11 April 2017

The spider is a repairer. If you bash into the web of a spider, she doesn't get mad. She weaves and repairs it.

(Louise Bourgeois)

With article 50 now triggered and the sad reality of Brexit upon us, Peirene and I hope that we will acquire some spider-like repair skills.

And the first small contribution to the nation’s healing process is our Brexit novel, Peirene Now! No 2, The Cut, written by Anthony Cartwright. The novel is now with the setter and will go to the printers after Easter. Everyone who supported the book via our kickstarter campaign will receive their copy in May. Again a huge thank you to you all. Without your help this project would not have been possible.

The Cut is not a book that will put you at ease. It tells the story of a troubled relationship built on prejudices, misunderstandings and guilt – one where each side desires something that the other is not able to give.

‘One thing I think I have learned while writing The Cut is that we live in a country where many people can see everyone else's prejudices, but not their own. And prejudice, of course, cannot be an answer. This is a lesson that I, and my two characters Cairo and Grace, have tried to learn, with, admittedly, varying levels of success. It is a hard lesson for us all.’ Anthony Cartwright

We are also making progress with Peirene Now! No 3. Here is our first video in Arabic addressing the inhabitants of the Shatila refugee camp in Lebanon where we are going to hold our first creative writing work shop in July.

And more exciting news: The second book in this year’s series: East and West – Looking both Ways, Peirene No 23 The Orange Grove by Larry Tremblay, translated from the French by Sheila Fischmann, has just come from the printers and will be sent to our subscribers at the end of this month.
This beautiful novel about twin brothers Ahmed and Aziz who become pawns in their country’s civil war, is already making headlines. It has been shortlisted for Pan European Euregio Prize 2017 and longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award 2017.

Larry Tremblay will be in London for the launch.
On Thursday June 15th he will be in conversation with Iraqi playwright Hassan Abdulrazzak about art in the context of war. 7pm - 8.30pm, Ink@84, 84 Highbury Park, Highbury East, London N5 2XE. Entry is free but rsvp to James.Tookey@peirenepress.com essential.

And on Saturday on 17th of June 2017 Larry will be our star at the next Salon. As always, my husband and I would be delighted to welcome you for an evening of literature, conversation, dinner & wine. There are still a few tickets available. 

James will distribute our 2017 newspaper Tuesday 18th of April from 8.15am to 9.15 at Hammersmith Tube Station.

Best wishes Meike