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A decade since Liverpool European Capital of Culture... What now? A book of new essays from some of the UK's most exciting writers
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    Totally awesome tote bag

    Swish down the street in our bright red tote bag! Perfect for carrying books. Nice, long handles. The official Double Negative branded, 100% cotton tote, hand-screenprinted in Liverpool by In the Room Print Co. We'll also thank you on twitter!

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    Signed book

    A copy of our brand new book, signed by the editors. First edition run will not exceed 250 copies, so this will be a collectable!

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    Ticket to our book party!

    Be at the grand unveiling of our new book, Present Tense, taking place on Thursday 30 May 2019 (evening) at a super secret Liverpool venue.

    With live readings from our superb, critically acclaimed writers, plus a hot-off-the-press, limed edition and signed book for you to collect on the night! A celebratory evening, not to be missed.

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    Summer sculpture walk

    A relaxed, summer walk around Liverpool city centre's key and most controversial public artworks, on Sunday 28 July 2019 (pm). Including stories behind the eye-catching sculptures of artists Barbara Hepworth and Richard Wilson – as discussed in Denise Courcoux's essay for Present Tense. This walk will be hosted by Denise and The Double Negative co-founders Mike Pinnington and Laura Robertson, and will end with a stop at one of Liverpool's historic pubs. Wear comfy shoes! Very limited places available!

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    Summer sculpture walk + book!

    A relaxed, summer walk around Liverpool city centre's key and most controversial public artworks, on Sunday 28 July 2019 (pm). Including stories behind the eye-catching sculptures of artists Barbara Hepworth and Richard Wilson – as discussed in Denise Courcoux's essay for Present Tense. This walk will be hosted by Denise and The Double Negative co-founders Mike Pinnington and Laura Robertson, and will end with a stop at one of Liverpool's historic pubs. You'll get your own, signed copy of Present Tense too! Wear comfy shoes! Very limited places available!

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    Boss book bundle

    A lovely, VERY limited edition book bundle to grace your library shelves! Receive THREE BOOKS: a signed copy of Present Tense (first edition run will not exceed 250 copies, so this will be a collectable!), PLUS a copy of our first book, On Being Curious: New Critical Writing on Contemporary Art From the North-West of England (fully illustrated 68 pages of interviews, features and essays on Turner Prize winners, super slow canal culture, and DIY art schools, including artists Cao Fei, Assemble and Marcus Coates), PLUS Stephanie Bailey's new book, Ocula Conversations Vol. 3 (featuring 19 conversations with leading artists and curators of their generation, including Pipilotti Rist, John Akomfrah and William Kentridge, over 240 pages). The three beautifully designed books will appeal to any culture vulture.

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    Thanks so much, friend! We'll send you a signed copy of our book, out of a limited edition first run of 250 copies. We'll also print your name inside as a big 'thank you' for your support... And thank you @ twitter.

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    Best Friend goody bag

    Our best friend, thank you so, so much! You'll receive a parcel of goodies: TWO copies of our limited edition book with your name printed inside; PLUS an invite to the launch party; PLUS a thanks @ twitter; PLUS a copy of our first book, On Being Curious: New Critical Writing on Contemporary Art From the North-West of England (fully illustrated 68 pages of interviews, features and essays on Turner Prize winners, super slow canal culture, and DIY art schools, including artists Cao Fei, Assemble and Marcus Coates); PLUS a bright red tote bag (The official Double Negative branded, 100% cotton tote, hand-screenprinted in Liverpool by In the Room Print Co. )!

    (Postage prices include Signed For® 2nd Class, UK, and International Tracked & Signed)

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    • Your name printed in our book
    • A heartfelt thanks on twitter
    • Copy of our previous book, On Being Curious
    • Early bird ticket to our book launch
    • The Double Negative tote bag
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    Education package

    Do you work at a HEI or FE? Invest in an educational package for your students: our expertise on initiating (and delivering) creative projects, the role and application of contemporary cultural criticism, and writing for online and print publication. Led by Laura Robertson, who (aside from being a published magazine writer and editor) is currently RCA MA Writing cohort, and is an experienced guest/part-time lecturer; delivering classes, tutorials and lectures in arts and humanities and professional practice at several UK universities since 2010. Students will receive key, practical information in an encouraging, participatory environment.

    Includes 1x lecture/workshop + 1x half a day tutorials + 5x copies of our book (dedicated to your institution). Package will be tailored to fit group needs after discussion TBC!

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    Writing bootcamp for organisations

    Could your staff benefit from a writing bootcamp? Delivered by Mike Pinnington (a regular contributor to international art and film publications), for five years he worked as Content Editor for Tate Liverpool, writing and editing gallery texts, exhibition guides and artist catalogues and essays. Mike now helps organisations write for their audiences: improving the quality of their web content with tips on good, clear copy and practical editorial advice.

    Includes 1x half day workshop + 3x Skype tutorials with actions and feedback + 5x copies of our book. Package will be tailored to fit your organisation’s needs after discussion TBC!

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