These two exciting Commission-winning pamphlets, launched at our April 11th event are now available to purchase from the Ink Sweat & Tears shop: http://www.inksweatandtears.co.uk/pages/?page_id=5711.
Jay Bernard‘s The Arthurian tale of Sir Morien is the story of a young knight described as being “black from head to toe”, who rides to Camelot to find his father.
But what happened before this story began? Jay Bernard’s The Red and Yellow Nothing is a prequel that asks this question, and in the process meditates on the black presence in European art and culture, long before the invention of the divisive racial categories that exist today.
Morien’s story moves across genders, landscapes and centuries with references as diverse as William Dunbar and Kendrick Lamar. Patience Agbabi calls the collection “a psychedelic trip of genre and gender, fizzing with 600 years of wordplay.”
Jonathan Morley‘s Euclid’s Harmonics borrows its title from a mysterious lost manuscript by Philemon Holland, whose “rare Greeke character” is said to have been the template for John Baskerville’s famous typeface. Onto this ghostly text Jonathan Morley overlays a reckoning of his years in Coventry, manipulating register, form and language to create a dazzling, genre-defying collection. Baroque, sweeping, and with a scathing humour running throughout, Euclid’s Harmonics captures humanity in its many guises, presenting an unsettling vision of impermanence, decay, and regret
NB: The Cafe Writers/ Ink Sweat & Tears Commission will be open for submissions again shortly . . .