Feb
19
7:00 PM19:00

FABER SOCIAL: Under The Paving Stones, The Social, LONDON

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On February 19th Faber Social host a night of experimental writing, curated with our friend and Faber author, Tony White.

Entitled Under The Paving Stones, we’re excited to bring together Kirsty Gunn, Tony White, Joanna Walsh, Iphgenia Baal, Eley Williams & Richard Milward. Richard will be reading for the first time from his forthcoming novel, Man-Eating Typewriter.

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Feb
11
6:30 PM18:30

BOOK OF A LIFETIME: Modigliani & Les Chants de Maldoror, Tate Modern

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According to legend, the artist Amedeo Modigliani used to carry a copy of the Comte de Lautréamont's sadistic proto-surrealist novel Les Chants de Maldoror everywhere he went, learning by heart and quoting passages from its sinister pages. Published in 1868, the novel follows the exploits of an anarchic, shapeshifting reprobate Maldoror as he continually evades the clutches of the law and swerves good taste in a series of increasingly bizarre, loosely connected nightmare scenarios. The book not only had a remarkable effect on Modigliani but would also later inspire surrealists and their mining of the dark underbelly of the unconscious, as well as the Situationist International and the student revolts of May '68 in Paris.

Author Richard Milward will take us on a guided tour round the rotten terrain of Lautreamont's brain as he attempts to answer the question: what is it about this most unusual of novels that would make anyone want to carry it around with them permanently?

This hour-long tour is followed by a private view of the exhibition until 20.30.

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Feb
3
10:00 AM10:00

LIKE: The Big Boro Cuddle, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

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Conjured from the mind of Danny Lowe (The Danny Kebabs) with help from author Richard Milward and mima’s Gavin Jasinek-Smith, LIKE will be a day-long festival of positivity, music, art and conversation celebrating the outsiders and insiders of Teesside with an array of diverse turns: Patrick Monaghan (comedy), Matt Abbott (poetry), Richard Milward (literature), Yussef Nimer World Music & Soul (music), and many more to be announced.

When it comes to dealing with outsiders, perhaps the most notorious story from our region is the fisherfolk of Hartlepool hanging a monkey during the Napoleonic Wars after mistaking it for a French spy. Our hope it to overturn this narrative and draw attention to how, on a number of occasions through history, the people of Teesside have been especially welcome to outsiders. From the state-style funeral held for Mohawk medicine man Moses Carpenter, to the support for the North Korean football team of 1966, the reciprocal love between Juninho and our townsfolk, to the feverish hunger for those Italianate delicacies the parmo and Lemon Top, and not least the original migrant workers that made Middlesbrough a boom town in the mid 19th Century, our region has accommodated a medley of different folks and cultures through its lifespan. True enough, there were no indigenous smoggies. LIKE aims to celebrate this.

Above all, this is a party - a big Boro cuddle. An all-day-and-night, all-welcome extravaganza of music, art, film, literature, comedy, sound and vision, inspired by the sound and visionary characters of Teesside that have made the place what it is, in all its uniqueness and unconventionality.

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