Mahu: Influx Press - June Friday 26th 2015 - 7pm

at the Hardy Tree gallery - 7pm - Free Entry 119 Pancras Road. London, UK. NW1 1UN0 / email for further details

A night of eclectic readings from Influx writers and editors, taking in New York stories from Linda Mannheim, experimental squat poetry from Paul Hawkins, tales of light invading the dark by Clare Fisher, plus readings from Influx editors Kit and Gary.


Kit Caless

Kit is a writer and broadcaster. He is co-director of Influx Press, an independent press that publishes ‘site-specific’ literature. He hosts ‘Mapping the Metropolis’, a literature and urbanism show on London’s Resonance 104.4FM and used to host the breakfast show on cult underground station NTS. He writes regularly for VICE, The Quietus and others.

Gary Budden

Gary Budden is the co-director of Influx Press and a fiction editor at Ambit magazine. His work has appeared in Structo, Unthology, Galley Beggar Press, Brittle Star, The Lonely Crowd and many more. He writes regularly about place and landscape for Unofficial Britain.

Paul Hawkins

Paul is a Bristol based poet, and has been a musician, squatter, tour manager, freelance journalist, gardener, improviser, collaborator and a manager of an Elvis Presley impersonator. He studied the art of sleeping standing up and drinking lying down with nearly disastrous consequences. He has had two books published, Claremont Road &Contumacy. His next collection is Place Waste Dissent; plotting the run-off, rackets and 90’s resistance to the proposed M11 Link Road in east London; text experiments and collage from Claremont Road to Cameron. Memory traces re-surface the A12. Due Oct. 2015 via Influx Press.

Clare Fisher

Clare Fisher now lives in Leeds but was born and grew up in London and has a strong attachment, both in fiction and in ‘real life,’ to both cities. In 2016, her collection of very short fiction, How the Light Gets In, will be published by Influx Press. Winner of the Spread the Word and Cinnamon Press Short Story Competitions in 2013, she has been published in a range of journals and magazines. She has also worked on live art projects and was Writer in Residence at the 2014 UK Young Artist Festival. She holds an MA (with Distinction) in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London and BA in Modern History from Oxford. She also enjoys running, travelling and trying to lie in.

Linda Mannheim

Linda Mannheim's most recent book is Above Sugar Hill (Influx Press), stories of a one time New York City landmark that became known for its high homicide rate and heroine trade. Eimear McBride wrote that: "Mannheim's restive tales of her desiccated stretch of New York provoke and abide like a slap."  Above Sugar Hill was longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize and was a #readwomen2014 pick of the year. Linda is also the author of a novel Risk (Penguin), set in South Africa during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Hearings. Her stories have appeared inAmbit, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and New York Stories. She lives in London.

about Mahu 

A solo exhibition by SJ Fowler

A novel onto gallery walls. A novel written without prelude or revision. A novel written in black ink on white walls. A novel in words that veers into neologisms. A novel in language that veers into abstract symbols. An asemic novel. A novel of twenty-one days, before it is stripped, chopped, framed, never to be reunited again.

Hardy Tree Gallery is a London based art gallery.  The gallery promotes the work of emerging visual artists, photographers and performance artists. Co-founders Cameron Maxwell and Amalie Russell, aim to create a space which pushes boundaries and gives artists the freedom to bring their visions to life.

Hardy Tree Gallery is located next to St. Pancras station. The name Hardy Tree comes from a tree in the St. Pancras churchyard. Before turning to writing full time, Thomas Hardy worked as an architect apprentice and in the 1860’s was commissioned to dismantle tombs in the churchyard to allow the new St. Pancras train tracks to pass through. Rather than discard the many gravestones, Hardy placed them around a tree.

The tree, which has grown amongst the gravestones, represents growth, memories and the history of the area.

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