ROUGH TRADE BOOKS are the joybringers, coming at you live.

Read hard for the latest and greatest live performances, special events, hot tix and signings, all shamelessly listed hereafter. So you can have a good time, all the time…

Wed 30 Oct, 5pm
The Art of Short Fiction, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths University, London

Calling all students at Goldsmiths University and beyond.

On Wednesday 30th October, Rough Trade Books authors, Joe Dunthorne and Max Sydney Smith will be reading from their pamphlets All The Poems Contained Within Will Mean Everything to Everyone and Without Seeming to Care at All will be joined by Open Pen author Xanthi Barker, who will be reading from her novelette, One Thing

The readings will be followed by a Q&A with the authors hosted by Tom Lee on the art of short fiction.

This event is FREE and un-ticketed and is open to the public too, you don’t have to be a Goldsmiths student. Just head to the Richard Hoggart Building, Room RHB137.


Mon 21 Oct - Fri 15 Nov
They Live: An Exhibition Celebrating John Carpenter’s Cult Film, DOROTHY, 22 Jordan Street, Liverpool

They Live (1988) is a science-fiction action film, which belies many of the genres in which it’s cast. Dismissed by critics upon release, the film has gone on to claim a cult following and earned a reputation for its political satire, social commentary, philosophical and technological forecasting, and visual aesthetics.

Craig Oldham’s book They Live: A Visual and Cultural Awakening explores the film’s lasting influence and impact through a series of essays and contributions from leading cultural figures (including a foreword by John Carpenter and articles by Shepard Fairey and John Grant).

This exhibition mixes content from the book alongside printed matter and ephemera associated with the film (collected by Craig). Including original film publicity material, props, political posters and artwork by artists the film has inspired (Shepard Fairey, Guerrilla Girls, Brandalism)

The exhibition also includes work by Dorothy celebrating the films of John Carpenter and other iconic movies from the Horror and Sci-Fi genre.

The book will be available to buy at Dorothy’s studio for the duration of the show.

The exhibition will run from Monday 21st October – Friday 15th November 2019
Location: Dorothy / 22 Jordan Street (entrance on Jamaica Street) Liverpool, L1 0BP

* please note the studio is open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.
All are welcome to the late night opening on Thursday 24th October 5.30 – 8pm.

Read more here…

Wed 27 Nov, 7pm
WEDF Talk: Where 80’s counter-culture meets graphic design – Craig Oldham presents a window into our ever-changing times, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol

Craig Oldham returns to Bristol to mark the launch of this latest project—They Live: A Visual and Cultural Awakening. Paying homage to iconic science-fiction film, the book represents a visual celebration of this cult classic.

Designed as a perfect replica prop from the film’s synonymous newsstand aesthetic,
Craig touches on its many themes that are as relevant now as they were then. Politics,
art, music, comics, typography, literature, philosophy and film, They Live represents a window into our ever-changing times. With a backdrop of Extinction Rebellion and Brexit, cultural commentators such as street artist Shepard Fairey, explore the film’s influence
and impact on our increasingly activist creative community as well as its relevance to us socially, culturally, and politically.

Listen to an irreverent and insightful design deconstruct of the film and its design references and learn how Craig explored the key visual influences in order to turn the film into a book. We’ll kick off with another brilliant warm-up act and round up with Q&A, book signing and drinks in the bar.