Dear Friends of the Glue Factory
So here it is, the distinguished thing, as Henry James reportedly said in different circumstances. Not death, in this case, but the very last Glue Factory newsletter.
I've been thinking about the future and about the current list of 1000+ subscribers. Over the past month or so I've been inviting a number of indie publishers to use my Zoom account as a platform to promote new and forthcoming books and to showcase their past, current and future writers. This seems to be a good idea so in 2023 you'll get occasional invitations to such events and I hope you'll join the audience (as shall I). More of this later in the newsletter.
1. Aid for Ukraine
2. 2022 Barbellion Prize long list
3. Indie press news
4. Beckett Foundation Fellows
5. Kevin Boniface klaxon!
6. Oh no it isn't!
7. New Year gift ideas
8. Forthcoming in 2023
9. The Way Things Are Now
10. The final nudge
11. PS. Rare collector's item
Head Above Water - by Shahd Alshammari (Neem Tree Press).
Recovering Dorothy: The Hidden Life of Dorothy Wordsworth - by Polly Atkin (Saraband).
Polluted Sex - by Lauren Foley (Influx Press).
163 Days - by Hannah Hodgson (Seren Books).
Book of Hours: An Almanac for The Seasons of The Soul - by Letty McHugh (Self-published, with support from Disability Arts Online).
Chouette - by Claire Osketsky (Ecco/HarperCollins).
Hybrid Humans: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Man and Machine - by Harry Parker (Profile Books/Wellcome Collection).
The Hinge of Metaphor is a unique collection of essays on the world of Cinema, its films, actors and directors, by a spectacular array of poets, playwrights, essayists, interdisciplinary writers, novelists and academics. Includes new, exclusive work on subjects as diverse as Pete Docter’s computer-animation Inside Out, Hitchcock’s The Trouble with Harry, Panos Cosmatos’ Beyond the Black Rainbow, Olivier Assayas’ Après mai, Hal Hartley’s Amateur, Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire, Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown, the function of episodic memory in Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Amadeus as both play and film, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Psycho & hypnosis, a comparative study of Claude Sautet’s Un Cœur en hiver vs. Michael Haneke’s The Piano Teacher, mirrors in the films of Jean-Daniel Pollet, Croatian filmmaker Ivan Martinac.
Read the complete interview here. Kevin gives generous shout outs to the writers he admires: Wendy Erskine, Tim Etchells, Tony White, Sayaka Murata, Amy MacAuley, Rónán Hession and Dan Rhodes.
Solidarity with the postal workers!
FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY!
A GRAND seasonal pantomime
At 7:30pm ON tuesday 27th DECEMBER 2022
The Carthorse Orchestra Players
P E T E R P A N or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up
adapted from the celebrated play
by MR. J.M. Barrie
A Benefit Performance in aid of
THE TRUSSELL TRUST
S T A R R I N G
in the role she she was born to play
Miss Wendy Erskine
As Wendy darling
******************** That polygot phenomenon
Mr Frank Wynne
As Captain Hook
Celebrated Author and Musician
MR. Rónán Hession
as Mr. smee
The dashing matinee idle
Master SAMUEL SKOOG
As PETER PAN
Whitstable’s pre-eminent tragedian
Mr. Kevin Davey
as J. M. Barrie
FULL SUPPORTING CAST
Ooh la la! Anglo-Gallic hilarity!
Mme. Susanna Crossman
MONSIEUR ANDREW ZeC
as Mary & George George darling
Alice & Sophia
"The two daves"
Henningham & Collard
And diverting contributions from
Yorkshire’s First Family of Fun
Mr. Kevin ‘Sherry’ BONIFACE
Mrs. Georgia ‘Giggles’ BONIFACE
MISS MOLLY BONIFACE
(By kind permission of the Camel Club, Huddersfield)
That broth of a boy from the emerald isle
Mr Gavin Clarke as Pirate Murphy
Marie-Elsa Bragg * Emma Devlin * Ariel Andressen
‘The Fast Belle of Belfast’
with an instructive preamble by
Miss Melissa McCarthy
a valedictory appearance by
Miss AEA VARFIs - VAN WARMELo
Original music composed and performed by Acclaimed
empress of all the Ivories
MISS Helen Ottaway
This production contains mild peril, flashing lights and swearing
- NO REFUNDS -
The Glue Factory
1. Sunday 3rd October
Let’s see if this works - a weekly newsletter to keep the balls rolling after the end of Carthorse Orchestra, and a way to stay in touch.
The plan is to send these out every week on late Sunday afternoons.
The Glue Factory (an obvious sequel to The Knacker’s Yard) will bring to your attention the kind of things that featured in our online gatherings.
I’m open to suggestions, so please email me with anything you’d like to see included in future issues. Authors, indie publishers, press agents, creative practitioners of all kinds are welcome with open arms. Within reason.
In Search of Lost Tim
Tim Etchells delivered two mesmerising monologues at the final Carthorse gathering. He couldn’t be present in person because he was otherwise engaged, launching a huge public artwork at the Centre Pompidou. He sent a picture, which I attach: QU’Y A-T-IL ENTRE NOUS?(Roughly: WHAT IS THERE BETWEEN US?). This is one of five neon artworks dotted around the city. More details of this and Tim’s other activities here:
Congratulations to Carthorse regular Wendy Erskine, who joins singer Tim Wheeler and the poet and philosopher Denise Riley as a Seamus Heaney Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast.
More on that here:
Oddly the press release doesn’t mention Denise Riley’s astonishing Time Lived, Without Its Flow. A slender book about loss and grief described to me by the author David Hayden as ‘a cathedral in a matchbox’.
Your only man
Tony White’s hilarious short story ‘Plain Speaking’, a highlight of the last Carthorse, will be published this Tuesday to mark the 110th birthday of Brian O’Nolan, aka Flann O’Brian aka Myles nGopaleen. See Tony’s website: https://pieceofpaperpress.com/
The film maker Chiara Ambrosia (who shared her beautiful short film The Ghost Frequency about an abandoned Italian village on A Leap in the Dark last year) has a new film which will have a first screening in London’s Whitechapel Art Gallery this week. On Thursday, in fact.
And you can watch Samuel Skoog’s extraordinary and startling poetic short Aphos Collage here: https://skoogtheatre.com/2021/10/03/aphos-prologue/
The links to indie books promoted on the final Carthorse are below:
Blackstaff Press, Belfast
Emma Devlin posted this in the chat room: from the indie Belfast publisher Blackstaff Press (new to me), which includes a story she wrote about ‘a strange and wilful sea’.
Galley Beggar Press
Sagging Meniscus Press
Henningham Family Press
Books currently published by David and Ping Henningham:
The Tomb Guardians by Paul Griffiths:
Pupa by J. O. Morgan:
The Blackbird by Claire Allen:
The Lost Spell by Yismake Worku trans. Bethlehem Attfield: https://unbound.com/books/the-lost-spell
Foulness, a novel by David Henningham crowdfunding now :
Email email@example.com to express an
interest in Dedalus by Chris McCabe
And another thing…
I was unable to include this in the selection of forthcoming books from indie publishers, so here’s news from Kevin Duffy of the mighty Bluemoose Books in Hebden Bridge:
I Am Not Your Eve by Devika Ponnambalam
Devika was born in Brunei, moved to London and now lives in Edinburgh. She has an MA in Creative writing from UEA and is an award winning short film maker and her recent film of the same name was shown last year at the Poona Short Film Festival in India. She has spent 17 years writing this novel and received a grant from Scottish arts to go and do research on Tahiti where she met Teha'amana's great grand daughter.
A few words from Devika:
The idea for the book began with the painting Manao Tupapau/The Spirit of the Dead Keeps Watch. It is Paul Gauguin’s masterpiece from his first stay in Tahiti from 1891-93. In it, Teha’amana, his '12 year old' muse and lover, lies naked on his bed, looking back at him. I wanted to give her a voice, the Tahitian girl who became Gauguin’s ‘wife’ and whose story has never been told.
Gauguin died of syphilis. Was he already carrying the disease when he arrived on the island? What did she think of the painter – the man who makes human beings? What did she think of the painting that connected me to her, across time, race, and geography? What happened to her after he left? These questions, her story haunted me, and bringing her voice to the page has been my obsession for the 17 years it took to write it!
Gaugin gives her a broach and she says:
'They glint, your gift, in the half-light of this half-life, for me, your half-wife.'
It is a novel of a woman finding her voice, of being unsilenced, about European exceptionalism and the exoticisation of the islands and the islanders. It is a lyrical literary love song to the islands, its myths and legends and I can say that in the 35 years of being involved in publishing, I have never read anything like it. It moved to me to tears. Of course the Gaugin family will hate it and throw up their hands about different times but he wouldn't have wanted the same life for his 12 year old daughter back in Paris, would he?
Published by Bluemoose Books on March 28th 2022.
Dracula - the Untold Story (designed by Laura Hopkins) is now running at the Leeds Playhouse and then touring. Read the FIVE STAR review here:
Laura is working on a new website. Meanwhile here’s a slide show of her pre-pandemic work in theatre: https://vimeo.com/588511756
Latte adopters welcome
Paul Stanbridge is the genius behind Forbidden Line (his first novel, which I blogged about here:
His next novel will be My Mind To me A Kingdom Is, published by Galley Beggar Press. Between the two lies a singular creation which we shared on the last night of the Carthorse:
Encyclopaedia of St Arbuc
You know what to do, so get weaving and be part of the most outrageously original work of contemporary fiction - a book as big as the world. And the merry prankster who added my name to the landing page? Just you wait.
What the young people are doing
Finally, the ever-resourceful Jake Goldsmith has launched something which I don’t fully understand, because computers. But it’s a Very Good Thing and enables recovering Carthorsians a way of keeping in touch with one another. Here it is: https://discord.gg/qmYZuSAG
And that’s it from the Glue Factory.
Thank you all.
Let’s stick together.