Friday, 23 March 2012

Launch of the Gothic issue of New Trespass

We're launching the 'Gothic' issue of New Trespass with the help of our brilliant contributors including: Collin Kelly, Izzy White Sarah Reilly, Dzifa Benson, Joel Toledo, Katrina Naomi, Lorraine Clarke, Maria Gregoria, Nick Field, Sue Johns as well as our inimitable guest ed. Agnes Meadows.

Poetry, short fiction and blood red wine! Dress code is (of course) Gothic, so be sure and whip out the velvet corsets and top hats!

Here's a taster of the issue which is due out shortly (will be available from

Where?  L’Osteria Wine Bar, which is attached to the L’Osteria Restaurant at 57 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8PP 

What time? 7:30pm
The Gothic issue

This issue has been an opportunity to delve delightfully into the dark side. With Gothic mania over recent years embracing teen angst (Twilight et al) and vamps being a little overexposed, guest editor (the marvellous Agnes Meadows) and I, decided to eschew all things fanged. Instead we’ve got gargoyles, the Cross Bones cemetery, fertility dolls from artist Lorraine Clarke as well as interviews with authors like Nicholas Royle, whose new book First Novel will be out early next year.

Elsewhere, poet Richard Tyrone Jones gives us an extract from his bittersweet and hilarious play in which he talks about his near-death experience due to heart disease. One of our favourite (and very Gothic) photographers Iza Gonzalez has taken the pictures for our gorgeous photo story, as well as the Sexuality piece on Japanese Rope Bondage, a practice that is both disturbing and strangely compelling, as you’ll see from the pictures.

Ex-psychologist and now writer Guy Mankowski writes about the dark side of the psyche and his new novel, while our cover artist the immensely talented Alex Gross gives a new slant to the idea of Gothic, with his eerie Victorian picture cards, re-imagining the unknown figures as super-heroes. 
There is, of course, much more to indulge in with poetry, art and more interviews with the likes of Mario Petrucci, Joni Deehan, Merlin Evans, John Constable, Izzy White, Deborah Mo, Sarah Reilly, Joel Toledo, Sue Johns, Katrina Naomi, Nick Field, Collin Kelley and Maria Gregoria.

I'd love to see some of my internetty friends, although the venue is smallish so get there early if you want to grab a

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