Produced and presented by Love and Will Productions
Hosted by The Cockpit
by Alistair Fruish
So it’s experimental, sure - but The Sentence is also a deeply moving experience, a grime Under Milkwood for the 21st Century. This is prose that is mind-altering, time-altering and surprisingly beautiful.
The Sentence will be read by a group of performers, including Robin Ince, Alan Cox and Sean McCann. A non-stop relay-reading with no pause (approx 4 hours).
Hosted by Daisy Campbell, who brought you The Cockpit’s recent show Poetry Can F*ck Media and Money, this will be an unforgettable night.
Experience it in a single sitting like its guinea-pig narrator, as a not-so-short sharp shock, and it will stay with you forever like a penitentiary tattoo. A bold, bar-rattling gem.”
And that is precisely the opportunity we are giving you - come along and experience it in one sitting!
The Sentence is Alistair’s second book, his first published novel, Kiss My ASBO is among the select group of books that have been banned from Guantanamo Bay. Both of Alistair’s novels have been influenced by his work in prisons, where he began working in 2001 as a writer-in-residence at HMP Wellingborough.
He is currently writer-in-residence at HMP Leicester - one of the few remaining writers-in-residence who continue to fight for funding and access to prisons across the UK
In a recent interview with The Quietus, Alistair said this about the book:
“It concerns a drug that slows down time that is given to a prisoner as a punishment in a near future situation, after a series of “black swan” events have changed England quite a lot. The book is simultaneously a hyper-modern horror, an extremely black comedy, urban social realism, a crime story, a satire, a prose poem and “sink estate science fiction” I have tried to turn the derisory use of the word “monosyllabic”, to describe a certain perceived lack of eloquence in the so-called underclass, completely on its head.”
Sunday 15th January - 6:00pm