The 30th November event in Spike Island, Bristol will mark the launch of volume one of the series, showcasing the work of three early twentieth century authors in three separate editions: Charlotte Mew, Elizabeth Bibesco, and Mary Butts.
Charlotte Mew: Perhaps the best known of the three writers, many will recognise Mew for her rich and subversive verse. Mew’s command of narrative is celebrated in our edition of her neglected short fiction – writing of such morbid allure that it forcibly draws the reader into its midst. Whether it is the detached masculinity of Baudelaire’s flaneur or the muscular aestheticism of Wilde, Mew infiltrates and interrogates the complacency of the male gaze.
Mary Butts: Occultist, pacifist, conservationist, social worker and, of course, writer, Mary Butts is probably best known for her two early novels: Ashe of Rings and Armed with Violence. Yet it is her short fiction that truly allows her distinctive and free-formed voice to flourish – stories that capture the excitement and anxiety of the interwar era, and probe capitalism’s reconstruction of the human psyche. We’re particularly pleased to be re-publishing Butt’s long out-of-print essay: ‘Warning to Hikers’, her incendiary polemic against an anthropocentric conception of space.
Elizabeth Bibesco: Daughter of a prime minister, wife of a Romanian prince and a close friend to Marcel Proust, Bibesco – like many women – is repeatedly defined by her relationship to men. We would like to help take her out of their shadows; Bibesco’s fiction marks her out as a brilliant and uncharacteristically compassionate satirist, with taut prose and a ‘genius for compression’ that puts her on a par with Edith Wharton.
This event will feature readings from the works and a panel discussion focussing on the works of the three writers, as well as the challenges involved in artistically and critically responding to the works.
Books will be on sale, artwork on display. Ticket includes drinks.
Beth Barnett is an illustrator, editor and co-founder of Hurst Street Press. Her specific interests include female writers of the short story, writing the body and disease and networks of circulation. Beth will introduce the parameters and intentions of ANON, discussing the importance of continually raising awareness of female writers and the role that small publishers can play.
Chair: Lily Green is the editor and founder of Bristol-based publication No Bindings (www.nobindings.co.uk), Lily has recently been awarded a British Council ‘new Art new Audiences’ grant, to work on a publishing collaboration with Rwandan-based Huza Press and the Kenyan literary network, Kwani? Lily’s experience places her somewhere between print-maker and publisher, with a particular interest in the role of multi-media arts within the community.
Lauren Collee has had her poetry, prose and woodblock prints published in Eyot Magazine, Draft, and IRIS II and III. She is interested in social imaginings of the natural world, and her postgraduate research explored ways in which seabirds in the Outer Hebrides resist and disrupt narrative framings of the island-wilderness. She currently works part-time assisting with the production of a radio show and podcast for a London-based community repair organisation. When she is not at work, she continues to write, woodblock, and silently interrogate the water-birds at Woodberry Down.
Grace Linden completed her art foundation year at the Royal Drawings School, and is currently at the University of Oxford studying for a BA in Classics. Her poetry has been published in the Ash Anthology, The Isis Magazine, Eyot and The Oxonian Review and was the Oxford Editor of the Mays Anthology 25. She has exhibited her work in the Dolphin gallery in St Johns College (Oxford), and in the the Ruskin School of Art.
Daniel Abdalla is working on his PhD in nineteenth-century literature and science at Wadham College, Oxford.
Helen Charman’s poems have been published in Blackbox Manifold, Hotel, Datableed and elsewhere, and are forthcoming in para·text. Her essays can be found in King’s Review, Dazed and Confused, the LRB blog and the Cambridge Humanities Review. She currently teaches undergraduates at the University of Cambridge, where she is also writing her PhD thesis on maternity and sacrifice.
We’re delighted to have poet Camille Ralphs reading from the works. Ralph’s debut pamphlet, Malkin (The Emma Press, 2015), was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Poetry Award and the Saboteur Award for Best Poetry Pamphlet. She served as 2016-17 President of Oxford University Poetry Society, won the University of Oxford’s Lord Alfred Douglas Memorial Prize, and reviews for the Times Literary Supplement.