors include Tom Chivers, SJ Fowler and Stewart Home.

"Test Centre…have returned Hackney to a state of readiness and experimental action. - Iain Sinclair

3-4pm: Unofficial Britain

Unofficial Britain is a celebration of the uncelebrated. A champion of the overlooked. A history of the forgotten. Unofficial Britain is a hub for unusual perspectives on the landscape of the British Isles, exploring the urban, the rural and those spaces in between.

5-6pm: Media Diversified

Media Diversified is a young and growing non-profit organisation which seeks to cultivate and promote skilled writers of colour. Media Diversified has provided a much needed life-line and vibrant forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences. It’s a mothership of affirmation and nurturing for writers, building resilience for the future and supporting people to take risks in tackling controversial topics and subjects that others aren’t.  It also articulates how racism works in so many areas of life, be it from colourism to the fashion industry to the recent moral panics. More positively/subversively, it considers whether having more writers of colour in the media undermines racism.

7-8pm: Squatting London: Total Shambles and Place/Waste/Dissent

Total Shambles by George F. and Place/Waste/Dissent by Paul Hawkins are both books that explore squatting culture, self-housing and the occupation of buildings for political, social and economic reasons. This event sees George and Paul discuss squatting and space in London - its history, social effects and its future.

9-11pm: Influx vs Galley Beggar: The Late Night Literary Salon

Similar to last year's salon, we have invited old pals and collaborators, Galley Beggar to join us in the evening for a book party like no other. Rounding off the day with drinks, music and readings from Influx Press and Galley Beggar authors, this is the only place to be on Saturday evening of the festival. Expect laughs, profundity and entertainment in full measure. Who knows, you might be watching the next big thing before anyone else. Or just watching Kit make worse and worse jokes as he introduces each writer into the sweet hopped heat of the night.

Life in Transit book launch!

Soon our second publication, Life in Transit by poet Sam Berkson will be released.
 
Life in Transit is a poetry collection that focuses on public transport and travel in contemporary neoliberal Britain.
 
To celebrate this, we are hosting an amazing poetry and spoken word showcase at the Arcola Theatre Tent, Dalston.
 
Featuring performances from:
 
Zena Edwards: “Brings to the modern stage the ancient qualities of the West African griots" (British Council Literature)
 
Dizraeli:2x UK poetry slam champion and BBC poetry slam winner
 
Salena Godden: “The General” of The Book Club Boutique and legend on the live poetry scene
 
Johnny Fluffypunk: Sustainable pastoral nihilist
 
and Sam himself: ‘A poet in the truest sense of the word' (Kate Tempest)
 
Hosted by Poet Curious
 
Please come and support us! It will be exceptional fun and the Arcola Tent is an incredible alternative theatre space in the heart of Dalston.
 
You can book tickets here: http://www.arcolatheatre.com/production/arcola/life-in-transit-book-launch
 
 

Acquired for Development By show 4 on Resonance FM - Hackney through three different generations

We look at Hackney through the eyes of three different generations. 1970s, 1980s and the 2000s. Stories and anecdotes from three of our writers, Eithne Nightingale, Georgia Myers and Isaura Barbe Brown. Hosted by Kit Caless and Gary Budden. [soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/51775441" iframe="true" /]

Influx Press Resonance FM show #3 (June 23rd) - Psychogeography

We discuss psychogeography, its past, present and future. Difficulties of terminology and the mainstream acceptance of certain forms of psychogeographic writing.

Featuring Stewart Home, Brendan Pickett, Gary Budden and Tim Burrows. Hosted by Kit Caless

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BBC London discussion on changes in Hackney

On Thursday, Kit was asked to come on Robert Elms' show to talk about the gentrification of Hackney and Acquired for Development By... Most of Robert's show was talking about Hackney so it's well worth listening to the first hour before the interview starts (there are a few non-related sections you can skip through should you wish).

You can listen to the show on the BBC iPlayer here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p00q9bdh/Robert_Elms_Damon_Smith_Kit_Caless_Larry_Peter_Harrison_and_New_Street_Adventure/

The section with Kit starts at around 1 hour 7 mins.

BBC, innit.

Don't forget, you can pre-order a copy of the Acquired For Development By from our online shop: http://influxpress.com/online-shop/