Archive for Readers
“The House of Zabka” by Marcus Slease
A Polish folk tale meets Kurt Vonnegut’s surreal science fiction. A visionary, oracular original fairy tale that follows a butcher’s daughter to the deepest, darkest, strangest depths of the forest. A playful walk with a sausage-dog companion past sex shops and donuts, including a plastic dragon that will breathe fire if you text message it.
Each chapbook is roughly 4.25″ x 5.5″, handmade in a limited edition of 60. Stapled with handmade endpapers. Endpapers for “The House of Zabka” are marbled metallic multicolored Nepalese Lokta papers. Available from Deathless Press.
The next Other Room is a one off event on Saturday 18th May at The Town Hall Tavern, 20 Tib Lane, Manchester, M2 4JA. The readers will be derek beaulieu, Tom Jenks and Holly Pester. For a flavour of derek’s work, try this film of him discussing theft, ownership and remixing language, the film of his first Other Room reading in 2010, or derek’s own site, which has a lot of links to his work.
Chrissy Williams will read at the next Other Room on Monday, 8th April at The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester. Her site has details of all of her published work, including the above pow broadside Murder She Wrote, plus links to her work online.
Rhys Trimble will perform at the next Other Room on Monday 8th April at The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester. For a flavour of this work, try this clip of Rhys at work with his bardic staff. You can also read a selection from his collection Kapita at the Knives, Forks and Spoons site. Rhys’ other publications include Skine, also Knives, Forks and Spoons, Trace Agents, published by Department Press, and mynydd, reviewed by Michael Peverett at “Intercapillary Space”.
Sarah Crewe will perform at The Other Room on April 8th at The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester. For a flavour of her work, watch this clip of Sarah performing at Manchester Poets for Pussy Riot on 2012. For more of her work, try her poems in Bone Orchard Poetry and Peony Moon, or samples from her recently published collection flick invicta at the Oystercatcher Press site.
The other readers will be Patrick Coyle, Rhys Trimble and Chrissy Williams.
Marcus Slease’s recent reading at The Other Room
Patrick Coyle will perform at the next Other Room on Monday April 8th at The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester. For an indication of his singing skills, try this clip of Patrick performing with Holly Pester at SJ Fowler’s Camarade event in 2011. For more of his work, visit his site or his YouTube channel. The other readers will be Sarah Crewe, Rhys Trimble and Chrissy Williams. Previews of all three to follow over the next few weeks.
Imminent Other Room reader Marcus Slease performs some of Polish writer Grzegorz Wroblewski’s poems in English at the Jacket2 site. Marcus will perform at The Other Room on Wednesday 6th February with Linda Black and Nikolai Duffy.
Videos from Ryan Ormonde’s performance in Leeds for The Other Room
Ryan Ormonde reading
Ryan Ormonde The Other Room Interview
Seekers of Lice will perform at The Other Room on Wednesday 5th December, at the Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester. 7 PM start. Free entry. The other performers are Alec Newman and Nat Raha. Previews of both will appear on the site over the next few week.
seekers of lice proposes art as an insect bite, infecting the blood through proximity, anecdote, annexation, colonisation, infection, inoculation: scratch the itch & itch the scratch.
seekers of lice creates material interventions, sometimes of an ephemeral nature, which find gaps and spaces in which to operate. Its practice is concerned with objects and text.
Works range from interventions, participation in curated projects and exhibitions in galleries to book publishing and multiples.
In 2012 work by seekers of lice has been published in Soanyway 13, quarter after, VerySmallKitchen, Rattle 3 and VLAK 3. The most recent book is THEATRE OF OBJECTS published by VerySmallKitchen in November 2012.
Theatre of Objects at VerySmallKitchen.
Artist profile at the Axis site.
A Minor Poet of the Twenty-First Century: text.
Leaves, read at X Marks the Bökship.
The Bride of L’Amor-mor-l’amor at onedit.
Text pieces in quarter after.
not suitable for domestic sublimation is Jennifer Cooke’s first poetry collection and features poems written over the last six years that engage in various ways with radical politics; gender norms; personal and corporate self-actualisation (and Cooke’s hatred of such discourses); sexuality; town centres; and some of the ideas of the French Freud, Jacques Lacan.
The books includes “Steel Girdered Her Musical: in several parts”, originally made for performance with music by Adam Robinson. This twelve-part poem-sequence at the heart of the collection centres on the possible impossibility of a revolution beginning at South Mimms Service Station, a motorway convenience situated on the M25 and the A1 (M) near London. Passionately, irreverently, obliquely, it explores the relationships between theory and praxis, art and revolution, anonymous space and potential resistance, and the force of rhetoric operating within these fields, themes that are also echoed by other poems in the book.
Available now from Contraband Books.
From the vaults. We’ve finally archived Carrie Etter’s videos. You can find them in the middle column for future use.
A collaboration is now available at Very Small Kitchen, HERE
Helmut Lemke will perform at the next Other Room on Tuesday 12th June at The Castle in the Northern Quarter in Manchester. For a flavour of his work, try this film of a performance in Sheffield last year or visit his site for much more. The other performers will be Ira Lightman and Peter Jaeger.
Chris McCabe and Tom Jenks’ collaboration enters its third phase with a collection of digital postcards, featuring John Betjeman, Wallace Stevens and Philip Larkin jostling for position with Sid James, Kenneth Williams and an outsize anthropomorphised sausage. These postcards will be unveiled live at the next of SF Fowler’s Camarade events on 7th July at the Rich Mix in Bethnal Green, London. They will also be part of their July 19th performance at The Other Room’s extra summer event in Leeds. More details of this to follow in due course.
We can confirm the performers for our July gig at Leeds Gallery (not Leeds Art Gallery). A very special visit from Hazel Smith, Ryan Ormonde coming from London and The Other Room’s Tom Jenks’ and Chris McCabe’s uproarious shindig collaboration Gnomes; now in its third guise. Before that of course at our new home in Manchester, The Castle, we welcome Peter Jaeger, Ira Lightman and Helmut Lemke on June 12th, details in the column to the right. August 14th in Manchester sees Frank Kuppner, Nathan Jones and David Gaffney whoop it up.
Ira Lightman will perform at the next Other Room on Tuesday 12th June at The Castle in the Northern Quarter in Manchester. For a flavour of Ira’s work, try this film of a recent reading at JibbaJabba, Ira’s own site, some poems at Salt Publishing or some more poems at Peony Moon. His most recent book is PHONE IN THE ROLL, is published by The Knives Forks and Spoons press.
Performing with Ira will be Peter Jaeger and Helmut Lemke. Previews of both to follow soon.