Gaffney/Davies book launches

An invitation to celebrate the launches of

David Gaffney’s The Half-Life of Songs published by Salt (


James Davies’ Plants published by Reality Street (

May 10th, 6.30pm
The International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Cambridge Street, Manchester
This is a FREE event

David Gaffney lives in Manchester and Durham. He is the author of Sawn Off Tales (2006), Aromabingo (2007), Never Never (2008), Buildings Crying Out, a story using lost cat posters (Lancaster litfest 2009), 23 Stops To Hull a set of stories about every junction on the M62 (Humber Mouth festival 2009) Sawn off opera a set of operas with composer Ailis Ni Riain (Radio Three, RNCM, Liverpool philharmonic and tete a tete festival London 2010 ) Destroy PowerPoint, stories in PowerPoint format for Edinburgh festival 2009, the Poole Confessions stories told in a mobile confessional box (Poole Literature festival 2010) and he has written articles for the Guardian, Sunday Times, Financial Times and Prospect magazine. His new collection of short stories, The Half-Life of Songs, is out now, and look out for his current project, Station Stories, in which six writer linked to the audience with wireless headphones, perform short stories in Manchester Piccadilly railway station. See for more.

James Davies is the author of Plants (Reality Street), The Manual Handling Process (Beard of Bees) and Acronyms (onedit); with Simon Taylor, as Joy as Tiresome Vandalism, aRb (if p then q) and Absolute Elsewhere (Knives Forks and Spoons). He edits if p then q ( and is one of the organisers of The Other Room poetry night and website (

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