Eze Chimalio has supplied another free download of one of his early works. Gao dates from 1987 and can be downloaded by clicking here.
In the 15 years I’ve known Jude Cowan Montague, she has continually surprised and delighted me with the scope and variety of her creative talents and endeavors. In this, her brand new book of poetry and art, she does not in any way stray from the path I am always anxious to be led down.
One can almost hear birds singing in the background as you read through her breezy, descriptive, sweet, funny tales. The many interstitial works of art, be they paintings, drawings, mixed media or decoupage, are equally evocative and colorful.
Take a trip to Terre Rouge with Jude. You’ll make a lifelong friend.
This is a collection where the reader sits beside the artist at work as visual recorder but also wordsmith, taking playful leaps with language and inventing new, experimental forms, all with great assurance. It is a personal, affectionate and quietly political exploration of a culture where the writer herself is an outsider. The language is fluid, musical and visceral and is complemented by sketches and notes, which, just like the poems to which they refer, repay each time they are revisited.
An exquisite collection – I found the poems very moving, and the pictures are a delight.
(author of the bestselling One Moment, One Morning)
I love notebooks, and collect them, sometimes using them immediately, but more usually keeping them reserved for some unknown future project – believing that a particular style of book will suit perfectly a particular project. I imagine coming across, on the shelf of a stationers, art, or charity shop, the last stock of writing or drawing books no longer produced, which naturally, I buy.
The drawings in this book were made whilst living in Quebec in 2012, where I found notebooks known as Cahier d’exercises and immediately loved the division of the pages – a space for drawing above lines for writing. These Cahier d’exercises are also known as Cahier de catéchèse, once widely used in schools for Catholic instruction. All the ideas for the drawings here were initially noted down – no matter how fleeting, or incomplete – in small notebooks – later, I ‘tried out’ the drawing in a large hardcover sketch book to see if the idea ‘had legs’. Those that did, were redrawn – ‘decantered’ – into a Cahier de catéchèse – a journey, from one notebook to another – the drawings eventually filling four of these books, from which 35 are featured here.
Two e-books from Eze Chimalio are now available to download for free from Dark Windows Press. Melancholia is a Flower and La Rampa are two films produced by Dark Windows Press author Chimalio. The two books include the storyboards, synopsis and notes for the two films which are to scheduled to be released on DVD with a range of extras in 2014.
Here are the links for your free downloads:
A call for papers to be included in a forthcoming anthology on Leonora Carrington:
The inspiration of the ‘For Myra, For Iris’ cover was a Czech book cover from the 1930s. From the Smithsonian Institute Library collection.
George Bernard Shaw
Obráceni kapitána Brassbounda
Cover design and typography by Ladislav Sutnar; drawing on title page by Zdenĕk Kratochvíl for Obráceni kapitána Brassbounda (Obráceni kapitána Brassbounda) by George Bernard Shaw. Praha, Břetislav M. Klika, 1932.
Neil Coombs was on the Radcliffe & Maconie show today on BBC 6music, he had a suggestion for ‘The Chain’, spoke about his lunch, the Surrealist Cookbook and egg cubing. You can listen here for 7 days from today.
Neil is 1hr 17mins into the programme, just after Marvin Gaye.
The final publication for 2012, Edward Knight’s For Myra, For Iris is due to be published before the year is out. Hopefully just before Christmas in a very limited initial run of just 50 copies.
Through a one-way mirror, which hangs in a toilet, which sits on a train, Arthur is observed by a team of unknown researchers. He is commuting on this train, though to where, if he is forced to consider it, he is not quite sure.
He observes a sleeping man, overhears a prattling nurse and talks with a young girl, and then the train crashes.
His quest to find meaning in his survival leads him through the inkier boroughs of the city and his mind.
Lost in this foggy hinterland he finds himself writing of another man in another place, a character who is perhaps more real than Arthur understands…
Charlotte Barnes has written a rather nice review of The Fluxus President – it can be found on Sabotage Reviews. Here is an extract:
The Fluxus President is a fine example of literary art that will inevitably draw attention to itself, for its uniqueness if nothing else. Berridge has succeeded in making a name for himself with this first novella, creating something that is not only an interesting read, but also something that incorporates and explores vital messages about literature and, more importantly, experimental literature, which seems to be becoming increasingly under-rated. For anyone remotely interested in art writing, this book is most definitely for you.