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…

Mon 25 Nov - Fri 6 Dec
ROUGH TRADE BOOKS TAKEOVER AT SOHO RADIO, GREAT WINDMILL STREET, LONDON

From Monday 25th November until Friday 6th December, Rough Trade Books is going to be taking over Soho Radio on Great Windmill St. There’ll be daily radio shows, live vinyl sessions, mini exhibitions, intimate events as well as a Christmas pop-up shop.

Full schedule coming very soon, but for now here’s what’s confirmed so far…

MONDAY 25th – FRIDAY 6th DECEMBER

EXHIBITION: Hollywood Box Office Top 10 by Babak Ganjei

This exhibition will feature Ganjei’s hallucinatory set of film pitches from his Rough Trade Edition entitled Film Ideas. Extremely funny and shot through with Ganjei’s singular world-view, brilliantly exposing our thin, absurd media culture. It might also expand to a Top 20 depending on the amount of wall space we have to play with!

MONDAY 25th NOVEMBER – VINYL SESSION

12pm – 2pm: THE RAINCOATS LIVE

To open our Soho Radio takeover we’ve got some extremely important guests that are very much part of the Rough Trade family.

Fresh from the recent, sell-out 40th Anniversary tour of their debut album, founding members of The Raincoats—Ana da Silva and Gina Birch—will perform a couple of tracks live as Soho Radio cut the session direct to vinyl creating a one-off acetate which will then be auctioned off to raise money for Cancer Research.

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RADIO SHOW

2pm – 3pm:  RICHARD KING

TITLE: Arthur Russell, Allen Ginsberg, Sutra Chants and Downtown Disco

DESCRIPTION: A radio show examining the musical backdrop and soundtrack to Russell and Ginsberg’s relationship.

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RADIO SHOW

3pm – 5pm: LUKE TURNER & EVA VERMANDEL

TITLE: Tracks

DESCRIPTION: A radio show connecting Luke and Eva’s pamphlet of the same name and the nature of radio itself.

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WEDNESDAY 27th NOVEMBER – RADIO SHOW

12pm – 2pm: BABAK GANJEI & CRAIG OLDHAM

TITLE: Cat Flap Time Machine

DESCRIPTION: Join Babak Ganjei and Craig Oldham as they aimless and idly stroll through their personal histories of film and music. May (or may not) contain cats (the animal creature or future feature film).

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RADIO SHOW

2pm – 4pm: SOPHIE DUTTON & SIMON COSTIN

TITLE: Outsiders: Seeing Beyond the Veil

DESCRIPTION: Join Sophie Dutton and Simon Costin as they discuss the inner landscapes of outsider artists and visionary seers and witches.

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THURSDAY 28th NOVEMBER – RADIO SHOW

12pm – 1.30pm: NINA CHAKRABARTI & LOLA LELY

TITLE: Tea for Two

DESCRIPTION: An afternoon chat between artist Lola Lely and illustrator Nina Chakrabarti about the music they grew up with, the music they work and cook to.

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RADIO SHOW

1.30pm – 3pm: JOE DUNTHORNE, MARTHA SPRACKLAND & JOHN OSBORNE

TITLE: Automated Feelings

DESCRIPTION: A radio show in which poets play their favourite music and, while that music is playing, they write brand new poems inspired by that music – and then they read the poems.

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FRIDAY 29th NOVEMBER – RADIO SHOW

12pm – 2pm – KIRK LAKE & LORENA LOHR

TITLE: Spoken Weird

DESCRIPTION: Spoken word recordings from the 1950s to now hosted by Kirk Lake with a diversion into boxing and a detour into the desert with photographer Lorena Lohr.

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2pm – 4pm: WILL ASHON & WILL BURNS

TITLE: Tricks of the Shade

DESCRIPTION: Wills Ashon and Burns’ mutual enthusiasm for the Goats’ cult debut album, and their writing on Epping Forest are the starting point for a sprawling couple of hours of music, tenuous links, and conversation about everything from poetry to collecting obscure trainers, from toy theatres to the history of land ownership. As interesting as it will undoubtedly be ramshackle.

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MONDAY 2nd DECEMBER – RADIO SHOW

12pm – 2pm: COLD WAR STEVE & CARL GOSLING

TITLE: Rundfunk from the Funkhause

DESCRIPTION: A radio show inspired by Cold War Steve’s irreverent, surreal collages.

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RADIO SHOW

2pm – 4pm: MAX SYDNEY SMITH WITH PATO

TITLE: Without Seeming to Care at All with Pato and Max Sydney Smith

DESCRIPTION: With readings from his Rough Trade Edition, Q&A with author Max Sydney Smith and music by Pato, from sunshine jazz to small hours techno.

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TUESDAY 3rd DECEMBER – RADIO SHOW

2pm – 4pm: BOBBY BARRY

TITLE: Martian Time Slip

DESCRIPTION: A broadcast from another time and another world. Sounds from space and music of the future.

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WEDNESDAY 4th DECEMBER – RADIO SHOW

10am – 12pm – EMMA WARREN & GUESTS

TITLE: Celebration of Steam Down

DESCRIPTION:Two hours celebrating south London’s heavily influential jam Steam Down, covering music, words, dance and the people who make the place.

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12pm – 1pm: LAURA LEWIS

TITLE: Passion on the Radio

DESCRIPTION: Following on from her documentary photography series about Tokyo Love Hotels, photographer Laura Lewis speaks to people working in and around music about why love and music have been so passionately intertwined for so long. Featuring tracks chosen by guests.

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THURSDAY 5th DECEMBER – RADIO SHOW

12pm – 2pm: ADELLE STRIPE & ANNA WOOD

TITLE: Champagne Socialism

DESCRIPTION:  Champagne Socialism is a book show with bite, hosted by Adelle Stripe and Anna Wood. Tune in for exclusive readings, books of the year, special guests, and the finest musical selections from dancehall to exotica, northern soul floorshakers to lover’s rock, 60s garage to tropicalia and way way beyond…

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FRIDAY 6th DECEMBER – RADIO SHOW

12pm – 1pm: MATHEW CLAYTON

TITLE: Music for Mountains

DESCRIPTION: Mathew Clayton is an editor and author who in this one hour special will be exploring the relationship between landscape and music. He is the author of I Was a Teenage Bell Ringer (Rough Trade Edition N.o 25) that explores the connections between acid house, the countryside and bell ringing.

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RADIO SHOW

1pm – 2pm: MARCEL THEROUX & NINA HERVÉ

TITLE: Treasures of the Faroes

DESCRIPTION: Marcel Theroux shares the sonic inspiration behind his annual Christmas fables and gives a sneak preview of 2019’s story:  a mysterious tale set in the Faroe Islands.

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RADIO SHOW

3pm – 4pm: SALENA GODDEN & JAMES ENDEACOTT

TITLE: Songs of Courage & Resistance

DESCRIPTION: A one-off radio show featuring a radio play entitled Charleston written and narrated by Salena Godden featuring James Endeacott and Will Burns followed by some key tracks expressing courage and resistance.

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RADIO SHOW & CHRISTMAS PARTY

7pm – 9pm: JONNY BANGER

TITLE: Maison de Bang Bang

DESCRIPTION: A one-off euphoric Christmas special radio show from Maison de Bang Bang. Featuring words and music from guest DJ’s and hosted by bootleg boss Jonny Banger.

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Sat 22 Feb, 11am - 12pm
The Art of Short Fiction,Faversham Literary Festival, Arden Theatre, Kent

Flash fiction, short stories, prose poems: all seem to be thriving these days. Three young specialists in the short form—Joe Dunthorne, Max Sydney Smith and Xanthi Barker—read extracts from their work and discuss their methods.

Hosted by Rough Trade Books author, Charlotte Newman and organised in collaboration with Faversham Literary Festival.

Joe Dunthorne’s debut novel Submarine was adapted for film by Richard Ayoade. His second, Wild Abandon, won the Encore Award. His latest is The Adulterants. A collection of his poems, O Positive, was published in 2019 by Faber & Faber and his Rough Trade Books pamphlet, All The Poems Contained Within Will Mean Everything To Everyone was shortlisted for The Sunday Times Short Story Award in 2019.

Xanthi Barker’s fiction has appeared in Litro, Mslexia and Bare Fiction as well as various anthologies. Her piece Paradoxical was highly commended in the 2018 Spread the Word Life Writing Prize. Her novelette One Thing was published in 2019 by Open Pen.

Max Sydney Smith graduated with an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths in 2015. His flash fiction pamphlet, Without Seeming to Care at All, was published by Rough Trade Books in 2019.