Thursday, 19 April 2012

Beautifully illustrated video - Neko Case

There's a great blog, Biblioklept which turns up all kinds of literary and musical ephemera. This video by Neko Case being an example.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Performing at Paragram Friday 13 April

I'm lucky enough to be performing with Agnes Meadows (who recently co-edited the Gothic issue with me - at Paragram, a Chertsey based event, tomorrow.

Paragram is run by Sally Blackmore, a wonderful poet and writer who has been running the event since last November. 
Writers are encouraged to submit work to her, and, apart from the possibilty of performing your work might have a chance of being included in one of their anthologies. See the Paragram website for more information.

Here is an article published by Writing Magazine about the event:

Spotlight on Paragram

Here are more details:

When?  Friday 13 April between 7.30 and 9.30pm 
Where? The Chertsey Bookshop (95-99 Guildford Street, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 9AS Tel:            01932 565495) .

We are lucky to have persuaded Agnes Meadows, internationally renowned poet and founder of Loose Muse to read from her collection and to answer questions about her writing.
How much? Tickets are £3 each, available from, from the bookshop or at the door on the night.
Other performers include: Me, Jill Taylor, John Notley, Sandra Curtin, Greg Freeman and Sue Judd.
Remember there is a new open mic ( 5 minutes per reader  hopefully) part to the evening. Anyone wanting to book a slot to read in advance should contact me by email – - to avoid disappointment.
This promises to be even better than our very successful launch in November last year so see you there…

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Funny women: Fanny Brice

Writing a humorous blog ( has made me reflect on the misconceptions around funny women. It seems as though there are always people very keen to make out that women 'just aren't as funny as men,' despite much evidence to the contrary (Tina Fey anyone?).

So today I want to celebrate on one of my favourite funny women who I discovered indirectly through Barbara Streisand's amazing performance in Funny Girl, Fanny Brice.

These two clips show her fearlessness and virtuosity, as well as being damn amusing.

It's gorgeous to be graceful

I wouldn't buy a ting  


Wednesday, 4 April 2012


The artwork above is by our amazing cover artist, Alex Gross. Have a look at some of his brilliant surreal images here: 

So excited for tonight's launch - especially because we'll be having the wonderful Jean Claude Mad Hero playing for us as well.
This video doesn't do him justice - the man deserves a proper stage!

Remember to wear something Gothic if you are coming along.
See below for details.
When? April 4
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

We're launching the 'Gothic' issue of New Trespass with the help of our brilliant contributors including: Richard Tyrone Jones, 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.

See you there!