Many thanks to the final year undergraduates at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama for their time and attention this week, with Prue Chamberlain, Nisha Ramayya, Kate Potts and I leading a day of exercises and workshops as part of the Generative Constraints collective. Hosted by Diana Damian Martin, the day concentrated upon the joists and grist shared between poetics and performance: featuring curated and created cut-ups, improvised dictionaries, écriture féminine, measured breathing and freshly Labradorean work, it was a privilege to work with the year group and be part of their term’s activities.
I’ll be reading with other poets, writers and practitioners as part of this year’s Small Publishers Fair, based at the Conway Hall in Bloomsbury on Friday and Saturday 14th-15th November. This annual event gives space to an international selection of over 60 creators and publishers to showcase their wares and launch new work – as well as names such as X Marks the Bökship, Veer, Shearsman and The Saison Poetry Library, these range from Akerman Daly and Alex Czinczel (The Chinchilla) in London, the Netherlands’ Knust, MIEL from Belgium, Canada’s Perro Verlag to Yasushi Cho / Laughter from Tokyo.
As well as stalls and exhibitions, there are a number of talks and readings on the Saturday in the main hall and the Brockway Room. I will be reading with the Royal Holloway cohort including Bob T. Bright, Carrie Foulkes, Robert Hampson and Prue Chamberlain at 4pm. Free!
All taking place downstairs at the Betsey Trotwood in Farringdon: doors at 8.30pm, £5
“The Night Attendant: tuneful and unpredictable in equal measure, drawing upon the classic pop songwriting tradition (Lennon and McCartney, Brian Wilson / Van Dyke Parks), the exuberance of contemporary jazz (Denys Baptiste, John Hollenbeck) and the radical experimentalism of modern classical composition (Harry Partch, Gyorgy Ligeti)”
This Saturday 25th October, SJ Fowler will be hosting 100 poets and their head-buttings for a day of poetry and collaboration. Come for the coupling, stay for the jousts. I’ll be reading with Prue Chamberlain as part of the 2pm slot.
£FREE! from noon at the Richmix centre. Here’s the full line-up, with links to their work or further information.
– 12noon -
John Clegg & Holly Corfield Carr
Nick Murray & Aki Schilz
Sarah Dawson & Robin Boothroyd
Jonah Wilberg & Lucy Furlong
Vera Chok & Sophie Herxheimer
Jon Stone & Harry Wooler
Paul Hawkins & Mali Clements
Cali Dux & Simon Pomery
Angus Sinclair & Laura Elliott
Ross Sutherland & Thomas Bunstead
- 2pm –
George Szirtes & Carol Watts
Gareth Rees & Gary Budden
Robert Kiely & Doug Jones
Mike Saunders & Emilia Weber
Tamar Yoseloff & Claire Crowther
Andy Spragg & Emma Hammond
Alan Halsey & Geraldine Monk
Nia Davies & Sarah Howe
Tim Allen & Richard Barrett
Prudence Chamberlain & Eley Williams
- 4pm –
Hannah Silva & Andra Symons
Harry Man & Kirsten Irving
Vicky Sparrow & Dave Spittle
Agnes Lehoczky & Astrid Alben
Stephen Watts & Cristina Viti
Isobel Dixon & Claire Trévien
Ollie Evans & Becky Varley-Winter
Rebecca Tamas & Martin Jackson
Sarah Kelly & Seekers of Lice
Jow Lindsay & Anne Laure Coxam
– 7pm –
Colin Herd & Iain Morrison
Marcus Slease & JT Welsch
James Wilkes & Ariadne Radi Cor
Edmund Hardy & Amy Cutler
Sophie Collins & Livia Franchini
Nikolai Duffy & Rhys Trimble
Ryan Van Winkle & Ghazal Mosadeq
Calum Rodger & Anthony Autumn
Cristine Brache & Holly Childs
Lila Matsumoto & Samantha Walton
- 9pm -
James Davies & Philip Terry
Nathan Jones & Christodoulos Makris
Zuzana Husarova & Olga Pek
David Berridge & Stephen Emmerson
Alison Gibb & Kimberley Campanello
Sean Bonney & nick-e melville
Luke Allan & Graeme Smith
Sam Riviere & Crispin Best
James Byrne & Sandeep Parmar
Holly Pester & Emma Bennett
Video of our piece, with some of the great performances available at SJ Fowler’s blogpost:
Hosted by Literary Kitchen as part of LitCrawl, I’ll be performing with 14 writers at the Peckham Pelican on 11th October – doors open 7.30pm for an hour of poetry and flash fiction. With Andrew Alston as master of ceremonies, the evening’s title is ‘Sex Flash Marathon’ so please bring your maiden aunt; other performers include the brilliant Alice Furse, Francis Gilbert, Prudence Chamberlain, Ella Frears, William Wyld, Claudia Turkington, William Jamieson, Rachel Long, Simon Bill, Seraphima Kennedy, Jacob Sam La Rose, Inua Ellams, Amy Key, Thomas Darby and music from Trevor John.
This comes at the end of a day of literary and arts events in the area. The White Review is also hosting an event concurrently with Emily Berry, Luke Brown, Kit Buchan, Holly Pester and Zoe Pilger - – – if the above Sex Pelicans don’t appeal, please do make it to the Peckham Springs Café for what will be a fascinating evening.
The evening invites participants to bump into one another and be pleasantly distracted by talks, music, a sky-trained Royal Observatory telescope and a midnight feast, all seen from Western Europe’s highest building. The option is also there to ascend to a limited number of bell tents and sleep at the partially-exposed top of The Shard for bedtime stories, boggling and breakfast. B&B&B, etc.
Independent literary magazine Structo is very pretty. I would happily frame, coo over and have every back issue tattooed upon my face etc etc if I wasn’t quite so uneasy with the spelling of ‘tattooed’. Structo: it’s a natty thing.
As well as being champions of new writing, previous issues have included interviews with Evie Wyld, the late Iain M. Banks and Stella Duffy. I’m very pleased to have a short piece in its forthcoming Issue 12. Its launch will be on 18th August at The Society Club and will feature readings from contributors if you’re in the neighbourhood; as a teaser, I know that the journal includes an interview with Margaret Atwood illustrated by the fantastic printmaker Jade They. Please do check out her work, and Structosnaffle generally.
Photos of the night below, courtesy of Euan Monaghan.
At the beginning of May I was a commissioned to work on a renga-style roundtable poem in response to the Saison Poetry Library‘s excellent exhibition ‘Poetry in collaboration’, curated by SJ Fowler and Chris McCabe. A slideshow of the display can be seen here.
The final text of the shared poem is scheduled to be published in VLAK magazine, hopefully with a group reading of the work to be staged in either July or August. My fellow writers include Matthew Gregory, Livia Franchini, Sarah Howe [BREAKING!ish: editor of new site Prac Crit] and Joanna Walsh [BREAKING!ish: freshly-minted Fiction Editor of 3:AM Magazine], over all of whose work [grammar?] I have ungently and roaringly swooned for quite a while. Which is nice.
The Enemies project is an ongoing series centred upon poetry in collaboration. Curated and hard-wrought by SJ Fowler, its most recent incarnation has been Auld Enemies, designed to put Scottish and English poets in concert.
Following the series’ countrywide tour of Scotland, I’ll be reading with Nick Murray during the London leg on July 26th at the Rich Mix Arts Centre, alongside the amassed forces of Ross Sutherland, nick-e melville, Colin Herd, Ryan Van Winkle and SJ Fowler, as well as Emily Berry & John Clegg, Tom Chivers & Roddy Lumsden, Vahni Capildeo & Jeremy Noel-Tod, Kirsty Irving & Harry Man, Tim Atkins & Jeff Hilson. Hjhgdsfjhgsdfjhgdsf².
Come along if you’re free.
Based at Blessings in Spitalfields, you can reserve your place in advance with tickets for just £4 – Pay What You Can on the door. I’ll be reading alongside mighty mighty Hannah Chutzpah, Selina Nwulu, Amy Acre, Kemi ‘Demerara’ Taiwo, Prudence Chamberlain and others.