We are also proud to be joined by The Red Box Project on this evening at Rough Trade East.
The Red Box Project is a community-based, not-for-profit initiative, which aims to support young people throughout their periods by providing red boxes filled with free period products to local schools. The aim is to provide free menstrual products to any young person that may struggle to access it.
Please bring any menstrual products to donate to the Red Box Project on the evening and check out the great work they do HERE.
6.00pm Doors & bar open + book collection + Red Box Project
6.30pm Introduction from Nina Hervè (Rough Trade Books)
6.45pm Emma Warren in conversation with both Charlotte Newman and Ana da Silva
7.15pm Martha Sprackland reading
7.30pm Salena Godden reading
7.45pm Ana Da Silva live performance
8.15pm On-stage finishes / meet the speakers / bar open
9.00pm Finish / store closed
Ana da Silva is a founding member and songwriter of the pioneering post-punk band The Raincoats. Across four daring full-length records, The Raincoats helped shape the timeless notion that punk is what you make it to be—an act of raw expression, not any one sound. The Raincoats have offered creative and spiritual inspiration for several generations of artists, cited as a formative influence by Kurt Cobain, Carrie Brownstein, Bikini Kill, and Sex Pistols’ John Lydon. They set a crucial precedent for feminist work within a DIY punk context, marked all the while by Ana’s poetic lyrical style and innovative noise guitar playing.After The Raincoats’ hiatus in 1984, Ana collaborated with The Go-Betweens on their single Bachelor Kisses and she formed the band Roseland together with This Heat’s Charles Hayward. She wrote music and collaborated with choreographer/dancer Gaby Agis on Shouting Out Loud and Undine and the Still performed at Sadlers Wells, Riverside Studios, ICA and Almeida Theatre, London, and she wrote the music for Channel 4 film Freefallin 1988.Ana returned to songwriting and performing with The Raincoats after Kurt Cobain invited them to tour with Nirvana shortly before his untimely death in 1994, and they released an album Looking in the Shadowsin 1995 on DGC and Rough Trade.In 2005, Ana released her solo debut, The Lighthouse—a self-recorded collection of spare, elegant experiments in electronic indie-pop on Chicks on Speed’s label. And in 2017 she collaborated with Japanese electronic performer Phew on the forthcoming album, Island to be released September 2018.
Salena Godden is one of Britain’s foremost poets whose electrifying live performances have earned her a devoted following. Her latest poetry collection, PESSIMISM IS FOR LIGHTWEIGHTS, was published by Rough Trade Books in July 2018 in the first Rough Trade Editions series. The anthemic title poem ‘Pessimism is for Lightweights’ is currently a pubic poetry art piece on display at the Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol. 'Pessimism is for Lightweights' was in the Rough Trade Top Ten Books of 2018.
Earlier books include the poetry collections UNDER THE PIER (Nasty Little Press) and FISHING IN THE AFTERMATH: POEMS 1994-2014 (Burning Eye), and the literary childhood memoir SPRINGFIELD ROAD (Unbound). Her essay ‘Shade’ was published in the ground breaking and award winning anthology THE GOOD IMMIGRANT (Unbound). Her live poetry album LIVEwire was released with indie spoken word label Nymphs and Thugs, this work was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award, and also made the shortlist for a Saboteur Award and the Jerwood Compton poetry fellowship.
Charlotte Newman was born in Surrey in 1986. She was educated at Selwyn College, Cambridge and Birkbeck, University of London. She won the inaugural Sabotage Award for Best Poetry Pamphlet in 2013 and was featured in The Salt Book of Younger Poets in 2011. She was highly commended in the Forward Prizes 2017 and was featured in the Forward Book of Poetry 2018.
Her literary criticism has appeared in The Observer, The New Statesman, Poetry Review, Poetry London and The Dark Horse, among others; she was shortlisted for The Scotsman’s Allen Wright Award for theatre criticism. Charlotte works in public affairs and PR. She is the author of Selected Poems (Annexe, 2012) and Trammel (Penned in the Margins, 2016).
Martha Sprackland was born in 1988. She is editor at Offord Road Books, associate editor at Poetry London, and a founding editor of multilingual arts zine La Errante. She was previously assistant poetry editor at Faber & Faber, and before that was co-founder of Cake poetry magazine. Her own poetry has appeared widely; she is a poet-in-residence for Caught by the River, and writes a column for Five Dials. A debut pamphlet, Glass As Broken Glass, was published by Rack Press in 2017, and a first full collection is forthcoming.
Emma Warren has been documenting culture since her friends started Jockey Slut magazine in the 1990s. She has written extensively, made radio documentaries and created the Steppas Delight compilation for Soul Jazz . She currently has a radio show on Worldwide FM and runs Counterpoint, a monthly night putting young London jazz musicians behind the turntables. Her first book Make Some Space is coming out on her new publishing company Sweet Machine and she has a pamphlet forthcoming on Rough Trade Books about new London jazz collective Steam Down.