A new publishing house called Test Centre is launching, with a short series of spoken word LPs and print communications. Test Centre was started by Will Shutes and Jess Chandler. The first release will be a spoken word vinyl LP by Iain Sinclair, which includes readings from his work Lud Heat, Suicide Bridge, Downriver and White Chappell Scarlet Tracings, recorded on a day long tour around East London, plus some of Sinclair's archival recordings.
Following this there are plans to release LPs of spoken word by writers Chris Petit, Stewart Home and Tom McCarthy. The publishing house then intends to move to print only communications. Co-founder Shutes says: "Our feeling is that people remain interested in tangible goods, including vinyl, and that there is room for new work on an independent scale by young or youngish people."
Test Centre launch a new site in just under a week, which will also be carrying a full call for submissions. Stay tuned here.