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…

Sat 19 & Sun 20 Oct
Bound Art Book Fair 2019, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester

Since launching in 2017, Bound Art Book Fair has become the leading event for arts and photography publishing outside of London, providing a platform for a diverse selection of artists and practitioners to share their work and reach new audiences. Exhibitors include artists and collectives, small presses, independent publishers, galleries and distributors who are committed to expanding the potential of publishing to communicate radical ideas and amplify underrepresented voices. This year’s theme is work that explores ideas around music, fandom, youth culture and collective experience. Bound 2019 once again features a full public program of events, book launches and performances, all free and open to the public. And we’ve got a couple of Rough Trade Books events taking place over the weekend…

Saturday 19th October 11am-12pm

Bound x Rough Trade Books present: A look into Madge Gill’s visionary world, Study Centre, Whitworth Gallery

Sophie Dutton (editor of Madge Gill by Myrninerest and curator of the
recent Madge Gill exhibition at the William Morris Gallery) and Dr Eloise Moss (Lecturer in Modern British History at Manchester University) will explore the childhood of the self-taught visionary artist Madge Gill, and discuss the potential effects it had on her artwork later in life. Advance booking via Eventbrite recommended.

1pm-3pm Madge Gill: A closer look, Study Centre, Whitworth Gallery
A special opportunity to view the Whitworth’s remarkable collection of Madge Gill artwork, including her spiritualist drawings and an incredibly rare embroidery, with Holly Grange, curator of the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection. Advance booking via Eventbrite recommended.

Sunday 20th October 11am-12pm

Sports Banger: Lifestyles of the Poor, Rich and Famous
Jonny Banger, aka Sports Banger, bootlegger extraordinaire and the man behind those F*CK BORIS t-shirts, joins us just a few weeks after his now-legendary London Fashion Week debut. He’ll discuss how his early printed tees managed to bridge rave and politics, his desire to put out music that sounds like how a fence looks, and his motivation to create the ’99’ of the fashion world.


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.