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Out of print for fifty years, Jeff Nuttall’s Bomb Culture has achieved legendary status as a powerful, informative, and spirited exploration of 1960s alternative society and counterculture. Nuttall’s confessional account of the period investigates the sources of its radical art, music, and protest movements as well as the beliefs, anxieties, and conceits of its key agitators, including his own.
Accompanying the text is a new foreword by author Iain Sinclair, who was closely acquainted with Jeff Nuttall and participated in the turbulent underground culture described in Bomb Culture. This anniversary edition is rounded out with an afterword by writer Maria Fusco and a contextual introduction by the book’s editors, Jay Jeff Jones and Douglas Field, which includes photographs and images of Nuttall’s distinctive artwork as well as further archival materials.
Jay Jeff Jones is a writer, playwright and editor, who has worked in alternative culture and the mainstream, including newspapers, small presses, underground magazines and theatre in San Francisco, London, British Columbia, New York and Manchester. He was the editor of the literary quarterly New Yorkshire Writing. With Douglas Field he co-curated the John Rylands Library / University of Manchester exhibition, Off Beat – Jeff Nuttall and the International Underground (2016-17). He currently lives in Heptonstall near Hebden Bridge.
Jamie Sutcliffe is an art writer and a publisher at Strange Attractor Press. His essays, interviews and reviews have been published by Frieze, Art Monthly, Rhizome, The White Review and EROS Journal, while catalogue essays have been commissioned by the New Museum, New York and The Austrian Cultural Forum, London. He is also co-editor of both A-or-ist, a new journal of art writing, and Berserker, an anthology of weird comics and unabashed genre work published by Breakdown Press.
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George Murphy is well know in Hebden Bridge as a performance storyteller. He began writing and performing comic monologues for adults after his retirement.
Using the Pennine town of Hebden Bridge and the Calder Valley as his muse, storyteller George Murphy has written a series of Yorkshire monologues in the Music Hall tradition. That tradition was often bawdy, but never explicit. Here are some tales about the secret history of Upper Calder. Join us for the launch of his collection of adult pieces where George will be performing and chatting about his work.
Free entry, just turn up. Refreshments provided.
Linda Green, the bestselling author of While My Eyes Were Closed and After I’ve Gone will be launching her lasted novel .
Moments before she dies, Nicola’s grandmother Betty whispers to her that there are babies at the bottom of the garden. Nicola’s mother claims she was talking nonsense. However, when Nicola’s daughter finds a bone while playing in Betty’s garden, it’s clear that something sinister has taken place.
Drawing on subjects as varied as Roman legionaries and a worn-out shirt, modern air travel and the imagined life of a lugworm, A Sense of North searches for purpose and order in the human condition. A sense of wonder finds itself kindled in the small and familiar as much as the large and emotive. Whether pondering the fickleness of memory or the meaning of love and loss, this is poetry that asks what it means to be alive.
David Underdown’s poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals. His first collection, Time Lines, was published by Cinnamon Press and in 2016 a pamphlet, Nasturtium was published as part of the Isle of Arran’s Open Studios Project.
He currently divides his time between Scotland and Hebden Bridge