Dancing can be about escape, about pleasure, but it can also be about protest. It can be a powerful means of expression, but how does writing capture all that movement and rhythm? And what does good writing about dancing do? With us this month is Jaqueline Crooks to talk about her dynamic first novel, Fire Rush, an intoxicating story about the dub reggae scene in 70s and 80s London. Told from the perspective of a young Black woman named Yamaye, it’s also about love, loss, freedom and finding family. In honour of Crooks’ evocative depiction of the dub scene - and especially the dancing that goes on in it - we’re dedicating this show to dance in all its forms. We’ll be talking about dance subcultures, our favourite dance scenes in literature - from balls to clubs - and lots more, plus all the usual recommendations. Enjoy!

Recommendations on the theme, Dancing Time:

Octavia: At The Old Place by Frank O’Hara

Carrie: The Instant by Amy Liptrot

General Recommendations:

Octavia: Older Brother by Mahir Guven, translated by Tina Kover

Jaqueline: Radical by Xiaolu Guo

Carrie: Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker

Find a list of all recommended books at: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/mar-2023-dancing-time-with-jaqueline-crooks

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