Flashback: Parties For The People By The People
More information & pre-order: Rough Trade Books (2021)
Flashback:Parties For The People By The People is a publication from Rough Trade Books that tells the story of the infamous Blackburn Acid House ‘parties’, the vital part this moment of counter-cultural history has played in the social, economic and cultural lives of the area itself, and more broadly, of the country as a whole.
Featuring essays, interviews, poetry, fiction and oral history, Flashback takes in the post-industrial landscape of the area, the impact of years of regressive politics, both local and national, the confluence of football hooligans, casuals, gang violence, and eventually, the dispersal of all that into the culture of the parties and the emergent ecstasy boom. This is a complicated rendering of time and place, told through multiple, diverse voices, and through a combination of reportage, fiction, poetry and oral history.
This fold-out set is made up of three pamphlets including Adelle Stripe’s exclusive short story, A Place Called Bliss.
Buy: Ambit Magazine (2021)
Ambit Magazine’s debut AMBIT POP is guest edited by Lias Saoudi (Fat White Family) and features cover art by Marco Livingstone, an oulipo exchange with Rob Doyle (Bloomsbury), and exclusive short stories from Benjamin Myers. There’s also poetry from acclaimed Scottish author Jenni Fagan. Art comes from the phenomenal visions of Steven Allan, Anna McDowell, and Wayne Horse, plus purple poetry by Jeremy Reed, illustrated by his frequent collaborator Neal Fox (Le Gun), and new words from Zaffar Kunial, Connor Seed, Nina Power, Vida Adamczewski and Niall Griffiths.
Features ‘The Beautiful Game’ short story by Adelle Stripe
Excavate!: The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall
Publisher: Faber & Faber (2021)
Faber presents a definitive insight into the ever-influential world of Mark E. Smith and the Fall, featuring never-before-published essays and ephemera from fans and collectors, edited by Tessa Norton & Bob Stanley.
This is not a book about a rock band. This is not even a book about Mark E Smith. This is a book about The Fall group – or more precisely, their world.
Over a prolific forty-year career, the Fall created a world that was influential, idiosyncratic and fiercely original; it was an education. Who wouldn’t want to be armed with a working knowledge of M.R. James, contemporary dance and Manchester City?
Bringing together previously unseen artwork, rare ephemera and handwritten material, alongside essays by a slate of fans, EXCAVATE! is a vivid, definitive record – an illumination of the dark corners of the Fall’s wonderful and frightening world.
Includes contributions from Michael Clark, Elain Harwood, Ian Penman, Paul Wilson, Owen Hatherley, Mark Fisher, Siân Pattenden, Dan Fox and many more.
Features ‘Luxury Complex: New Faces in Hell’ essay by Adelle Stripe
Common People: An Anthology of Working-Class Writers
Publisher: Unbound (2019)
Common People is a collection of essays, poems and memoir written in celebration, not apology: these are narratives rich in barbed humour, reflecting the depth and texture of working-class life, the joy and sorrow, the solidarity and the differences, the everyday wisdom and poetry of the woman at the bus stop, the waiter, the hairdresser.
Here, Kit de Waal brings together thirty-three established and emerging writers who invite you to experience the world through their eyes, their voices loud and clear as they reclaim and redefine what it means to be working class.
Includes original pieces from Damian Barr, Malorie Blackman, Lisa Blower, Jill Dawson, Louise Doughty, Stuart Maconie, Chris McCrudden, Lisa McInerney, Paul McVeigh, Daljit Nagra, Dave O’Brien, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Anita Sethi, Tony Walsh, Alex Wheatle and more.
Features ‘Driftwood’ memoir by Adelle Stripe
Spring: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons
Publisher: Elliott & Thompson (2016)
It is a time of awakening. In our fields, hedgerows and woodlands, our beaches, cities and parks, an almost imperceptible shift soon becomes a riot of sound and colour: winter ends, and life surges forth once more.
Whether in town or country, we all share in this natural rhythm, in the joy and anticipation of the changing year.
In prose and poetry both old and new, Spring mirrors the unfolding of the season, inviting us to see what’s around us with new eyes.
Edited by Melissa Harrison, it features original writing by Rob Cowen, Miriam Darlington, Stephen Moss, George Orwell, Clare Leighton, H. E. Bates, and fresh new voices from across the UK. This is an original and inspiring collection of nature writing that brings the British springtime to life in all its vivid glory.
Features ‘First Milk’ poem by Adelle Stripe
Untitled One: Neu Reekie
Publisher: Birlinn (2015)
A poetry anthology boasting some of the UK’s most exciting voices who have all shared the Neu! Reekie! bill. Many of the works are new, many are favourites read at the events; all are savoured, sublime, sumptuous voices within poetry already – with the exception of Aidan Moffat of Arab Strap and Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit – who are ferocious forces within music and beyond.
Contributors include: Irvine Welsh, Douglas Dunn, Liz Lochhead, Ron Butlin and Tom Leonard; as well as younger blood such as: Jenni Fagan, Hollie McNish and William Letford. Accompanying the book is a 20 track compilation album, artists include: Jesus, Baby; Emelle;The Merrylees; Stanley Odd; TeenCanteen and Young Fathers.
Features ‘Big Weekend’ and ‘Sacred Heart’ poems by Adelle Stripe