The bascule chamber is the large, brick-lined space that houses Tower Bridge’s huge counterweights. As the saying goes, festivals abhor a vaccuum: I am delighted to be working with composer Tom Wilson on a commissioned new work that will attempt to take full advantage of the bascule chamber’s unique acoustics. Inspired by the history of the Royal Menagerie at the nearby Tower of London, we are lucky enough to have the Ben See Group performing the finished work for the Totally Thames Festival, curated by Iain Chambers.
The piece will be performed as part of a great programme of contemporary music on both Sat 24thand Sun 25th Sept at these times: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm. Tickets can be bought here(but please do note performances are subject to change up to 24 hours before due to the working nature of Tower Bridge — some terms & conditions here.) A nice hat-tip from Time Out here, and from Sound and Music here.
Edit: Teasered in The Evening Standard and online at The Cusp‘s round-up for September!
This week sees the bookshop launch of An Unreliable Guide to London, the new anthology that ‘brings together 23 stories about the lesser-known parts of a world-renowned city’. With tales of the capital’s haunted taxidermy, wind nymphs in South Clapham tube station and sleeping clinics in Islington, I am delighted to have a piece nesting in its pages; not wanting to give too much away, purple and purpleness features heavily and featheredly.
Other authors include M John Harrison, Chloe Aridjis, Gary Budden, Yvvette Edwards, Courttia Newland, Will Wiles, Noo Saro-Wiwa, Nikesh Shukla, Juliet Jacques, Salena Godden, Stephen Thompson, Irenosen Okojie, Sunny Singh, Paul Ewen, Tim Burrows, George F., Gareth E. Rees, Aki Schilz, Tim Wells, Koye Oyedeji and Stephanie Victoire. If not spotted in the wild bookshelves of the outside, you can buy direct from the publishers Influx press here.
Edited to add: Chirpy nod in the East End Review, as well as generous mention in Time Out, Buzzfeed’s ’31 Incredible Books You Simply Must Read This Summer’ listicle(alongside Sarah Moss, Lauren Elkin, Dave Eggers and Eimar McBride!), as well as throughtful asides courtest of The Lonesome Reader blogger and the neverimitate site.