London Reading


On Friday 13th July I’ll be heading down to London to do a reading with Tangerine Press and Rising, upstairs at the Betsey Trotwood. This will be the first time I’ve read in London in nearly three years, and I’ll be reading new poems from Dark Corners of the Land alongside a few Brutalist favourites.

If you fancy coming along, admission is free and there is an all-round stellar cast of underground poets on the bill. This event will be rammed to the rafters. Be there.


Tangerine Press in association with Rising magazine, present


Friday 13 July 2012. From 7pm-late. Free Entry.

Upstairs at the Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3BL





Fred Voss, a machinist for 32 years, has had three collections of poetry published by Bloodaxe Books.

He is regularly published in magazines such as Poetry Review, Ambit, Atlanta Review and Pearl, and has twice been the subject of programmes about his poetry on BBC Radio 4.

Fred is regularly invited to read in the UK, including the Ledbury Poetry Festival, and in 2011 he and his wife, poet Joan Jobe Smith, were featured readers at the University of Pittsburgh.

His latest book, Hammers and Hearts of the Gods (Bloodaxe) was selected by The Morning Star as one of the Top Seven Books for 2009.

In 2011, the third edition of the eclectic hardcover journal Dwang (Tangerine Press) included a special section of his work, with new poems, critical essay, interview, etc.

In summer 2012, World Parade Books will publish his first novel, Making America Strong.



Joan Jobe Smith is founding editor of Pearl and Bukowski Review, has been published internationally in more than 1000 anthologies and literary journals, including Ambit, Beat Scene, The North and Counterfeit Crank.

She has had more than 20 collections of poetry published (and one cookbook), including The Pow Wow Café from UK’s The Poetry Business.

This year World Parade Books will publish her memoir Tales of an Ancient Go-Go Girl.

She married poet Fred Voss on Bloomsday, 1990 and lives in Long Beach, California.



Tim Wells has cultivated a laugh that’s more like a caress. He walks properly. He does not slouch, shuffle or stumble about.

He knows that wide, floating trousers are only good for wearing on a veranda with a cocktail in your hand.

His latest collection, Rougher Yet, is published by Donut Press.



Adelle Stripe is a founding member of the Brutalist Poets and lives in Calderdale.

Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Stool Pigeon, Mineshaft, Savage Kick and Chiron Review. She has released two chapbooks on Blackheath Books and won ‘Poetry Book of the Year 2009’ at the 3:AM Magazine Awards for Cigarettes in Bed.

Her third collection, Dark Corners of the Land, is due for publication in 2012.



Jenni Fagan is a poet and novelist. Her poetry has been nominated twice for The Pushcart Prize, and won 3:AM Poetry Book of The Year in 2010.

Her debut novel, The Panopticon (William Heinemann) is part of the ‘Waterstones 11’, and was selected as one of the best debut novels of 2012 – it is now being published in France, Czech Republic, Australia, and India. USA and Canada rights were recently sold following a frantic bidding war.



Ridgwell is an enigma. His works, sought after by lit fiend collectors in the know, are hard to come by, expensive, and puzzlingly obscure.

When he burst onto the underground literary scene in 2006, he was hailed variously as an aberration, a literary thug-genius, the hard man of British writing, and an affront to all women.

Having waived his standard appearance fee of £3000, Ridgwell has stated that July’s event at the Betsy Trotwood promises to be the last reading he will ever do.

Various poetry and short story collections have been published by Blackheath Books, Kilmog Press, Bottle of Smoke Press, Grevious Jones Press.

He also writes a regular column, Diary of a Dirty Boozy Bastard, for the Tooting Free Press.


Sophie Cameron is a short poet (in height not length). Born in Yorkshire, she combines both drooping vowel sounds with black humour and real poetic observations.

Like holding a mirror up to society and talking about how nice the mirror is. Sophie has successfully swung punches at Literary Death Match and gigged with Scroobius Pip.



Musical interludes are supplied by mistress of the turntables, comedian, presenter, writer, actor and slipper wearer, Hatty Ashdown.




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