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 7–28 March
They Live–Exhibition, Village Books, Leeds

To celebrate the publication of They Live: A Visual and Cultural Awakening, a unique exhibition exploring the printed matter and ephemera associated with the cult classic film, John Carpenter’s They Live will be on display at Village Books, Leeds. Taken directly from the book, original film publicity material will be on show alongside artwork the film has inspired—including artists Shepard Fairey and Guerrilla Girls, plus political posters and cultural ephemera.

From 7th – 24th March 2019.

Thu 28 March 6pm
Exhibition Closing Party & Screening of ‘Bubblegum’ by Farran Golding

BUBBLEGUM is a short film exploring the influence of John Carpenter’s They Live – directed by Farran Golding and produced in association with Rough Trade Books.

Starring Rowdy Roddy Piper and released in 1988, They Live was fuelled by Carpenter’s disdain for Reaganism, mass consumerism and the ‘unrestrained capitalism’ of the era. BUBBLEGUM delves into the film’s political undertones which are just as – if not more – pertinent today.

Through interviews with Craig Oldham, designer and editor of They Live: A Visual and Cultural Awakening, alongside academic and author, Roger Luckhurst; BUBBLEGUM examines the social commentary, enduring graphical impact and referential legacy of an often slept-on entry in John Carpenter’s body of work.

BUBBLEGUM premieres at Village, Leeds on Thursday 28th March to celebrate the closing of Craig Oldham’s They Live exhibition which features a selection of artwork relating to the film including pieces by Shepard Fairey, Guerrilla Girls, Brandalism and more.

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.