Performance, Music and Spoken Word: Tell Me the Truth About Love

28 Sep 2019

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Sat, 28 Sep
19:30 – 22:00

October Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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Tell Me The Truth About Love explores the multivalent topic of love, through an array of performance, music and spoken word.


On Saturday 28th September, October Gallery hosts an evening celebrating its 40 years of rich literary history. Since the late ‘70’s and early ‘80’s, when October Gallery was home to Tambimuttu’s Editions Poetry London, the gallery has been a hub for poets, writers, publishers and spoken word artists.

Featuring some of the most exciting new voices of our generation alongside writers associated with October Gallery’s 40-year history, Tell Me the Truth About Love explores passion, jealousy, betrayal, transcendence, sexuality, and equanimity through an array of performance, music and spoken word. Performers include writers Jeremy Reed, Anna Hope, Rachel Long, Mary Ann Clarke and others. Mateja Zeliç will sing from Auden and Britten’s cycle for Hedli Anderson, actor Peter Marinker will present his renderings of Louis MacNeice and William Burroughs’ last journal entries.



MARY ANNE CLARK has won the Poetry Society’s Cape Farewell and Edith Sitwell prizes. She has been commended for the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, Ledbury and Basil Bunting awards, and longlisted for the Christopher Tower Prize. Mary Anne was a Young Producer for both the Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society National Poetry Day Live 2014.

ANNA HOPE is a writer and actress. She is the internationally prizewinning and bestselling author of the historical novels Wake and The Ballroom. Her contemporary fiction debut, Expectation, explores themes of love, lust, motherhood, and feminism, while asking the greater question of what defines a generation. She lives in Sussex with her husband and young daughter. Hope studied at Oxford University and RADA. She reads her new essay on love, written for this occasion.

COSMO LANDESMAN has quite a lot to say about love. He will share words of wisdom, and read from his mother, Fran’s, work. Journalist and author, Cosmo writes prolifically, for The Guardian, The Independent, and many others. He had a dating column for The Spectator, and founded The Modern Review. His parents, poet Fran and writer/impressario Jay Landesman, were early denizens of October Gallery. Famous as a lyricist, Fran’s songs included Spring can Really Hang You Up the Most and Ballad of the Sad Young Man. Fran was ‘one of the last links to the Golden Age of American songwriting’ (Russell Davis BBC Radio 2). Her songs were recorded by Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis and others.

RACHEL LONG is a poet & the founder of Octavia - Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour, housed at the Southbank Centre, London. She is co-translator of O Martello/The Hammer by Brazilian poet & activist, Adelaide Ivanova. She is co-tutor on the Barbican Young Poets programme & Poetry Fellow of University of Hertfordshire.’

PETER MARINKER‘s filmography includes United 93, Love Actually, The Russia House, Event Horizon, Judge Dredd and The Emerald Forest. He has long been a familiar voice in BBC radio plays and poetry readings as well as recording many audio books. Marinker has worked with The Old Vic Company, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The People Show and Howard Barker’s Wrestling School. Marinker and the late publisher John Calder were founding members of The Godot Company. He has performed many of Beckett’s works and directed and played Vladimir in Waiting for Godot in London, Edinburgh and Paris. Marinker reads from Louis MacNeice’s Autumn Journal.

JEREMY REED and The Ginger Light Reed is "Committed I suppose to what JG Ballard called 'the visionary present', transforming the universe into its imagined equivalent...realistic writing doesn't interest me at all, it bores me. I'm always looking for the strange supernovas that flare up, the eccentrics and obsessed...” Jeremy Reed & The Ginger Light is the musical collaboration between the acclaimed poet; author Jeremy Reed and the musician and producer Itchy Ear. Reed has written more than two dozen books of poetry, twelve novels, and volumes of literary and music criticism and published translations of Montale, Cocteau, Nasrallah, Adonis, Bogary and Hölderlin. His own work has been translated in more than a dozen languages. He has received awards from Somerset Maugham, Eric Gregory, Ingram Merrill, Royal Literary Fund and the Arts Council.

MATEJA ZELIÇ is a Slovenian actress and musical theatre performer. She will sing from the cycle of four songs written by W.H. Auden and Benjamin Britten for the extraordinary soprano, Hedli Anderson. Anderson is closely associated with the beginnings of October Gallery. She bequeathed her own piano, on which the songs are played this evening by Stuart Pedlar, the renowned musical director and patron of the Stephen Sondheim Foundation. Anderson’s daughter, painter Corinna MacNeice, has worked with October Gallery throughout the 40 years.

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Exhibiting artists

Mateja Zeliç

Jeremy Reed

Mary Anne Clark

Peter Marinker

Cosmo Landesman

Rachel Long

Anna Hope


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