Archiving Your Self Yourself: Quantified Self Studio
At a time in which we are archived by others, often through digital means, it seems more and more important to attempt to define ourselves – on our own terms – as individuals and as members of a diverse range of groups. Written attentively, poetry that archives the self is subversive and can present radically different narratives to those purported by digital and mass media. By using methods such as diaries and collation of information one can conduct a close examination of the self as it stands, now and then, to see how it fits into the bigger picture.
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Contraband Live Launch of David Miller’s ‘Spiritual Letters’!!
With readings from Spiritual Letters by David Miller, April Fredrick, Steve Torrance and Matt Martin.
There will be more poetry and performance from Fran Lock, Michael Zand and Karen Sandhu.
A very exciting event!
Entry to the event is free and food is available from the venue.
Contraband Books and publications by other publishers will be on sale at our book stall. We look forward to seeing you there!
Monday 730-11pm | The Crown Tavern, 43 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0EG
Calum Gardner will perform at the next Other Room on Wednesday 21st February at The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester, alongside Edmund Hardy and Jazmine Linklater. 7 PM start, free, as always. Here is Calum performing with another Other Room reader, John Goodby.
Calum Gardner is a poet, critic, editor of Zarf magazine, and teaches at the University of Leeds. Recent poems can be found in publications such as amberflora, 3:AM, Datableed, and Poetry Wales.
Edmund Hardy will read at the next Other Room on Wednesday 21st February at The Castle Hotel, Oldham St., Manchester. Here he is with Camilla Nelson at last year’s Museum of Futures exhibition opening. The other readers are Jazmine Linklater and Calum Gardner. 7 PM start, free, as always.
Edmund Hardy is a poet and polemicist. His book Complex Crosses (2014) is an experimental work of philology and philosophy. He’s currently working on a novel called Motley Apostles.
*Note the change of venue*
grew up in Baghdad and Birmingham and has since lived and worked in several countries around the world. Her debut pamphlet, Keine Angst, was published by New Walk Editions in 2017. She has a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at Nottingham Trent University and is currently a lecturer in Creative Writing at Edge Hill University.JAMES BYRNE ~
is a poet, editor and translator born in the UK in 1977. His most recent poetry collection is Everything that is Broken Up Dances, his debut collection in the United States in 2015. He is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Edge Hill University in England. Byrne was editor and co-founder of The Wolf magazine, and has edited or co-edited such collections as Bones Will Crow, the first anthology of contemporary Burmese poetry to be published in English (Arc, 2012); Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century (Bloodaxe, 2009), and Atlantic Drift: an Anthology of Poetry & Poetics, featuring 24 poets from the US/UK and Canada (Arc, 2017), with Robert Sheppard. He is the International Editor for Arc Publications and his poems have been translated into several languages including Arabic, Burmese and Chinese.
The poet John Kinsella wrote: ‘James Byrne is a phenomenon and Blood/Sugar is astonishing. Byrne has a razor-sharp wit, an acute intellect and a superb facility with language. The poetry he writes is both culturally and intellectually ‘learned’, but also rhetorically and lyrically confident. He is a complete original.’
CAITLÍN DOHERTY ~
is a poet and scholar from Manchester. She lives in London and is finishing a PhD. Her work has been published in magazines including Materials, Hi Zero, the Paper Nautilus and her books are available from Tipped Press and Critical Documents. She is the poetry editor for Salvage: a Revolutionary Journal of Arts and Letters and she is working on her next book project for release in 2018.
PETER MANSON ~
lives in Glasgow. His books include Poems of Frank Rupture (Sancho Panza Press), English in Mallarmé (Blart Books), For the Good of Liars and Adjunct: an Undigest (both from Barque Press) and Between Cup and Lip (Miami University Press, Ohio). Miami UP also publish his book of translations, Stéphane Mallarmé: The Poems in Verse. Recent publications include the pamphlet Factitious Airs (Zarf Books) and a double-sided broadside shared with Linus Slug. SONNOTS for Griffiths, a book of collaborations with Mendoza, is due soon from Materials. See petermanson.wordpress.com for more details.
Jazz will read at the next Other Room on 21st February, alongside Calum Gardner and Edmund Hardy. Here she is reading her collaboration with Jessica Tillings on last year’s North by North-West Poetry Tour.
Our event is at The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester and starts at 7PM. Free entry, as always.
Jazmine Linklater lives and writes in Manchester. She has published two pamphlets, Toward Passion According (Zarf, 2017) and Découper, Coller (Dock Road Press, 2018).