Divided Cities with Bahriye Kemal, Paul Scraton and Gary Budden
May
28
7:30 PM19:30

Divided Cities with Bahriye Kemal, Paul Scraton and Gary Budden

If you know where to look, urban landscapes provoke us to journey through the melting pots of ideas, cultures and histories built into its concrete. Writers Bahriye Kemal, Paul Scraton and Gary Budden share vivid portraits of their cities, from militarised borders, from remembering divided pasts and places more imagined than real.

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Love, Loss and Blueprints: Shiromi Pinto in conversation with Will Wiles (Stoke Newington Literary Festival)
Jun
9
1:00 PM13:00

Love, Loss and Blueprints: Shiromi Pinto in conversation with Will Wiles (Stoke Newington Literary Festival)

Join two novelists writing about the architects, designers and urban planners who design the way we live, interact and enjoy space. Shiromi Pinto is the author of Plastic Emotions (Influx Press) a novel about the life of two architectural greats: the forgotten feminist Minnette de Silva and the infamous Swiss modernist Le Corbusier. Will Wiles is the author of Betty Trask winning Care of Wooden Floors, The Way Inn and the recently published Plume (all 4th Estate). 

£4 ENTRY

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Heavy Lifting: How Contemporary Small Publishers are Changing the Face of Publishing (Stoke Newington Literary Festival)
Jun
9
3:00 PM15:00

Heavy Lifting: How Contemporary Small Publishers are Changing the Face of Publishing (Stoke Newington Literary Festival)

Four founders of the UK’s most influential contemporary independent publishers discuss how UK publishing is changing. In 2018, a significant number of major UK literary awards were won by books published by small independent publishers, and writers are increasingly turning to boutique presses for editorial care and publication. Why are smaller publishing houses having such big impact on literary culture, what can we do to make sure they survive and what lies ahead for readers who crave a more diverse and interesting publishing landscape? Featuring Elly Millar from Galley Beggar, Valerie Brandes from Jacaranda, Kit Caless from Influx Press and Crystal Mahey-Morgan of OWN IT!

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Writing Urban Space, with Paul Scraton, Gareth E. Rees, Ashley Hickson-Lovence + ONE TBC (Stoke Newington Literary Festival)
Jun
9
5:00 PM17:00

Writing Urban Space, with Paul Scraton, Gareth E. Rees, Ashley Hickson-Lovence + ONE TBC (Stoke Newington Literary Festival)

What is the relationship between imaginative writing and the built environment? From William Blake through to Iain Sinclair to Laura Oldfield Ford, literature has constantly sought to engage with, and transform, the urban spaces in which we live. Contemporary writers discuss the ways in which we explore these environments and how we write, imagine, and dream them: Paul Scraton (Built on Sand), Gareth E Rees (Car Park Life, Marshland) and Ashley Hickson-Lovence (The 392).

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A Sense of Place: how citizens of the world write about location - Greenwich Book Festival
Jun
15
2:00 PM14:00

A Sense of Place: how citizens of the world write about location - Greenwich Book Festival

  • QA075 (Edinburgh Room), Queen Anne Court (map)
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Where we come from, where we live and who we love: there’s no escaping the importance of place and identity in the 21st century. It matters how we talk about them and how we feel about them and there’s no one better placed to explore such questions than writers. This panel will look into what it means to belong, what it means to be a citizen of the world and the fascination of location.

Featuring Paul Scraton (Built on Sand), Deirdre Shanahan (Caravan of the Lost and Left Behind) and Gonzalo C. Garcia (We Are the End).

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Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

Book Benefit for the Hackney Homeless

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On March 27th, Burley Fisher and local publisher Influx Press are hosting a book benefit night for Hackney charity North London Action for the Homeless, alongside independent publishers such as Granta, Canongate, Atlantic, Jacaranda, Influx, Peninsula, OWNIT! and Open Pen, with more to be added later.

The event will have local authors Tahmima Anam, Ashley Hickson-Lovence and Wayne Holloway plus a guest spot from Women’s Prize shortlisted novelist Meena Kandasamy reading from their work. 

Books donated from 10 selected publishers will be available for audience to buy for 50% off RRP, beers will be provided by local brewery Five Points, and wine from a local merchants  – with all proceeds going to NLAH.

North London Action for the Homeless has been operating for over 26 years in Hackney, providing free three course meals and support for the homeless, including hair cuts, health checks and clothing. Helena Smith from NLAH said they were “thrilled” to be involved and are looking forward to the event.  

Join us for the evening to buy books, talk to authors and publishers, raise money for and celebrate the work of North London Action for the Homeless. 

Please RSVP to Burley Fisher: rsvp@burleyfisherbooks.com

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Eerie Imaginings
Feb
8
6:30 PM18:30

Eerie Imaginings

Hosted by editor and author Gary Budden with Influx Press, join us for an evening of films, readings and photography exploring the weird and the eerie to celebrate Adam Scovell’s new novel composed around vernacular images, Mothlight. The two are joined by photographer and visual artist Ellen Rogers, and writer and performer Soma Ghosh.

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Bindlestiff Launch @ Burley Fisher
Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

Bindlestiff Launch @ Burley Fisher

Join Influx Press and Wayne Holloway to celebrate the launch of Wayne’s debut novel, Bindlestiffhosted by the ever excellent Burley Fisher Bookshop in Hackney.

Bindlestiff is an electric novel, brimming with ideas and energy – exploring the art of storytelling, the Hollywood system, a future America and the struggles of a London adman to sell a screenplay in the City of Angels.

Kick away the January blues in style – come for the book, stay for the drinks, readings and laughter. 

Praise for Bindlestiff:

A devastating vision of what America is becoming, wrapped up in a compelling and compassionate fable of what it is today.
Krishnan Guru-Murthy


Hip, funny and aware, a sharp satire and phantasmagorical romp of almost obscenely impeccable reference.
– Chris Petit, author of Robinson

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Sep
30
4:45 PM16:45

Paul Scraton at Ilkley Lit Fest

Germany’s Baltic coastline is a place of breath-taking beauty, the former Cold War dividing line between East and West and the setting of some of the darkest moments in 20th Century German history. Lancashire born, Berlin-based travel writer Paul Scraton blends travelogue, history, family memory and fiction in an unsettling, moving mythology of this place and its people.

Buy tickets here:

http://www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk/events/46-ghosts-on-the-shore-paul-scraton

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How The Light Gets In Launch at Burley Fisher
Jun
14
7:00 PM19:00

How The Light Gets In Launch at Burley Fisher

Join us at the ever magnificent Burley Fisher bookshop in east London for the launch of Clare Fisher's new, incredible short story collection, How The Light Gets In

There will be some guest authors reading (tbc but of top quality, naturally) and a chance to hear Clare read from her work, which is a great experience in itself,. Then you can buy the book and have some drinks. 

Francis Spufford said of Clare's work: "If fiction was a language, Clare Fisher would be one of its native speakers". 

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Narrating London with Eley Williams, Kit Caless and Gary Budden
Jan
31
7:00 PM19:00

Narrating London with Eley Williams, Kit Caless and Gary Budden

Join editors Kit Caless and Gary Budden along with author Eley Williams in a special discussion about London writing. How do we find new ways of writing about the capital? How do we step away from the shadow of all those great books that have come before us?

Book tickets here: http://www.bishopsgate.org.uk/event/988/Narrating-London

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Journeys through Memory, Belfast - Marcel Krueger & Paul Scraton
Nov
23
6:00 PM18:00

Journeys through Memory, Belfast - Marcel Krueger & Paul Scraton

Join Marcel Krueger (Babushka’s Journey) and Paul Scraton (Ghosts on the Shore) at The Winding Stair as they talk about their travels through central and eastern Europe, give readings from their books and discuss their related themes, from family memory to how we tell the stories of the past.
 

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Journeys through Memory, Dublin - Marcel Krueger & Paul Scraton
Nov
21
6:00 PM18:00

Journeys through Memory, Dublin - Marcel Krueger & Paul Scraton

Join Marcel Krueger (Babushka’s Journey) and Paul Scraton (Ghosts on the Shore) at The Winding Stair as they talk about their travels through central and eastern Europe, give readings from their books and discuss their related themes, from family memory to how we tell the stories of the past.

More info here.
 

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Jeffrey Boakye at the Black Cultural Archives - From Bass culture to Grime
Oct
26
3:00 PM15:00

Jeffrey Boakye at the Black Cultural Archives - From Bass culture to Grime

In conversation with Jeffrey Boakye, author of Hold Tight a new book about being Black, British and born after 1980, we discuss the evolution of Black British music. Join the hot debate about where grime sits in music's histography and dispel the myths and disconnection between generations.

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The Ecchoing Green: with Chris McCabe, SJ Fowler & Tom Jeffreys
Jul
13
7:00 PM19:00

The Ecchoing Green: with Chris McCabe, SJ Fowler & Tom Jeffreys

This event will explore Tom Jeffrey's Signal Failures, published by Influx Press, which provides, through a walk along the proposed route of HS2, a wide-ranging critique of humanity’s most urgent failures.

This event will celebrate Chris McCabe's ongoing publication project with Penned in the Margins, following In The Catacombs and Cenotaph South, with new work responding to Kensal Green Cemetery.

This event will see the launch of Worm Wood / in / Old Oak, a new pamphlet of poems by SJ Fowler, published by Sampson Low, written about the Cemetery and its impending neighbour, the Old Oak development.

An evening of readings and discussion with three of the UK's most interesting presses, poets and writers.

FREE ENTRY

http://www.theenemiesproject.com/wormwood
http://www.influxpress.com/signal-failure
http://www.pennedinthemargins.co.uk/

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Hold Tight at Rough Trade Records (Brick Lane)
Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

Hold Tight at Rough Trade Records (Brick Lane)

Tuesday 27th of June we are launching Jeffrey Boakye's Hold Tight at Rough Trade East (Brick Lane) from 6:30pm - 9pm.

We will also have a panel discussion on the themes of the book (starting at 7pm); black masculinity, millennial culture and grime's influence on youth featuring the following: 

Kieran Yates - journalist and broadcaster who has covered the grime scene for many years.

Doc Brown - rapper, comedian, author.

Krucial Kidd - Grime MC with Aftershock, now making waves again with a come back.

and Jeffrey, of course. 

Please book the night off and come down to Rough Trade to celebrate with us, buy a book, buy some records, have a drink and enjoy yourself. 

RSVP to Kit - kit@influxpress.com

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London Radical Bookfair 2017
Jun
24
12:00 PM12:00

London Radical Bookfair 2017

Join us for the London radical bookfair!

Radical booksellers, publishers, artists and activists of all stripes are setting up in the Great Hall at Goldsmiths University to host the the 2017 London Radical Bookfair.

With over 130 exhibitors and 20 guest speakers, this will be a unique gathering of progressive readers, thinkers and doers, in a celebration of radical publishing and politics.

The free event is organised by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB), which formed in 2011 to raise awareness of the radical book trade. The fair provides an annual opportunity to bring Britain’s radical booksellers together to meet in person with publishers and the reading public.

And it’s also an opportunity for us to host award ceremonies for the ARB’s two annual book prizes — the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing and the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award. Shortlisted authors from the two awards will give talks and participate in panel discussions throughout the day.

As in previous years, we’ll be showcasing the depth and breadth of radical publishing. While there are currently other book fairs dedicated to progressive titles, they tend to focus on tightly defined political traditions. The aim of the London Radical Bookfair is to be a broad church that brings together these traditions and make them accessible to a wider audience.

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Ghosts on the Shore
Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

Ghosts on the Shore

Join us at Burley Fisher for the London launch of 'Ghosts on the Shore: Travels along Germany's Baltic Coast' by Paul Scraton, published by Influx Press.

Paul will be joined by editor Gary Budden for a conversation about place, the stories of the Baltic and the themes raised in the book. There will be some readings, and Gary will host a Q & A.

About the Book:

Germany’s Baltic coast. A place of escape, of carefree summer holidays, of spa towns and health retreats. A place where some of the darkest stories of 20th Century German history played out.

Inspired by his wife’s collection of family photographs from the 1930s and her memories of growing up on the Baltic coast in the GDR, Paul Scraton set out to travel from Lübeck to the Polish border on the island of Usedom, an area central to the mythology of a nation and bearing the heavy legacy of trauma.

Exploring a world of socialist summer camps, Hanseatic trading towns long past their heyday and former fishing villages surrendered to tourism, Ghosts on the Shore unearths the stories, folklore and contradictions of the coast, where politics, history and personal memory merge to create a nuanced portrait of place.

About the author:

Paul Scraton is a writer and editor based in Berlin. Born in Lancashire, he moved to the German capital in 2001 where he has lived ever since. He is the editor-in-chief of Elsewhere: A Journal of Place and his essays on place and memory have been published as the pocket book The Idea of a River: Walking out of Berlin by Readux Books in March 2015, and in Mauerweg: Stories from the Berlin Wall Trail, published by Slow Travel Berlin in 2014 to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Among other publications, you can find more of Paul’s writing on place on Caught by the River and in hidden europe magazine

www.influxpress.com/ghosts-on-the-shore
www.burleyfisherbooks.com
@InfluxPress
@underagreysky

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Ghosts on the Shore: Book Launch and Film Screening
Jun
16
7:00 PM19:00

Ghosts on the Shore: Book Launch and Film Screening

Join us at FC Magnet for the Berlin launch of 'Ghosts on the Shore: Travels along Germany's Baltic Coast' by Paul Scraton, published by Influx Press.

Paul will be joined by editor Gary Budden for a conversation about place, the stories of the Baltic and the themes raised in the book. There will be some readings, and Gary will host a Q & A. We will also be screening a short film by Eymelt Sehmer, inspired by the book.

About the Book:

Germany’s Baltic coast. A place of escape, of carefree summer holidays, of spa towns and health retreats. A place where some of the darkest stories of 20th Century German history played out.

Inspired by his wife’s collection of family photographs from the 1930s and her memories of growing up on the Baltic coast in the GDR, Paul Scraton set out to travel from Lübeck to the Polish border on the island of Usedom, an area central to the mythology of a nation and bearing the heavy legacy of trauma.

Exploring a world of socialist summer camps, Hanseatic trading towns long past their heyday and former fishing villages surrendered to tourism, Ghosts on the Shore unearths the stories, folklore and contradictions of the coast, where politics, history and personal memory merge to create a nuanced portrait of place.

https://www.influxpress.com/ghosts-on-the-shore
http://www.fcmagnetbar.de/
@InfluxPress
@underagreysky

https://www.facebook.com/events/416892642016848/

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