Join us for the launch of Carl Gent’s The Balls of Alban (Monitor Books, 2022). 

Gripping and singularly anachronistic, The Balls of Alban continues Gent’s ludic project to rehistoricise and refictionalise the sidelined figure of Cynethryth, eighth century Queen of Mercia. Part riotous short story, part historical survey, Gent’s work is a subversive excavation of how we tell stories and the Anglo-Saxon imaginary.

‘One of the best pieces of writing I’ve read this year.’ — Isabel Waidner

Carl Gent is an artist and writer from Bexhill-on-sea. They have exhibited their sculptures, songs, vehicles, and printouts at Jupiter Woods, Flatland Projects, Wysing Arts Centre, ICA, Somerset House, Goldsmiths CCA, the De La Warr Pavilion and the Museum for English Rural Life.

This event will take place in our Rooftop gallery at 1.30pm. Join us after (2pm) for a pop-up Christmas performance from She Choir Hastings.