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Their eyes travel across the pages and their hearts search out meaning

Saturday 26th April at 18:00–19:30. Goldsmiths’ Reading Room, Senate House Library, Russell Square, London, WC1E 7HU

Join Eros Press for an evening of readings and performances at Senate House Library, in association with Domobaal Gallery and The Jarman Film Lab.

Neil Chapman | Peter Jaeger | Rebecca La Marre | Tamarin Norwood | Holly Pester

Convened by Sami Jalili and Sharon Kivland, with Mura Ghosh.

£10 | Ticket price includes a limited edition publication produced for the event. To purchase, please visit:

Withdrawn, intent, deaf and blind to the world, readers commune in silence. They scan and internalise, mouths made defunct in the passage of knowledge, and yet it was not always thus. Saint Augustine marvelled at the way Saint Ambrose read: ‘His eyes travelled across the pages and his heart searched out the meaning, but his voice and tongue stayed still.’ There is a certain amount of argument surrounding the exact moment in antiquity that the text became ingested in silence. Alberto Manguel, among others, suggests that this ‘silent perusal of the page’ was not commonplace until the tenth century. Did we lose something else, along with the innocence of our reading habits? In putting our ears away, as Nietzsche
would have it, did we too lose our voice – ‘all the crescendos, inflections, variations of tone and changes of tempo in which the ancient public world took pleasure’?
Silence is the law of the library, even in a place of such theatrical potential as the Goldsmiths’ Reading Room. In the wings though, in the private monastic spaces of its study carrels, where a reader’s lips can flutter away in a whisper, unheard, loud voices might muster. On the 26th of April, that potential will be realised, as six invited readers will make themselves heard in the silence of the public space. Emerging one by one from the privacy of their cells they will proclaim the meaning that their hearts have searched out.


Mopher, where performance, art, writing, poetry, voice, concept and sound meet to wither and perish in order to rise again as something else, more than the sum of its parts. Mopha is a singular art performance / live poetry collective made up of six of the UK’s most accomplished artists / poets – Holly Pester, Patrick Coyle, Emma Bennett, SJ Fowler, James Wilkes and Tamarin Norwood.

Eschewing and mulching the multiple genres of live art and experimental writing, Moffa will premiere it’s work in 2014 at multiple venues in multiple forms.

Exploring notions of fractured speech, aberrant theatre, surreal vocality, performativity and audience expectation, improvisation and its tropes, compressed communication, humour and bleak irony, Moffer aims to create powerful immediate, arresting and unique works of performance that are mindful, and responsive, to their construction and contextual environment. Wholly collaborative and essentially collective, the works of Moffar will pool and mutate the already adept live practices of six powerful performers into a uncommon mesh of theatre, art and poetry.


Hardy Tree readings, Enemies exhibition closing night

Readings from The Hardy Tree Gallery, St Pancras which took place on the closing night of the Enemies exhibition, 20th July 2013

Tamarin Norwood

Sandeep Parmar & James Byrne

James Davies

Tom Jenks

Ensemble collaborative reading & Goodbye

Art (and/or?) Writing

Via Tamarin Norwood:

Keeping Time Again

At the end of our year-long collaborative residency between Italy and the UK, we’re celebrating with screening and discussion events in London and Abruzzo. I’ve been working with Italian pianist Rossella Rubini to produce a new video artwork called ‘Keeping Time Again’.
Friday 31 May, 7pm in Abruzzo, Italy
Friday 7 June, Central Saint Martins, King’s Cross London N1C 4AA

Musica Practica at Platform33
Following its performances at Tate Britain and Modern Art Oxford, my conducting piece ‘Musica Practica’ is returning to London as part of Platform33’s biggest event to date. As it’s P33 I’ll be giving an informal talk about my work over the course of the evening, along with conductor Anthony Weeden. Details and other contributors here:
Sunday 2 June, 4pm at King’s Place, London N1 9AG

Dawn Chorus on twitter
Next weekend I’m one of seven writers each stationed at a National Trust property for the night, up before dawn to lead a mass observation on Twitter. An original idea of Natasha Vicars, the project was developed through the Live Art Development Agency DIY initiative, and this will be its third iteration. (yes that really is 2:45 in the morning)
Sunday 9 June, 2:45am-5am on twitter: #dawnchorus

Keeping Time – Tamarin Norwood

Through a short residency at Modern Art Oxford (31st January – 19th February), Tamarin Norwood will explore the Legacy Fellowship to develop a visual vocabulary of choreography, instruction and transcription. As part of her ongoing investigation of the gaps between words and things, rules and games, intentions and accidents, she will track the progress of the Fellowship to create a new body of text and video work.

Art and Writing events Sept – Oct

Friday 23 – Sunday 25 September, 11-6pm daily
Whitechapel Gallery, London
London Art Book Fair: Wild Pansy Press Portable Reading Room

“‘Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear?’: a new work by Tamarin Norwood will be installed in the Portable Reading Room. Visitors are invited to contribute to a catalogue of popular reason, responding to questions drawn from the lyrics of popular songs.”

Sunday 25 September, 4-6pm
The Mews Project Space, 15C Osborn Street, London E1
Artists Books Weekend presents “On The Upgrade”, a new limited edition series in a box.
Contains new commissioned printed works by Patrick Coyle, Benedict Drew, Jamie George, Tamarin Norwood, Damien Roach and David Rule, each of which has been conceived as an extension of the work previously produced for the website.”

Wednesday 28 September, 6-8pm
Format at PMS Watershed, Bristol
Tamarin Norwood: Artist Talk

“Tamarin Norwood is an artist and writer. Her work addresses the possibility of reciprocation between art and writing; practice and everyday life; production and circulation. Projects usually take the form of performance, objects or text. In her talk she will suggest a few ways of framing her practice, discuss her methods and influences, and present some untested work for discussion.”

Saturday 8 October 12-5pm
Spike Island, Bristol
LemonMelon Press at The Artists’ Books and Zine Fair

“’Limonade es war alles so grenzenlos.’ was one of Franz Kafka’s last sentences in his Aus den Gesprächsblättern published in Briefe 1902–1924. Cixous’s translation of Kafka’s sentence ‘Lemonade everything was so infinite.’ forms the basis of a series of seven titles written by seven different writers / artists – David Berridge, Julia Calver, Emma Cocker, Rachel Lois Clapham, Marit Münzberg, Tamarin Norwood and Mary Paterson.”

Saturday 15 October, 7pm
RichMix, Bethnal Green Rd London
Maintenant Poetry IX: The Camarade Project

“Nine pairs of Britain’s most vital poets read original collaborations, specifically written in partnership for this event: Chris McCabe & Tom Jenks, Jack Underwood & Sam Riviere, Holly Pester & Patrick Coyle, Tamarin Norwood & Emily Critchley, Tom Chivers & Ben Borek, James Wilkes & Ghazal Mosadeq, Sean Bonnery & Jeff Hilson, Tim Aitkins & Marcus Slease, James Byrne & Sandeep Parmar. With Latvian, Macedonian, Russian poets Ilya Kaminsky, Igor Isakovski, Lidija Dimkovska, Anna Auzina, Karlis Verdins.”

Saturday 22 October, 2-5pm
Tate Britain, London
BP Saturdays: Going Public
Tamarin Norwood: Doing Words with Things

“Encounter a collaborative visual conversation between a BSL poet and a sculptor of wire who are engaged in a series of symmetrical exchanges, leaving bundles of conversation discarded throughout the gallery.”

Saturday 15 October – Saturday 5 November
Soundfjord, London
Cast and Figment, curated by Matthew Mackisack

Including a re-broadcast and live discussion of my radio work “Musica Practica”, first broadcast on 1 and 5 February 2010 on Resonance 104.4FM.

The Inscription of Art and Everyday Life, published May 2011 in activate (Issue 1, Vol 1.)


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