Monday, 13 May 2013

psycholiterogeographiapp is the place to go to download the free GIMBAL app made by Ra Page's Comma Press, specialists in short fiction. The Gimbal allows you to download just the right length and style of story to fit any journey, or to explore in the city you travel to.

Ra writes: "Basically it's a free app that offers you an additional layer to what and how you read a city. You listen to the story being read, whilst the app plots a route for you through the city which the main character is taking,. it literally takes you where they're going. You can, of course, make excursions, explore nearby points of interest, landmarks, or just go off piste.

COMMA publish people like David Constantine, Sean O'Brien, Adam Marek, Jane Rogers and a lot of writers in traslation, including the very interesting Iraqi author, Hassan Blasim.

Download and experiment. This is similar to the app called Phictive which we nearly made with Timo Hannay and others some years ago. But this one really does exist and looks good. 

Friday, 10 May 2013

ifsoflo salon reborn

IFSOFLO SALON at the Candid Cafe June 3rd 7.00 with contributions from writer and publishing person Luke Roberts, publishers Sidekick Press, non fiction author and collector Bill Mayblin, Chris on ifsoflo, plus short extracts from a couple of pieces of new writing to give feedback on. 
An evening of discussion about inspirational and innovative practice in literature. If you'd like to come, email me. Places limited.

nearly events and ifsoflo updates

I've not been updating the blog lately but putting more on the IFSOFLO facebook page and putting energy into IFSOFLO.COM, which is our new space for collaborative reading and writing, literature happenings homecooked by if:book. Meanwhile I'm working hard on stuff.

Here's more on IFSOFLO events for the Crouch End Festival:

16 Park Road, Crouch End, N8 8TD

THURSDAY 13th JUNE 7 – 9pm 
An evening of stand up short talks starting with the words “I nearly..” 
“I nearly… led my whole life as a lie”
“I nearly… didn’t set fire to the wedding photos”
“I nearly… made a movie and I can describe it exactly”
“I nearly… really met Bob Dylan”

Throughout the festival
Nearlyologist and author Chris Meade will be gathering stories of the things we nearly did that we’d like the world to know about.
Call in at the Rocking Chair Café or Hornsey Library Café to give him your nearly and collect a free badge

IF you’d like to tell your nearly, email


A workshop by writer Chris Meade and dancer Jia-Yu Corti

Share things that nearly happened to you and turn them into stories and poems, then work with Jia-Yu on using movement to inspire, explore and perform. Open to writers prepared to move about a bit and dancers wanting to write things down.

Free event but places very limited. Please email for more details.

Chris and Jia-Yu met when they were participants in the Turner Prize nominated These Associations by Tino Sehgal at Tate Modern last summer and collaborated on NEARLY, a performance at the Chisenhale Dance Space and the Live Literary Lounge at Kings Place as part of Jewish Book Week.
Chris runs IFSOFLO PRODUCTIONS, makers of literature happenings.