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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Comics Poetry Launch/Exhibition/Workshops, as approved by Alan Moore!

Sidekick is ridiculously excited to be publishing Over The Line, an introduction to comics poetry edited by poet and comics editor Chrissy Williams and comics artist Tom Humberstone.



And it's not just us, apparently. A certain comics legend says the following about the project:

"This is that spine-tingling moment when two attractive and sophisticated forms, both admired for their rhythm and sense of timing, eye each other across the cultural dance floor. In Over The Line, at once an insightful introduction and a comprehensive showcase for the emerging phenomenon of Poetry Comics, Chrissy Williams and Tom Humberstone provide the best possible venue for what looks like being a breathtaking tango. I really can't recommend this venture highly enough, and I'd advise you mark your card immediately."
                                                                                                ALAN MOORE


We're so excited, in fact, that we're having not one but TWO launches.

Launch #1 is on Thursday 3rd September from 6.30pm, to mark the opening of the accompanying exhibition at the Poetry Cafe. Here is the event!

Readers include: Sophie Herxheimer, Anna Saunders, Amy Key, Chris McCabe, John Aggs, Chrissy Williams and others.

Launch #2 will embrace the comics side of its dual nature, taking place at the splendid Gosh Comics on Thursday 17th September. Here is the Facebook event!

Readers and artists include: John Canfield; Lorraine Mariner; Shauna Robertson; Ioan Morris; RH Parry; Sean Azzopardi; Cristian Ortiz; Douglas Noble; Hayley Fiddler; Emix Regulus.

Come and meet the editors, drool over the merch and get stuck into poetry comics!

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL...

If you'd like to learn how to make your own poetry comics, editor and long-time comics-poetry-workshop organiser, Chrissy Williams is running a Poetry School workshop on Saturday 5th August, where you can do just that! Investigate here!

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And in case you're bamboozled, more information on poetry comics lives here:
www.poetryandcomics.tumblr.com

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Surveyors' Riddles Oxford launch in October!




We're very excited to give you a date for your October diaries, with the launch of our latest Team-Up, Surveyors' Riddles! On Fri 2 October at 7.30 pm, get thee to the Albion Beatnik, 34 Walton St, Oxford for a night of poetic chicanery and outright lies.

The result of some serious formal (and informal) mischief by poets Giles Goodland and Alistair Noon, Surveyors' Riddles is a sequence written in the classic 'enigmenga' form and translated out of the original tongue. 

At least, it might be. Frankly, the more you read of this devious title, the more you come to doubt a words its authors are saying. Expect layered, gneissic verses glittering with allusions to the contemporary, the historical and the alt-historical, and spot the tricks where you can.

For other Sidekick Books Team-Ups, head here!

Friday, 31 July 2015

Korsakoff Returns via Poetry International

The pernicious influence of Dr F spreads! Sarah Howe is profiled this month on the Poetry International website, and one of her featured poems is 'Le 14 Juillet', which first appeared in Sidekick's fourth micro-anthology, Korsakoff's Paper Chain, which in turn looks a little something like this:


In this miniature volume, every poem was remade from the remains of another after it had been subjected to some form of violence. 'Le 14 Juillet' was once Tony Williams' poem 'Sleeve Notes', before a phial of word rot was spilled on the text, leaving only the verbs intact. Sarah Howe's poem was then shot full of holes by a rival of Dr F, before being restitched as Edward Mackay's 'Le 14 Juillet '68: apres le mai passe'.

We are very happy to see the results of this exercise in wanton literary vandalism (and restoration) preserved for further study!

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Lives Beyond Us: The Quiz

We wouldn't want to leave out those of you who couldn't make the launch for Lives Beyond Us, so here for your brain-tingling pleasure, we present Never Work With Animals or Children - the quiz!

Do you know your Lassie from your Lady? Bound right in and test your bow-wow know-how.*

*Failure may result in consumption by our resident quiz master.




Lives Beyond Us: Essays and Poems on the Film Reality of Animals (co-ed. Seb Manley and Kirsten Irving) is available to buy right here for £12 plus p&p.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

This Happened: The Lives Beyond Us Launch

Cliff Hammett with chronophotographic image of a falling cat.
A huge thanks to everyone who came last Tuesday to help up launch Lives Beyond Us: Essays and Poems on the Film Reality of Animals!

For the uninitiated, Lives Beyond Us is a cross-genre anthology with gorgeous colour illustrations throughout. Covering topics as diverse as voyeurism, comic pratfalls and bear interventions, it's a fresh look at a beloved topic, curated by Kirsten Irving (poems) and Seb Manley (essays).

The anthology is a super-thick bundle of Sidekick-style guile and intrigue, and costs £12 plus postage. Click here to see more and buy.

Cat watches humans watching bird.
We launched the book upstairs at the Genesis Cinema in Whitechapel. Since Sidekick started life in Whitechapel and was based there for five years - less than ten minutes' walk from the Genesis, in fact - it seemed an oh-so appropriate place to unveil a book that dives face first into film history.

Here's how the book in question fared under UV light as Jon was setting out the table:

Before the hoard descended.
We had readings and a slideshow, and there was an animal film quiz with a tricksy rebus round by long-time Sidekick ally Siân Moore. Alongside the editors, contributing writers Mike West, Rebecca Wigmore, Sophie Mayer, Simon Barraclough, Angela Cleland, Abigail Parry, Cliff Hammett and James Coghill were all present and correct.

We piece this account together now from whirling fragments, as we spent much of the evening rushing between the projection room (well, the cupboard with the technical things in it), the book stall and various old friends - a little chaotically, since this was our first book launch in over a year and we'd forgotten just how much needs doing to keep things running semi-smoothly.

Lessons learned: always give five-minute warnings in a quiz show host voice; PCs can project to a second screen in one of four different ways; electric fans give poets a neat 'windswept' appearance when placed correctly.

Finally, evidence that a selection of readers, hosts, editors and audience members felt the animal magic and posed it out onstage. What a grrrrrand night.

Post-launch cast and crew superhero pose

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Lives Beyond Us / Laboratorio at the LRB Bookshop

Sidekick's 2015 titles are starting to make their way into shops. You can buy Laboratorio and Lives Beyond Us from the London Review Bookshop near Russell Square / Tottenham Court Road, and you can also buy Lives from the Brick Lane Bookshop in Aldgate / Whitechapel.


Friday, 26 June 2015

'Lives Beyond Us' Launch Party


You can buy Lives Beyond Us right now, and take along a copy to be signed by the editors and writers. If you ask Kirsty to draw you Bandijcat, she may do.