The New Libertines. Year Zero on tour in 2011
“We need writing that serves up the whole of life, in the smallest microcosms maybe, single truths told in single voices, but told in the full – the ugly and the beautiful; the hopeful and the despairing; the angry and the aspiring; that wrings art, words, life itself until they offer up every last secret, every hidden pain, every unexpected and delightful pleasure; that gives life in the full. Free from judgement. Free from taboo. Free from pretence.” (Dan Holloway, The New Libertines)
eight cuts gallery is delighted to announce its 2011 New Libertines tour. The New Libertine movement, if it can be labelled a movement, stands for human experience in its glorious, messy, complex entirity, and stands against everything that is blank, bleak, and brutal, one dimensional or slick in contemporary culture, especially current literary culture. With roots that spread to burlesque, Beat, fin de siecle France and ecstatic mystics before slapping its influences around the face with a knuckle-dusting of postmodern wit and Modernist anger, New Libertinism is a celebration of light in dark corners, desire in the face of boredom, despair hidden beneath the underskirts of affluence – of everything it means to be human.
4 June 2011, Stoke Newington Literary Festival, 4-6pm at Baby Bathhouse, entry £4
13 June 2011, Albion Beatnik Bookstore, Oxford, 6pm as part of Oxfinge, entry £4
more dates tba incl The Literature Lounge at Covent Garden Poetry Cafe
slam poet extraordinaire and hammer and tongue regular
experimenter, word-twister, raconteur, friday flasher, typographer, author of A, B & E
wonderful poet and part of the ground-breaking art and poetry shawback redemptions collaboration
author of mut@tus and long time walk on water, playwright and performer extraordinanaire
Anne Witchard teaches at the University of Westminster. She is the author of Thomas Burke’s Dark Chinoiserie: Limehouse Nights and the Queer Spell of Chinatown and co-editor of Gothic London: Place, Space and the Gothic Imagination. She is currently working on a book called Lao She, London and China’s Literary Revolution which aims to redress the sidelined story of China’s place in literary modernism.