Book Club Boutique scrapbook
|Rachel Raynor and Salena Godden / Event: RUSH Men's erotica / Dicks Bar|
|Book Club Boutique at Dicks Bar early days|
|Book Club Boutique Launch / Salena Godden, Max Doray, Kelly Davitt|
|Book Club Boutique in Denmark or was it Norway?|
|Book Club Boutique Tent at Standon Festival|
|Book Club Boutique Halloween Party|
|Book Club Boutique in Ireland, Electric Picnic|
|Kirsty Allison / The Book Club Boutique at House of St Barnabus|
|Lail Arad / The Book Club Boutique at The House of St Barnabus|
|The Book Club Boutique resident at Blacks|
|Paul Birtill / The Book Club Boutique at The House of St Barnabus|
|The Book Club Boutique at Standon Festival / Salena Godden & Molly Dolittle|
|The Book Club Boutique at Blacks / Rob Auton|
|Tony White / The Book Club Boutique at The House of St Barnabus|
|sisters Claire Godden & Salena Godden with Michael Curran / Book Club Boutique launch|
|Hannah Walker / The Book Club Boutique at Blacks|
|Early days flier|
|Jont / The Book Club Boutique at The House of St Barnabus|
|Kelly-Anne Davitt / The Book Club Boutique at Blacks flier|
|Rising party / The Book Club Boutique in Blacks|
|scrapbook / early press|
|Sabrina Mahfouz / The Book Club Boutique at The House of St Barnabus|
|The Book Club Boutique Band at Dicks bar / Salena Godden, Cobalt Stargazer, Max Doray|
|Book Club Boutique at Blacks / Hannah Pool, Salena Godden, Ray Shell, Maggie Gee OBE|
|Lovely group shot / The Book Club Boutique at Blacks|
|The Book Club Boutique at Blacks|
|Tim Wells / The Book Club Boutique at Blacks|
|Francesca Beard / The Book Club Boutique / Mexican party at El Camino|
|John Lee Bird / The Book Club Boutique down in Dicks Bar|
|Orlando Seale / The Book Club Boutique / Mexican party, El Camino|
|The General / The Book Club Boutique, Mexican party, El Camino|
|The Book Club Boutique / Kimberley|
|The Book Club Boutique / House of St Barnabus|
|The Book Club Boutique / Standon Calling|
|Kate Tempest / Book Club Boutique / Standon Calling|
|Salena and Max / Book Club Boutique / House of St Barnabas|
|Orlando Seale / Book Club Boutique / House of St Barnabas|
|Maggie Gee OBE / Book Club Boutique / House of St Barnabas|
|Book Club Boutique Down Under / Byron Bay, Australia|
BOOK CLUB BOUTIQUE
MARCH 2009 – DICKS BAR
The Book Club Boutique, Soho’s hippest literary salon, was founded in March 2009 at the suggestion of the legendary cocktail extraordinaire Dick Bradsell in ‘Dick’s Bar.' The BCB began life there, with a weekly gathering of writers and musicians fuelled on expresso martini in the cosy basement bar of 23 Romilly Street. The BCB motto is books, booze and boogie-woogie. With a goal to programme events with different bookish themes. It’s unique every time, with Salena Godden as the resident poet and host, composing and performing something completely new at each event. This is no square affair; there is dancing, merriment and mingling over cocktails, plus different DJ’s and live music. The Book Club Boutique Band is the salon's resident band kicking off each show with The Book Club Boutique’s very own theme tune. On bass guitar we find our co-producer, the sassy New York tattooed chic of Max Doray alongside the salacious Salena Godden on vocals – this is a deliberately catchy show!
JUNE-SEPTEMBER 2009 – HAYBALES & MISCHIEF IN FIELDS
In the summer of 2009 we took The Book Club Boutique Camping - taking the unique BCB brand and band to festivals, delivering scorching sets and first editions of The Book Club Boutique Newspaper to Kimberly, Standon Calling, Latitude, Port Eliot, Camp Bestival, The Big Chill, Summer Sundae and Ireland’s Electric Picnic.
JANUARY 2010 – BLACKS ON DEAN STREET
In the new year we launched a winter / spring season of The Book Club Boutique at a new residency at Blacks Members Bar on Dean Street, Soho. We undertook the formidable task of curating and hosting a series of Saturday salons in the heart of Soho. These were one-day festivals, from 3pm until midnight, every Saturday with a different bookish theme each week. We offered books, booze and boogie-woogie on all 3-floors of Blacks. With roaring open fires and candle-light, this gave the BCB a stylish lounge setting and an elite louche feel.
Highlights of our winter residency at Blacks include: Blush! An erotic literary event with Bordello Lingerie for Valentines day; A wonderfully twisted story-telling show saluting Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland with a Lost In Fairytales fancy dress event - complete with a blue-haired faun on harp no less! In March 2010 we celebrated our first birthday and marked over 50 shows in our 1st 12 months with performances from over 30 of our favourite performers, poets and authors. At Blacks we also hosted our first art exhibtion with the brilliant Kelly Davitt titled Feel Good. The Book Club Boutique also championed new writings from publishers like Bloodaxe, Donuts and Tall Lighthouse. We helped launch Lana Citron’s ‘A Compendium Of Kisses’ published by Beautiful Books and we launched a debut poetry collection from John Osbourne on Luke Wright’s uber hip new imprint Nasty Little Press.
During 2010 we hosted thrilling, stellar performances from:-
Laura Dockrill, John Hegley, Lana Citron, Dean Atta, Joe Cairo, Niall O'Sullivan, Aoife Mannix, Alex Brindle, Sabrina Mahfouz, Francesca Beard, Paul Lyalls, Xavier Leret, Stuart Evers, Nikesh Shukla, Rachel Rose-Reid, Richard Milward, Karen Hayley, Kate Tempest, Niven Govinden, Sara Stockbridge, Sienna Lewis, Robert Roland Smith Tim Wells to name just a few. We enjoyed live music from brilliant Orlando Seale Band, Lisa Lore, Claire Nicolson, Jack Cheshire, Louis Brennan. And stunning soundtracks from our home crew kick ass vinyl junkies DJ Redman, DJ’s Carbo & Hydrate and DJ Boris McNabb.
MAY 2010 – BACK ON THE ROAD…
Once spring was sprung and we had completed the residency at Blacks we took the unique BCB brand and band back on the road and to festivals all over the UK: Norwich Fringe Festival, Hay-On Wye, Kimberly, Standon Calling, Port Eliot and Ireland’s Electric Picnic. This summer we also produced The Book Club Boutique Fanzine ‘Yours Generally.’ And earlier this year we also launched our own on-line brand of T-shirts, hooded tops, mugs, aprons and canvas book bags.
JUNE 2010 – INTRODUCING… THE HOUSE OF ST BARNABAS
In June we found a new London residency and our current address at The House Of St Barnabas, 1 Greek Street, also in the heart of Soho. The House of St Barnabas was originally the House for Wayward Women and to this day it remains a charity for the homeless. Recently the House underwent an intense period of renovation and redecoration, in order to restore the building to its original Georgian glory. The House of St Barnabas Charity aims to alleviate the problems associated with homelessness in London, and to help improve the health and education of disadvantaged people and communities worldwide. So the upshot is that when you buy a ticket for a Book Club Boutique event and receive your free cocktail - you are not just supporting the promotion of great books, brilliant authors and awesome music - but you are also donating to the charity and London’s homeless.
We launched on June 1st 2010 with the theme of ‘Wayward Women’ and an all-female line-up of outspoken, outlandish and outsider writers, authors, poets and musicians. Stella Duffy read from her brand new 12th novel and first historical fiction. Theodora, Actress. Empress. Whore, published by Virago. We were thrilled to treat our members with readings from some BCB’s favourite ‘wayward’ ladies, the moreish charm of Amber Marks: Award Winning author of Headspace: Sniffer Dogs and Spy Bees and One Woman's Adventures in the Surveillance Society. Plus the spice of Sara Stockbridge - Vivienne Westwards muse and author of epic victoriana crime underworld thrilled Hammer. We also heard a short fiction from left-wing feminist MP and acclaimed journalist Suzanne Moore too. Plus there was live music from the wonderfully dark and delicious Delirium Tremens and the quirky and lovable Kate Daisy Grant. With a dress code: Mae West & Vivienne Westwood. Red Shoes & No Knickers – this was a most memorable launch party.
Following this on July 2nd we threw the wedding of the year! With tongue firmly in cheek we hosted The Book Club Boutique: Get Hitched! Get Committed! A mock tri-marriage of Books, Booze and Boogie-Woogie in the Chapel of St Barnabus. With a packed church of wedding guests sipping ‘Get Committed’ cocktails, dressed in wedding attire and following the strict dress code - Top Hats, Ball & Chain & Strait Jackets - we heard tales of mad and crazy love from the likes of acclaimed author of Foxy-T Tony White and also the legendary Malcom Bennett. American poetic songstress Lisa Lore perfomed whilst money was pinned onto the happy newly weds – three members of the audience happy to represent themselves as ‘books’ ‘booze’ and ‘boogie-woogie’. This was followed by the most vitrolic best man speech delivered by Picadors new rising star Stuart Evers. Our special guest publisher for that particular event was the brilliant Tangerine Press to celebrate the issue of DWANG 2. Dwang are beautiful hand bound bespoke books with contributions from the likes of Fred Voss, Billy Childish, Gerald Locklin, Salena Godden, Adelle Stripe, K.M. Dersley, A.D. Winans....and many, many others. And during the reception the wonderful Claire Nicolson performed new songs from her new album out in August 2010.
During 2010, so far we’ve hosted thrilling, stellar performances at BCB from superstars:- Laura Dockrill, John Hegley, Lana Citron, Dean Atta, Joe Cairo, Niall O'Sullivan, Aoife Mannix, Alex Brindle, Sabrina Mahfouz, Francesca Beard, Paul Lyalls, Xavier Leret, Stuart Evers, Nikesh Shukla, Rachel Rose-Reid, Richard Milward, Karen Hayley, Kate Tempest, Niven Govinden, Sara Stockbridge, Sienna Lewis, Robert Roland Smith to name just a few. We enjoyed live music from brilliant Orlando Seale Band, Lisa Lore, Claire Nicolson, Jack Cheshire, Louis Brennan. Followed by great after-show partying with stunning soundtracks from our home crew kick ass vinyl junkies DJ Redman, DJ’s Carbo & Hydrate and DJ Boris McNabb.
AUGUST 2010 – STANDON CALLING!
The Book Club Boutique produced and curated a 3-day stage and our own tent at a festival. At Standon Calling we were a BCB army of seventy crew and performers - The BCB stage was in a thirty-two foot yurt. Notably, most of our performers, musicians and readers composed original work, songs, stories and poems for the themed weekend, saluting crime classics and styles such as Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie or Raymond Chandler to make them their own. The Book Club Boutique gathered some of the edgiest outsider writers and the wildest underground bands. The Book Club Boutique Speakeasy tent was a massive success and above all a brilliant party and we look forward to doing this tomfoolery again in a field somewhere in the silly summer festival season of 2011!
The Book Club Boutique Radio Show:
At Standon Calling Festival The Book Club Boutique curated the BCB's own stage, yes, that's 3 days of Books, Booze and Boogie-Woogie. We also produced the first Book Club Boutique Radio shows live on Diesel Radio. There is a half hour taster of that on mixcloud / dieselumusic! Hosted By Salena Godden & Max Doray, featuring BCB stars, poets & musicians, live performances, interviews & all live from the festival site.
Shows at HOSB in Soho, London, an explosive ‘Gunpowder, Treason & Plot’ on Friday November 5TH and the first ever BCB ‘Nativity’ on Monday December 6TH
Also in November 2010 our special brand of Books, Booze & Boogie-Woogie to Copenhagen, Denmark. And then in December we go down under…
The Book Club Boutique Go Down Under/ Christmas 2010:
The Australian touring show combined the girls from SHINY SHINY fame - the brilliant PATTY BOM on drums, MELANIA JACK on guitar and BEC NEWMAN on keys and the oh so wicked New York chic of MAX DORAY and our ring-leader SALENA GODDEN delivering her spicy poetry and smoking vocals. Plus this set will include singer, songwriter MELANIA JACK's gorgeous solo work! We all had such a storming summer in 2009, touring the UK festival circuit that we have decided to do an exchange trip and take ourselves down there to join forces and do it all again! Now reunited with our Australian cohorts, this all-girl kick ass line-up is booking shows along the East Coast from Byron Bay to Brisbane, Sydney to Melbourne and beyond…we’ll be filming and recording everything…uh oh!...picking up poets and hooking up with musicians…open to suggestions…and the open road....throw another surfer in the soup!
Book Club boutique in the Guardian:
Book Club boutique in the Guardian: