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Book Launch: Naomi Booth & J.T. Welsch – 12 October 2015

Please join us at 7pm on Monday, 12 October, for the launch and reading from Naomi Booth’s novella, The Lost Art of Sinking, and J.T. Welsch’s poetry collection, Hell Creek Anthology. This will be in De Grey Lecture Theatre (DG/017) at York St John University, and includes refreshments and a chance to check out these YSJU Creative Writing staff member’s latest publications!

Please book a free ticket here.

Naomi Booth, The Lost Art of Sinking (Penned in the Margins, 2015)

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Some call it the Fainting Game, others Indian Headrush – but it’s all the rage amongst the girls of Class 2B. “It makes you go all rushy. You feel like you’re falling into a dream.”

The Lost Art of Sinking is a dark comedy about losing yourself. It tells the story of Esther, who lives in the Pennines with her father. Esther is obsessed with experimenting with different ways to pass out: from snorting Daz powder at school to attempted autoasphyxiation in a serviced apartment in north London. But what happens when you take something too far? And what has Esther’s mother, a beautiful dancer wasting away in her bedroom, to do with it all?

Described by Grazia as an ‘absorbing read about losing yourself that packs a punch’ and by Nicholas Royle as ‘beautifully written, funny, mischievous and touching’, The Lost Art of Sinking introduces a fresh new literary voice. Raised in West Yorkshire, Booth is a lecturer at York St John University and is currently working on a monograph about swooning. Sensual, funny and exquisitely written, The Lost Art of Sinking was shortlisted for the prestigious MMU Novella Award and is published by Penned in the Margins.

J.T. Welsch and Dom & Ink, Hell Creek Anthology (Sidekick Books, 2015)

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Under my jawbone is snuggled the bony nose of Nyx – / Our story is lost in silence. Go by, mad planet!

Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology, published in 1915, comprised epitaphs for the community of a fictional small American town. In this superlative collaboration, J.T Welsch and Dom & Ink provide the same service for some of the real life prehistoric residents of Hell Creek, Montana – including Tyrannosaurus rex, his attorney Judge Ankylosaurus, the radical Stygimoloch spinifer, and convicted cop killer Dromaeosaurus albertensis. Spiky, razor-toothed, densely plated poems spill a bleak saga, fringed with savagely assured inks and thunderous colour, as the predators and lovers of Hell Creek come up against their individual and collective doom.

Dr. Lowell Dingus (American Museum of Natural History), palaeontologist and author of Hell Creek, Montana: America’s Key to the Prehistoric Past, described the book as ‘A truly fanciful poetic adaptation encompassing some of the most famous characters in palaeontological history.’ Hell Creek Anthology is published by Sidekick Books.


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