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  • The Bookshop

    The Bookshop

    Visit our vintage bookshop 

    An opportunity to meet the team behind The London Media Co., to view our books and to see a growing range of unique book titles. Join in our celebration of old and new book designs, like this Faber Books, Ariel by Slyvia Plath


  • The Romance an episode in the life of a young writer

    The Romance an episode in the life of a young writer
    • Author: Jason Shelley

    Poetic, gritty and funny! Buy it! 'Even if you don't like books, you'll like this!' 

    The Romance. Available online and from bookshops in London, New York and bookshops across the globe

    Poetic and gritty slimline hardback with artwork by Vishal Shah. Artwork available for exhibition

    Spike Mclarrity: 'Yesterday walking through Waterloo station I headed towards the Southbank, where I came across a purple book called The Romance in the street. It stopped me in my tracks, I opened the first page and started reading it. Sounds of laughter came from my mouth (though I normally hate books. Not my thing really) and here I was lost in another little world of frustration.

    I finished reading and found another copy of the book. When I reached my destination and met up with my friend I gave him a copy. We both sat in silence while he read, then a heavy deep voice broke our silence..

    "Are you gentlemen going to have something to eat?" a middle age baling fat man stares at us.

    So we ordered two full English Breakfast and carried on our day embracing each moment. Good read, enjoyed the book and thanks!'



  • Through the Looking Glass

    Through the Looking Glass

    This year celebrating the 10th anniversary!

    The Artwork of 12 Contemporary Female Artists by ARTed Ltd edited by Renata Kudlacek and Emma Barnard
    The 12 female artists featured are Emma Barnard  Amanda Couch   Florencia Durante   Ann Harvey   Renata Kudlacek   Stine Ljungdalh    Louisa Mahony   Kate McCgwire  Marilene Oliver   Hilary Sleiman   Zoe Schieppati-Emery   Stacey Watson

    'Through The Looking Glass' Exhibition

    2007 Through The Looking Glass, Building 1000 (now Newham Dockside), London. Sponsored by Standard Life Investments, Development Securities, London Development Agency and Arts & Business.

    Through The Looking Glass, a major exhibition which brought together twelve female artists within the confines of Building 1000. A corporate profile building in an imposing scale, set against the towers of Canary Wharf and the City skyline, with a mile - long water frontage, Building 1000's vast glass and steel facade reflects the water towards nearby London City Airport.

    While the exhibition title acknowledges Lewis Carroll's ruminations on otherness and imagination, the artists sought to engage with the specific architectural symbolism inherent in such an environment, still a largely male - dominated arena. The unique ambience of the space with its reflections, water and light, and the accompanying themes suggested therein play a part too, allowing the artists a broad theatre in which to work.

    Curated by ARTed (Emma Barnard and Renata Kudlacek), an organisation dedicated to showing art in unconventional buildings, Through The Looking Glass presented a snapshot of contemporary female visual language in direct response to the surroundings and offered a stimulating reading of a modern London icon. The exhibition included a collaboration with a local Newham primary school, resulting in a children's exhibition at the site; artists' talks for universities and bespoke art tours for private companies.

  • Grey Love

    Grey Love
    • Author: Jason Shelley

    'Jason Shelley's work has a lingering profoundness which is subtle and powerfully indirect. A contemporary interpretive approach to poetry not seen often and usually discovered far too late.’

    Last Grey Love reading: 8.30pm on the 3rd December 2015 at the If Yesterday Were Today exhibition in East London E2 hosted by Berlin Blue. in 2015 Shelley also read from Grey Love in Tuscany and Berlin.G

    Grey Love is a ‘cult classic‘, sold in London and throughout the UK, in New York bookshops and bookshops globally following it's publication in 2003.

    A book of selected prose, short stories and poetry from a poet heavy on irony. This is an urban love story set in London.

    Prose and poetry written with a cold detached style. Through every day life Shelley describes his own grey love. Beckettesque. Dark humour.

    'The best book in the world...Shelley is an English Bukowski...'Cold Pizza Parts 1 and 2' are highlights, and 'Small TV' - 'I've got a small TV/ I want a big by Tom Levinge

    'Grey Love seduced me from the first page when the narrator is on a train next to a Nun (who happens to be eating an apple) on the way to Brighton. My colleague first showed me the book. She put it in our recommends section. She first became interested in it because it was published by a little known independent London book publisher she liked called Tlon Books Publishing.'  review titled 'Grey Love Grey Suit' by Percy Cole, Waterstone's Islington




  • Brenda's Bottom and her Birds

    Brenda's Bottom and her Birds
    • Author: Clare Stanhope

    Brenda's Bottom now provides educational packages for schools in and around London with assembly readings and workshops. Key objectives are to give an imaginative platform for learning, to educate beyond the constraints of the school curriculum, to build confidence and to provide the basic tools for creativity.

    Treats for 2016: School visits and bookshop readings. Watch this space. Look out relevant posts and pics on Twitter@BrendasBottom and

    Look out for Brenda's Bottom in bookshops and gift shops around London, the UK and the rest of the world. What is your favourite bird on Brenda's bottom? Or do you have favourite London building?

    What happens to Brenda? Why does her bottom grow and is there a happy ending? Find out by reading Brenda's Bottom and Her Birds. It features many of London's famous bridges and buildings and 52 types of birds 'from deepest Peru' and beyond. with 3 detailed indexes at the back listing all the bridges, buildings, birds and their names.

    Stockists include Brick Lane Bookshop, Tales on Moon Lane, Clapham Books, Rye Books and Kirkdale Bookshop.

    Read the Brenda's Bottom reviews on Why not write the thirteenth review?



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  • Shelley writes 3 poems for Kjetil Berge exhibition

    Shelley writes 3 poems for Kjetil Berge exhibition


    Jason Shelley will read 3 poems with filmmaker and artist Kjetil Berge

    8pm Thursday 30th November 2017

    Siegfried Contemporary Gallery, London 

    Nov 22nd - Dec 20th 2017
    Siegfried contemporary Private showroom, 16 Bassett road, London W106JJ

    Siegfried Contemporary provides an exciting showcase for new drawings/collages, sculpture, objects and videos by Kjetil Berge.

    Berge's work addresses the inter-connectivity between people and how a real connection can be easily lost when we substitute technology or dogmatic ideology for direct human contact. How do we communicate to solve mutual problems?

    The backbone of the show is the video Breaking the Ice (2013) documenting Berge's mid-winter drive in an ice cream van. Setting out from London, he travels up via Scandinavia, Estonia and Russia, to Kirkenes on the north-eastern border of Norway and Russia, stopping off to engage with passers-by, distributing ice cream in return for conversations about the weather. The title of the show is a quote from one of the conversations. Is talking about the weather an opening to meaningful interaction, or is it a screening of real communication, a detour to avoid difficult discussions about what happens when the ice cream is gone?

    A video from Berge’s recent collaboration with Jason Havneraas, The Ice Cream Eaters (2014) is shown alongside Breaking the Ice.

    The large sculpture in the exhibition bears the title Concorde, referring both to agreement and referring to the ambitious technological aeronautic endeavour, ultimately abandoned. A set of stairs invites us to ascend the towering pulpit-like structure. At the summit we are faced with the immediacy of a domestic sphere in the form of a crocheted fabric screen. This is mounted at the front like a propeller or windmill. Where do we direct our questions, air opinions or exchange viewpoints? Through the material, at it, away from it? How do we orientate ourselves and avoid paranoia?

    The Future of Loran is the title of one of the works from Berge’s recent series of collages. Loran was a radar navigation system developed in the United States during World War II, recently closed down amidst controversy. One of the largest, original masts is near Berge's home on the Lofoten Islands in the north of Norway. Combining warning tapes, sweet wrappers, photos and patterning structures, low-tech coded messages are stuck together, transmitting the recurring themes of the exhibition. They use humble everyday means to signal an alarm on short-term consumer gratification and its effects on the world. As explorations, they are jottings to develop Berge’s processes of thinking about how we can communicate. How to solve the urgent problems of our collective destiny?

    Berge’s practise predominantly takes the form of filmed performative pieces, sculptures, installations and photography. Drawing on the personal and political, he uses an exploratory approach to making art that informs each project as it develops. By fostering opportunities for collaboration on different levels he often involves contributors in his work. Berge likes to encourage the spontaneous, opening up potential for creativity in unforeseen ways. For the 9th Havana Biennial, Cuba Berge showed A BAILAR, 2006 a social sculpture attracting crowds providing Hip-Hop, poetry and vocal performances. At W!7, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Berge did the project ALYANS, 2009 a stab at learning Turkish informed by the Turkish Norwegian Immigrant scene in Oslo. Breaking the Ice, 2013 was made for the arts festival Barents Spektakel, Kirkenes, produced by NNKS, Svolvær. Currently he enjoys a very productive collaboration with the artist Jason Havneraas. Berge is also on the artistic board of LIAF, Lofoten International Arts Festival, Norway and appreciates his various roles in education. He is continually motivated by his commute between the UK and Norway.

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    The bookshop

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  • Read and buy Shelley's work: selected poetry, No Looking Back

    Read and buy Shelley's work: selected poetry, No Looking Back

    Jason Shelley's book of selected poetry, No Looking Back is available to buy. 

    (image No Turning Point, artist Vishal Shah. Prints available. Enquire within) 



    'no turning point' 

    Is this the turning point or not. 
    The turning point, for what? 
    I've said to myself that sometimes I have struggled; 
    I've struggled to operate. 
    Hardly alive. 
    Squashed, little. 

    Now I'm saying to myself, this is the turning point. 
    I'll stay the same. 
    I can feel the inside of me, though. 
    It is there. 
    Sometimes it is hidden. 
    Sometimes it isn't.


    No Looking Back 
    Jason Shelley 
    ISBN 9780954146801 
    Tlon Books Publishing 2002 

    Buy the complete book below


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    • Price: £6.99
  • Jason Shelley reads Grey Love in East London at the If Yesterday Were Today Private View

    Jason Shelley reads Grey Love in East London at the If Yesterday Were Today Private View

    Jason Shelley's reading of Grey Love at the If Yesterday Were Today exhibition in East London.

    This is the London edition of an art show that has travelled to Barga, Italy and Berlin in 2016.

    Hosts, Berlin Blue exhibit at Apiary Studios in Hackney, London: 458 Hackney Road, E2 9EG

    Shelley read at the Private View, 8.30pm Thursday 3rd December 2015


    Grey Love is in short supply. The first edition is nearly sold out but we have put some aside to sell through the Tlon Media London website. Buy your copy here, free postage anywhere in the world

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    • Price: £6.99
  • Flexible Creative Working Space in Brockley SE4

    Flexible Creative Working Space in Brockley SE4

    We are very excited to have a presence in Brockley SE4 on Brockley Road. It is a great place to work in and we are noticing more and more likeminded people also work in the area. 

    We would like to create the opportunity to share our space with local freelancers and would do so on an hourly or daily basis. It would be a great opportunity to work within a vibrant environment. We installed fast speed fibre optics here and the room is available for individuals aswell as as a meeting space that can be prebooked. 
    Rates would be cheaper than an Internet cafe or a cafe, you just have to bring your own laptop. 
    We are based in the seven sided 'dome' circular room on the first floor above Crofton Park Library, 375 Brockley Road, SE4.
    Hourly per person: £4.00 per hour   
    Daily per person: £15 per day
    Meeting room: £10 per hour
    Contact Elizabeth Storey to book. Elizabeth.Storey @tlon

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    • Price: £15.00