Nova Festival of Arts & Music Literature Spoken Word line up July...

Nova Festival of Arts & Music Literature Spoken Word line up July 5th-8th 2012

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Nova Festival announces an exciting programme of authors, poets and comedians for their debut four-day event that will take place an hour south of London in Pulborough, Sussex.

Engaging, best-selling authors and bright future stars will educate, enthral and amuse all visitors to the literary festival-within-a-festival. With one-to-ones, talking walks, stalking poets, storytelling by the campfire, Nova Festival is set to be a literary whirlwind of readings, debates and lectures.

Tony Grisoni with Andrew Kotting and Jem Finer:Award-winning screen writer Tony Grisoni (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Red Riding) explores themes of Landscape using Jem Finer’s cinematic installation. Finer left a camera in a tree for two years and using 18,000 photographs he created Still, a still image in a state of constant flux that is beautiful, meditative, silent and haunting. Discussions with Finer and Kotting chaired by Tony Grisoni.

Charley Boorman  Long Way Down  (Little Brown): The keen adventurer Boorman and his best friend Ewan McGregor took part in Long Way Round, a motorbike trip that took them to all corners of the globe in 2004. The TV documentary became a global hit and the book a best seller. Hear the tales.

Simon Gandolfi Old Man On A Bike (The Friday Project):Another man – an older man – another bike. More enrapturing tales of two-wheel travel, Gandolfi is an articulate, engaging travel writer who is in his 70’s, which makes his many brushes with danger all the more gripping.

Katy Darby Whores Asylum (Penguin):Set in Darby’s student stomping ground Oxford, this gothic drama is out in paperback this autumn. Darby is a London-based “woman-about-town”, so is used to social gatherings and telling good yarns. “A satisfying homage to Victorian sensation novels, melodramas and penny dreadfuls: a darkly enjoyable mix of romance and thriller (4*),” Metro.

Paul Trynka Starman, Bowie biog (Little Brown): Trynka edited Britain’s seminal classic-rock magazine Mojo for seven years from the mid-90s. He wrote Iggy Pop “Open Up and Bleed” and he interviewed more than 250 people for Starman. “Close to definitive,” says the New York Times.

Neil Ansell Deep Country (Penguin): Ansell cut himself off from the world for five years to live in solitude in the Welsh hills. As the months went by he felt his existence blend in with nature until his daily thoughts were occupied only with birds, weather and flowering buds. Only the wish to procreate drew him back into civilisation. “A gem of a book, an extraordinary tale. Ansell’s rich prose will transport you to a real life Narnian world that CS Lewis would have envied” Countryfile

The Hunger Interview & Q&A with Rankin:Creator of the fashion bible Dazed & Confused, and one of the world’s leading photographers, Rankin has shot front covers and countless celebrities, from Kylie to the HM Queen. He made headlines with his campaign for Dove showing women who differed from the usual stick-thin advertising stereotype. Chaired by The Hunger Magazine.

Third Nature is a London-based arts and cultural management company that works with leading authors, artists filmmakers and musicians, arts organisations and creative individuals on specially commissioned projects.

Kirsteen McNish/ Third Nature Curated Literature Events presents:

Michael Smith   Triple Bill: Author, filmmaker and Culture Show presenter presents an exclusive selection of films for Nova that study both the urban, rural and psychogeographical landscape of the UK including previously unseen new work. Michael will read new unpublished work “Lost In London” (working title) and celebrated cult bestseller “Giro Playboy”  excerpts.

Cornelius Medvei   Caroline (Harvill Secker): Medvei’s novel Caroline was so popular one independent bookshop even went so far as to write and record a song about it! He will read passages from his leftfield book that is tender, funny and endlessly enjoyable. Unfolding with the beauty and power of fable, Caroline depicts a glorious Indian summer in one man’s life.

Alex Preston The Revelations (Faber and Faber):Preston writes and reviews for the New Statesman and the Observer and is a regular panellist on BBC2’s The Review Show. His first novel The Revelations is a gripping sinister novel studying how one weekend in London changes the lives of four friends forever as they look for meaning in a dark and disenchanted world that sends shockwaves as it rapidly unfurls at a frightening pace.

Helen Gordon Landfall (Penguin):A former associate editor of Granta magazine Gordon bases her character on an art critic for a magazine so fashionable it’s just gone out of business. Housesitting for her parents, moving back home to a suburbia she thought long behind her, she finds herself reconnecting with a different landscape, a fraught and painful past.

Joe Dunthorne  Submarine (Hamish Hamilton):Joe Dunthorne is the author of the celebrated novel Submarine (which was translated into ten languages and made into an acclaimed film). He published his new novel Wild Abandon in 2011, and is a Faber New Poet. Joe also runs a monthly night of literary miscellany Homework in East London. In this exciting event for Nova, Joe will read from both his novels and a selection of his poetry followed with an opportunity to talk to the author with a short Q&A to see the festival’s last night off in literary style.

The Kubla Khan Coffee House curated by The Chap Magazine

The magazine is programming a series of multi-medium arts events inside a large Moroccan Bedouin that will be decked out in the style of an exotic middle eastern Coffee House/ Artists Salon. Alongside the ‘walk in’ installation will be pop-up fine art exhibits and a small stage for an eclectic mix of spoken word events, readings from established authors, discussions/ debates, cabaret and comedy, plus lunchtime leftfield, underground Electronica acoustic sessions, served alongside fine coffees and teas, traditional middle eastern pastries, sweetbreads and cakes.

Gustav TempleFounder and editor of The Chap Magazine, the satirical gentlemen’s journal that came to light in 1999, and publisher and co-author of four books including the chap-spotting bible, “Am I A Chap?” (Beautiful Books).
The Chap Magazine’s strap line: a journal for the modern gentleman, vintage, trilby, sock suspender, braces, 1930s, 1940s, grooming, moustache wax, top hat, bowler, brown bowler…

Neil Palmer Rockhunter:From punk to rock, trading under the pseudonym of Neil Palmer is a Brighton-based fiction writer and songwriter who has worked with and dissected high-profile artists and writers on music and text projects. He and garage rock legend Billy Childish have produced two LPs under the name Spartan Dreggs, with further albums in the pipeline for 2012. His most recent book, Sonic Antiquarian, is a one-to-one encounter with Rock n Roll’s mightiest ‘unknown’ unknowns – the dumbest, most obscure sound-traces ever recorded in human history.

Peter Hancock aka, comedian Jinx Jones:A one-man stand up with comical, deep and valid insights. Pete Hancock’s first foray into cabaret was in 2002 as Duke Hancock, with his wife, Glenda the Cocktail Goddess. He started performing stand-up, as Jinx Jones, the ‘Welsh porn star’ at various London venues but a change came when he was mugged. He wrote about this through poetry, a form he has worked with ever since. For four years Pete Hancock was the MC and performed stand-up, poetry and music with Glenda the Cocktail Goddess and in-house ukulele band, The Ukelazies, at Cabaret Cosa Nostra in London, while touring the globe, performing at events and festivals in Vancouver, Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Toronto.

CAMARADE poetry collaborations

A very special poetry event, a festival first, takes place at on Sunday afternoon. This special Camarade event for Nova – a collaboration between SJ Fowler and Natasha Plowright (see below) – will see a dozen pairs of contemporary, vital poets read original collaborations written specifically and in partnership for Nova. Camarade seeks to celebrate and activate the collaborative force in poetry (it typically being a solitary sport) by explicitly setting poets in pairs to show what might be produced when the respondent or ‘other’ is the mind and voice of an equally avid poet.

The poetic form, especially when spoken aloud, feels like one part of a conversation. There’s an aliveness, an immediacy inherent that evokes a sense of communion with an ‘other’. Sometimes this can feel like a private communication between poet and reader/audience or between poets themselves, or sometimes, like an open-ended public conversation that weaves its way between the words and myriad meanings.

Camarade seeks to celebrate and activate the collaborative force in poetry by explicitly setting poets in pairs to show what might be produced when the respondent or  ‘other’ is the mind and voice of an equally avid poet. Each poem will differ in content and collaborative style and will display the creativity and depth of contemporary innovative poetry. Poets will for the most part will be working on new pieces/new commissions. Featuring:

Joe Dunthorne & Sam Riviere

Simon Barraclough & Isobel Dixon

Tom Jenks & Philip Terry

Georges Szirtes & Carol Watts

Emma Bennett & Holly Pester

Andy Spragg & David Berridge

Jeff Hilson & Robert Shepherd

Roddy Lumsden & Carrie Etter

Maria Ferencuhova & Frances Kruk

Tim Atkins & Harry Gilonis

Jonty Tiplady & Richard Barrett

SJ Fowler has published four collections of poetry and has received commissions from the Tate Online, the Southbank centre, the London Sinfonietta and Mercy. He is the UK editor of and poetry editor for 3am magazine.  Natasha Plowright is an arts consultant and programmer  working with a variety of arts spaces including The ICA, Calvert 22, The Performance Space and internationally as part of ‘Figure of Speech’ events in San Francisco and New York.

Joe Dunthorne: Writer and poet, perhaps best known for his 2008 novel, Submarine, which was made into a film in 2010.

Sam Riviere: Began to write poems while at the Norwich School of Art and Design and is a recipient of a 2009 Eric Gregory Award, he was recently selected for the Faber New Poets scheme.

Simon Barraclough: Yorkshire-born, London-based poet & broadcaster whose debut collection was shortlisted for the Forward Prizes.

Isobel Dixon: London-based prize wining contemporary poet and literary editor. Born in South Africa her work is characterised by a strong lyrical voice and preoccupation with settlement.

Philip Terry: Belfast-born writer and poet and is currently Director of Creative Writing at Essex University.

Tom Jenks: One of the UK’s most innovative experimental poets.

Emma Bennett: London-based performance maker & artist who explores the physicality of speech and complexities of language.

Holly Pester: Her urbane performances entrap and captivate through their exploration of tonality, voice, volume and sound forcing a profound concentration on the potentialities of everyday language.

Andrew Spragg: Writer and founding member of the Norwich Poetry Choir. He was Literature Coordinator for last year’s Norwich Fringe Festival and is currently studying for a Creative Writing MA at Goldsmith’s, London.

David Berridge: Writer and curator based in London. Recent projects include I AM NOT A POET (co-curated with Mirja Koponen), a two week summer school/ project space on the connections of language and art practice at Totalkunst Gallery, Edinburgh.

Nova Festival of Arts & Music takes place July 5th-8th and will feature groundbreaking and exclusive collaborations from stars of visual art, theatre and film. Add theatre, live music, dancing, creative workshops, performance artists, woodland pub, camping, casino, comedy, fine all-singing all-dancing food tents, family frolics and just a 5,000-capacity and it’s sounding like the idyllic festival option. Info:


Date: 2pm Thursday 5th– Monday 8th July 2012

Address: Bignor Park, Pulborough, West Sussex

Tickets: Early Birds sold out

Adult: £139 (plus booking fee). Under 12: free (but they must be registered – see Ticketline). 13–17 years: £60 (plus booking fee). Students: £100 (plus booking fee). Live-in vehicle: £50 (plus booking fee) Tickets include a camping pass. If travelling by car, car park passes are included with ticket

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