Off the Shelf – Monday January 13th, Blacks Club, 67 Dean Street, London W1D 4QH
SHORT STORY AND THE IMAGE with Jan Woolf, Roelof Bakker with Jane Wildgoose – chaired by Carol Topolski
11am coffee for 11.30 readings then a two-course lunch with wine followed by readings from the audience
Jan Woolf will read from her short story collection Fugues on a Funny Bone (Muswell Press) – a collection of linked short stories with accompanying images from sculptures by Richard Niman.
‘Jan Woolf has a sexy, vigorous imagination and the art to realise all her good ideas.’ – Edmund White
Roelof Bakker was born in the Netherlands and has lived in London since 1984. He’s an artist-photographer and the publisher of Negative Press London, a small imprint publishing collaborations in print between visuals artists and writers. The press’s first publication Still: Short Stories Inspired by Photographs of Vacated Spaces (2012), was a collaboration with twenty-six international writers and was runner-up for Best Mixed Anthology at the Saboteur Awards 2013. His recent book, Strong Room (published 21 January 2014) is an artist book with twenty-eight photographs and two essays. Bakker teamed up with artist/writer Jane Wildgoose – and photographs of preserved human traces were used as inspiration for writing about the loss of the tangible experience in the digital world and the academic importance of paper-based archives and their potential to spark the imagination.
Jane Wildgoose lives in north London and grew up on the Sussex coast. She is an artist, writer and researcher who works with museums and collections, including Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, and the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, USA (2009-10). In 2005 she was awarded a NESTA Fellowship to develop her role as Keeper of her own collection, The Wildgoose Memorial Library, which is dedicated to memory and remembrance. During 2013 she exhibited work in progress in the Maddick Mausoleum at West Norwood Cemetery as part of Curious, a site-specific art trail curated by Jane Millar, reflecting on the role of cemeteries and burial places as ‘libraries’ or ‘archives’ of past lives.
Carol Topolski is the author of Monster Love (long listed for the Orange prize), Do No Harm and is working on a third novel about death row.
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