The Learned Pig presents…

As a pig-themed entity, we generally prefer to shun anything relating to human kitchens. You never know when you might end up inside a sandwich.

But, having made an exception last year for the inaugural Literary Kitchen Festival, we thought we’d do so again for its second instalment – taking place this October down in Peckham. We’re co-curating the first day of a weekend-long book fair called All Tomorrow’s Publishers. This basically means we’ve invited a plethora of our favourite publishers and small presses to come and showcase their wares at the Peckham Pelican on Saturday 17th October 2015.

In addition, we’re going to be hosting a wee table of our own. We’ll be exhibiting and selling journals, magazines, poetry pamphlets, and artist’s books by a selection of our wonderful contributors. On sale will be works by David Atkinson, Crystal Bennes, Mansour Chow, Cosima Gretton, Justin Hopper, Andi Schmied, Amber Stucke, and Vishvantara. All proceeds (apart from P&P) will be going straight to the contributors (or their publishers) so come along and show your support! Check out the slideshow at the top of the page for a bit of a flavour of what to expect.

But that’s not all. We’ve also organised a trio of events across the course of the day to keep you entertained. Here’s what’s in store…


LKF31pm – Copy Press presents: Falling
A reading/performance of Falling devised by authors Kristen Kreider and James O’Leary. Published earlier this year by Copy Press, Falling begins in zero gravity and ends with everything flowers. In between, figures are falling as we hear something about philosophy, laughter, architecture and war. Falling, incidentally, was our book of the month back in July.

3pm – The Learned Pig presents: Art | Thinking | Nature | Writing
The Learned Pig has four main areas of interest, one for each leg. At 3pm we present a series of readings and performances responding to the themes of art, thinking, nature, and writing, from our contributors and friends, including Andy Sharp, Léonie Shinn-Morris, Bryony White, and Ellie Broughton.

5pm – The Learned Pig presents: SAPling Innovation
Poetry and performance from The Learned Pig contributing editor Camilla Nelson. Nelson – a poet, artist, researcher, and founder of Singing Apple Press – also performs Translating the Coal Forests in collaboration with Steven Hitchins, as well as new work with Tommy Peeps.


All Tomorrow’s Publishers takes place at the Peckham Pelican, 92 Peckham Road, London SE15 5PY on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October 2015.

Part of Literary Kitchen Festival, 12th-18th October 2015.


The Learned Pig

The Learned Pig

Launched in November 2013, The Learned Pig is an online arts magazine with a love for plants and animals. Our thinking has grown out of our engagement with landscape aesthetics and environmental ethics and these days we try to bring together multiple perspectives on bodies and places, interspecies interactions, and alternative conceptions of that which has rather too frequently been defined as “nature” or “the animal”.