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Mood Shifts: A Sonic Repertoire

Tuesday 6th June, 2017

18.00, The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, London, WC1N 1JD

Sounds touch me, and mood is the window of allowance, wide or narrow, to let sound in: my moods are equivalent to what I let myself touch, and be touched by in turn, but also what I have no choice in the matter of being encased in…”

Is it possible to create a poetics of atmosphere as antidote to post-election and post-Brexit airlessness, moodlessness, and disrepair? Mary Cappello performs a multi-modal reading from her latest collection of essays and experimental prose, Life Breaks In (a mood almanack) with emphasis on sounds and voices as mood generators par excellence. Expect images, music, discussion and unnamed mood shifts.

Doors will open at 6pm and the event starts at 6.30. There will be a pay bar.


PopSugar calls Life Breaks In one of 10 books to keep us centred post-election.

Brit+Company places it among “3 books to set your imagination ablaze”

LARB describes it as “time spent in a language-made listening room, a stroll into shifting human emotive time“.

Books will be available for sale and signing. Life Breaks In (Unviersity of Chicago Press) features a colour photo gallery by Rosamond Purcell.