Other Room reader Peter Jaeger’s Field Guide to Lost Things has made the longlist for the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize. Help it make the short list by voting for it. If you’ve not read a copy yet or have just seen a performance find out more and read a sample at if p then q.
‘Works on Paper’ was commissioned in 2008. I stayed in Manchester and spent a few days visiting Bury just finding out about the place, people and history, including the library and archive. Of course Bury is a prime site in the Industrial Revolution both in terms of technical innovation and its rapid economic development as a manufacturing centre. I was particularly interested in Bury’s later position in the early twentieth century as a world-leading producer of paper. This makes sense when you realise that industrial paper production came about as a kind of diversification of the cotton industry after much earlier breakthroughs in mechanical weaving, John Kay’s flying shuttle, programmed looms and so on. They had cotton waste and rags, water and then steam power; factories with highly trained mechanics and inventive engineers, and were very well placed to respond to the explosion of print culture.
Discover more HERE at the Text Archive Blog and site which also includes news and articles by derek beaulieu, Helen White, Richard Pinkney & Holly Pester
Billy Mills reviews recent Other Room reader Peter Hughes’ Quite Frankly After Petrarch HERE
Allen Fisher is the Poet-in-Residence at the 3 Choirs in Hereford this year, 25 July – 1st August 2015.
Allen will visit many of the concerts in venues around the city from Purcell on day one to Verdi on day seven. During 3 Choirs week he will post notices of his research to the online 3 Choirs Plus and he will copy this to a Notice Board on the corner of King Street and Broad Street at the old Herefordshire Information centre. On Saturday at 3pm he will present his assembled thoughts and poetry at a reading at the Apple Store Gallery in Rockfield Road, off of Aylestone Hill.