19 January 2012
Book Slam

The Grand

Book Slam teamed up with Canongate Books to celebrate the life of legendary poet, novelist and hip hop pioneer, Gil Scott-Heron with the launch of his posthumous memoir, 'The Last Holiday'. A stellar line-up at Book Slam included host, the inimitable Salena Godden, dynamic young poets Kate Tempest and Ben Mellor, and iconic DJ Gilles Peterson playing a one-off musical tribute to the great man.

For more on Gil including a short film of part of the last interview he did before he died and to check out exclusive readings from 'The Last Holiday' go to www.canongate.tv.

Appearances from



Old School Wisdom #105:
Gil: ''I can't pay no dr's bills/ But Whitey's on the moon/ 10 years from now I'll be paying still/ But Whitey's on the moon ...'