“a brilliant night” (For Books’ Sake)
The New Libertines is our touring troupe of troubadour tearaways, and we’ll be raising our underskirts at a venue near you any time now.
The New Libertines stand for human experience in its glorious, messy, complex entirity, and stands against everything that is blank, bleak, and brutal, one dimensional or slick in contemporary culture, especially current literary culture. With roots that spread to burlesque, Beat, fin de siecle France and ecstatic mystics before slapping its influences around the face with a knuckle-dusting of postmodern wit and Modernist anger, New Libertinism is a celebration of light in dark corners, desire in the face of boredom, despair hidden beneath the underskirts of affluence – of everything it means to be human.
“We need writing that serves up the whole of life, in the smallest microcosms maybe, single truths told in single voices, but told in the full – the ugly and the beautiful; the hopeful and the despairing; the angry and the aspiring; that wrings art, words, life itself until they offer up every last secret, every hidden pain, every unexpected and delightful pleasure; that gives life in the full. Free from judgement. Free from taboo. Free from pretence.” (Dan Holloway, The New Libertines)
20 April – 6.30pm Chipping Norton Literary Festival
8 June – Stoke Newington Literary Festival
16 November – Woodstock Poetry Festival
Join us for our unique no headline/no support format of voices from across the whole gamut of the poetic spectrum where the only thing missing is poetry that’s glib or one dimensional.
The New Libertines show presents a rapid fire smorgasbord of literary fabulousness in all its forms. We will be performing around the country in 2011 and 2012.