POEM ART THREAT

I’m very excited to take part in POEM ART THREAT, a music/poetry event organised by Stinky Bear Press.

Here’s what they say:

“Stinky Bear Press return to Mascara Bar for an evening of poetry inspired by the knavish Mark E. Smith and his legendary band The Fall.

Readers include: Becky Cremin, Marcus Slease, Richard Barrett, Juha Virtanen, Mike Weller, Jeff Hilson, Chris McCabe, Pat Phaggs, Sarah Crewe, Pascal O’Loughlin, Amy Key, Andrew Taylor.

Others to be confirmed”

March 1st, 19:30, Mascara Bar, 72 Stamford Hill, London, N16 6XS

More details here

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Xing the Line, October 17th.

I’m very excited to be reading at Xing the Line with Antony John and Andy Spragg on Wednesday, October 17th. The event takes place at The Apple Tree, 45 Mt Pleasant, Clerkenwell, London . More details here. Do come.

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reading In the Woods

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Poets for Pussy Riot-Readings

Big thanks go out to everyone who participated in the Poets for Pussy Riot event last night. Steven Fowler, Sara Yasin (from Index on Censorship) and the Rich Mix put together a great evening. Below are links to all performances:

Tim Atkins
David Berridge
Harry Burke
Nia Davies
Ollie Evans
Reza Mohammedi
SJ Fowler
Charlotte Geater
Jeff Hilson
Kirsty Irving
Keith Jebb
Antony John
Marek Kazmierski
Robert Kiely
Juha Virtanen
Francesca Lisette
Chris McCabe
Becky Cremin & Ryan Ormonde
Mendoza
Irum Fazal
Nat Raha
William Rowe
Jon Stone
Andy Spragg
Philip Terry
Jack Underwood
Stephen Watts
James Wilkes
Jenny Wong
Michael Zand

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Poets for Pussy Riot, August 29th

At Rich Mix arts centre, main space venue
35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA 020 7613 7498
http://www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/event/poets-for-pussy-riot/
http://www.poetrylibrary.org.uk/events/readings/?id=7916
Free Entry

With the news that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich of the Russian punk collective, Pussy Riot, were sentenced to two years in prison for a wholly necessary and valid political protest, contemporary poets in London will come together in a unique evening of readings, featuring original poetry and text, as well as the words of Pussy Riot themselves. This event is an act of solidarity through the medium of poetry – a celebration of the courage and spirit of fellow writers of this generation, writing for real political change in a country that needs it.

The event will feature over 30 poets, including Tim Atkins, David Berridge, Harry Burke, Becky Cremin, Nia Davies, Amy Evans, Ollie Evans, Irum Fazal, SJ Fowler, Charlotte Geater, Jeff Hilson, Kirsty Irving, Keith Jebb, Antony John, Marek Kazmierski, Robert Kiely, Francesca Lisette, Chris McCabe, Mendoza, Reza Mohammadi, Sandeep Parmar, Claire Potter, Nat Raha, Will Rowe, Connie Scozzaro, Antonia Seroff, Andy Spragg, Jon Stone, Philip Terry, Jack Underwood, Juha Virtanen, MJ Weller, James Wilkes, Jenny Wong and Michael Zand.

Index on Censorship will also have a presence at the event. You can follow their work regarding the Pussy Riot case here.
http://www.indexoncensorship.org/tag/pussy-riot/
http://uncut.indexoncensorship.org/tag/pussy-riot/

Modern Poetry in Translation have also provided remarkable translations of the testimonials of the three women who have been sentenced, and the punk prayer song that was performed in Christ the Saviour cathedral in Moscow in February, completely free, thanks to the diligence and endeavour of MPT editor, Sasha Dugdale.
http://www.mptmagazine.com/article/pussy-riot-trial-in-moscow-30/
http://www.mptmagazine.com/feature/pussy-riot-testimonies-59/
http://www.mptmagazine.com/poem/virgin-mary-mother-of-god-591/

The event is free, please come & spread the word!!!

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In the Woods Festival, September 1st

I will be reading some poems at this year’s In the Woods Festival, on September 1st, somewhere in arboreal Kent. A part of the festival’s ethos is that the exact venue remains secret, and only those with tickets will know the location. It will be an hour away from London, I am told.

Looking forward to it!

More information is available on the festival’s website as well as pages on Twitter and Facebook

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Snippet

Doused face in ginseng milk feed vicious o-
ver basin, softwood shavings around thigh.

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Camarade at the Nova Festival

On Sunday the 8th, Robert Kiely and I performed a collaborative poem as a part of the 4th instalment of Steven Fowler’s Camarade project. The event took place at the Nova Festival in Sussex. The day was a wet and muddy affair, but it also featured some great readings from various poets. Big thanks are owed to Steven for all his efforts on the day. It was a pleasure to take part. You can view videos of the performances by clicking on the links below. Steven’s blogpost about the day can be found here

The event featured readings from:
George Szirtes & Carol Watts
Philip Terry & Tom Jenks
Juha Virtanen & Robert Kiely
Richard Barrett & Marcus Slease
Frances Kruk & Maria Ferencuhova
Tim Atkins & Harry Gilonis
Andy Spragg & David Berridge
Simon Barraclough & Isobel Dixon
Emma Bennett & Holly Pester

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Misc Pic

Here are a few assorted images I have only recently uploaded from my camera. The first provides a glimpse of the ‘ORATHERA’ printouts I prepared for the VisPo artfair that SJ Fowler hosted at the Rich Mix in March (see previous post).

The rest are photos from two of the readings at this year’s Sussex Poetry Festival in Brighton. The first is of Sam Solomon and the second is of Holly Pester. Although I was only able to visit the festival for one day, I thoroughly enjoyed all the readings I attended. In addition to Solomon and Pester, I saw readings by Drew Milne, Laura Kilbride, Peter Middleton, Dan Spicer and Julie Carr. You can watch videos from the festival, (and several other exciting events) on Damn the Ceasar’s Youtube channel, courtesy of Richard Owens. The link is here

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Halfcircle 4!

Toward the tail end of an incredibly busy week, I entirely forgot to post this.

The 4th issue of Halfcircle, a superb magazine presently edited by Tom Graham, has just been released. It features poetry and visual work from:

Sofia Stevi, Peter Manson, Jennifer Cooke, Rowan Evans, Ian Heames, John Ashbery, Ed Luker, Linus Slug, Elizabeth Willis, Anatol Knotek, Juha Virtanen, John DeWitt, Connie Scozzaro, Alice Notley, Luke McMullan, Posie Rider, Leanne Bridgewater, Simon Jarvis, Caitlin Doherty, Peter Gizzi, Sean Bonney, SJ Fowler, Sophie Seita, Adam Weg, Mike Wallace-Hadrill, Marianne Morris, nick-e melville, Pocahontas Mildew-Hind, Caroline Bergvall, bruno neiva, Nat Raha, David Grundy, Josh Stanley, Matthias Regan, Frances Kruk & Steve Willey.

I can’t wait to read it. Get your copy here.

If you can, please try to support the magazine by making a donation.

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