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What You Saying? presents a night of domesticity + nostalgia in an evening of stories at ‘Home’ in London, Nov 16

16 November 2017

What You Saying? presents an evening of stories on the theme of ‘Home’ at London’s DIY Space on November 16. 

The second iteration, with tickets available here, will host a night of stories, prompting you to dig into your memory bank, bringing you back to specific places like, “Sun Maid raisins, doing homework on staircases, or the middle seat of the car.”

The line up is yet to be released, and the hosts are still collecting names for the open mic for anyone keen to get involved.

What You Saying? is a newly run platform seeking to connect anyone interested in storytelling, from “bizarre to bonkers, serious to significant.”

Visit the DIY Space website for details.**

Courtesy What You Saying?
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‘Mystic Tenor: Celebrating Albert Ayler’ @ DIY Space, Jul 13

11 July 2016

DIY Space in London will play records, screenings & host performances to commemorate the life of radical Jazz musician, Albert Ayler on July 13.

Two films will be screened on the date which would have been Ayler’s eightieth birthday: Michael Snow‘s 16mm ‘New York Eye and Ear Control’ and Kasper Collin‘s moving documentary portrait ‘My Name is Albert Ayler’.

The former incorporates footage of avant guard Canada in the mid-60s including Snow’s “walking women” sculptures alongside a free score by Ayler, and the latter follows the life of the musician between recording his first album in Sweden to his death eight years later.

See the DIY Space website for further details.**

Poster for My Name is Albert Ayler (2006) by Kasper Collin.
Poster for ‘My Name is Albert Ayler’ (2006) by Kasper Collin.
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Jen Calleja launches Serious Justice @ DIY Space, Mar 31

30 March 2016

Independent publishing house, Test Centre will host the launch of Jen Calleja‘s debut poetry collection, ‘Serious Justice’ at London’s DIY Space on March 31.

According to the short write up on Calleja’s first on Test Centre’s website —where you can now pre-order the collection — “Serious Justice is populated by characters who are ‘paralysed but able to feel’, powerless and imprisoned, but acutely alert, sensitive and aware” to the “comparatively carefree recent past, and apprehensive at the prospect of an unknown future”.

Calleja, who edits, translates from German, organises poetry readings and has had writing included in ‘The Quietus’ and Structo, will read on the evening alongside fellow London poets Jack Underwood and Maike Hale Jones.

Also present to celebrate the launch, and perhaps owing to Calleja’s often described ability to evoke music, punk and song in her words, will be Tense Men, Sarcasm and Al McKay of Melbourne band Dick Diver playing live.

See the event page for more details**

Jen Calleja, portrait. Photo Owen Richards. Courtesy the artist
Jen Calleja, portrait. Photo: Owen Richards. Courtesy the artist


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there is a party @ DIY Space, Feb 16

15 February 2016

London’s DIY Space will host an event of readings titled there is a party on the evening of February 16.

Reading will be Jesse Darling, Rachel Benson, London-based Angela Shier who runs The Mall magazine, Christopher Kirubi, producer VÏSTAAurelia Guo –via iMessage if she’s awake, according to the FB Event page, and poet and video artist Steve Roggenbuck.

Roggenbuck is currently on tour and is also giving an artist’s tour at Goldsmiths on February 15.

See DIY Space event page for (limited) details**

Rachel Benson, Just Did It (2013) Courtesy the artist
Rachel Benson, ‘Just Did It’ (2013). Courtesy the artist.



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