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Attila the Stockbroker – Heart on my Sleeve: The Collected Works (Book Launch)

Exploding into public consciousness in the early 1980s with two John Peel sessions and a Melody Maker front cover, poet, musician, journalist, activist and son of Southwick, Attila The Stockbroker has spent 40 years touring the world performing his unique brand of spoken word, poetry and music.

Having played almost 4,000 gigs in 24 countries, releasing countless books and records along the way, Attila’s Collected Works of 40 years has just been published by Cherry Red Books, the book arm of the celebrated independent record label which released his early 80s albums and his 2015 autobiography Arguments Yard.

Heart On My Sleeve brings together Attila’s poems and lyrics, celebrating the 40th anniversary of his first appearance and a lifetime doing what he loves. All his early political punk poetry classics are here, the likes of A Bang And A Wimpy, Russians In The DHSS and Contributory Negligence, alongside more recent favourites such as Asylum-Seeking Daleks, Poison Pensioner and The Bible According to Rupert Murdoch. The collection is testimony to Attila’s broadening work over the years, packed full of intensely personal pieces alongside political satire and humour.

Never Too Late explores his reconciliation with his stepfather after 37 years (as featured on Radio 3’s ‘The Verb’ and Steve Lamacq’s 6Music show), while listeners to Radio 4’s ‘Poetry Please’ may recall The Long Goodbye, the epic, 14-minute poem to Attila’s mother as she battled Alzheimer’s Disease.

Featuring over 180 works hand-picked by Attila himself, Heart On My Sleeve is a must-read compendium of social commentary, human observation and humour, all of it written with a passion and enthusiasm which only seems to grow as Attila passes through the years.

336 pages, illustrated by long-time collaborators Phill ‘Porky the Poet’ Jupitus, Womble, Dan Woods and Nick Staples.

Heart On My Sleeve will be available to buy at the gig along with Attila’s earlier works. If you want a copy before then you can get one direct from Attila at attilathestockbroker.bandcamp.com or in most decent bookshops.

With special guest Janine Booth, a brilliant, fiery, clever poet and trade union activist.

Spoken Word, Fundraiser, Book Launch


Friday 6th August 2021 - Starts 19.30


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