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…

Thu 11 April
William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow

ROUGH TRADE BOOKS presents… William Morris Gallery Series.

To celebrate the publication of a brand new set of works in collaboration with William Morris Gallery we present an evening with the authors and artists involved. Rough Trade Books have worked together with William Morris Gallery to create a series of pamphlets responding to, inspired by, or in dialogue with various elements of Morris’ work and life, from poetry to illustration, pattern-making, fiction, social commentary and typography, this series creates a contemporary context for some of the artistic, social and political ideas that fuelled Morris’ life and work.

On the night, we will have artists Nina Chakrabarti and Lola Lely discussing their pamphlet with journalist Emma Warren, which takes up William Morris’ ideas about beautiful or useful things, poet Will Burns who will read from Germ Songs—a collaborative work with the illustrator Jess White, which uses place and the close observation of the natural world as a starting point for a set of powerful poems and drawings, and Luke Turner and Eva Vermandel discussing their new work with poet and critic Declan Ryan, in which Turner’s fiction utilises Vermandel’s striking photographic sequence to trigger a story which both references and refreshes ideas from Morris’ News From Nowhere.

To complete the event, we will also have Timothy Donaldson—William Morris lookalike and the creator of Billy Mozz, the specially commissioned typeface of this collaborative series—performing his mesmerising large scale writing using his brush which will be scintillating in a miasma of ink upon the papered floor.

Fri 26 April
Salena Godden, Martha Sprackland and Will Burns at Desperate Literature, Madrid, Spain

This year we’re off to sunny Spain, Y Viva España!

Yes , that’s right folks, we’ve been invited over to Madrid by the good folk at Desperate Literature to showcase three of our wonderful poets.

Will Burns will be reading from Germ Songs, Martha Sprackland will be reading from Milk Tooth and Salena Godden will be reading from Pessimism is for Lightweights!

If you happen to be in the Spanish capital on Friday 26th April, feel free to pop by.

Bargain price of 3€ entry and that includes drinks!

More info here…