Paris Lit Up’s double London Launch couldn’t have gone better! On Wednesday 20th we were welcomed into the loving arms of the team at Spoken, who invited us to host and perform with them. Harry Man, our featured reader, went down a storm, and our PLU published poets kicked ass too.
On Thursday, the downstairs space at the Poetry Café in Covent Garden was packed out. We started with readings from the magazine (thank you to everyone who bought a copy!) then went late into the night with a typical PLU open mic. A big MERCI to Tyrone who took the photos, and to Iris for finding us both these gigs.
See you soon, London!
Check out some pirated video with Dónall Dempsy!
And of course, tons of photos….!
We’ve done Paris, we’ve done Prague, we’ve done Berlin: All aboard the PLU bus to our next launch location… London! On May 20th and 21st, a Paris Lit Up squadron of poets, writers and transnational bohemians will be pulling up at different Londonian locations to celebrate the launch of our magazine N°2, and to look smug about the upcoming third issue. Both events are free and open to all and you can even get your hands on our latest issue as well as the other publications in our Paris Lit Up Press catalogue.
We’re co-hosting the monthly ‘Spoken’ open mic featuring special guest Harry Man, followed by readings from many of the talented writers and artists from the magazine.
Harry Man (b. 1982) is the 2014 winner of The Bridges of Struga Award for his first pamphlet, Lift (Tall Lighthouse). It was also nominated for ‘Best Pamphlet’ in the 2014 Sabotage Awards. In 2015 he was selected for the Versopolis project, touring festivals across Europe. Finders Keepers, a collaboration with illustrator Sophie Gainsley, is forthcoming from Sidekick Books.
Readings by writers and artists published in the magazine, followed by an open mic.
Just a taster of some of the PLU readers: Alex Manthei, Louisa Dunnigan, James Bird, Liz Greenfield, Matthew Caley, Emily Ruck Keene, Iris Colomb and Sohini Basak!
Back with a boom, Paris Lit Up Magazine n°2 is much more than a simple repetition. Now with 200 full-color pages, a stunning semi-transparent dust jacket and over 100 contributors, this independent publication is truly a testament to grassroots DIY publications. Through transparency and overlapping reflection, the words and images in this collection caress each other in open cooperation and collective conversation, creating unexpected synergies and new realms. Come and be part of our community where language, ideas and desires are shared and celebrated. It is available in both print as well as a digital versions. Poetry, short-stories, flash fiction, photography, artwork, interviews and even comic books: Paris Lit Up Magazine n°2 has something for every connoisseur of contemporary writing.
Magazines will be on sale on the night, and you are welcome to sign up to the open mic upon arrival.