I was in London on Wednesday for a reading by my friend Aidan Andrew Dun from his latest book, Unholyland published by Hesperus:
Unholyland is a love story in 264 sonnets. Against the background of daily events in the West Bank and Israel, an Israeli DJ, Moshe, meets and falls in love with a Palestinian rapper, Jalilah. In a trance-like world of music, verse and drugs, the star-crossed lovers come together in spite of the barriers of religion and politics.
The event was at Housmans bookshop in Kings Cross and I was one of the first to arrive. There was a £3 entry fee which was redeemable against any purchase and I put it towards a copy of Unholyland which Aidan signed for me. By 7pm about 15 people had arrived, more or less filling the seats that had been set out in the somewhat cramped bookshop.