24 September 2022, 6.30–8pm
32 St. Andrews St
Glasgow G1 5PD
Free but RSVP
Good Press + Book Works present an event with Rosa-Johan Uddoh and Sophie Collins to launch two new Book Works publications.
Rosa is an interdisciplinary artist and the author of Practice Makes Perfect, a new book which explores the production and performance of Black British identity through a range of figures and subjects such as the newsreader Moira Stuart; Beyoncé; the Black Madonna; Meghan Markle; Una Marson (a British-Jamaican activist, presenter and poet, and the first Black BBC radio producer in 1942); and Hercule Poirot (played in Uddoh’s reworking of the Agatha Christie classic, by the Martiniquan philosopher and poet, Édouard Glissant). Comprising of experimental texts, performance scripts, lyrics, stories and stickers, Practice Makes Perfect plays with form and register, to create a wide-ranging and original exploration of what it is to be Black and British today.
Sophie Collins is a poet, writer and translator and the author of small white monkeys: on self-expression, self-help and shame. Based on Glasgow Women’s Library’s collections, small white monkeys…is a fragmented essay, including poems and images, on self-expression, self-help and shame, based on research into the Glasgow Women’s Library’s collections. The book examines the author’s relationship with shame through a series of short studies on, amongst other things, cats, hair as a metonym for the self in poetry and fiction, and perceptions of sexual violence. It is published in a second edition by Book Works in 2022.
Both authors will read from their work, followed by a conversation around artist publishing, and their writing/research practices, in which they both use various forms of practical and “live” research as the basis for texts.