RPM – The Launch of Dean Lilleyman’s ‘The Gospel According to Johnny Bender’

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The 24th of June. Chameleon Arts Café. RPM.

Revolutions Per Minute… Revolutions Per… Revolutions… Revo…

Multi-art forms all focusing around the broad theme of music. Spoken word. Photography. Art. Rock n roll.

Why Music? Because this night is more special than you might think. Dean Lilleyman, author of the transgressive and enthralling Billy and the Devil, is launching his new book, The Gospel According to Johnny Bender. Without giving too much away, the novel is set in and around the fictional village of Edendale and its village carnival. Dean’s not one to shout about himself, but this launch is the reason for our party/celebration. As well as the art mentioned above, you will experience a carnival like The Chameleon has never seen before.

Dean was very keen to have us at Hand Job and Miggy Angel involved in the night because of the success of our previous launches. Success – what a very objective word. Money, money, money? No. Atmosphere. INclusivity. Everyone in this place is so different, yet they’re all talking and laughing, what’s going on? ‘There’s something happening here, but you don’t know what it is. Do you, Mr Jones?’ Although there is a line-up for the night, everyone can be involved in a lot of the planned entertainment if they like. I’m not going to give too much away but I can confirm the presence of a raffle/tombola to go with the carnival theme. Will there be hook a duck? We’re not sure yet. Will you be able to throw large balls into small jars unsuccessfully? Only time will tell. Midgets on stilts? That’s too far.

If you are familiar with the Hand Job nights then you’ll be familiar with the atmosphere described and will be foaming at the mouth at the news of this gig.

We are currently in the process of producing a one off micro-zine based around the theme of music to release on the night, this will then be available on our site. So far we have had some brilliant submissions but the call for subs is still open until the end of May, so you can get some subs in now if you want to. Other artists who are attending such as, Meghan Lilleyman, Scott Hukins, Stephen Holmes and our very own Sophie Pitchford, will be producing work to go into especially designed swanky paper goody-bags for the night. Along with this, these artists will also be exhibiting there work in an around the venue. You won’t be able to step three feet without being confronted by a stunning visual experience. Each person will even be up on stage at some point to discuss their work in further detail.

Then there’s the readers. Not a packed out bill. More time for chatting, communicating, enjoying the presence of those present. Jim Gibson will represent Hand Job with the some of his work early on in the night. Nottingham’s prolific poet Miggy Angel will be compering the night as only he can, jeering the crowd into a ruckus and pulling the bohemians into some sort of order for short periods of time. His set will be after Jim and he’s an unmissable act. His poetry collection, Grime Kerbstone Psalms, is one of the finest poetry collections, not only of our ostracised generation, but that I have ever read. Holly Watson will then be performing a Coventry Conch set, if you haven’t read her writing before you really need to, I can’t wait for her to have a collection of these published at some point. They focus on a young girl’s experience of growing up in Coventry in the 90’s; funny, heartwarming and captivating. The only other reader then is Dean, who will be reading from his new novel. If Billy and the Devil is anything to go by, then this will be an opportunity not to be missed. All of Dean’s writing is alive with the poetic humanity of existence. Only time will tell what this new novel will bring.

Beth Aveyard and Sam Lancashire will be providing musical interludes throughout the night. They’re new ones on me so I’m looking forward to see what they have got to bring to the table. The headlining musical act is The Young, a three piece indie/rock band from the Nottingham area. They’re currently up for Leftlion’s future sound of Nottingham award, so they are an exciting act to have on the bill.

The Chameleon Arts Café has proved to be a perfect venue for these literary happenings. The staff are friendly, accommodating and so laid back that the afterparties are often tequila soaked hazes. The layout of the venue is tranquil downstairs, where the readings take place, then upstairs for the band, where we get gritty and let all loose.

It will be a night of happening after happening, unpretentious, unassuming and totally in time to the ticking clock of ‘this is it’. Get down to the night. Buy The Gospel According to Johnny Bender. Be part of the literary happening.

For a bit of taster visit Dean’s site.

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Poster and map by Stephen Holmes

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