Joe Dunthorne Homework Hotline

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Hello friends. Here’s the latest episode of Death Of 1000 Cuts. I said I was going to record some chats with other writers and lo, here is the first of what will hopefully be ‘a bunch’. Joe Dunthorne has appeared on the podcast before, helping me look at a couple of listeners’ first pages, but today we had a chat about what he’s learned from writing three novels, and what is still as difficult and perplexing as ever. He’s really honest and witty and warm and I’m sure you’ll find a lot of his experiences helpful and strangely comforting, insofar as writing excellent, critically-acclaimed novels turns out to be Not Easy.

If you’d like to read his latest, it’s called THE ADULTERANTS – just click this link to buy.

His previous novels are WILD ABANDON and SUBMARINE and they are nuanced, clever, funny and full of humanity. His new poetry collection, O POSITIVE, is due out next year.

Once you’ve filled your boots with great stuff by Joe, if you like the podcast and would like to help me cover my costs and continue writing, please click this link and buy a copy or two of my novel, THE HONOURS. It looks sexy and makes a smashing gift.

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Homework is a new material try-out night from a group of funny, smart and leftfield performance poets (who are also novelists, journalists and comedians. If we were grumpier people we'd probably hate them) – namely Joe Dunthorne, Ross Sutherland, Luke Wright, Tim Clare, John Osborne and Chris Hicks.

This is the fifth year they've run a summer season of themed nights to test out new work. We went to this year's opener (if you don't count their Diamond Jubilee boat party) and were delighted by Joe Duthorne's rendition of a Middle Eastern story transposed to the middle of the London riots, John Osborne's tale of doomed love, Luke Wright rock 'n' roll riffing on John Cooper Clarke, a guest slot from Emmy the Great and Elizabeth Sankey and Ross Sutherland doing an amazing, hypnotic, touching poem/rap about life and death that exactly matched up with the looped credits of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Oh, and Russian Roulette karaoke, where you don't know what song you'll get.

The next night is this Wednesday and the theme is Games. We're very excited about seeing Ross Sutherland's murder-mystery / comedy night A Comedian Dies in the Middle of a Joke, plus all the usual shenanigans. It's very friendly, very fun and funny. You should go.

If you fancy seeing Joe and Ross plus Jake Arnott and a fair amount of free Jameson's cocktails, RSVP for Whiskey and Words on Tuesday in Rivington Street. Messers Arnott and Dunthorne will be reading from their recent novels, while Mr Sutherland hosts.

The next Homework is Wednesday 25 July at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, 42-44 Pollard Row E2. Doors open at 7.30pm, £5 on the door. Whiskey and Words is Tuesday 24 July at Material, 3 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, 7-9pm. RSVP to whiskeyandwords@teaandcakepr.com. Photo of Homework by Andy Tandy.

Last Updated 20 July 2012

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