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Event: Speaking about Through the Looking Glasses at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival, Sun 5 June 1pm

Book tickets here:
http://www.stokenewingtonliteraryfestival.com/snlf_events/through-the-looking-glasses/

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Pictures: Interviewing Vashti Bunyan at The Social

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May 16, 2022 · 10:08 pm

Event: Vashti Bunyan in conversation, 16 May 7pm at The Social, W1W

Ticket link here:

https://thesocial.seetickets.com/event/white-rabbit-live-vashti-bunyan/the-social/2329048

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POSTPONED – due to covid – Events: Dark Currents: An Evening of Coastal Noir with Cathi Unsworth and Travis Elborough, Thurs 21 April, 8pm, the Latest Music Bar, Manchester Street, Brighton

‘Since the days of the Regency, when prostitutes and pickpockets worked the promenades, and smugglers the coves and bays, the seaside has always had a seedy underbelly. 

And the English seaside can rightfully claim to be the birthplace of the English detective novel. It was in between examining nautical malingerers and Senior Service retirees at his medical practice in Southsea, Portsmouth that Arthur Conan Doyle wrote “A Study in Scarlet” – the tale that in 1887 bequeathed Sherlock Holmes to the world. Nearly a quarter of a century later, in Torquay, a 20-year-old Agatha Christie, recovering from a bout of influenza and bored with eking out the hours at home assembling jigsaws, created the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. 

Award-winning authors Travis Elborough and  Cathi Unsworth both grew up on the coast – respectively Worthing and Great Yarmouth. Together they will chart the seamier waters of the English seaside, ranging from Patrick Hamilton to Harold Pinter and from Graham Greene to Quadrophenia, and reading from their own works.

Cathi is the author of six pop-cultural crime fiction novels, including the brilliant Weirdo an unforgettable slice of eastern gothic set in a fictional Norfolk resort in the 1980s, and the co-author of Defying Gravity, the life and times of punk icon Jordan. 

Travis is the author of Wish You Were Here: England on Sea and Through the Looking Glasses. He hails from a family who ran a pioneering pirate-themed restaurant in Cornwall and was born in Shoreham-By-Sea and raised in Worthing. 

http://www.cathiunsworth.co.uk

https://traviselborough.co.uk

More info here:

https://www.visitbrighton.com/whats-on/dark-currents-an-evening-of-coastal-noir-with-cathi-unsworth-and-travis-elborough-p1988461

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Event: Special screening of How to Marry Millionaire + talk by me, Sunday 10 April 15.30pm, Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley

Book now for a special screening of How to Marry a Millionaire followed by a spectacle-related chat by me link here:

https://phoenixcinema.co.uk/PhoenixCinema.dll/WhatsOn?Film=14023185

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Pictures: Some photographs of the Laugharne Festival 2022

Silly Games - Dennis Bovell in Brown
Up on my flickr page

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Event: Laugharne Festival Weekend 25-27 March

I will be appearing at the Laugharne Festival, speaking to Will Burns and Emma Stonex about their novels and telling the story of vinyl and the LP with the aid of a few records from my collection.

Full details of the programme here:

https://www.thelaugharneweekend.com/programme

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Picture: Interviewing Will Sergeant and Richard Balls at the Penderyn Prize event at The Boogaloo

Picture by @jo_bartlett
Photo by @JessicaGulliver

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Event: What’s Up Doc? film screening and spectacle-movie talk, Friday 25 Feb, The House of Cinema, E17

‘Our homage to the late and great director Peter Bogdanovich is his classic screwball comedy, still absolutely fabulous in this, it’s 50th year. Heavily influenced by the Hollywood comedies of the 1930s & 40s, this sharp-witted and wacky delight not only embraces nostalgia but also breaks new ground.
We are also delighted to be welcoming back Travis Elborough, a renowned freelance writer, author and cultural commentator, who will be discussing his latest book “Through The Looking Glasses: The Spectacular Life of Spectacles” so expect lots of film references.’

Book tickets here: https://ticketlab.co.uk/events/stowfilmlounge.com#/

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Video: Clip here of me interviewing Chris Schüler at the Bookseller Crow, Crystal Palace about his book The Wood That Built London

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