Inspired by the City Lights bookstore in San Francisco, which published Allen Ginsberg’s seminal poem Howl alongside other political, radical pamphlet-books, these pocket-sized publications bring together counter-culture texts by a wide range of writers, poets, illustrators, photographers and other artists and musicians. Now comes the fourth part of the Editions series, featuring a special collaboration with the William Morris Gallery.

Rafal

A collaboration between author Will Ashon and Michal Novosad, Rafal’s Saga presents a tale of homeless life in London: the difficulties, the despair, the endless problems, but also the humanity and humour and, most of all, the heartbreaking beauty of being alive. As William Morris pointed out, the most grinding poverty is a trifling evil compared with the inequality of classes and this inequality of class is crystallised in the decisions we make when we see someone begging. Michal tells the story of the death of his friend, Rafal, and in doing so forces us to confront what it means if and when we calculate whether someone is worthy of receiving our small change.

Available in store and online.

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