Luton Beat Festival. March 19. aka Lutonia Beat Day



1. 15. Alan Ginsberg and GUERRILLA TV – New York filmmaker David Shulman in conversation with Jeff Towns. They will explore David’s 1990 film and show rare footage of Ginsberg narrating the introduction.

2..05. Black Breton : White Negro – Race influences on Jack Kerouac writings . Prof. Daniel G Williams.

3.45. AH SUNFLOWER Iain Sinclair introduces a screening of his seminal film of Allen Ginsberg in London in 1967.

4.30. Break

5.00. Live dynamic Performance poetry from Mike Garry

5.45. American Smoke – Iain Sinclair talks about his Travel/memoir across America in search of Beats –

6 .30. A Rare Screening of “ No More To Say, Nothing to Weep For

A fine filmic eulogy to Allen Ginsberg .

7.30. Howl – a live performance with Ceri Murphy as Ginsberg reading the poem accompanied by with graphic illustrative projections .

8.30. Round Table Summing Up – Iain Sinclair, Dan Williams, Mike Garry and David Shulman will discuss the topics raised – chaired Jeff Towns.

9. 30.– till late. Jazz and Beats – Upstairs in The Hat Factory . A loosely structured endless exploration in Jazz and Words of the Beat Ethos with Ray Jones performing Bob Kaufman, more Ginsberg from Ceri Murphy and guest spots from Mike Garry with Prof. Dan Williams on Sax with Luton’s own Paul Jolly Trio.

An exhibition The Beats- WORD & IMAGE will be open in the Gallery space from March 5th until March 20th Open daily .The Exhibition will feature Original Portraits of the Beat writers by Simon Dark whose work features at the Hunter S. Thompson Center in Aspen Colorado, together with rare books, manuscripts, posters and ephemera from the Jeff Towns/ Dylans Bookstore Beat archive.Some art works will be available for purchase.

And DYLANS BOOKSTORE will have a POP-UP BOOKSTORE stocked with Beat Books and eclectic and desirable books drawn from stock.

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