Browsing Archive: March, 2012

Christine Brooke-Rose

Posted by Ken Edwards on Friday, March 30, 2012, In : writing 
When I started the Reality Street Narrative Series, I devised some copy for the page of this website devoted to it - which you can find here - trying to give it some context. This included my necessarily highly selective listing of writers of out-there fiction whose influence I perceived to be crucial.

Well, selective or not, it was an unforgivable lapse on my part to forget to include Christine Brooke-Rose, who has recently died. Gifted writers outside the mainstream in Britain face enough ma...
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Denise Riley first in a decade

Posted by Ken Edwards on Monday, March 26, 2012, In : Reality Street 


Denise Riley has published her first poetry since Reality Street's Selected Poems more than a decade ago. "A Part Song" is an elegy or lamentation in different modes, following the death of her son in 2008, and appears in the London Review of Books (9 February).

Denise has also written an essay associated with this, Time Lived, Without Its Flow, published as a chapbook by Capsule Editions.

Fellow Reality Street author Peter Riley (no relation) reviews both at The Fortnightly Review. (He interpr...
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Burnt gorse

Posted by Ken Edwards on Thursday, March 22, 2012, In : Hastings 


A large area of gorse and heather caught fire on the East Hill, overlooking Hastings Old Town, yesterday evening (21 March). BBC Sussex reports that firefighters managed to put out the conflagration, though not before some houses 
below on Tackleway and All Saints Street were evacuated as a precaution. My picture was taken this morning - you can see that there is still some smouldering.

(PS: And in the background you can glimpse the remains of another, more serious fire: Hastings Pier, this wee...

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Jerwood opening in Hastings

Posted by Ken Edwards on Thursday, March 15, 2012, In : Hastings 
After years of eager anticipation and sometimes bitter wrangling, the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings Old Town opens this weekend (17 March). The gallery has been developed by the Jerwood Foundation to house its collection of British 20th century and contemporary art, and is part of a regeneration project which includes the creation of new open space and community facilities by the local council.

 

I last wrote about this almost exactly two years ago, when antipathy among some locals including a pr...
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Small press firebombed

Posted by Ken Edwards on Friday, March 9, 2012, In : undetermined 
Shocking news has reached us that the office of Vancouver's New Star Books was hit by an arson attack in the early morning of 7 March.

Thankfully, no-one was hurt, but water damage has ruined much of New Star's stock, including all copies of the fifth printing of Lisa Robertson's Debbie: an epic.

Reality Street was the UK co-publisher of Debbie (of which a few copies remain here), as well as Lisa Robertson's subsequent book The Weather. We are due to co-operate again with New Star in the next y...
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Ken Edwards This blog is written by Ken Edwards, co-founder and editor/publisher of Reality Street, and it's mainly about the press. Ken's personal blog can now be found at http://www.kenedwards.eu/