Sunday, 7 April 2013


We are delighted to announce that there will be an exclusive prepared reading presentation of the Kerouac inspired play, Beat Surrender, on the Saturday night of the convention.

As part of the 'Saturday Night Happening' the audience will be treated to a play that captures the spirit of Jack Kerouac.

Here are the details from when the play was originally staged in 2010
A PLAY about Jack Kerouac, the leading chronicler of the Beat generation, is being staged at the Royal Northern College of Music from May 27-29.
In “Beat Surrender”, a drama-fantasy, American Kerouac has arrived in fifties London hoping to escape his fame.
The writer meets bride-to-be Maggie and it becomes an important weekend in Kerouac’s life, full of high drama.
“The night in the play is a pause or a beat of his heart when decisions are to be made,” said Brian M Clarke one of the play’s writers.
The big question people might want to know is whether Kerouac really came to London?
“He disappeared for a while and did some travelling. Our play uses a gap in his diary and builds from there,” said Brian.
The writers Brian M Clarke and Tom Elliot are fascinated with Kerouac to the point Tom reads his books a dozen times.
Although they admit summing up Jack Kerouac is not so easy for someone who was a walking contradiction.
Java Bere, who plays Maggie, said it was good having Kerouac’s books as resources.
Java said: “They helped me access Kerouac’s character and all the qualities that would fascinate and intrigue Maggie.”
Helen Parry, the play’s director, said the biggest challenge is faced by the actor who plays someone of whom the audience has preconceptions.
Yet she has a good feeling about the play.
She said: “We are so looking forward to bringing it to life and re-connecting people to the work of Kerouac and the Beat poets.”

Here are the original cast


Friday, 5 April 2013


Here are the details of how to come along to the 2013 UK Jack Kerouac Convention.

You can book your tickets at

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” ? Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac is the iconic writer of the definitive American novel, On the Road, and is known as the father of the Beat Generation.

This two day convention is a must for Kerouac fans bringing together special guests, presentations, displays and entertainment in appreciation of his life and work.

Included in the package is a special tribute evening that features a performance of the festival heading Kerouac play, Beat Surrender,  together with a full blown Beat evening of poetry music and entertainment. Dust off that beret and make sure you don't miss out on this international event - right here in Yorkshire.

The event is taking place at the spacious and modern New York Stadium ( home of Rotherham United) - we think Jack would approve.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to research into Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) which is the number one genetic killer of babies.

Check out the latest news for the event on Twitter @kerouacbeats  email

 Saturday 6th July   - All Day Event - NEW YORK STADIUM   10.00 a.m. - 17:30 p.m. PLUS Evening Beat celebration and performance of BEAT SURRENDER 19:00 - late

Sunday 7th July     - All Day Event  - NEW YORK STADIUM    11.00 a.m  -  17.00 pm

"On soft Spring nights I'll stand in the yard under the stars - Something good will come out of all things yet - And it will be golden and eternal just like that - There's no need to say another word." - Jack Kerouac, Big Sur