Line-up for Thursday

Unfortunately, David Kennedy won’t be able to make it to our next event on Thursday 23rd August. But we’ve still got three great performers: Joey Frances, Wanda O’Connor and James Wilkes, back at our usual haunt of The Castle Hotel , Oldham Street, Manchester. 7.00 start, free entry as always. Hope to see you there.

James Wilkes: a preview

The next Other Room is on Thursday 25th August at The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE. 7 PM start, free entry. The readers are Joey Frances, David Kennedy, Wanda O’Connor and James Wilkes.

James Wilkes is a poet, writer and performance maker. His poems and prose have appeared recently in GorsePoetry Wales, Torque 2 andThe Wire; recent performances have included live work for ‘This is a Voice’ (Wellcome Collection, London) and ‘Where Were We – On Intimacy, Writing, Body’ (Godsbanen, Aarhus). He is Associate Director of Hubbub, an interdisciplinary group of artists and researchers investigating rest, noise, tumult, activity and work. Links: //


Exploding Human Language: Camilla Nelson

Sunday 21st August, 10:00–13:00. Unit 12 The Long Shop, Merton Abbey MIlls, London, SW19 2RD.

This workshop breaks down language-making into three components: sound, movement and mark-making. These components are used as prompts for an embodied encounter with a tree: how do we understand a tree through sound, movement and mark-making?

Not me and the landscape, but a kind of oneness (Maitland 2009)

This workshop offers a series of embodied and perceptually attentive interactions with a tree in order to discover how it is that marks, movements and sounds are made by and with a tree. Each participant will be encouraged to engage their full body and all of their senses in this exploration and to use these findings to devise a short language performance to share with the group (as you wish). The aim of the workshop is to use this creative exploration as a practical stimulus for discussion of what it might mean to make a language that emerges between organisms rather than viewing human language as something that emerges in isolation.

Duration: 3hrs
Participants: up to 10
Other requirements: Mobility is required either by wheels or on foot. We will be going out and about to Morden Hall Park and along the river Wandle, so wear comfortable footwear. Some experience of writing and/or performance would be beneficial – although all are welcome.

This workshop is Part 1 in a series of two workshop, Part 2 follows in the afternoon. They may be booked seperately or together. See Part 2 here:

Adults (16+) £16, Students £14


About Camilla Nelson

Camilla Nelson is a poet, artist and researcher, currently based in Somerset. She successfully completed a PhD in Reading and Writing with a Tree: Practising ‘Nature Writing’ as Enquiry, at Falmouth University. Her text work has been featured in Amy Cutler’s exhibition Time, the deer, is in the wood of Hallaig (London, 2013) and Karen Pearson’s outdoor exhibition in Yarner Wood, Assemblage (Dartmoor, 2012). As well as appearing in several magazines and journals, her poems have been anthologised in The Apple Anthology (Nine Arches) and Dear World & Everyone In It (Bloodaxe)


About Object Book

Object Book is an alternative book makery and book arts studio, in residency at Merton Abbey Mills, run by artist Chloe Spicer with support from The Wandle Studio Prize (UAL Wimbledon College of Art and Office Estates Ltd).

This workshop is one of many bookish workshops, screenings and events scheduled over 2016.
Twitter: @Object_Book @ChloeSpicerArt


Accessibility: Object Book is a ground floor wheelchair accessible studio (1 table space) with disabled parking spaces. Run by a dyspraxic artist, Object Book is committed to accessibility for the book, please contact to discuss any needs/adjustments.

Reading as Art

‘Reading as Art’ will be on public display from Saturday 27 August through to Saturday 19 November 2016. The works included in the exhibition find different means to foreground and to investigate the activity of reading: the forms it can take (silent reading, reading aloud, spontaneous reading, purposeful reading, and so on), the matter of reading (the book, the screen, the space of the page), the bodies that engage in it and the contexts in which it occurs. All of the works are concerned to make reading manifest in some way; in so doing, they each show – differently – how reading is its own form of making.

The image on the invitation is Fact by Craig Dworkin, 2016. The text records the relative molecular weights of the neurotransmitters activated when it is read.

Please save this date, Friday 7th October 2016 for the private view of the exhibition from 6-9pm with live performances from Jérémie Bennequin and Carol Sommer. Also, Kate Briggs’ Paper Size Poems will be performed…everyone is very welcome.

reading as art

Wanda O’Connor: a preview

The next Other Room is on Thursday 25th August at The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE. 7 PM start, free entry. The readers are Joey Frances, David Kennedy, Wanda O’Connor and James Wilkes.

Wanda O’Connor is a doctoral candidate at Cardiff University researching the intersections between critical theory and contemporary poetry. Recent writing is available in Asymptote, Datableed, Magma, Poetry Wales, Zarf, and “The Best Canadian Poetry 2014” (Tightrope Books). She co-organizes the Cardiff Poetry Experiment reading series and participates in collaborative projects, most recently with Enemies Gelynion. She is currently composing a film project and a libretto.


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