PEN Atlas and Funhouse present: bodies, places and spaces

Monday 22 May, 7:00 pm9:30 pm

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Swans, handsome cannibals, confronting the past in Latvia, censorship and imaginary boyfriends.

Funhouse and PEN Atlas present a series of readings that explore body, borders and place. Join us to hear the ‘delicate rhythmic trip wires’ of Kayo Chingonyi whose debut collection Kumukanda is published in June, Xiaolu Guo’s searing and rebellious memoir, Once Upon a Time in the East, exploring the everyday peculiarity of China and the UK, Eli Goldstone’s debut novel of ‘savage tenderness’ Strange Heart Beating, and the bodily writing of Sophie Mackintosh, Jenna Clake and Susannah Dickey, whose work features in the third issue of Funhouse.

The latest issue of Funhouse magazine features writing by Sarah Gerard (Sunshine State, Harper Collins, 2017), Edward Doegar (For Now, Clinic, 2017), Tobias Carroll (Reel, Rare Bird Lit, 2017) and comics from Bridget M.

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Funhouse is a new magazine of writing, illustrations and comics based in East London.

PEN Atlas is English PEN’s blog publishing weekly dispatches from around the world. Our new series of events presents a lively programme of debate and discourse for an internationally-minded audience.


 

Kayo Chingonyi is a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry and the author of two pamphlets, Some Bright Elegance (Salt, 2012) and The Colour of James Brown’s Scream (Akashic, 2016). His first full-length collection, Kumukanda, will be published in June 2017 with Chatto & Windus. As well as being widely published in journals and anthologies, Kayo has been invited to read from his work at venues and events across the UK and internationally. In 2012 he represented Zambia at Poetry Parnassus, a festival of world poets staged by The Southbank Centre as part of the London 2012 Festival. He was awarded the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and shortlisted for the inaugural Brunel University African Poetry Prize and has completed residencies with Kingston University, Cove Park, First Story, The Nuffield Council on Bioethics, and Royal Holloway University of London in partnership with Counterpoints Arts. He was Associate Poet at the Institute of Contemporary Arts from Autumn 2015 to Spring 2016.

Eli Goldstone lives in London and is a graduate of the City University Creative Writing (Novels) MA. She is the former prose editor of Cadaverine. Her debut novel, Strange Heart Beating, will be published by Granta in May 2017.

Xiaolu Guo was born in south China. She studied film at the Beijing Film Academy and published six books in China before she moved to London in 2002. The English translation of Village of Stone was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her first novel written in English, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth, published in 2008, was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. Xiaolu’s film career continues to flourish; her feature, She, A Chinese, was released in 2009 and her documentary Once Upon a Time Proletarian has been screened at international film festivals such as Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. I Am China is her most recent novel. In 2013 she was named as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists.

Sophie Mackintosh was born in South Wales in 1988, and is currently based in London. Her fiction and poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Granta Magazine, The White Review and TANK Magazine, amongst others. Her short story ‘Grace’ is the winner of the 2016 White Review Short Story Prize, and her story ‘The Running Ones’ won the Virago/Stylist Short Story competition in 2016.

 

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