Future fiction and poetry
at The Whitechapel Gallery
Thursday 8 November
Doors 7pm, readings from 8pm
Salt Margins closes its doors for 2007 with a hefty dose of future fiction
and poetry. There's a return journey for the outrageously talented Luke
Kennard and first-time Whitechapel forays for poets Valeria Melchioretto and
Sascha Akhtar. Plus 'sawn-off tales' from David Gaffney. Joining the hosts
of East London's most exciting literary residency are the editors of Succour
Magazine, celebrating their sixth issue 'The Future'.
Whitechapel Gallery, 80-82 Whitechapel High Street (Tube: Aldgate East)
Since his recent nomination for the Forward Prize for Best Collection, 26
year-old Luke Kennard has enjoyed a meteoric rise to poetic stardom. The
Harbour Beyond The Movie (Salt) has been dubbed 'original and startlingly
imaginative lyrical pyrotechnics'. He is regional editor of Succour
Magazine, an award-winning playwright with theatre group Pegabovine and is
currently completing a PhD at Exeter University.
Born to Italian parents in the German part of Switzerland, Valeria
Melchioretto has been living in the UK since the early '90s. She was the
winner of New Writing Ventures in 2005 and her debut collection of poetry
was published recently by Salt. The End of Limbo is a journey through
heaven and hell and back, stopping at numerous stations on the way,
including iffy guest houses and ice palaces.
Former teacher, lecturer, holiday camp entertainer, medical records clerk,
pub pianist, debt counsellor and legal consultant David Gaffney is a master
of short, short fiction. His Sawn-Off Tales (Salt) is filled with poignancy
and wit - each story goes off like a tiny depth charge in the mind, leaving
you with the trace memory of some new urban myth. Comic, absurd and
Pakistan-born Sascha Akhtar is a writer, filmmaker, photographer, musician
and dancer. She also teaches yoga and meditation. Her debut collection of
poetry The Grimoire of Grimalkin is forthcoming from Salt. With fellow poet
Anthony Joseph she runs experimental music, poetry and fiction night La
Langoustine est Morte. She plans to learn Mongolian throat-singing.