Little Island Press authors David Hayden and Russell Person will be reading and in conversation with the inimitable Eley Williams (Attrib. & Other Stories) at Burley Fisher Books.
Praised by the likes of Eimear McBride and Kevin Barry, David Hayden is one the most imaginative writers at work today. Darker with the Lights On, his first collection, is a giddy, absurd, bleak yet hilarious look at a world not quite our own.
We are delighted to welcome David to the store, delighted more so because it was he who, some 22 years ago, opened this very branch.
The second in our brand new poetry series, featuring published poets alongside rising stars and emerging talent, is a collaboration with Little Island Press.
Presented by co-curator Victoria Adukwei Bulley, the evening will feature readings from Irish poet Daniel Roy Connelly and Melissa Lee-Houghton.
Published widely, Daniel was the winner of the 2014 Fermoy International Poetry Festival Prize, a finalist in the 2015 Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing Prize and winner of the 2015 Cúirt New Writing Prize for poetry. He is the author of Extravagant Stranger: A Memoir (Little Island Press, 2017) and a pamphlet, Donkey See, Donkey Do (Eyewear, 2017)
June Caldwell and David Hayden visit the ILS to discuss their latest volumes of short stories and the short story form.
From one of Ireland’s most grindingly authentic and radically original talents, Caldwell’s Room Little Darker explores the clandestine aspects of modern life through jagged, visceral tales of wanton sex, broken relationships, homelessness and futuristic nightmares.
The stories in David Hayden’s Darker With The Lights On are driven ceaselessly, hypnotically forward by a powerful narrative force, the stories in this debut collection pull off that rare trick of captivating the reader, while twisting the form into truly new shapes. Comprising compelling stories made memorable by an imagist’s flair for photographic observation and unsettling, often startling, emotional landscapes, Darker With the Lights On introduces a new and brilliant talent.
To celebrate the publication of Gordon Lish’s new fiction White Plains: Pieces & Witherlings (Little Island Press, 2017), Little Island Press and Hotel co-host an evening of readings on and around the works of Gordon Lish, with writers reading from their own works and from this new collection. Chaired by David Winters, the program will include readings from Claire-Louise Bennett, David Hayden, Will Eaves and will conclude with a pre-recorded reading from Lish himself, broadcast exclusively on this occasion.
Little Island Press launch at the London Review Bookshop, with Freddie Mason, Neilson MacKay, David R. Slavitt and Floyd Cheung.
Join us at Conway Hall, London for the annual FREE VERSE Poetry Book Fair on Saturday 17th September 2016. (http://www.poetrybookfair.com/). There will be books!