30.09.2017 14:00 / Seating

A discussion focusing on the new book and film celebrating late X-Ray Spex star Poly Styrene with Celeste Bell, Poly’s daughter, and writer Zoë Howe.

Beyond the songs, the look (incorporating the most famous braces in rock) and that warrior-cry voice, Poly Styrene’s fascinating and sometimes frightening story – incorporating struggles with misogyny, racism and mental health issues – has remained largely untold until now.

In both book and film, the jigsaw pieces of Poly’s life will be brought together for the first time. Combining original interviews, new research and previously unseen archive materials – and underscored with Poly’s music from throughout her career – these two projects celebrate one of punk’s most uncompromising mavericks. Both the film, directed by Paul Sng (Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain; Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle), and the book (published by Omnibus Press) will be released in November 2018, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of seminal X-Ray Spex album Germ-Free Adolescents.

*Book a day ticket for the following 3 events for just £21
Steve Ignorant in Conversation
Poly Styrene: Zoë Howe and Celeste Bell in Conversation
Grace Maxwell and Edwyn Collins

Further ticket information is available from the Wakefield Lit Fest website: https://www.wakefieldlitfest.org.uk/booking

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