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The Other Room goes to Sheffield


The Other Room this time in Sheffield as part of The Misummer Poetry Festival. Click on the poster to enlarge. Not to be missed.

The Other Room Presents The Other Room

Tom Jenks, James Davies and Scott Thurston reading together as The Other Room
Sunday 15th June, 3:30pm

Here is some information on the event:

The Other Room is a long running poetry night based in Manchester which focuses on experimental poetry. Over the last six years it has presented a diverse range of performers of national and international repute as well as showcasing vital emerging talent. It also boasts an amazing website of resources including regular news about poetry from around the globe as well as hosting a belt bursting archive of recordings and interviews. In this event The Other Room’s three organisers ­– James Davies, Tom Jenks and Scott Thurston – perform their work together for the first time. This unique event is a fantastic opportunity to get a taste of The Other Room.

Other events at the festival include Alan Halsey, Juxtavoices, Ágnes Lehóczky and Harriet Tarlo. See more HERE.

The Blue Bus – Alan Halsey, Frances Presley, Ken White, David Miller

The Blue Bus is pleased to present a reading by Frances Presley and Alan Halsey, and music by Ken White and David Miller, on Tuesday , 13th May,l from 7.30 at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1. This is the eighty-eighth 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.

Frances Presley lives in north London.  Her publications include Paravane: new and selected poems, 1996-2003 (Salt, 2004); Myne: new and selected poems and prose, 1976-2005, (Shearsman, 2006); Lines of Sight, (Shearsman 2009);   Stone settings with Tilla Brading (Odyssey, 2010), and An Alphabet for Alina with Peterjon Skelt (Five Seasons, 2012).  Her work is in the anthologies Infinite Difference (Shearsman, 2010), and Ground Aslant: radical landscape poetry (Shearsman, 2011).  She contributed to a collection of poetic autobiographies, Cusp (Shearsman, 2012).  She has translated the work of Norwegian poet Hanne Bramness, most recently No film in the camera (Shearsman 2013).  Her next book, halse for hazel, will be published by Shearsman in October.

Alan Halsey will be reading from Rampant Inertia, recently published by Shearsman. His poems have been variously collected in Five Years Out (1989), Wittgenstein’s Devil (2000), Marginalien (2005) and Not Everything Remotely (2006).

David Miller is a clarinettist who has performed and recorded with The Mind Shop (a trio with Armorel Weston and John Gibbens), and performed with SpiritWORK (a duo with Rod Boucher) and as a duo with Ken White. He is a member of the Frog Peak Music collective. David is also a poet, whose most recent book is Reassembling Still: Collected Poems (Shearsman Books, 2014). He will be performing on this occasion with the Australian guitarist Ken White.

In addition to his guitar playing, Ken White is a painter who has exhibited in Australia and Scotland and whose work can be seen on the Art Limited website. He performs regularly in his native Melbourne, and has recorded with Australian vocalists Suzie Dickinson and Patsy O’Neill, as well as recording his own CD, Jazz Guitar. He has also provided the music for two films, Runway and The Roaring Tide. Ken was a member of the legendary Australian jazz rock band Nova Express in the late 1960s.



The Text Festivals: Language Art and Material Poetry


The Text Festivals: Language Art and Material Poetry edited by Tony Lopez

It is a remarkable phenomenon that the foremost among recent sites of this interrogation of boundaries has been a series of festivals located in Bury, on the outskirts of Greater Manchester. World leading artists and poets have been brought together in a range of exhibitions and performances that demonstrate a new and productive collision of different cultural enterprises and expectations. Among those shown at the Text Festivals are Fiona Banner, derek beaulieu, Caroline Bergvall, Joseph Beuys, Christian Bok, Brass Art, Marcel Broodthaers, Pavel Buchler, Augusto de Campos, Zeynep Cansu, Henri Chopin, Bob Cobbing, Liz Collini, Philip Davenport, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Hamish Fulton, Eugen Gomringer, Robert Grenier, Alan Halsey, Alexander Jorgenson, Satu Kaikonen, Martin Kippenburger, Karri Kokko, Marton Koppany, On Kawara, Helmut Lemke, Richard Long, Tony Lopez, Jackson Mac Low, Hansjorg Mayer, Steve Miller, Kerry Morrison, Maurizio Nannucci, Patrick Fabian Panetta, Holly Pester, Tom Philips, Shaun Pickard, Kate Pickering, Hester Reeve (HRH.the), Spencer Roberts, Ed Ruscha, Ron Silliman, Mary Ellen Solt, Magda Stawarska-Beavan, Harald Stoffers, Carolyn Thompson, Nick Thurston, Aysegul Tozeren, TNWK, Tony Trehy, Nico Vasilakis, Carol Watts, Lawrence Weiner, George Widener, Ming Wong, and Eric Zboya. Artists, poets and curators working in these overlapping fields have written this book. It includes new essays by Tony Trehy (director of the Text Festivals), derek beaulieu, Christian Bok, Liz Collini, James Davies, Philip Davenport, Robert Grenier, Alan Halsey, Tony Lopez, Holly Pester, Hester Reeve (HRH.the), Carolyn Thompson, and Carol Watts.

OUT NOW from Plymouth University Press or via Amazon

Alan Halsey & Geraldine Monk at the Sheffield Poetry Festival

Cusp: The Event. Monk & Halsey will read poetry which inspired their generation of Brit Poets from Sappho to Stein, from Metaphysicals to Beats, from Trad to Mad from Avant to Garde from Anon to Dada. An hour of body electrics and aural delights.

Thursday, 6 June 2013, 6.3o pm start. Bank Street Arts, 32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield, S1 2DS.



Three Minute Theatre
Thursday May 2nd
To celebrate the publication of CUSP: Recollections of Poetry in Transition (Shearsman Books) edited by Geraldine Monk, a collective autobiography of some of the UK’s most vital poets. 
Eight of the contributing poets will be reading poetry which has inspired them, from Sappho to Stein, from the Metaphysicals to the Beats plus a taster of their own poetry.
Starring Jim Burns, Frances Presley, Ian Davidson, David Annwn, Nicholas Johnson, Alan Halsey, Tim Allen and Geraldine Monk.
Geraldine Monk will be your MC for the evening so prepare to be entertained. 
What the reviewers said:
‘A joy to read’ Kevin King.  ‘An instructional read. Fun too.’ Charles Boyle. ‘Cusp is an enjoyable, exhilarating and annoying book which I recommend to all.’ Rupert Loydell. ‘A book to dip into and think about’ Steve Spence ‘  ‘A kind of angry nostalgia’ Notre Dame Review.
Venue Details:
Three Minute Theatre
Afflecks Palace,
Oldham Street
Manchester M4 1PW
(5 mins from Piccadilly train station).
Thursday May 2nd
Entry £5/3cons

Prose of the Trans-siberian

to mark the centenary of

the first French edition of

Blaise Cendrars’

La prose du Transsiberien et de la Petite Jehanne de France

Tony Baker’s translation

with graphic interventions by Alan Halsey

published by West House Books in 2001

and out of print long since

is available again free @

West House Books

E.ratio 16

E·ratio publishes poetry in the postmodern idioms with an emphasis on the intransitive. New issue out now, including Other Room reader Alan Halsey.

The ABC in Sound Ensemble for The Other Room 35: Bob Cobbing A Celebration

THE ENSEMBLE: Tim Allen, Joanne Ashcroft, Richard Barrett, Leanne Bridgewater, Matt Dalby, Phil Davenport, James Davies, Ollie Evans, Patricia Farrell, Clive Fencott, Alan Halsey, Michael Haslam, Tom Jenks, Angela Keaton, Geraldine Monk, Maggie O’Sullivan, Holly Pester, Robert Sheppard, Adrian Slatcher, Chris Stephenson, Scott Thurston, Gareth Twose, Steven Waling, Steve Willey and Nigel Wood.

Visit Ubu at the LINK to hear letters d, p and t of the ABC in Sound.

The Other Room 35 takes place at The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester, M2 4PD. Tuesday 23rd October 2012, 7.00 pm. FREE

In White Writing: Alan Halsey

In White Writing is a narrative visual poem or graphic novella or both. A record in either case of a life lived on paper, the writing-dust of 2007-10 retrieved, collaged and drawn over, drawn back on itself in a wholesale reversal or revaluation of print values, white text and images showing up and out of a solid and dreamless black ground. More at West House Books.

West House Books

Steve McCaffery PANOPTICON. BookThug rev. edn. 2011. £15

Taking its inspiration from Jeremy Bentham’s ‘Panopticon Papers’, McCaffery’s Panopticon shatters all omnivision in a tour de force of formal innovation, theoretical comment and narrative critique. In Panopticon narrative stutters, repeats itself, sequence is deranged and complicated by a multimedia presence on the page of grids, film bands and acoustic channels. On its first appearance Charles Bernstein hailed the book as ‘perhaps the exemplary “antiabsorptive work” and William McPheron claimed it as “an extraordinary act of revolution and charity”. Out of print for more than twenty years, this new edition has been revised extensively and is accompanied by an afterword written by McCaffery himself.

OPEN LETTER 14.7, Fall 2011: Breakthrough Nostalgia: Reading Steve McCaffery Then and Now. Ed. Stephen Cain. 172pp. £10.50

W/ contributions by Geoffrey Hlibchuk, Stephen Voyce, Gregory Betts, Tim Conley, Jason Starnes, Alessandra Capperdoni, Jean-Jacques Lecercle, Matt Carrington, Lori Emerson, Andy Weaver, Christian Bök, Derek Beaulieu, Alan Halsey, Peter Jaeger + new poetry & prose by SMcC.

Allen Fisher PROPOSALS, 1-35. Poem-image-commentary. 76pp incl. 35 images in colour. Spanner 2010. £9.50

Allen Fisher STROLL & STRUT STEP. 16pp + 3 images in colour. Spanner 2004. £7.50

Post-free in UK. Payment by cheque or Paypal.

Orders to

Frakture present Juxtavoices

Saturday 17th March
The Bluecoat
School Lane
Liverpool l1 3BX

Prompt: 7.30 start 5.00 / 3.00

Juxtavoices is a large antichoir which includes many familiar faces from Sheffield’s leftfield music, poetry and visual arts scene. Although the group performs structured scores, no fixed pitches are ever notated, and the group uses improvisation to shape the detail of the scores as the music progresses. Both trained and untrained voices are included. As well as playing normal concerts, the group is to be found in various unexpected public places and at poetry / text events. A Discus CD is planned for 2012. Always on the look out for new members.

Xing the Line

Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 7:30pm, The Apple Tree, Mount Pleasant, London WC1X. Becky Cremin and Alan Halsey.

Notes and Sounds

Mick Beck’s Splendid Big Band, Gated Community


Sound Poems

Gated Community is a collective improvising group formed by Mick Beck in 2005. Membership ranges from 10 to 15, and in this performance there will be 14 -

> Martin Archer : sopranino sax, bass clarinet, bass recorder
> Geoff Bright : saxophones and voice
> Neil Carver : guitar and effects
> Stephen Chase : guitar and other sounds
> Charlie Collins : drums, percussion
> Sarah Henderson : cello
> Lyn Hodnett : trumpet, voice
> John Jasnoch : lap-steel guitar
> Steve Jouanny : electric bass
> Herve Perez : soprano sax
> Mark Ridler : guitar
> Pete White : voice.
> Gillian Whiteley : piano
> Mick Beck : the motivator, tenor sax, bassoon, whistles.

18 Kenwood Park Road
Nether Edge, Sheffield S7 1NF.
Doors open at 7:30 for 8pm Start
£7 waged, £5 unwaged.

Alan Halsey – ‘Even if only out of’

Veer Publication 046 [ISBN: 978-1-907088-39-1]
These poems were written 2008-10. They include some skips & charms against recession, Cicero’s reflections on New Labour, an alphabet, two sets of riddles, a quarrelsome symposium on Blake’s erotica, a tale of post-imperial commerce, recent discoveries concerning the lizopard, versions of Martial, notes on bubbles and additions to Lives of the Poets.
6×9” size. 108 pages. November 2011. £8.00

Alan Halsey and Mick Beck performing Hugo Ball poems at September’s The Other Room

Halsey (vocals) and Beck (sax and bassoon) perform six poems by dada man Hugo Ball at The Other Room 28, September 2011.

Preview of The Other Room 28 performer Vanessa Place

Preview of Vanessa Place for Monday 26th September’s event at The International Anthony Burgess Foundation (more details in middle column). Also up are Mick Beck & Alan Halsey (performing Hugo Ball poems) and Phil Hall.

Page at Penn Sound

Review of Notes on Conceptualism at Transveral Inflections –

Preview of The Other Room 28 performer Phil Hall

Some taster links for Phil Hall who reads on Monday September 26th at The International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester (see middle column for more details). Other performers are Vanessa Place and Mick Beck & Alan Halsey (performing Hugo Ball poems)




Preview of Other Room 28 Performer Alan Halsey

Alan Halsey will perform some Hugo Ball poems at the next Other Room event alongside Mick Beck, Monday 26th September, at The International Anthony Burgess Foundation (more deatils in the middle column). Also performing Vanessa Place and Phil Hall. Some of Alan’s recent work with sound is his involvement with the anti-choir Juxtavoices.

Here’s a clip:

Preview of Other Room 28 Performer Mick Beck

Mick Beck will perform Hugo Ball poems alongside Alan Halsey at the next Other Room, Monday 26th September at The International Burgess Foundation (more details in the middle column of this website). Other performers are Vanessa Place and Phil Hall. Here are two clips:

With the Squarepusher jazz trio

Gig at Mick’s house

Juxtavoices in Sheffield

The next Sheffield appearance for Martin Archer & Alan Halsey’s 25+ voice anti-choir will be at the annual Art in the Gardens event in the Botanical Gardens.

The group will be playing three different sets during the course of the afternoon: 12.30pm – Pavilion 1.30pm – Bear Pit 3.00pm – Bear Pit Works to be performed include Hugo Ball’s Dadaist sound poem Karawane, plus semi-improvised pieces based on texts by Samuel Beckett, Gertrude Stein and Alan Halsey. Admission price is to the whole event, which centres around exhibitions by locally based artists.

SUNDAY 4th SEPTEMBER 2011 BOTANICAL GARDENS, CLARKEHOUSE ROAD, SHEFFIELD £6 NOTES & SOUNDS presents Mick Beck tenor sax & bassoon Martin Archer reeds & electronic effects Steve Chase guitar & miscellaneous A brilliant and curious selection of left field exponents.

MONDAY 5th SEPTEMBER 2011 THE RED DEER, 18 Pitt Street, Sheffield S1 4DD 8pm £3.00/2.00 concessions.


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