Midwinter Memorandum

Festive greetings from the snowy moortops. Seeing as I have spent most of the year either a) locked away writing b) moving house c) living out of a suitcase – I thought it was worth sharing some of the bits & pieces I have published this year if you are curious to know more…

SHOP

I have set up a new shop page on Bookshop.org that contains links to all of my titles that are currently in print and available, plus a few books lists to whet the appetite such as Books of the Year and New Reads for 2022. Bookshop.Org is an online store for independent booksellers and authors in the UK that allows readers to order direct, thus letting us keep a healthy percentage of the sale instead of the dastardly Amazon!

ESSAY

‘Luxury Complex: New Faces in Hell’ is an essay on past-life regression, satanic panic and a hauntological group art show in Excavate!: The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall. It’s quite possibly the darkest thing I’ve ever written but had to reach the twisted depths of Mark E. Smith, H.P Lovecraft and the psychic realm to do the subject justice. It reads like a Fall LP sounds. Congratulations to editors Bob Stanley & Tessa Norton – Excavate! was Louder Than War’s #1 Book of the Year and was a Rough Trade, TimesMOJO, and Uncut Book of the Year. 

MEMOIR

Stay Alive Till ’75 is an exclusive pocket-sized edition featuring ‘The Humber Star’ poem, and two memoir pieces (or perhaps auto-fiction) set on the fringes of a religious cult in a fading East Yorkshire seaside town. It has been designed & published by Cally Callomon and is available at Ration Books, alongside new writing by Bill Drummond and Benjamin Myers. Visit their website for further info.

SHORT STORIES

Flashback: Parties for The People by The People is a fold-out publication from this year’s British Textile Biennial that tells the story of the infamous Blackburn Acid House parties. It contains a series of pamphlets including reportage, fiction, poetry and oral history by Alex Zawadzki, Anna Wood, Balraj Singh, Dorothy, Fergal Kinney & Jamie Holman. It also includes my anti-love story, ‘A Place Called Bliss’, a tale that revolves around the smalltown life of two friends and their doomed attempt to escape their daily drudge via the ecstatic promise of Blackburn’s legendary parties… in an Austin Allegro. You can order direct from Rough Trade Books

‘The Beautiful Game’ is a short story of football and shameful secrets that appeared in the debut edition of Ambit Pop (243) edited by Lias Saoudi. Copies are available via Ambit’s website

SPOKEN WORD

Sheffield’s Eccentronic Research Council have released a limited edition album soundtracking the recalled dreams (and nightmares) of friends, artists, actors, scientists, poets and filmmakers and a whole array of eccentrics and people with actual proper jobs. I was delighted to be asked to contribute a lockdown dream to this collection, it’s called ‘Adelle’s Dream’ (of course!)

JOURNALISM

If you subscribe to the Yorkshire Post, you can read some of my articles from the past year. If not, for just £1 you can purchase an Axate day pass (linked on the articles) and peruse everything in the YP’s online archive. Even the tightest Yorkshireman has to admit it’s a bargain! 

Todmorden: The Place for Good Music, Independent Shops & UFOs 

Ross Orton: Sound of Steel City 

Hebden Bridge: A Magical Town of Writers & Poets with an Independent Streak 

Andrea Dunbar: A Great Yorkshire Writer

EVENTS

I will be hosting an evening of Derek Jarman’s films at HOME on March 10thGlitterbug and The Queen is Dead will screen from 35mm prints. The event is part of Jarman at HOME: a retrospective of one of the most influential figures in contemporary British culture. 

COMING SOON

Described by Rolling Stone as a “jaw-dropping rollercoaster”, Ten Thousand Apologies is a wild tragi-comic account of the life & times of Fat White Family. I have co-written it with Lias Saoudi – the band’s lead singer – and have spent the past 18 months of lockdown interviewing, researching, writing, and stitching together the band’s extraordinary story. Visit White Rabbit to pre-order a hardback. 

AND FINALLY…

Some of you might have heard about The Gallows Pole, which is currently being adapted by Shane Meadows for BBC One. It has been a crazy few months up here in the hills, with a large cast sporting mullets, clogs and mucky faces. It is mindblowing to see how this local story of the Cragg Vale Coiners, dreamt up by Ben in our old Mytholmroyd attic, is being transformed for the screen. Following an open casting call involving 6,500 self-submitted videos, the show will also feature an ensemble of first-time actors from the area. It’s true, summat wicked this way comes…

Dreamcatcher Tapes

Sheffield’s Eccentronic Research Council have released their own super-limited edition cassette soundtracking the recalled dreams (and nightmares) of friends, artists, actors, musicians, scientists, poets and filmmakers. The release was called The Dreamcatcher Tapes Volume 1. Five years on, Volume 2 of The Dreamcatcher Tapes was born!

Across the two volumes there’s film maker Carol Morley, Andy Votel, John Doran, Benjamin Myers, Evangeline Ling from Audiobooks, Lias Saoudi, Sidonie Orielle, Wyndham Wallace and Daniel Dylan Wray amongst a whole array of musician friends, eccentrics and people with actual proper jobs.

I was delighted to be asked to contribute a lockdown dream to this collection, it’s called Adelle’s Dream (of course!)

The album is now available on cassette or double coloured vinyl from Castles in Space. Visit Rough Trade or Piccadilly Records to buy a copy.

Sacred Heart for Smagghe & Cross

One of my poems, Sacred Heart, makes an appearance on Smagghe & Cross’s new LP, 1819, via Offen Music later this month. It is taken from Cigarettes in Bed (Blackheath Books, 2008), and was recorded at Air Edel studio with Ivan and Rupert. The first installment, Cock of the North, featured on their previous album release, MA. This new spoken word track, From Sacred Heart, is available to purchase as a download or on vinyl through Offen Music, and Rough Trade etc.  

You can listen to a preview on Juno. It sounds nothing like me at all; which is just perfect. It’s a dark, drone-like excursion into the mind’s swampy sewer. Beelzebub in Pigalle.

More info at Ransom Note and Resident Advisor.

Cock of the North: Adelle Stripe with Smagghe & Cross

Described by Resident Advisor as a track that ‘snatches you out of the water’, Cock of the North appears on Smagghe & Cross’s new album MA (Offen Music). It’s a short prose piece about Tadcaster in the nineties.

The original poem – Big Weekend – is taken from my 2012 poetry collection Dark Corners of the Land

Cock of the North can be listened to on soundcloud, YouTube or via download.

Bad Blood: A Cinepoem

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.

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. 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.