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Take Up Space 2024: Poor Little Sick Girls

Ione Gamble: Poor Little Sick Girls

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Founder of Polyester zine and host of The Polyester Podcast, Ione Gamble has been named one of the most exciting new editors shaping the future of magazines by i-D magazine, one of 15 coolest young Londoners by The Evening Standard and a new debutante by Tatler.

Her debut non-fiction essay collection, Poor Little Sick Girls, was published by Dialogue books in May 2022 and has received praise from the likes of Viv Albertine, Courtney Love, Tavi Gevinson, Yomi Adegoke, Emma Dabiri and Travis Alabanza.

Ione Gamble never imagined that entering adulthood would mean being diagnosed with an incurable illness. Watching identity politics become social media fodder from the confines of her sickbed, Ione began to pick apart our obsession with self-care, personal branding, productivity and #LivingYourBestLife.

Using her experience with disability to cast a fresh gaze on the particularly peculiar cultural moment in which young women find themselves, Poor Little Sick Girls explores the pressures faced, as well as the power of existing, as a chronically ill, overweight, and unacceptable woman in our current era of empowerment.

This Event Will be held at:

The Folkestone Bookshop
70-72 Tontine Street
CT20 1JP

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“Incredible insight with a transgressive, witty, spirit.” Courtney Love

“The most sensational read of 2022!” Gemma Collins

“A breath of fresh air… I want so many people to read this!” Travis Alabanza

“Visionary” Viv Albertine

Ione will sign copies of her book after the event.

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The Folkestone Bookshop 70-72 Tontine Street Folkestone CT20 1JP

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