FERAL: An Underground All Nighter

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On 4th November 2017, Hi Vis Press bring you FERAL, an underground all nighter (well, till 2 am). It will be at The Chameleon Arts Café, NG1 6HL, with doors opening at 6pm and the first act on at 7, hosted by the one and only Mr Miggy Angel.

The night will be celebrating the launch of Dean Lilleyman’s cult classic novel, Billy and the Devil. It will be the first novel that we’ve published and a statement piece as to what we’re all about. The novel is an unflinching portrayal of the life of an alcoholic: Billy. It accelerates at a rapid pace, is experimental in form and transgressive in tone. Find more about the book here and even take a read of the chapters online.

The other new publication that you’ll be able to get your hands on is the first issue of our new poetry, prose and photography magazine, Low Light. 24 writers and photographers alongside interviews with the brilliant Jim Mortram and Jenni Fagan. More on this is here.

The night will consist of 12 of our favourite writers (one has had to pull out since the poster was made, unfortunately) reading their work; expect poetry, stories and more but don’t expect any refrain. The writers we feature don’t shy away from the truth.

The readers are:

  • Liam Mills
  • Anna Wall
  • Keith Ford
  • Gwil James Thomas
  • Hannah Whitlow
  • Terence Corless
  • Holly Watson (Coventry Conch)
  • Jamie Thrasivoulou
  • Miggy Angel
  • Rob True
  • Bridie Squires
  • Dean Lilleyman

Half way through the night, Alice Short will be performing a set. Her unique hip hop will be accompanied by acoustic guitar, Alice is a gem in Nottingham’s music scene. Rob and Natas will be topping the live entertainment off. The Sheffield band bring the raw garage punk, skate vibes, perfect to get us going again and into party mode. Then it’s a case of partying all night. DJ Allan (also one of Sheff’s finest) will be spinning some vinyl bangers and the house DJ Keith Ford will be belting tunes for the rest of the night.

For anyone who wants to be a part of the fun, just turn up on the night (tickets on the door only. £3 - a bargain for all that!) and you’ll be welcomed instantly to the most inclusive and down to earth literary night there is. It’s by the people, for the people! There will also be an open mic raffle for only a quid extra if anyone fancies reading some words out, so bring a poem with you just in case. We’re limited on time for this one though so unfortunately it’s only one poem per person or story if it’s mega short.

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If you’re looking for something to do in the day too, Notts Zine Fest will be on from 12 till 6pm at Rough Trade. Why not make it a full day of indie small presses? We’ll have a stall there and along with all of the other stall holders there will be ‘talks, readings, live screen printing and DJs on throughout the day!’

The 4th of November will be a landmark day for true Notts DIY publishing and real, unapologetic literature that stands on its own without the need for any funding or endorsement by any transparent organisations.

Low Light Magazine

POETRY•  PROSE•  PHOTOGRAPHY•  JOURNALISM

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Low Light is officially out at the printers and we’re really excited to let you all in on what we’ve become so familiar with. At times when you work on something for so long, you start to forget that other people might not have a clue what’s in store, so it’s important to let it all out there. The proof copy we received needed a few minor adjustments but, all in all, it looks great and the content really is of the highest quality that you will see and read.

The two main featured interviews that we have are with two fantastic artists in their own fields. First, we have the novelist, Jenni Fagan, whose last two works, The Panopticon and The Sunlight Pilgrims, are both beyond most other contemporary works. She works in a variety of other creative mediums and her recent short film is an example of how far her creative talents go beyond the written word.

The other feature is with photographer, Jim Mortram, whose series, Small Town Inertia, has just been published by Bluecoat Press and has recently been longlisted for the Deutsche Börse Foundation Photography Prize 2018. The series focuses on the people in Jim’s community that have been left behind by austerity and it really needs to be seen so that you can truly appreciate the importance of his images in today's Britain. He talks us through the process of making these images with his subjects and what motivates him to do so.

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Later on in the mag, we have a piece created by Adam Steiner as a part of his Disappear Here project. The project all revolves around the Coventry Ring Road and you can find video artist/poet collaborations online as a part of this series.

Martin Appleby of Paper and Ink Zine gives us a roundup of some of the zines that are available for anyone out there who’s not yet found the joys that litzines bring to the world of literature.

The rest of the writers and photographers are listed below but special mention has to go out to the two prize winners.

Brenda Birenbaum won the best prose/poetry submission with her piece, Obituary, that delves into what was left behind from a life that may have been better off not lived in a beautifully composed narrative that spirals around inside your head with vivid ferocity.

Jamie Sinclair won the best photography/journalism submission with a documentary series focusing on the effects of hoarding, with Brendan, a compulsive hoarder, who he has become friends with, photographed and helped throughout their time spent together. The beautifully written piece and expertly composed images give an insight into the mind of a hoarder whilst treating his subject with respect.

Also, Alex Brown’s stunning image features on the front and back covers as well as having a photography collection that is tied together by a beautiful piece of his own prose. He posts his images online under the title A Routine Search.

We were humbled by the amount of submissions and the quality of those received. Each submission that made it into the mag blown us away and we truly belive that, because of this, Low Light has the highest quality literature of any print magazine. Contributors are:

Poetry

  • Annegham Wall
  • Raif Mansell
  • Paula Chatterjee
  • Hannah Whitlow
  • Hannah Bradbridge-Jackson
  • Amber Agha
  • Gareth Culshaw
  • Florence Lenears
  • Christopher Iacono

Prose

  • Jamie Thrasivoulou
  • Joseph Ridgwell
  • Brenda Birenbaum
  • Rob True
  • Terence Corless
  • A.G Kayman
  • Ian Cusack
  • Sarah Evans

Photography and photographic journalism

  • Nieves Mingueza
  • Jack Fleming
  • Alex Brown
  • Ewan Waddell
  • Chris Ward
  • Jamie Sinclair
  • Jason Jackson

The mag will be available to pre-order in the coming weeks directly from our site and afterwards it will be available from independent shops throughout the UK and at the events that we are currently organising. There will be a big party at The Chameleon Arts Café in Nottingham on the 4th of November where you will also be able to purchase Billy and the Devil, the stunning debut novel by Dean Lilleyman. It’ll be an amazing night as anyone who has been to the Hand Job Zine parties that we previously organised will be able to vouch for. We have a packed out line-up of readers, with open mic spaces available to be drawn by raffle numbers, a rapper, punk band, DJs and much more to be revealed. The poster and line-up will be released very soon but I can assure you there are some of the finest voices from the literary underground circuit booked.

See you there and keep and eye out for the mag in shops near you!

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SEPT 23rd - When Makers Meet under Moonlight

 

It's already been leaked. The words is out so I thought I'd share the email that went out with all of you. Get in contact if you want to be involved.

 

Hello everyone!

As you all know, we’re going to be launching a new magazine called Low Light and we will be putting together the usual raucous shindig in Notts city centre soon but we also wondered how we could do things differently. You know us, like to stay one step ahead of the game. So, we thought we would put on this special do, involving everyone who has been a part of the journey so far. Read ahead and become excited…

There will be a happenin’ happenin’! A woodland scene, a group of creatives with addled minds, tents, tinnies, music and a uniting of kindred spirits who want to celebrate a life of non-conformity and making things with no regard to the mundane establishments who try to tell us what our art should be. Our own scene. Hi Vis Pres is a part of this, but it is more. It is you reading this, it is that niggling in your soul that knows that there is something missing and this is where you will find it. Bonds are to be formed. Arts to have platforms crossed. You are a writer, musician, photographer, print maker, painter, collage artist, graffiti renegade, we are all a mixed media mafia waiting to be born. The only real art comes from outside. Outside comfort zones, rules, boundaries and wanders, of its own accord, with a voice of truth that reverberates the waves of the skies above our hearts. This is our chance to do something special.

The date is September 23rd. The location will be revealed closer to the date (let me know to let you know). All we can say is that it's easily accessible from Newstead Village train station. A car park at the bottom, and a few of us will be doing car runs to help get people closer to the spot. A pub is also nearby that can be used as a meeting point.

Bring your soul. Bring a tent and your chosen poison. If you’re reading this then you’re in the know. Feel free to pass this on to kindred spirits who will also feel the call in their bones. This is a collective effort; if you can provide any equipment to aid this night then please let us know (Sound systems, generators, torches, gazebos, whatever you can think of that we can power in the sticks, etc.). We need all that we can get our hands on. As well as equipment, bring instruments, words, dogs, cats and rabbits' feet. It’s an informal sharing of feelings, ideologies and prospects.

Let’s get the ball rolling. This is in its infancy but can be something really special if we all pull together. Tell yer friends. There's gonna be no posters or anything for this, pure word of mouth magic.

Jim

Hi Vis Press

Photography by Sophie Pitchford.

Photography by Sophie Pitchford.