ROUGH TRADE EDITIONS brings together the very highest calibre of artists, writers, poets, musicians, photographers, illustrators and thinkers producing work relating to their relationship with the counter-culture.
ROUGH TRADE EDITIONS brings together the very highest calibre of artists, writers, poets, musicians, photographers, illustrators and thinkers producing work relating to their relationship with the counter-culture.
Adelle Stripe was born in 1976 and grew up in Tadcaster. Her debut novel, Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile, is based on the life of playwright Andrea Dunbar. It received the Society of Authors’ K Blundell Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize. Adelle is a founding member of the Brutalist Poets and has published three poetry collections. Her journalism has appeared in The Quietus, Caught by the River, and New Statesman. In a previous life she worked as a chatline hostess, window dresser, and was the manager of Selfish Cunt. Her recent publications include Common People: An Anthology of Working-Class Writers, and an essay in the forthcoming Excavate: The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall.
Amanda de Frumerie is an artist and an illustrator living in Stockholm. Her practise moves between imaginary landscapes in the forms of board games, maps and detailed ceramic sculptures. In recent years she has collaborated with the Swedish publishing company BCNVT, drawing and writing for books about music, as well as collaborations with bands such as Death and Vanilla. Her work often involves ideas of specific places, memory and childhood, always with miniscule details and tactile surfaces, inspired by fairy tales, medieval miniatures and Japanese woodcuts.
ANA DA SILVA is a founding member and songwriter of the pioneering post-punk band The Raincoats. Across four daring full-length records, The Raincoats helped shape the timeless notion that punk is what you make it to be—an act of raw expression, not any one sound. The Raincoats have offered creative and spiritual inspiration for several generations of artists, cited as a formative influence by Kurt Cobain, Carrie Brownstein, Bikini Kill, and Sex Pistols’ John Lydon. They set a crucial precedent for feminist work within a DIY punk context, marked all the while by Ana’s poetic lyrical style and innovative noise guitar playing.
After The Raincoats’ hiatus in 1984, Ana collaborated with The Go-Betweens on their single Bachelor Kisses and she formed the band Roseland together with This Heat’s Charles Hayward. She wrote music and collaborated with choreographer/dancer Gaby Agis on Shouting Out Loud and Undine and the Still performed at Sadlers Wells, Riverside Studios, ICA and Almeida Theatre, London, and she wrote the music for Channel 4 film Freefall in 1988.
Ana returned to songwriting and performing with The Raincoats after Kurt Cobain invited them to tour with Nirvana shortly before his untimely death in 1994, and they released an album Looking in the Shadows in 1995 on DGC and Rough Trade.
In 2005, Ana released her solo debut, The Lighthouse—a self-recorded collection of spare, elegant experiments in electronic indie-pop on Chicks on Speed’s label. And in 2017 she collaborated with Japanese electronic performer Phew on the forthcoming album, Island to be released September 2018.
André Naffis-Sahely is the author of The Promised Land: Poems from Itinerant Life (Penguin, 2017). His translations include works by Honoré de Balzac, Émile Zola, Abdellatif Laâbi, Tahar Ben Jelloun and Alessandro Spina. His wrting has appeared in Playboy, The Nation and World Literature Today. He is the editor of The Heart of a Stranger: An Anthology of Exile Literature (Pushkin Press, 2019). The Other Side of Nowhere is his first pamphlet.
BABAK GANJEI is a musician (Absentee, Wet Paint), artist and a writer of comics (Hilarious Consequences, Early Learnings). He also has a radio show with his son on NTS. After a four year struggle, he finally sold a set of twigs from his neighbourhood on eBay for £82 and managed to get a pep talk about his role as an artist from Thames Water and British Gas.
Charlotte Newman was born in Surrey in 1986. She was educated at Selwyn College, Cambridge and Birkbeck, University of London. She won the inaugural Sabotage Award for Best Poetry Pamphlet in 2013 and was featured in The Salt Book of Younger Poets in 2011. She was highly commended in the Forward Prizes 2017 and was featured in the Forward Book of Poetry 2018.
Her literary criticism has appeared in The Observer, The New Statesman, Poetry Review, Poetry London and The Dark Horse, among others; she was shortlisted for The Scotsman’s Allen Wright Award for theatre criticism. Charlotte works in public affairs and PR. She is the author of Selected Poems (Annexe, 2012) and Trammel (Penned in the Margins, 2016).
Cold War Steve aka Christopher Spencer is an artist from Birmingham who specialises in surreal, satirical and hilarious collages made on his phone and iPad. Since 2016 Cold War Steve’s Twitter account with almost daily posts has been a lifeline to many in these dark times with his following increasing by the day. Three solo exhibitions, a book entitled The Festival of Brexit (Thames & Hudson) artwork commissions for The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, a giant billboard installation at Glastonbury Festival and an international TIME magazine cover have all followed in the last year.
Craig Oldham has been named as one of the most influential designers working in the UK, and has written books on a range of topics, including education, culture, and politics. He is the concept and series editor of Epiphany Editions, the first of which, They Live: A Visual and Cultural Awakening was published in January 2019. He is also Rough Trade Books Creative Director and obviously an all-round good guy!
DANIEL BLUMBERG (b.1990) is an artist, composer and musician from London. His drawings have accompanied his musical output in the form of record covers and small edition books and in 2016 he was awarded a scholarship to study at London’s prestigious Royal Drawing School.
Blumberg has spent much of the last five years working solely within the radical community of artists centred around London’s Café OTO. His duo with Seymour Wright, GUO, has seen recent collaborations with David Toop and the American filmmaker Brady Corbet. In recent years, Blumberg has collaborated live and in the studio with Lambchop, Neil Michael Hagerty and Low.
DAVID KEENAN grew up in Airdrie in the late 1970s. A senior critic for The Wire, he is also the author of two books: England’s Hidden Reverse (Strange Attractor) and This Is Memorial Device(Faber & Faber), his debut novel which was a Telegraph and Rough Trade Book of the Year and shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize 2017.
Emma Warren has been documenting music and culture for decades. Her first book Make Some Space: Tuning into Total Refreshment Centre came out in spring 2019.
Eva Vermandel is a Belgian photographer who lives and works in London. Her practice investigates the impact of the intense technological change we’ve experienced in the last couple of decades on society and individuals. Vermandel’s first monograph Splinter (2013, Hatje Cantz) received accolades internationally and her work is in the collections of the V&A, London; the National Portrait Gallery, London; and the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh.
James Endeacott was born and raised in Halifax on St Patrick’s Day in 1965. He wanted to be a comedian but he couldn’t make people laugh so he ended up working in various different roles in the music industry from A&R for Rough Trade Records to managing bands including Tindersticks. Playing guitar in the band Loop to setting up his own label 1965 Records. He has an obsession with David Bowie and often goes under the name the Fat White Duke. He’s been telling people for over 30 years that he’s not Mick Hucknall. His hair is the colour of Viking Gold and he prides himself in showing no weakness in his lust for life. James also presents Morning Glory, a radio show on Soho Radio with Raf Rundell, one half of 2 Bears.
Jarvis Cocker formed the much-loved Pulp aged 15 and has subsequently made solo records, hosted his own hugely popular radio show, and had a selection of his lyrics published by Faber & Faber in his book Mother, Brother, Lover. His first book, This Book is a Song, will be published by Jonathan Cape in 2019.
JENN PELLY is a contributing editor at Pitchfork and author of The Raincoats, a volume in the 33 1/3 series on the feminist punk band. Priests is a musical group based in Washington, DC. The band’s first full-length album, Nothing Feels Natural, was released in 2017 on its own label, Sister Polygon Records.
Jess was born in Sussex, with her childhood split between there and Brussels. After studying illustration at Falmouth College of Arts she moved to London. She has spent over a decade working as a studio assistant for two prominent artists, firstly Damien Hirst and currently Raqib Shaw whilst continuing her own illustrative practice.
Whilst living in the city, she focused on studying the internal structure of plants in her drawings, showing in several exhibitions. A move out of the city last year prompted her to explore the surrounding nature as a whole, and she continues in her attempts to capture the beauty of the natural world in her illustrations.
JOE DUNTHORNE’S first novel, Submarine, was translated into sixteen languages and adapted for film by Richard Ayoade. His second, Wild Abandon, won the 2012 Encore Award. His latest novel is The Adulterants.
JON SAVAGE is the author of England’s Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock, Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1875-1945 and 1966: The Year that the Decade Exploded. His films (as writer/ consultant) include The Brian Epstein Story, Joy Division, Teenage and 1966: It Was Fifty Years Ago. He is currently working on An Oral History of Joy Division and the fourth in a series of compilations on Ace Records: 1965, 1966, 1967 and now 1968.
Sports Banger started in 2013 with no laptop, no money, just a hand-me-down smartphone and a local internet cafe.
Jonny Banger was born in Colchester and lives in London.
Sports Banger studio-cum-shop can be found on the magical Seven Sisters Road, London. For any more info google ‘Sports Banger’—the interview on Wavey Garms website explains all.
It’s art, it’s fashion, it’s music, it’s whatever u want. Everyone is invited.
KIRK LAKE was born in Leamington Spa. He has written numerous books and films. On screen appearances include the archivist in the Nick Cave film 20,000 Days on Earth, the journalist in The Dali and the Cooper and Stoker in the forthcoming film-noir The World We Knew. In the 1990s, he released a series of pioneering spoken-word recordings including the boxing themed album The Black Lights.
Late of the Pier were a band of inter-dimensional rhythm jammers, sent to the late naughts from the quiet North West Leicestershire countryside. Their music was a mutant take on pop that described the chaos of being a teenager by looking forwards and backwards, over and over again, until the present moment started to make sense. They released their cult debut album Fantasy Black Channel to great acclaim in 2008 and subsequent singles Blueberry and Best In The Class in 2010. They comprise of Sam Eastgate, Sam Potter, Andrew Faley and Ross Dawson who inspired the making of this machine.
Laura is an award-winning photographer specialising in portraiture and documentary. She has been taking photographs since she can remember. Born in Scotland, raised in Norfolk and educated in Norwich, London and Lisbon, Laura’s photography commissions and projects have taken her all over the world. She enjoys the beauty of what naturally ‘is’; people’s expressions or movements, their natural habitats, the items that they surround themselves with, and naturally occurring visual patterns in landscapes, objects, nature and urban sprawl.
Lisa Cradduck was born in Wembley in 1980. A Fine Art graduate from Sheffield Hallam University and Chelsea School of Art, Cradduck is a founder member and director of Mutton Fist Press, an autonomous, co-operative printmaking studio and exhibition space in Archway, London. She has previously exhibited work at The Horse Hospital, Communist Gallery, Five Years, and at the Ghetto Biennale, Haiti. Cradduck is currently studying experimental binding techniques for use in the production of limited edition, hand-printed and bound artist books. She runs a popular, specialist linocut course and is a tutor on the advance printmaking programme at City Literary Institute, London.
Lola Lely is a multidisciplinary artist whose recent work encompasses furniture design, textiles, sculpture and teaching. Born in Vietnam and raised in London, her first creative incarnation was as a tattoo artist in Mexico. Having later graduated from the Royal College of Art, where she studied Design Products, Lely has worked on a wide range of solo and collaborative projects, many involving public spaces and social themes. Her work has been exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Royal Academy of Arts, the Design Museum and Art Basel. She was ‘Artist in Residence’ at the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, London during 2018.
LORENA LOHR was born in 1990 in London. She has worked across parts of Europe, North America, and North Africa.
Though she does not limit herself to any particular subject, Lohr’s wider body of work is characterised by recurring motifs: electrical wiring, colourful drinks and details of the bodywork of automobiles are just some of the hallmarks that stretch across her series and artist’s books. Language, as glimpsed in commercial signage, is another leitmotif of her photographs: generic phrases that evoke an exoticism at odds with their surroundings feature heavily, both contributing the visual richness of her compositions and hinting at hope, longing and isolation.
Working with 35mm colour film and a variety of compact and inexpensive cameras, Lohr stays true to the DIY spirit that characterises much of what she chooses to photograph. Lohr’s work does not expressly seek to romanticise or glamourise, yet celebrates the idiosyncratic traces of people’s involvement on a given area, documenting the incidental layers of narrative that build up over time in the places she visits.
She is now conducting a detailed study of the endangered downtown hispanic neighbourhoods of El Paso, Texas.
Luke Turner is a writer and editor based in London. In January 2019 he published his first book, Out Of The Woods, a critically-acclaimed memoir exploring sexuality, identity, religion and shame in the context of the woodland of Epping Forest. He is also a co-curator of the Epping Forest strand of Waltham Forest’s 2019 year as London’s Borough of Culture. In 2008 he co-founded influential website The Quietus, which has grown to reach a global audience of half a million readers each month with informed, longform journalism on music, arts and popular culture within the context of contemporary society. In 2017, Turner curated a series of live events as part of Hull City Of Culture 2017’s commemoration of the radical art collective COUM. He has contributed to The Guardian, Dazed & Confused, Vice, the BBC, NME, Q, Mojo, Monocle, Nowness and the SomeSuch journal, among other publications in the UK and beyond.
Luke Wright is the author of two collections of poetry, two verse plays, and ten spoken word shows. He is the winner of a Fringe First Award for new writing, a Stage Award for acting, and a Saboteur Award for spoken word. For over a decade he has co-programmed the biggest spoken word line-ups in Britain, at Latitude and Port Eliot festivals, bringing together hundreds of poets for an annual summertime party. He lives in Suffolk with his two sons.
Marcel Theroux is the award-winning author of six novels.
He was born in Kampala, Uganda, in 1968. He grew up in England, studied English Literature at Cambridge University and International Relations at Yale, where he specialized in Soviet and East European Studies. In addition to his books, Theroux has written a number of original screenplays and written and presented more than a dozen documentaries on subjects ranging from climate change to the Japanese aesthetic principle of wabi-sabi. He is a regular presenter of Unreported World on Channel 4.
Martha Sprackland was born in 1988. She is editor at Offord Road Books, associate editor at Poetry London, and a founding editor of multilingual arts zine La Errante. She was previously assistant poetry editor at Faber & Faber, and before that was co-founder of Cake poetry magazine. Her own poetry has appeared widely; she is a poet-in-residence for Caught by the River, and writes a column for Five Dials. A debut pamphlet, Glass As Broken Glass, was published by Rack Press in 2017, and a first full collection is forthcoming.
Mathew Clayton suggests reading this pamphlet under the influence of:
Music – Sweet Thunder by Yello
Drink – Ovomaltine
Food – Le Gruyère
Film – Echoes of Home
He is the also the author of two books Lundy, Rockall, Dogger and Fair Isle: a celebration of the islands round Britain (Ebury) and The Nation’s Favourite (Quercus). He has contributed essays to the nature writing anthologies Caught by the River (Cassell Illustrated) and On Nature: Unexpected ramblings about the British countryside (Collins).
Mathew works as the Head of Publishing at Unbound and runs a literary tent at the Glastonbury Festival – the Free University. Previously he worked as the literature programmer for the Brighton Festival, as a co-director of the Port Eliot Festival and for Channel 4, The Guardian and Random House.
Max Sydney Smith was born in 1986 in London. His short stories have appeared in a number of literary magazines including The Stockholm Review, Structo, Open Pen, Shooter and Noon.
MELISSA LEE-HOUGHTON was born in 1982 and has published three collections of poetry with Penned in the Margins. The most recent collection, Sunshine (2016) was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award, The Costa Book Award and the Forward Prize, and won a Somerset Maugham Award in 2017. In 2015, The Faithful Look Away won her a Northern Writers’ Award, and she has broadcast two of her short stories on BBC Radio Four. She is a Next Generation Poet.
Michal Novosad is a trained electrician and sometime DJ, originally from Slovakia, who has been living in London for the last eight years and been homeless, mainly in the Walthamstow area, for the last five years.
Nina Chakrabarti grew up in Kolkata, India and moved to the UK in her teens. A love of drawing led her to study illustration at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art. After graduating art school she continued to develop her distinctive line quality and built up an eclectic clientele. In 2009, she wrote and illustrated her first book, My Wonderful World of Fashion, published by Laurence King, which became a bestseller and was translated into ten languages. She’s written several other books for children including Hello Nature, which won an AOI World Illustration Award in 2017. She currently lives and works in London.
OLLY TODD is from Whitehaven in Cumbria and now lives in London after stints in Liverpool, Worcester and LA. His poems have appeared in The Rialto, Vice, Five Dials, Belleville Park Pages, Test Centre and the Clinic anthologies. He skates for Palace Skateboards and works as a travel copywriter.
Patrick Jones lives small, thinks skies.
Work includes: Everything Must Go / Unprotected Sex / The War is Dead /Before I Leave / The Guerilla Tapestry / Commemoration and Amnesia / Fuse / Darkness is Where the Stars Are/ Tongues for a Stammering Time /Renegade Psalms
Ren Aldridge is a vocalist, artist and writer. She is the front woman of feminist post-hardcore band Petrol Girls whose latest album Cut & Stitch comes out May 2019 on Hassle Records. She is a regular writer for Ladyfuzz zine and her essay Touch Me Again And I Will Fucking Kill You: Cultural Resistance to Gendered Violence in the Punk Rock Community was published in 404Ink’s award-winning anthology Nasty Women. Her art practice deals with language, bodies and overthrowing capitalism.
Richard King is the author of How Soon Is Now? (Sunday Times Music Book of the Year, 2012) Original Rockers (shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize, 2015), and the forthcoming The Lark Ascending (2019). He lives in Radnorshire, rural Mid-Wales.
Robert Barry is a writer and composer based in London. His music has appeared in feature films, dance productions, pop charts, and DJ mixes. He is currently editor for books, film, and visual art at The Quietus and a faculty member at London’s Institute for Contemporary Music Performance. As a freelance writer, his byline has appeared in Frieze, The Guardian, Wired, Art Review, Mousse, The Atlantic, and The Wire. Previous publications include a book of prose scores, Music in Text, and a history of speculative music, The Music of the Future.
SALENA GODDEN is one of Britain’s foremost spoken word artists and poets whose electrifying live performances and BBC radio broadcasts have earned her a devoted following. She is the author of the collections, Under The Pier, Fishing in the Aftermath: Poems 1994-2014, and the literary memoir Springfield Road. Her live spoken word album LIVEwire was released with indie spoken word label Nymphs and Thugs and shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for new work in poetry 2017.
Sophie Dutton is an independent art director, curator and founder of Works by Madge Gill. Madge Gill by Myrninerest is her first book and accompanies a landmark exhibition of newly uncovered large-scale embroideries, textiles and archival objects, many of which have never been exhibited before by the visionary artist Madge Gill. On display at William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, London throughout Summer 2019.
SOPHY HOLLINGTON is an illustrator and artist living in Brighton. Not being one to cut corners, most of Sophy’s commercial work takes the form of relief prints, created using the lengthy process of lino-cutting. Her personal work tackles themes from meteoric folklore to mannerism; and she’s interested in wrangling the most out-there ideas to make them totally tangible. She’s worked for such clients as The New Yorker, The New York Times, WeTransfer and The Poetry Review.
Thomas Morris is a Welsh writer, living in Ireland. His debut story collection, We Don’t Know What We’re Doing (Faber and Faber), won the 2016 Wales Books of the Year, the Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Award, and a Somerset Maugham Prize.
Will Ashon is the author of two recent works of non-fiction, Strange Labyrinth, about Epping Forest, and Chamber Music: About the Wu-Tang (In 36 Pieces), which focuses on the first album by New York rap group the Wu-Tang Clan (both published by Granta Books). He previously founded and ran the record label, Big Dada (Roots Manuva, Wiley, Kate Tempest), while at the same time, writing two novels, published by Faber & Faber. Chamber Music has been described as “charged and thrilling” (The Guardian) and “clever, provocative, ambitious” (Big Issue).
Will was born in London and lives in Buckinghamshire. He is Poet-In-Residence at Caught By The River and was named as one of the four Faber & Faber New Poets for 2014 with his debut pamphlet in that series published in October 2014.
His second pamphlet was published as part of the Clutag Press 5 Poems series in early 2016, and in 2019, alongside the composer Hannah Peel he released Chalk Hill Blue, a collaborative album of electronic compositions and poems.