Experimental poetry in Manchester

Stephen Nelson: Thorn Corners

Thorn Corners


Stephen Nelson is a Scottish poet who works in a variety of forms, from free verse to Vispo. Previous titles include Lunar Poems for New Religions (Knives, Forks and Spoons Press), Flylyght (KFS Press), Eye Jar (Red Ceilings Press), YesYesY (Little Red Leaves Textile Series), and two chapbooks of visual poetry. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and been exhibited globally, and recently featured in The Sunday Times Poet’s Corner. He was also a contributor to The Last Vispo Anthology (Fantagraphics Books). Born in 1970, he lives in the sky near Glasgow.

Out now on Erbacce.

The Found Poetry Review

“Happy poets who write found poetry go pawing through popular culture like sculptors on trash heaps. They hold and wave aloft usable artifacts and fragments: jingles and ad copy, menus and broadcasts — all objet trouvés, the literary equivalents of Warhol’s Campbell’s soup cans and Duchamp’s bicycle. By entering a found text as a poem, the poet doubles its context. The original meaning remains intact, but now it swings between two poles. The poet adds, or at any rate increases, the element of delight. This is an urban, youthful, ironic, cruising kind of poetry. It serves up whole texts, or interrupted fragments of texts.” — Annie Dillard

The Found Poetry Review is now open for submissions until June 30th.

Storm and Golden Sky

FRIDAY 25th April, Zoe Skoulding and Keston Sutherland

Up the stairs (at the back of the barroom) at the Caledonia pub, Catharine Street, in the Georgian Quarter, Liverpool, £4, 7 pm spot-on start!
Keston Sutherland is the author of The Odes to TL61P, Stupefaction, Stress Position, Hot White Andy and other books, and lots of essays, many of them about Marx and poetry. He lives in Brighton, where he runs the Sussex Poetry Festival, and where he founded Brighton Left Unity. He co-edits Barque press.
Zoë Skoulding is primarily a poet, though her work encompasses sound-based vocal performance, collaboration, translation, literary criticism, editing, and teaching creative writing. She lectures in the School of English at Bangor University, and has been Editor of the international quarterly Poetry Wales since 2008. Her recent collections of poems are The Museum of Disappearing Sounds (Seren, 2013), Remains of a Future City (Seren, 2008), long-listed for Wales Book of the Year 2009. You Will Live in Your Own Cathedral is a multimedia soundscape, video and poetry performance with Alan Holmes that has been presented across Europe in several languages.

Born of a Liverpool taste for variety and drama, ‘Storm and Golden Sky’ offers literary high style from across the poetic landscape. Programmed by a collective of Liverpool-based poets, Michael Egan, Nathan Jones, Robert Sheppard and Eleanor Rees.


The Northern Charter presents the first ever RIVET. Wednesday, April 30th - from 7pmThe Northern Charter, Floor 5, Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QE.

With Rebecca Wilcox & Sarah Rose, Frances Kruk and Ed Luker.



Blue Bus – Keith Jebb, Doug Jones & Holly Pester

The Blue Bus is pleased to present a reading by Holly Pester, Doug Jones and Keith Jebb , on Tuesday , 15th April from 7.30 at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1. This is the eighty-seventh event in THE BLUE BUS series. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions). For future events in the series, please scroll down to the end of this message.
Keith Jebb runs the Creative Course at the University of Bedfordshire and is Vice Chair of the National Association of Writers in Education.  He has been publishing in magazines since the eighties, including Reality Studios and Joe Soap’s Canoe; more recent work in Veer About and the Reality Street Book of Sonnets.  Kater Murr’s Press brought out hide white space (2006) and tonnes (2008).  Doubles as bus conductor for the Blue Bus.
Doug Jones is 45, married with children, and is currently working as a junior doctor in Norfolk. He completed an MPhil on Bill Griffiths at Kings College in London and was a regular attender at the Writers Forum workshops under Bob Cobbing. Veer Press published Posts last year.  He has also had work published recently in Zone and scabsarerats magazines.
Holly Pester is a poet and multidisciplinary writer. Her performances and sound installations have featured at international events including a British Council funded visit to Mexico City, an artist’s residency at the dOCUMENTA 13, the Text Festival in Bury, and the Serpentine Gallery Poetry Marathon. Holly Pester’s poetry collection, Hoofs, was released with if p then q press in 2011 and her next collection, Folkslop is due out with Veer Books late 2014. She is currently artist in residence at the Women’s Art Library.

Poetry and Protest

24 Aprilm 19:30. Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA.

Join English PEN for a night of poetry, music and discussion on how literature and activism can come together. Featuring poets James Byrne, Sophie Mayer, Laila Sumpton, Aoife Mannix and Sonority Turner. Hosted by Shane Solanki.

The evening will also highlight PEN’s campaign for the release of imprisoned Camerooian poet Enoh Meyomese and celebrate the publication ‘Jail Verse’ a collection of his poems translated into English.

7.30pm Open-mic performances from Student PEN
8.00pm Panel discussion on How to be a literary activist with Sophie Mayer, Laila Sumpton and James Byrne.
9.00pm Performances from Sonority Turner and Aoife Mannix


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