I am thrilled to be part of The Salvation Artists event in Leigh-on-Sea on Saturday 27th June 2015, 11am-9pm. It is the weekend of the famed Leigh Folk Festival so it is well worth coming down for the day! Free entry!
11am to 3pm: the space will be ran as a shop, with Henry Douanier curating. Live acts will start at 4pm.
This is the official launch of Johnny Navarro's debut novel, the superb Kill Devil Delta (Arcane's designer Matt ArtPix and Carya Gish have helped Johnny publish the book!)
I will read from The Right Place, my work in progress, and there will be copies of I Am a Muse, The Book of Thoth and Kill Devil Delta to buy on the day!
OFFICIAL PR BLURB!
Founded in Leigh-on-Sea in 1979, Crowstone were one of the most criminally underrated bands of the 1980s. So obscure were they that many journalists claimed they “couldn’t even get arrested in their home town”. They set out to prove the world wrong, and one of them actually ended up in prison! They will be singing punky-blues songs inspired by poverty, magic, the sea and the Old Town.
Crowstone are part of the official line-up of the Leigh Folk Festival and will also play at the Smack in Leigh on the Sunday.
HENRY DOUANIER (Performer)
Throughout the day founder member of Crowstone, the carnival huckster Henry, will be presenting several of his ‘strange attractions’. Will you dare peek behind the curtain at his Man Eating Fish? Have you the courage to cross the Great Galatia’s palm with silver and let him gaze into your future using his crystal ball? Will you allow his Human Jukebox to make up a song about you on the spot (for a small donation)?
ADRIAN GREEN (Poet)
Adrian says: “In a letter to his friend Dan Jones written in 1935, Dylan Thomas wrote that ‘the only politics for a conscientious artist – that’s you and me – must be left-wing under a right-wing government, communist under capitalism…’ Well, we’ve got the government, let’s get on with being the artists for the next few years and get it right (or rather left) next time!”
DAVID WOODCOCK (Music)
A Southend legend and a unique performer, Leigh Hillbilly David will be playing a selection of his music during the day. His pub-piano-led songs are small town vignettes which are ‘quintessentially English’ in the Ray Davies and Blur tradition. Joe Lamb from the David Woodcock Band will also be appearing with David (and Crowstone) and David’s albums will be available to purchase at the event.
BRADLEY JAMES YELLOP & JAY LAKER (Film)
Tombola Pictures is comprised of two filmmakers and co-founders Bradley James Yellop & Jay Laker from Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England. TP have produced five short films to date, one of which was exhibited at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in the Short Film Corner. The company have a number of other shorts in the pipeline. Brad & Jay have had a new short, Bench Marks, entered into the short film competition to be considered for Cannes Film Festival 2015.
BRAD JAMES (Poet)
Author of Reality Bytes, a heartfelt, funny, insightful, and earnest look into the heart of the modern-day middle class. Brad says: “To the people of England (and most of Wales too), you should be thoroughly ashamed of yourselves for voting in Old Etonian toff eugenicists whose social engineering is designed to obliterate the lower classes!”
GARY BYNORTH (Music)
Newcomer Gary Bynorth will be ‘singing his little heart out’ at The Salvation Artists event and his Mod-inspired look and excellent songs will give hope to those living in these difficult times.
BIBA FOX (Artist)
Biba Fox is also a member of Crowstone and has recently illustrated the book Kill Devil Delta for musician Johnny Navarro. The book is being launched at The Salvation Artists event and Biba’s artworks will be on display. As a Beaumatique (New Bohemian), Biba does not sell her work, saying: “Paid work is not the source of my self-esteem’.
JOHNNY NAVARRO (Author and musician)
Johnny will be launching his debut novel, Kill Devil Delta, partly set in Leigh-on-Sea. Kill Devil Delta is an epic mish-mash of genres: memoirs, history, politics, social issues, music, sci-fi, dystopian… all combine to create an uncompromising, thrilling read!
(Read Miss Gish's interview with Johnny HERE)
CARYA GISH (Author and publisher)
Carya Gish founded her imprint Arcane Publishing in 2012. Since then, together with designer Matt ArtPix who is responsible for all the visual input of the imprint, she has published two novels, I Am a Muse and The Book of Thoth (copies of both books will be available to purchase at the event). She is currently working on her third book, the Dorset-based The Right Place, inspired by a PJ Harvey song and the landscape of the county. She has firmly positioned herself within the ‘occulture’ coined by writer and academic Robert McFarlane in his article “The eeriness of the English countryside”.
MATT ARTPIX (designer)
Matt is a professional designer who also runs his own small venture, producing vintage-inspired art. He is responsible for all the visual imput of the independent imprint Arcane Publishing, having designed the covers of I Am a Muse and The Book of Thoth (which he has also typeset).
Matt has recently finished work on Johnny Navarro's debut novel Kill Devil Delta. He has designed the cover and typeset the book. Matt has also designed The Salvation Artists flyer and posters!
SPEAKERS’ CORNER (THE SPEAKERS IN THE CORNER)
Got something to say? Disagree with us, agree with us, want to sing a song or try and sell something? Every half an hour we will hand over a microphone and speaker to YOU the public. Please note: Like everyone else Tories won’t have to pay to get in but they may have to pray to get out!
***PLEASE NOTE. WE WILL BE FILMING DURING THE DAY FOR USE IN IN THE FORTHCOMING DEVILISH PRESLEY VIDEO ‘DEVIL GATE DRIVE’
LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE SHY AND CAMERA PHOBIC!***
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