The Short, Reckless Life of Andrea Dunbar: Black Teeth Reviewed in The Spectator

Books

There’s a fantastic review of Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile by Andy Miller in this week’s Spectator:

“Stripe’s novel mixes fiction and biography in a manner that brings to mind the work of the late Gordon Burn. It fizzes like two Disprin in a pint of cider. The author’s voice and Dunbar’s mingle to create not just a portrait of an artist — funny, mischievous, reckless and truthful — but also divisions of class, geography and opportunity which continue to shape this country. You can read it in an afternoon and should; there are too few British novels as effervescent or as relevant as this.”

09/12/2017

Gordon Burn Prize

Books

Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile is shortlisted for the 2017 Gordon Burn Prize. This news has made me happier than Rita and Sue watching House of Fun on a pink leather sofa.

Here’s a bit of info from New Writing North if you’re curious to find out more…

In the spirit of the Gordon Burn Prize, the shortlist is far-reaching, eclectic and provocative. It includes two debuts, four works of fiction and two of non-fiction, with a third of the list published by two small presses as the resurgence of the independent publisher in the UK continues.

“The Gordon Burn Prize shortlist continues to showcase some of the most interesting contemporary writing in its wide-ranging selection of titles. Six titles were selected by judges Petina Gappah, Allan Jenkins, Ian Sansom and Cosey Fanni Tutti to go forward:

  • Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile by Adelle Stripe (Wrecking Ball Press)
  • Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova (Granta Books)
  • First Love by Gwendoline Riley (Granta Books)
  • The Long Drop by Denise Mina (Harvill Secker)
  • This Is Memorial Device by David Keenan (Faber & Faber)
  • This Is the Place to Be by Lara Pawson (CB Editions)

Ian Sansom, one of the judges, commented:

‘Gordon Burn was unique and the Gordon Burn Prize is unique. It recognises what so many prizes fail to recognise: that literature, like all art, is in a constant process of reinvention and renewal and that the novel is a truly bastard form. The Gordon Burn Prize is a celebration of the art of possibility. This year’s shortlist includes hybrid works in many forms – autofiction, memoir, biography, travel writing and crime — and draws attention to brilliant and truly inventive work that might otherwise be overlooked. All ye that are weary and heavy burdened, gaze upon these works and wonder!’

The winner of the Gordon Burn Prize 2017 will be announced at Durham Book Festival on Thursday 12 October 2017. Tickets are on sale from the Durham Book Festival website from 10 August.

Discover the titles at gordonburnprize.com”

Remembering Brutalism

Books, Poetry

Beulah Devaney has written a retrospective of The Brutalists in Vice Magazine this week:

“Adelle Stripe, Ben Myers and Tony O’Neill; three Myspace-centric Northern writers who wrote poems called things like “Piss Town” and opened their January 2007 manifesto with: “We are the brutalists – fuck you”. Brutalism rejected what its founders considered the homogenisation of mainstream publishing, calling for “raw”, “honest” fiction and declaring that; “[The] only maxim we adhere to is an old punk belief, which we have bastardised for our own means: Here’s a laptop. Here’s a spell-check. Now write a novel…”

The Year of Reading Women

Books

I am honoured to be included in Joanna Walsh’s Read Women 2014 list of 250 female writers you must read this year.

The recent campaign, based on a series of Cartes de Voeux (a French tradition of New Year cards), features five illustrated bookmarks by Joanna Walsh of Gertrude Stein, Deborah Levy, Simone de Beauvoir, Marguerite Duras, Anne Carson and Djuna Barnes.

To read more about the campaign follow the twitter hashtag #readwomen2014 or visit the Guardian’s article online: “Female authors are marginalised by newspapers and literary journals, and their books are given ‘girly’ covers. Take action against this inequality by making sure the next book you read is by a woman…”

Bad Blood: A Cinepoem

Art, Books, Film&TV, Music, Poetry

It has been a year in the pipeline so I’m delighted to finally share Bad Blood – a collaboration with filmmaker Martha Jurksaitis (Cherry Kino) and C.A.R. (Chloe Raunet).

The poem is taken from my collection Dark Corners of the Land, it was recorded by Chloe in her studio at home in Dalston, and was mixed in Paris. This is the first time I’ve done a spoken word track, it reminds me of Mogwai. Chloe recently appeared on Gesaffelstein’s LP, and she’s about to release a new single ‘Spitfire’. Check out her video HIJK. It’s quite special.

The analogue film was made on Super-8 by Martha, with footage shot in Finland. It was developed in the dark room at Patrick Studios. It’s quite Watcher in the Woods. Martha is the Queen of Wondermental Cinema, and lives in Shipley. You can see some of her films here. Enough to set your mind alight. The film has just made the official selection for the 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge [DLX], Feb 6-16th, 2014 at Naherholung SternchenMore details can be found here.