Ryan Gattis and Marlon James: From Burning Riots to Close Shaves
Thursday 27 August 8:45pm – 9:45pm
Named a Top 5 Festival Event by The Skinny: “There seems (quite rightly) to be a legal requirement for every reviewer of Gattis’s LA riots-set novel All Involved to use the word ‘visceral’ at some point, while Marlon James’ recent writing combines ghosts, beauty queens and stories of Keith Richards’ drug dealer. Enough said.”
Jura Unbound: Sounds of the City
Friday 28 August 9:00pm – 11:00pm
“Three writers with stunning novels read gritty stories of urban cities, streetfighting men and women, packing heat and punches. Marlon James’ atmospheric A Brief History of Seven Killings tells of the attempted assassination of Bob Marley; Ryan Gattis’s visceral All Involved follows LA gangs after the ’92 riots; and Lisa McInerney’s mischievous The Glorious Heresies sees a group of misfits mishandling a murder. And to add a little something extra to the evening we have music from Yorkston Thorne Khan (aka Suhail Yusuf Khan (Saranghi), James Yorkston (Guitar) and Jon Thorne (Double Bass).”
Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series:
Postcards from Guantánamo
Saturday 29 August 5:30pm – 6:15pm
“Shaker Aamer arrived at Guantánamo Bay in 2002. Since then, 779 men have been detained there but only 7 have been convicted. Shaker is the last remaining former British resident at the prison camp, despite having been cleared for release, and has spent over 11 years behind bars without access to his family. Today the work of Shaker and other detainees is read by: Ryan Gattis and M G Harris.”
Ryan Gattis & Stik: The Power of the Picture
Saturday 29 August 8:45pm – 9:45pm
“Novelist Ryan Gattis is Creative Director at UGLAR, an LA-based street art collective. Stik is a street artist from London who has risen from the underground graffiti scene to international recognition for his compelling images of stick figures. Together they explore the power of visual storytelling and the role it plays in empowerment, protest and free speech for those who struggle to find a voice.
Part of our Stripped 2015 series of events.”
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