London Literature Festival News!

11745608_1048375738508949_1090609126980349689_nI’m excited to share that I’ll be donning two guises at the London Literature Festival this October: co-conspirator (pixels and sharp angles) and moderator/fangirl (spectacles and exclamation points).

For the next edition of Local Transport, Michael Salu and I have lined up a trio of exciting artists who will explore Data and Desire. What can all the data in the world tell us about the unknowable, the intangible, the essential mystery of life? Dystopian graphic novels, love at first sight, the S.O.U.L…. Give your weekend some byte.

Friday, October 9. 20.00-21.00. Festival Village below the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre. Get more info and buy tickets.




bretRGB-300x460I’m delighted to be sharing the stage once again with Lina Wolff for the First Look Book Club, where you’ll get a preview of her excellent novel Bret Easton Ellis and the Other Dogs (translated by Frank Perry for And Other Stories). She’s one of my favorite Swedish authors. And her book. Oh. Divas. Death. Despair. Desire. Stories nestled into stories. From Mexico to Madrid. Check out an interview we did for Granta here.

Tuesday, October 6, 19.45, Foyer Spaces, Southbank Center. Get more info and buy tickets.

Join us! Local Transport: 15 January at the ACE Hotel

my dark places_LTFrom shadowy alleyways and glittering towers to fighting demons in your damp bedsit LOCAL TRANSPORT asked filmmaker JAMES BATLEY and authors ZOE PILGER and BEN LERNER to reveal their DARK PLACES.

One hour of cultural adventure, a fully-stocked bar, and communion with the darkest spirits in London. Doors at 7pm, Act One soon thereafter.

We kick off the night with a screening of JAMES BATLEY‘s short film Kneel Through The Dark, a riff on Aleister Crowley and all that is hidden, whichDazed and Confused Magazine called “elegantly laced together oneiric soundscapes, animal totems and occult motifs.”

ZOE PILGER, the novelist and art critic that Deborah Levy said “might be the heiress to Angela Carter”, will be digging deep into the pictures, words, and sounds that make up male and female realms–from an asylum to the hedgerows in your local common–and how we learn to take up space in a city. http://

BEN LERNER shows us the character that is New York in his latest novel 10:04: “the liquid sapphire and ruby of traffic on the F.D.R. and the present absence of the towers”, “bundled debt” and “trace amounts of antidepressants in the municipal water”.