Literature is for everyone

A performer amongst the audience at 'Moby Dick Unabridged'


The Special Relationship has been creating and hosting literary events since 2010. Our goal is to create memorable events that celebrate the written word.

We like to collaborate/integrate/mix with other artistic forms (e.g. illustration, video, music, set design, dance, theatre). We want to bring new audiences to literature. We aim to produce unique literary events that include the participation of under-represented individuals and groups. Literature is for everyone.

  • In Billions of Years, the Sun Will Swallow the Earth

    A literature-visual installation exploring the themes of parenthood and childhood between the tumultuous years of 2016-2020.

    A very slow animated GIF; each frame is visible for about ten seconds. Bethnal Green Churchyard in Winter. A whippet is meandering back and forth across a snowy path; it pauses midway to seemingly glance at the camera, then vanishes out of sight.
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  • A Delicate Sight

    Darkness, closed books, unseen pictures and partially heard songs explore the promise of the imagination.

    A composite of nine sequential stills from 'A Delicate Site'. Someone gradually covers a window with a large piece of material, until almost all light is extinguished and the frame is almost entirely dark.
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  • Moby Dick Unabridged

    Four days of classic prose, new artworks, live performances and fresh clam chowder.

    A. L. Kennedy reading on stage at 'Moby Dick Unabridged'.
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  • The Story Machine

    Part-funhouse, part-literature festival

    A crowd watching Jarred McGinnis read at 'The Story Machine', in the charming setting of Dragon Hall's garden.
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