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David Keenan to launch his novel with performances from Bruce Russell and Richard Youngs

The Wire writer celebrates the publication of his first novel with a party night of music, literature and poetry called Go Ahead And Drop The Bomb

The UK launch of David Keenan's debut novel This Is Memorial Device will take place on February 2017. The mega event will feature appearances from The Dead C's Bruce Russell, Richard Youngs, Michael Pederson (co-founder of the literary night and record label Neu! Reekie!), a DJ set from Andrew Weatherall and, of course, David reading extracts from his book.

Called This is Memorial Device, it’s a fictionalised account of the post-punk era in Airdrie, Scotland – “a love letter to the small towns of Lanarkshire in the west of Scotland in the late 1970s and early 80s”, says David.

The launch will take place on 8 February at London The Social, 7pm. Tickets are on sale now, costing £8. The book will be published by Faber.