The Light & Shadow Salon


Doors open at 7pm, programme begins at 7.30 sharp

(£5 entry on the door)

This month we will be exploring words, thoughts and narratives, as they propel out of the mouth and engage with space, time and the environment through sound, images, the voice and the body.

Featuring live readings, music and images by

The Ginger Light, featuring poet Jeremy Reed The Ginger Light is a unique collaboration between Jeremy Reed and sonic soundscaper Itchy Ear. Bored by the staid glow of light that poetry recital currently bathes in. Jeremy and Itchy have collaborated to bring some "Ginger Light" to the performance in an attempt to blur the boundaries that exist between spoken word, music, sound design and song.

Jeremy Reed, born on a chip of rock off the French Normandy coast has been for decades Britain’s most dynamic, adventurous, controversial and futures poet. Called by the Independent ‘British poetry’s glam, spangly, shape-shifting answer to David Bowie’, his poetry, fiction and performances of his work are singularly inimitable in their opposition to grey mainstream poetry. He has published over 40 books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, winning prestigious literary prizes like the Somerset Maugham Award, and was on his coming to live in London in the 1980s patronised by the artist Francis Bacon. His biggest fans are J.G. Ballard, Pete Doherty and Bjork who has called his work ‘the most beautiful, outrageously brilliant poetry in the world.’

The James Worse Public Address Method Mr. Worse writes semi-automatic poetry. He also performs with experimental musical improvisation outfit Hand of Stabs.

Daniela Cascella Daniela Cascella is an Italian writer based in London. For over ten years her research has been focused on sound and listening across a range of publications and curated projects. Her most recent work explores Writing Sound in connection to landscape and memory, and fictional tropes in criticism.

Her new book En abîme: Listening, Reading, Writing. An Archival Fiction explores listening and reading as creative and critical activities driven by memory and return, reshaped into the present. It introduces an idea of aural landscape as a historically defined cultural experience and contributes to the emerging area of listening as artistic practice, adopting an expansive approach across poetry, visual art and literature.

Saskia Vogel Vogel has worked as an art model, an editor for an adult entertainment news magazine, a reporter on all things fruit and vegetables, and all the other gigs one takes while writing. She is now the publicist for Granta magazine and is working on a memoir exploring sex and society.

Bird Radio Bird Radio loops flutes, bones, a red kick drum suitcase and his own very un-ethereal vocals to create an intensely curious mash-up between electronic music and traditional folk tales.

“Bird Radio is future medieval, as if J.G. Ballard had written The Wicker Man”. Steve Chandra Savale, Asian Dub Foundation


The Light & Shadow Salon is a place for artists, writers and audience to meet and share ideas about the past, present and future of the moving image in all its forms.

The Salon is a place for exchange, interaction and cross-pollination and it welcomes active contributions and interventions from all its participants.

The Salon endeavours to support a structured and informed dialogue around film, the moving image and all that it involves: from magic to science, from sound to the eye, from ritualism to storytelling, from myth-making to hypnosis.

The Salon intends to act as a temporary and ephemeral container  for all the work, ideas and people with an independent, radical and idiosyncratic nature, who renounce to find a home in existing movements/institutions but rather embrace the nomadic and transitory nature of art.

The Salon supports individual thought, inquisitive minds and a desire to further knowledge through dialogue and exchange.

‘So when you hear yourself invited to ‘see’, it is not the sight of this eye (of the flesh) that I would have you think about. You have another eye within, much clearer that that one, an eye that looks at the past, the present, and the future all at once, which sheds the light and keenness of its vision over all things, which penetrates things hidden and searches into complexities, needing no other light by which to see all this, but seeing by the light that it possesses itself.’ (Hugh of St Victor)