Thursday 11th April
JOELLE TAYLOR + Toria Garbutt
£15 [+10% booking fee]
Doors open 7.30pm | 8pm start
16+ seated show
Joelle Taylor: The Night Alphabet
Award-winning poet Joelle Taylor performs a staged reading from her mesmerising debut novel The Night Alphabet, directed by Neil Bartlett.
Hackney, 2233: a woman walks into a tattoo parlour. Her body is covered all over with tattoos, but she wants to add one final inking to her gallery – a thin line connecting the haunting images of her body art together. But if you followed this strand, what narrative do these images tell you?
This event is a staged reading by Joelle Taylor from her debut novel The Night Alphabet, directed by acclaimed writer and director Neil Bartlett.
Set across geographies and timespans, replete with literary fireworks, The Night Alphabet is a furious, gripping, dazzlingly original novel and a deep and bold investigation into violence, resilience and women’s stories. It is published by Riverrun in February 2024.
Support: Toria Garbutt
Joelle Taylor is the author of 4 collections of poetry. Her most recent, C+NTO & Othered Poems won the 2021 TS Eliot Prize, the 2022 Polari Book Prize for LGBT authors, and is currently being adapted for the theatre.
Neil Bartlett has made theatre everywhere from the Royal Vauxhall Tavern to the National Theatre; his recent stage work includes Orlando in the West End with Emma Corrin and a live version of Derek Jarman’s film Blue at the Tate Gallery, with Russell Tovey, Travis Alabanza and Joelle Taylor. His most recent novel was the Polari Prize-nominated Address Book.
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