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‘Good evening, we are The Fall"

flierHow do you feel about gramophones, poetry fans? Vinyl? The Fall? Kick-ass poeming? Look no further; I have something for you that brings these four things together in a way that reminds me a little of Avengers: Assemble, only with less mythical hammers and flying.

On Saturday 22nd June, I’m delighted to tell you that Nasty Little Press is hosting a short literary cabaret* on the top floor of Norwich’s Keir Hardie Hall, before our friend DJ78 plays all his old Fall records on the original vinyl.

Reading on the night will be Luke Wright (The Vile Ascent of Lucien Gore And What The People Did), John Osborne (Most People Aren’t That Happy Anyway), Martin Figura (Arthur) and Hattie Grünwald (Nasty Little Intro #6).

And if the promise of all that NLP talent and the mad gramophoning skillz of DJ78 weren’t enough to have you camping outside Keir Hardie Hall tomorrow on garden furniture with thermoses of soup and sleeping bags, here’s something else:

It’s FREE.

Yep, don’t say we don’t treat you good, poetry fans. It all kicks off at 8:00pm and promises to be a fantastic night, so make sure it’s firmly in your diary, or on your calendar, or felt penned on your hand, depending how you roll.

*Am I the only person who, on hearing the words ‘literary cabaret’, imagines books wearing jaunty hats and high-kicking? Oh, just me again. OK then.

Reassuring News from NLP

So I don’t want to upset you, but recently, JLS split up*. And Reese Witherspoon got arrested. And People magazine ran with the headline ‘Suri Cruise Gets Bangs!’ (that’s a fringe, UK readers, in case you were wondering).

Other stuff happened too, of course, but in these crazy, mixed up times, it’s reassuring to know that the sun continues to rise (whether or not we get to see it), E4 continues to show The Big Bang Theory over 50% of the time and over at NLP, high quality poetry books continue to hit the (metaphorical and literal) shelves and continue to garner great reviews.

hattieIn New Pamphlet news, I’m delighted to introduce you to Hattie Grünewald, whose excellent work is showcased in NLP’s sixth Nasty Little Intro. Beginning her career at the age of four with the awesomely named Naughty Teddy, Hattie was Foyle Young Poet of the Year in 2009. She has had her work published in The Independent, YM and Myths of the Near Future, and in 2010 one of her poems was published on London Underground trains as part of the Young Poets on the Underground scheme. She is twenty years old and is currently studying English and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, while watching cooking shows, dressing as a giant boob for charity and running the UEA Feminist Society in her spare time. Hattie’s Nasty Little Intro #6 is available to buy now from the NLP website.

In other NLP-related Good News, Martin Figura’s Arthur was reviewed recently by Sphinx as both ‘honed, concentrated poetry that does a lot, convincingly, in a small space’ and ‘sensitive, sad, and in places arresting.’ Head over here to read the review in full!

As always, you can keep up with NLP here on the website and on our facebook page. Lots of our poets are touring or performing at the moment, very possibly at an arts centre or festival near you. Check out the links to their various websites and blogs on their profile pages.

*Though the TV just told me that they’re going to be doing Deal or No Deal soon. You’re welcome.

The NLP Arrival Announcer

Here’s a question for you: what’s the name of the guy who stands in the doorway at balls, finds out the name of each arrival and announces them as they walk in? I tried to find out and the internet failed me. Until someone comes up with a better name, I’m going to go with Arrival Announcer. That’s me, right now. The Nasty Little Press Arrival Announcer. Of course, in my head, there’s an actual ball room and I sound a little like Lumière from Beauty and the Beast, but that might be a discussion for another time.

So let’s get on with the announcing. Last week I announced the arrival of Tristram Fane Saunders and his Nasty Little Intro #5, and today I have two new books to tell you about, both of which are available to buy right now from the NLP shop.

elvisFirst, I am delighted to introduce you to Elvis McGonagall: stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary and recumbent rocker. In print for the first time ever, Elvis’s poems challenge our politicians and the people who make decisions for us, our obsession with pop culture (do NOT get him started on Jeremy Clarkson. Or actually, do. It’s pretty entertaining), and our reliance on consumerism. A regular both on Radio 4 and at comedy clubs and music festivals, Elvis is one of Britain’s favourite live performers and we’re thrilled to welcome him and his debut pamphlet Mostly Dreich to the NLP family.

Last, but by no means least, I’m also really pleased to introduce you to Arthur by Martin Figura (whose Boring The Arse Off Young People is also still available here on the NLP website). Developed in conjunction with Roaming, an exploration by seven artists of the geography, fables and peoples of East Anglia, Arthur is a narrative sequence of poems detailing the life of an odd, but happy young man whose life is changed forever when the Second World War breaks out.

By the end of this year, Nasty Little Press will have published ten books, and even with this little flurry, we still have two to come! Keep your eyes open for news of our final festive arrivals; I think I might need to get me a big cane to bash on the floor for the occasion. And maybe some kind of frock coat…