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BookSlam to publish first anthology
The "literary nightclub" BookSlam is to venture into publishing

The "literary nightclub" BookSlam is to venture into publishing, releasing an anthology of new material inspired by music from the likes of Irvine Welsh, William Boyd and Simon Armitage.

One for the Trouble—The BookSlam Annual will be published in late November. BookSlam said the title will feature a mix of household names and "exciting newcomers like Sophie Woolley, Kate Tempest and Luke Wright". Each writer was asked to take inspiration from a favourite song. Simon Armitage's poem uses Joy Division's "New Dawn Fades" to explore lead singer Ian Curtis' suicide, Hari Kunzru selected "New Gold Dream" by Simple Minds while William Boyd chose Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' "Tears of a Clown".

The book will be available as "a beautifully realised, limited edition hardback", priced £30, which will be signed by the contributors. It will also be simultaneously released as an e-book, multi-platform app and audio download, with each author reading their own piece. The stories will be able to be purchased individually. The e-book is tentatively priced £2.99 and the individual stories priced 79p.

Angela Robertson, BookSlam's programmer and publicist, said: "Publishing is going through its Wild West phase, with booksellers, agents and tech companies all trying to get in on the action. We may not have their resources, but we do have a reputation for excellence.

"The Book Slam Annual will give readers the opportunity to discover new talent, and fans of the bigger names a chance to read exclusive new material without having to wait for the next book—in any format they choose. And we have cut the most generous deals possible with all contributors."

The Bookseller