Jonathan Lyon is a writer and singer from the UK who lives and works in Berlin. With his new band Agon and his frequent appearances at readings about town he’s creating something of a storm. We’re excited to have Jonathan Lyon reading at the upcoming indieberlin book fair on the 7th November in Posh Teckel, and indieberlin literary editor Polly Trope asked him a few questions.
Polly Trope: What is Agon?
Jonathan Lyon: Agon is the band I’m in with two other girls & I write lyrics about pretending to be myself.
Polly Trope: What is new with you?
Jonathan Lyon: We made a video for our next single ‘Ritual’ this month, & it will come out soon. The concept was ‘an erotic encounter with a beetroot.’
“Bleakness has its charms”
Polly Trope: What are you writing?
Jonathan Lyon: I’m writing mostly on instagram at the moment – about my life a few years ago, when I was a drug addict at Oxford Univeristy.
Polly Trope: And your instagram address is…
Polly Trope: How is Berlin?
Jonathan Lyon: I have no heating in my apartment so Berlin is very cold, but the bleakness has its charms.
Polly Trope: What will you give the guests on November 7th?
Jonathan Lyon: I’m reading a story called ‘universal pictures,’ which presents the thoughts of a god waking up for the first time.
Photo by Hanna Sturm.
Noel Maurice is one of the founders of indieberlin. Originally from the UK via a childhood in Johannesburg, he has been resident in Berlin since 1991. Describing himself as a ‘recovering musician’, he is the author of The Berlin Diaires, a trilogy detailing the East Berlin art and squat scene of the early 90s, available on Amazon and through this site.