Just out the Van:
Don't forget Bookslam tonight with guests including Mr. Irvene Welsh. There aren't any more advance tickets but there should be plenty on the door. Go early to avoid disappointment. Leave early to avoid hangover. Just kidding. 6.30pm, until late, £6, Book Slam @ Neighbourhood, 12 Acklam Road, W10 5QZ, food available.
Givin’ ‘em away:
Quite a hefty topic for midweek is John Gray's Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia. His new book argues that the death of utopia does not mean peace, instead it "portends the resurgence of ancient myths, now in openly fundamentalist forms." Hmmm... bandwagon jumping or a new way of interpreting the modern world, you decide - at 6.30pm, Wednesday 11 July, The Gallery at Foyles. This event is free to attend but email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve places.
A Poets Teaparty promises "ephemeral utterances of the quieter kind". Littlest Birds collective invite poets, performers, musicians and artists to entertain, fusing spoken word, electronica, folk and story telling at the Whitechapel Gallery next Thursday, 80 - 82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX, Info@whitechapel.org for more details.
Try a Bit of This:
The ancient ones plait their stories into futures for their children
The ancient ones they use their hands
to heal the backs of broken men
And I hold a pen for every ancient
Who dared not hold a fist
Against the tyranny
That sucked the life and hope out of their breasts.
An extract from Ancient Hands by Lebo Mashile, who has just been announced winner of the 2006 Pan African book prize.
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