Innovative literary organisation Book Slam are set to release their second annual (after last year’s One For The Trouble) and it’s shaping up to be a treat for anyone who’s interested in culture and literature beyond the classical confines of the book, or the raw impact of a single track.
The original, ground-breaking One For The Trouble: Book Slam Vol.1. was a project which invited 18 leading authors to contribute short stories based on song titles. The special release saw writers such as Jon Ronson, Simon Armitage, Helen Oyeyemi and Irvine Welsh pen diverse and hard-hitting stories using the music of Joy Division, Grandmaster Flash and many others.
This year’s volume, titled Too Much: Too Young, will include new stories by a long-list of talented authors, including David Nicholls (One Day; And When Did You Last See Your Father), West African-raised writer Chris Cleave, (whose debut novel Incendiary was adapted into a Michelle Williams-starring feature film) and best-selling literary talent Marina Lewycka, who began her incredible life in a refugee camp in Germany in ’46.
The line-up is completed by star authors such as Diana Evans, Jeremy Dyson, Emylia Hall, Nikesh Shukla, Jesse Armstrong, Jackie Kay, Craig Taylor, Patrick Neate and Salena Godden. All of the 12 writers are alumni of Book Slam’s ‘literary club night’ live events, and there will be three launch events held at the end of November at which some of them will appear.
The short stories are collected in a limited-edition, cloth-bound hardback, each individually numbered and signed by the authors. Order your special copy here.
Watch Akala performing his renowned freestyle “Sprint” at one of Book Slam’s spoken word events below: