A heartening and intimate book launch last night at The Arts House in Bristol. There were stunning readings from poets Sarer Scotthorne & Sam Berkson.
It was really good to see the experimental film by John Smith & Jocelyn Pook, Blight, before I read some poetry from Place Waste Dissent.
Big thanks to all who came, to the publishers Kit & Gary (Influx Press) and to Antonia for the great venue. It was also brilliant to catch up with some old friends from the No M11 Link Road campaign, dissenting stalwarts of the Claremont Road protests, including film-maker, photographer and contributor to the book, Julia Guest. There is a London launch of Place Waste Dissent at Brick Lane Bookshop on Dec 5. It’s free and there’ll be readings starting at 7.30 from Sarer, Lucy Furlong, George F. and Paul. Straight afterwards it’s the Influx Press Xmas drinks party. Hope to see you there.
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You can now pre-order Place Waste Dissent at publishers Influx Press from today here
It’s out on Nov. 12th. There will be a launch event in London and Bristol, details to be announced shortly …
This feature length documentary presents the inside story of the No M11 Campaign, recounting 15 months of direct action against one of the most controversial schemes in the history of British road-building; the battle for Wanstead’s George Green, the Wanstonia eviction and the celebrated roof top protests of 1994. Against a backdrop of growing resistance to the Criminal Justice Act it charts the emergence of CLAREMONT ROAD as an extraordinary symbol of cultural defiance & for the first time tells the story of what became the most expensive eviction in British history. Featuring the music of The Levellers, Zion Train & The Clash.
Dir: Mayyasa Al-Malazi & Neil Goodwin (85mins)
Brilliant. It both inspired me and gave me a much needed boost in energy and commitment
STEVE PLATT New Statesman
The struggle of people against power, is the struggle of memory against forgetting…
As part of the Place, Waste and Dissent project and drift along the A12 from Redbridge to Leyton tracking what was the M11 Link Road with publisher and editor Gary Budden of Influx Press and poet/best friend/camera wizard Sarer Scotthorne. Someone suggested I read some poems from Claremont Road (2013 Erbacce Press) whilst standing in what is left of Claremont Road, Leyton E11.
So I did.
It was emotional.
We laughed, we cried, we smoked and we thought about place, waste and dissent – all the time remembering, remembering, remembering…
From the Contumacy collection