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December book signings at Wrecking Ball Music & Books

It’s December, the Met Office has issued a yellow snow warning (just don’t eat it—surely?), and there’s a lot of seasonal excitement all around. In the midst of the long evenings of open log fires (three-bar electric heater), cognac (bottom shelf brandy), and the curious realisation that the narrative voice of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ had, barring repetitions, received twenty-three live birds in the course of a week, Wrecking Ball Press has just a little more joy for you…

…two, yes, two incredibly exciting book signing events.

First off, on Thursday 20th December from 6pm, we are thrilled to welcome Barney Farmer back to our fair city so he can demonstrate his joined-up handwriting for us all again.

Barney Farmer writes about things for Viz – mostly about drunken bakers, males online, and bestiality – and wrote a short film once called Who Is To Blame, although he claims that he isn’t. He uses biros. He’ll be in Hull to deface copies of his first book, Drunken Baker, and possibly anything else left within arm’s reach once he’s been given a pen.

Drunken Baker, published by Wrecking Ball Press earlier this year, received critical acclaim—or, at least, didn’t receive too much criticism from those who claim to be in the know. It is a day in the life: the decline of the independent bakery and the steeper decline of the independent bakers within it (cake and bargain booze included). It is a harsh reality displayed without apology, elbowing its way into our collective comfort zone bringing laughter (probably), tears (well, eye-watering), and the smell of stale beer (see the aforementioned eye-watering).

Leaving no time for the excitement of that particular rollercoaster ride to fade, we then have on Friday 21st December from 12-1.30pm our very own local (alright—he’s Glaswegian, but he’s been here for quite a while now) legend Dr. Brian W. Lavery.

Brian Lavery has been a factory worker, car valet, market trader, waiter, university dropout, and VAT officer (briefly—it didn’t stick). Latterly, he has been a journalist, university tutor, and writer. He knows his way around poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, has a passing knowledge of the whisky shelf, and a practical understanding of the banjo. He will be signing copies of The Luckiest Thirteen and The Headscarf Revolutionaries, two astonishing true stories from Hull’s history on the world’s stage, published by Barbican Press.

The Luckiest Thirteen tells the tale of the super-trawler St. Finbarr: the catastrophic thirteenth trip after her maiden voyage, the heroic rescue attempt, and the horror of suspense for the families waiting at home in Hull. The Headscarf Revolutionaries is the incredible story of the Triple Trawler Disaster and its aftermath, as the Hessle Road fishwives led by Lillian Bilocca fought for their men, for their lives, and for a change to the most dangerous industry on earth.

Both of these signings will take place at Wrecking Ball Music & Books, found on the East Arcade of Princes Quay Shopping Centre in Hull.

Book Launch!

Book Launch!

Mike Watts’  NEW poetry collection

Spit & Hiss

launched on 

FRIDAY 17th AUGUST
8pm

KARDOMAH94
94 Alfred Gelder St, Hull. HU1 2AN

with music, readings, and words from the author

FREE ENTRY

Spit & Hiss is available for pre-order from our shop, here.

NEW! Writing Workshops in Hull with PAD STUDIOS

Sign up here if you’re interested!

IF YOU DON’T WRITE THE STORY OF YOUR LIFE, WHO WILL?

Experienced novelist, biographer and non-fiction writer Nick Triplow provides all the structure you need in this 3 week life-writing programme. No writing experience required, just a desire to learn how to gather and record experiences in words and picture.
Workshops
The workshops will be set during the day 2.30 – 5.00pm – Weekly beginning soon. (Please ignore the start and deadline dates in this info. The workshop dates will be set when seats are full).
Location and Fee
The location is PAD STUDIOS, in Hull’s historic Old Town.  
Course fee: £90.
Event
The event will involve readings of any work in progress performed by the writer or our LIL Actors in a one-off evening performance to the LIL THEATRE CLUB audience..
Successful applicants will be notified as soon as the workshop seats are full.

HOW TO WRITE THAT PLAY, AND WHAT TO DO NEXT!   

Join leading Hull Playwright Dave Windass for a 6 week practical course on not only how to write that play, but also the nitty gritty of making it happen. Get your head where your art is and give birth to your play!
Workshops
The workshops will be set in the evenings 6.30 – 8.30pm beginnning soon. (Please ignore the start and deadline dates in this info. The workshop dates will be set when seats are full).
Location and Fee
The location is PAD STUDIOS, in Hull’s historic Old Town.  
Course fee: £195.
Event
The event will feature the best ideas from the workshop, with extracts performed by our LIL Actors in a one-off evening performance to the LIL THEATRE CLUB audience.
Successful applicants will be notified as soon as the workshop seats are full.

GRAB YOUR NEW POEMS BY THE THROAT IN POLITE COMPANY.

Reknowned local Poet Peter Knaggs will push creative and enthusiastic writers to the limit to build new mental muscles to tackle the blank page in just six sessions! 
Workshops
The workshops will be set during the day 2.30 – 5.00pm – starting soon. (Please ignore the start and deadline dates in this info. The workshop dates will be set when seats are full).
Location and Fee
The location is PAD STUDIOS, in Hull’s historic Old Town.  
Course fee: £120.
Event
The event will feature poems will be performed by the Poets in a one-off evening performance to the LIL THEATRE CLUB audience.
Successful applicants will be notified as soon as the workshop seats are full.

IF YOU LOVE WORDS YOU’LL FLIPPIN’ LOVE THE WORD CLUB!

Peter Knaggs leads a treasure hunt for gems and jewels of words to collect and share. Want your dialogue to be more vibrant? To write something fresh and different and meet people that love words just as much as you.. join us at the word club!
Workshop
The workshop will be set during the day 9.30 – 4.00pm – starting soon. (Please ignore the start and deadline dates in this info. The workshop dates will be set when seats are full).
Location and Fee
The location is PAD STUDIOS, in Hull’s historic Old Town.  
Course fee: £35.
Event
A selection of Poems from the Word Club members will be read in an evening performance to the LIL THEATRE CLUB audience.
Successful applicants will be notified as soon as the workshop seats are full.
 
 

From the Editor



Drue Heinz, March 8th 1915 – March 30th 2018.

It was with great sadness that I heard about the death of Drue Heinz. Drue was a great philanthropist and supporter of the creative arts – Literature in particular.

In the winter of 1999 I had the honour of spending a month at her writers’ retreat at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland. As I remember, I came out of the experience with only one finished poem and lots of notes for others; but the freedom and space it gave me to think was invaluable.

Drue understood that the greatest gift you could give a writer was the time to write.

Shane Rhodes.

Wrecking Ball Spring News

Toria Garbutt’s collection of poetry The Universe and Me is published by Wrecking Ball Press today. We are proud to be working with such a talented and innovative Northern voice. Available now through the website shop.

We are really excited that our next publication will be Drunken Baker by Viz’s own Barney Farmer. It will be available in hardback later in the Spring.

Good news ! The Arts Council have granted us a further year’s funding. Look out for these upcoming titles from Wrecking Ball Press in 2018…

Exire – short story collection by Helen Mort       
Spit and Hiss – poetry collection from Mike Watts
Doom 94 – Wrecking Ball’s first book in translation by Latvian author Yanis Jonevs                 

We have other publications planned from acclaimed novelist Martin Goodman, young poet Isaiah Hull, Dave McGowan, Fiona Curran, and subculture journalist Kirsty Allison.

Following on from Will Self’s appearance at the 2017 Humber Mouth Literature Festival, Wrecking Ball Press has published his pamphlet How Was Your Day? Available now through the website shop.