Experimental poetry in Manchester

A winters night, drinks in the forest

17 December, 18:30–21:30, The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London. Listening Forest exhibition viewing, with a chance to hear poems from fabulous guest poets, drink mulled wine, mull over stuff, buy books, screenprints, original drawings. More here.

Cardiff Poetry Experiment – Nat Raha, Jon Goodby, Aron Jones

The ext Cardiff Poetry Experiment, featuring



At Waterloo Teahouse in the Wyndham Arcade (Cardiff City Centre, CF10 1FH)
Doors open at 7pm, readings promptly at 7:30pm
Free admission, accompanied by tea, cake and discussions

Forrest Gander in conversation, with Oscar Martín Centeno

Wed, 25 Nov 2015, 6.30 PM – 7.30 PM at the Bluecoat, Liverpool. Free, booking required.

Writer and translator Forrest Gander is concerned largely with the way the self is revised and translated in encounters with the foreign. His book Core Samples From the World was a finalist for The Pulitzer Prize. Recent translations include Watchword by Pura López Colomé and, with Kyoko YoshidaSpectacle & Pigsty by Kiwao Nomura, winner of the Best Translated Book Award in 2012. In conjunction with the University of Liverpool Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, and supported by HLC.

The Centre for New and International Writing presents: Miriam Allott Visiting Writers Series 2015
Óscar Martín Centeno & Forrest Gander

Forrest Gander

Forrest Gander is an American poet, essayist, novelist, critic, and translator.

Born in the Mojave Desert, he grew up in Virginia and travelled intensively; he has degrees in geology, a subject referenced frequently in both his poems and essays, and in English literature. His work has been linked to ecopoetics, ecology, and intersubjectivity. A writer in multiple genres, Gander is noted for his many collaborations with other artists. He is a United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow and the recipient of fellowships from the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, The Whiting Foundation, and the Howard Foundation. Currently, he is the Adele Kellenberg Seaver Professor of Literary Arts and Comparative Literatures at Brown University in Rhode Island.

Óscar Martín Centeno

Óscar Martín Centeno holds a degree in History and Music Sciences by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. In 2006 he received the prize “Premio Internacional Florentino Pérez-Embid” by Real Academia Sevillana de Buenas Letras for his first book Espejos enfrentados, published by Rialp publishing house in the collection Adonais. In 2007 he received the prize “Premio Nacional Nicolás del Hierro” for his second book Las cántigas del diablo, published the same year. In 2007 he obtained the prize “Premio Internacional Paul Beckett” for his third book Sucio tango del alma, published in 2008 by la Fundación Valparaíso. He has published two teaching manuals: Manual de creación literaria en la era de Internet (2009) and Animación a la lectura mediante las nuevas tecnologías (2010).

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Patti Smith, Grayson Perry, Holly Pester, Anthony Horowitz on The Verb

Friday No 27th 2015 on BBC Radio 3 – The Verb, Patti Smith, Grayson Perry, Holly Pester, Anthony Horowitz

Where do you find the permission to be creative? The Verb aims to find out with Patti Smith, Grayson Perry, Anthony Horowitz and Holly Pester.

Patti Smith has just published her second volume of memoir ‘M Train’ (Bloomsbury), a book that follows Patti around New York as she writes, reads and drinks coffee.

Grayson Perry’s recent exhibition at the Turner Contemporary in Margate ‘Provincial Punk’ examined his interests in contemporary Britain from class and taste to war.

Anthony Horowitz has just published his second James Bond novel ‘Trigger Mortis’ (Orion). He explains where he gets the permission to take on another writer’s most famous character.

The poet and sound artist Holly Pester examines the phenomenon of ‘vocal fry’ in a special commission for The Verb.


Robert Sheppard: History or Sleep – Selected Poems

Robert Sheppard’s selection draws on every book of his poetry since Returns (1985) through to Words Out of Time (2015), and is designed to sample both the recurring and developing themes of his work and their restlessly changing forms. Out now on Shearsman.

Storm and Golden Sky: Sandeep Parmar and Robert Sheppard

Up the stairs (at the back of the barroom, above the pub name, above) at the Caledonia pub, Catharine Street, in the Georgian Quarter, Liverpool, £5, 7 pm spot-on start!

FRIDAY 27th November 2015

Sandeep Parmar and Robert Sheppard

(with a short reading by Adam Hampton)

 Sandeep Parmar was born in Nottingham in 1979 and was raised in Southern California. She received her PhD in English Literature from University College London in 2008 on the unpublished autobiographies of the modernist poet Mina Loy. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. She is the Reviews Editor of The Wolf magazine and edited The Collected Poems of Hope Mirrlees for Carcanet Press (2011). Her critical book on Loy, Reading Mina Loy’s Autobiographies, appeared from Bloomsbury in 2013. She teaches twentieth-century literature and creative writing at the University of Liverpool. Her books are Eidolon and The Marble Orchard, both from Shearsman.



Robert Sheppard is launching two books tonight, his new History or Sleep: Selected Poems, which covers the full range of his work since 1982, and his autrebiographies, Words Out of Time. He lives in Liverpool, is one of the organisers of Storm and Golden Sky, and is also a literary critic of work generally known as ‘linguistically innovative’. He teaches at Edge Hill University.

Emily Critchley: A Preview

On December 9th 2015 The Other Room is very pleased to be hosting the launch of Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative poetry by Women in North America & the UK. Hope to see you there. Flier in the middle column for more details.

Emily Critchley is the author of several poetry collections (with Arehouse, Bad press, Dusie, Oystercatcher, Torque, Holdfire, Corrupt and Intercapillary presses) and a selected writing: Love / All That / & OK (Penned in the Margins, 2011). She has also published critical articles – on poetry, philosophy and feminism – and is the editor of Out of Everywhere 2: linguistically innovative poetry by women in north America & the UK (Reality Street, 2015). Critchley is Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Greenwich, and lives in London with her partner and daughter.

Here is Emily being interviewed at The Other Room a few years back


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