tim wells • the column inches • mary millington • 35th anniversary edition
A LIMITED EDITION CHAPBOOK PUBLISHED ON THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF MARY MILLINGTON'S DEATH.
Available from 5th to 19th August 2014 only.
The Column Inches contains three poems which were originally commissioned as part of the launch of Come Play with Me & Other Tales (10,000 Productions) by 1970s pornstar Mary Millington (1945-79). The launch took place at the Phoenix Artist Club in Soho, London on July 10th, 2014. In addition to Mr Wells, there were readings by Phill Jupitus, Salena Godden, Karen Hayley and Simon Sheridan. Proceedings were introduced by Michael Curran.
At 7 o'clock on the evening of August 19th all unsold copies were burnt and the ashes scattered into the River Wandle at the rear of the workshop.
100 Numbered copies
£10 inc shipping
8 pages. Format approx. 4.25"/110mm wide x 220mm/8.75" tall. Handsewn at the Sick Tangerine workshop. Recycled Cairn almond stiff card covers; front cover artwork embossed in blue; 100% Recycled text paper; Canson Mi-Tientes havanna brown endpapers.
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Tim Wells is the founding editor of the poetry magazine Rising. He has performed his work widely and has worked as a guest poet on Radio London and as writer in residence with Tighten Up, the East London reggae sound system. His recent books include Keep the Faith (Blackheath Books, 2013), Rougher Yet (Donut Press, 2009), and Boys' Night Out in the Afternoon (Donut Press, 2006), which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. He lives in London.
Mary Millington (1945-79) was the most famous pornstar in 1970s Britain. She appeared in all the best known 'adult magazines' of the time and had a starring role in the 1977 film Come Play with Me, alongside legendary British character actress Irene Handl. The film ran for four years — still a British cinema record. Her introduction to 'the industry' came about with her mother's diagnosis with breast cancer in the later 1960s. The idea was to fund her mother's treatment through modelling, all apparently with the blessing of her husband Bob Maxted, whom she had married at the age of 18. At first, she posed for 'Camera Clubs' in and around London, moving on to the better paid photo-spreads in magazines like Knave and Fiesta. This then led to her travelling to Frankfurt and appearing in her first hard-core film Miss Bohrloch (aka Miss Borehole). Other films soon followed, attracting the attention of millionaire porn publisher David Sullivan. The two soon became lovers and Mary appeared in all his magazines such as Whitehouse and Playbirds. Her fan club boasted over a million members — quite an achievement in the pre-internet age. By the late 1970s she made a number of successful films including Come Play with Me. As a side project, Mr Sullivan suggested she tape some sex stories to sell on cassettes with the magazines. Nigel V was the man for the job… Tangerine Press's connection with Mary is geographical. Her highly successful sex shop was located in Tooting High Street, less than a mile from our studio. At its peak, it was the most profitable independent business in the London Borough of Wandsworth. Sadly, Mary's time in Tooting was relatively short. Following the death of her mother she sank into depression, suffered from drug addiction and debt and being found guilty of a string of petty thefts. She died of an overdose in 1979 at the age of 33.
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