After the 2020 iteration of the festival was cancelled, I’m super-chuffed to say that I will be reading at EIBF 2022. Come and see Jason Allen-Paisant and myself read on 19th August.
My new pamphlet, The Nakedness of the Fathers is now available to order over at Broken Sleep. Just £6.50! James Byrne says this about it:
Samuel Tongue’s The Nakedness of the Fathers dexterously surveys the monster of capitalism via jaywalks, googleearth the ‘contagiousness’ of treadmills, sanitiser-slick supermarkets and the charade of prosperity. This is a landscape poetry ready and able to utilise the personal as a site of resistance, where father’s cry for ‘a mother in the dark’ and the world exists precariously, ‘a flux of ever-living fire.’ Linguistically rich and yet, where need be, capable of serrated directness, Tongue skilfully drifts through a network of forms. Impressively dialogic, at its heart, The Nakedness of the Fathers is a conversation made with others, from Derrida to Sontag. Crucially, Tongue is able to metabolise the complexities of violence whilst letting language have its say, maintaining a dignified tone against injustice. This is a learned poetics that is distinctly humane, communal and beautifully written.
I am very pleased to say that my new pamphlet The Nakedness of the Fathers will be published by Broken Sleep in February 2022. There will be more launch details closer to the date but here is a wee preview of the cover to get you in the mood.
This is my Glasgow launch date. I’m reading with Jock Stein, Finola Scott, and Moya Cannon at St. Mungo’s Mirrorball on 6th Feb at 7pm. £7/5 on the door. Would love to see you there if you’re Glasgow-based!