Book Slam 12/08/14
Date: Tuesday 12th August 2014
Doors: 6.30pm / Show Starts: 7.30pm
Venue: York Hall, 5 Old Ford Rd, London E2 9PJ
Tickets: £5 advance / more on the door
Line-up: Irvine Welsh, Viv Albertine, Bill Hillmann, Kate Tempest, Junior 'THE HITTER' Witter, World Champion boxer, Atif 'UNIQUE' Shafique + Doc Brown.
Good evening fight fans! Tonight, Book Slam heads to iconic East London boxing venue, York Hall, for the most anticipated heavyweight contest in recent memory and twelve rounds (probably) of high calibre literary sparring. In the blue corner, we have internationally renowned storyteller, one-time street brawler, drug dealer, convict, Chicago Golden Glove Champion, bull runner and author of 'The Old Neighborhood', BILL HILLMANN. In the red corner, please make some noise for guitarist from The Slits, punk legend and author of the memoir, 'Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.', VIV ALBERTINE. And our referee for this evening's entertainment from Edinburgh, Scotland, by way of Chicago, Illinois, the man behind 'Trainspotting', 'Porno' and, now, 'The Sex Lives Of Siamese Twins', the Leith Lightning himself, IRVINE WELSH. Plus, JUNIOR 'THE HITTER' WITTER, World Champion boxer; unbeaten prospect, ATIF 'UNIQUE' SHAFIQUE; and the Hype Dance Company presenting an excerpt from a new piece of theatre, 'Savage Beauty'. Warming up the crowd is our favourite ex-battle rapper, DOC BROWN, building them to a frenzy with an invigorating dose of reality is our old friend, KATE TEMPEST - the first time we've welcomed her back to Book Slam since her Ted Hughes Award. Good food will be available from a menu created by the excellent CULT EVENTS, and the estimable NEWHAM BOOKS will be on hand to sell signed copies of the authors' books and other merchandise. Let's get ready to rumble!