Polly Trope talks to Jonathan Lyon ahead of his indieberlin book fair reading

Jonathan Lyon credit Hanna Sturm

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.


Check out Agon’s first video single here. Read some writing here.

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 Diaries, a trilogy detailing the East Berlin art and squat scene of the early 90s, available on Amazon and through this site. Noel is currently completing his second novel. As well as running indieBerlin, Noel is also active as web designer, chatbot creator and business communication coach.

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