I'm very happy to say that Influx Press have reached our funding target on Kickstarter for An Unreliable Guide to London, in only four days. You can still pledge though – anything from pre-ordering the book, getting your name in the back as a supporter, to signed novels by the contributors and bargain Influx bundles. Pledge here.
A big thanks to everyone who has helped get this project off the ground. It helps us pay everyone involved and makes the projects we want to achieve viable and sustainable.
We have some amazing writers involved – and for me personally, being able to print a new work from M John Harrison, one of my very favourite writers, through the small press I run, is a joy.
My piece is an updated and expanded version of something that first appeared in Unofficial Britain. It's called 'Staples Corner, and How we Can Know It'. Here's a small extract to give you a flavour:
Two – On how Staples Corner got its name
Not from the Staples stationery store that sits there now. There are no easy solutions here. You think how you could do with a new ruler, better pens, a notepad more befitting a proper writer.
Staples Corner, against all odds, has history. For 60 years Staples was a mattress factory, dealers in sleep and nightmare. Then an upstart, B&Q, took over. It couldn’t last. Come 1992, the Provisional detonated a device below the A406 flyover. B&Q, damaged, was demolished, and replaced by another Staples; pens and pencils, not mattresses and their illusions of comfort, where fevered town planners laid and dreamed of Staples Corner.
An Unreliable Guide to London is released in July. We'll be doing some events throughout the summer, including some events at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival in June. Details posted soon.