The event will feature author Mick Scully reading from Little Moscow and discussing his fiction with Nicola Monaghan, creative writing fellow at Birminghamâ€™s National Academy of Writing, based at UCE and author of The Killing Jar. There will also be drinks.
The Little Moscow, a shady basement bar at the side of the Grand Union canal in Birmingham, stamping ground for thieves, gangsters and conmen â€“ plus some of the cityâ€™s more glamorous creatures. Blue-skinned Nathan, a hardknock tattooist, refuses to pay Crawfordâ€™s protection racket. Nearby, a refugee from Middle Eastern wars finds a body hanging from a lamppost and becomes entangled with a goodtime girl called Veronica and an apartment decorated with abstract art. Roles get reversed, debts get claimed and colours collide â€“ while two would-be Andy Warhols make away with incriminating evidence.
These stories revolve around the Little Moscow bar in subtle, surprising ways to form a powerfully impressionistic whole. Scully brings a literary virtuosity to the landscapes of urban realism, fueling a noir mythology with dreams of power, riches and sex. This auspicious collection draws darkly criminal tales from a modern cityâ€™s mix of cultures.
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