Warped and Debauched: Interview in Big Issue North

Updated: May 1

There's a good interview with me and Lias in Big Issue North by Steve Lee that is now available to read online

In Ten Thousand Apologies, Saoudi has partnered with award-winning novelist and poet Adelle Stripe. The pair met when she worked on a long-form interview with the frontman for a short book published by independent record label Rough Trade. A fan of Fat White Family – “It’s not very often that you witness that level of authentic derangement,” she says – the pair began further correspondence while the band were on the European gig circuit.

“Lias started sending me fragments from his tour diaries, which I thought were hilarious and quite accomplished for someone who wasn’t a writer,” Stripe says. “And I knew that with a bit of encouragement I could help develop his voice and maybe use some of it within a wider narrative framework. So I wrote the straight voice and he created a more baroque register.”

What emerged from this meeting of minds is a frank and distinctive book, one that pulls no punches as those dual voices detail a life spent on the fringes. From the small-town Algeria of his father to the working-class Yorkshire of his mother – via a childhood stint in semi-rural Scotland and nascent years in sectarian Cookstown, Northern Ireland – the memoir’s singular, consistent theme is that constant need for movement, to be changing, to be challenging complacency...