The Albion Beatnik Bookstore website (or how a bookshop once changed a light bulb)

The web page of the Albion Beatnik Bookstore in Oxford, now closed (as usual) for business: muses and misspills on books, jazz, poetry, stuff like false flags and smoke screen: was randomly decrepit and proven to be more than neo-bankrupt: it was so analogue it was anal and now deceased.

Recommended Events in Oxford

28th July, Saturday, 7:30pm  LOVE SONGS AT LAMMAS Poetry & music at Holy Cross Church, Shipton on Cherwell: Joe Butler & Alan Buckley; music – Jo Hamilton, Jane Griffiths, Colin Fletcher, Jim Penny, Bruno Guastalla, Pete McPhail £10

25th August, Saturday, 7:45pm  SARAH GILLESPIE QUARTET [Blue Room, St Aldates Tavern, St Aldates, Oxford] £10
SARAH GILLESPIE (guitar, vocal), KIT DOWNES (keyboards), RUTH GOLLER (bass), and EMILIANO CAROSELLI (drums)
SARAH GILLESPIE is a critically acclaimed singer songwriter renowned for mixing elements of blues, folk and jazz with her distinctive streetwise lyricism. She performed many times at the Albion Beatnik, always to great acclaim. Her three albums ‘Stalking Juliet’ (2009) ‘In the Current Climate’ (2011) and ‘Glory Days’ (2014) were met with four and five star reviews from the Guardian, MOJO, the Independent and Rock and Real, plus plaudits from iconic musician Robert Wyatt. Her fourth album is arranged and co-produced by Mercury nominated pianist and composer Kit Downes, to be launched in October at the Southbank.
As a teenager, Gillespie busked across America. She went on to perform across Europe, the UK and the USA with appearances on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Start the Week and Loose Ends plus airplay on BBC Radio 2, Radio 3 and local stations world wide reaching millions of listeners. (Her debut collection of poetry Queen Ithaca Blues was published by the Albion Beatnik Press.)

20th September, Thursday, 9:00pm
THE SPIN JAZZ [Wheatsheaf Pub, The High, Oxford] Julian Costello Quartet £12/£10

News of Albion Beatnik Press

Two new series of titles – American Vintage and British Vintage – 24 titles to be published in 2019

Sarah Gillespie’s Queen Ithaca Blues

“Dipped in song, these are dizzying poems in which lovers are skyscrapers and words walk on wires between them.Bright with horror and stricken with laughter, Sarah Gillespie’s lyrical collection lives in the extremities, dealing with loss, vertigo and joy.” – Caroline Bird