Working with Prue Chamberlain for Fiender, a night of new collaborations for the Enemies Project. Featuring Aase Berg & SJ Fowler, Harry Man & Anna Axfors, Elis Burrau & Holly Corfield Carr, Kathryn Maris & Patrick Mackie, Fabian Peake & Jeff Hilson, Nick Murray & Joe Turrent, Hannah Lowe & Richard Scott, Annie Katchinska & Mark Waldron, Molly Bergin & Russell Bennetts.
Rich Mix Centre, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
Enjoyed writing a small piece for the latest HIX EROS, ‘an occasional reviews outburst’. This issue contains reviews and responses of, and responses to, the work of Roíbéard Csengeri, Ian Heames, Sophie Seita, Tammy Ho Lai-Ming, Frances Kruk, R.T.A. Parker, John Ashbery, Dorothy Lehane, Florence Uniacke, Rosa van Hensbergen, Jessica Johannesson Gaitán, Emilia Weber, Cheena Marie Lo, James Cummins, Prudence Chamberlain and Nisha Ramayya, as well as an essay by Eleanor Perry.
Thanks to editors Joe Luna, Jo Lindsay Walton and Jordan Savage, and to designer Robbie Dawson. Details of HIX EROS‘ associated publications and reading series HI ZERO can be found here; HIX EROS 7 can be downloaded here or by clicking the image above.
The bascule chamber is the large, brick-lined space that houses Tower Bridge’s huge counterweights. As the saying goes, festivals abhor a vaccuum: I am delighted to be working with composer Tom Wilson on a commissioned new work that will attempt to take full advantage of the bascule chamber’s unique acoustics. Inspired by the history of the Royal Menagerie at the nearby Tower of London, we are lucky enough to have the Ben See Group performing the finished work for the Totally Thames Festival, curated by Iain Chambers.
The piece will be performed as part of a great programme of contemporary music on both Sat 24thand Sun 25th Sept at these times: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm. Tickets can be bought here(but please do note performances are subject to change up to 24 hours before due to the working nature of Tower Bridge — some terms & conditions here.) A nice hat-tip from Time Out here, and from Sound and Music here.
Edit: Teasered in The Evening Standard and online at The Cusp‘s round-up for September!
It was a pleasure to chair the reading and Q&A with wonderful writer A. L. Kennedy as part of the Emerald Street Literary festival, 11th June at the Royal Geological Society in London. Many thanks for her tips about fencing with women and how to best walk with a raven on your arm.
The full programme featured talks and readings from authors and organisations including Kate Mosse and the Baileys Prize finalists, Jessie Burton, Caroline Criado-Perez and Marina Lewycka on Britain’s European referendum, Maggie O’Farrell, Kit de Waal, Amy Liptrot and Bryony Gordon, Scarlett Thomas, Laura Barnett and Holly Bourne.
You can buy A. L. Kennedy’s most recent novel, Serious Sweet, here.
Celebrating the release of forthcoming An Unreliable Guide to London, I was very pleased to join Influx Press at the Library Gallery to read an extract from the anthology and discuss London’s fictions, past and present. Quite a thing to sit next to writers M John Harrison (let alone be described as ‘steely-eyed’ by him, as per confluence), Courttia Newland and Yvvette Edwards; many thanks to the Stoke Newington Literary Festival, for all the questions from the audience and to Gary Budden for chairing.
It was good to see my purpureus colleagues Emma Venables, Susan Gray and Ishita Mandrekar for one final performance of prose and poetry as part of Play!, the annual festival celebrating music, theatre, creative writing, film and art from Royal Holloway’s students and staff. This year’s festival theme was ‘Lost & Found Spaces’ and hosted over 30 events take place across campus. Many thanks to the student volunteers for assisting the smooth-running of the festival, and to our receptive audience.
It was an absolute privilege to work with poets S J Fowler, Luke Kennard, Zaza Koshkadze and Lia Liqokeli as part of this year’s International Festival of Literature in Tbilisi, Georgia. The full programme can be seen here on the Georgian Writer’s House’s dedicated site; it was a wonderful week of collaboration, reading and exploration. S J Fowler’s account of the trip can be read on his dedicated journal, and some footage of the collaborations can be seen on the Enemies’ project website. Thank you to the Writers’ House on-site angel Davit Gabunia for co-curating, and to the International Literature Showcase Fund and the British Council for their support.
Sandeep Parmar & James Byrne
Carol Watts & George Szirtes
Mark Waldron & Rebecca Perry
Prudence Chamberlain & Eley Williams
Giovanna Coppola & Clover Peake
Mischa Foster Poole & Chrissy Williams
Julia Lewis & Harry Man
Tasimbaradzwa Kanyangarara & Susie Campbell
Rachel Long & Elizabeth-Jane Burnett
Kathryn Maris & Amy Key
Videos of all the performances can be found on the Enemies’ dedicated blog. The Camarade series began at Rich Mix and I will always be grateful for the collaborations and work that I have been able to encounter at the centre both as audience and participant. Wonderful, too, to have the opportunity to work with Prue Chamberlain again not least because she has a number of new works being published this year. Nice nice nice nice.
World Book Night is an annual event to promote links between literacy and well-being, organised by The Reading Agency. I was delighted to turn up for a nocturnal stint at Goldsmiths in support the campaign as part of an evening that featured from staff and students from the university’s Black British Writing MA, current Creative Writing MA students as curated by LitLive, and performances by Iphgenia Baal and Julia Calver with The Literary Kitchen. My thanks to Andrea Mason for the opportunity, and for the team at Goldsmiths’ Library for all their hard work.