Blue Bus – Patricia Farrell, Robert Sheppard, Michael Zand

The Blue Bus is pleased to present a reading of poetry by Patricia Farrell, Robert Sheppard and Michael Zand  on Tuesday 18th August from  7.30 at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1. This is the 103rd 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.


‘Patricia Farrell is a poet and visual artist. She co-organised the SubVoicive reading series in the early 80s and was a member of the arts group New River Project.  She has collaborated with other writers, artists and musicians on a range of projects and publications: most notably the poets Robert Sheppard and Joanne Ashcroft, the jeweller and installation artist Jivan Astfalck, on the project B*twixst, and Jennifer Cobbing on the dance piece, A Space Completely Filled with Matter (recently published by Veer Publications as a visual text sequence).  Her work is published in magazines and collections, as well as individual pamphlets: most recently, Seven Bays of Spirituality (Knives Forks and Spoons Press). She completed a PhD thesis in 2011 on poetic artifice in philosophical writing. Her collection, The Zechstein Sea, was published by Shearsman Books in 2013.’

Robert Sheppard has just published Words Out of Time from KFS, his ‘autrebiographies’ and ‘unwritings’. Veer is soon to publish Unfinish, a book of varied prose pieces. And slightly later in the year, Shearsman will publish a Selected Poems of over 30 years of work. Former works include Twentieth Century Blues and Warrant Error, and he is curretly writing more ‘fictional poems’ in collaboration with other poets, in the mode of his 2013 Shearsman book, A Translated Man. See for more on that. Other projects include a big sonnet and a critical book on form. Living in Liverpool, he is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at Edge Hill University and co-runs the Storm and Golden Sky reading series.

Michael Zand is a writer, editor and researcher. He was born in Iran, but has spent most of his life in London, where he is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton. His research interests lie in alternative translations of Middle Eastern poetry, the use of psycho-geography in contemporary literature, and modern readings of the medieval notion of the “Ashik” or wandering poet. His collections include Kval (Arthur Shilling, 2009) and Lion: The Iran Poems (Shearsman, 2010). He was included in the Best Poetry of 2011anthology (Salt, 2011) and won the Roehampton Poetry Performance Prize in 2008. His  collection The Wire and Other Poems was published by Shearsman Books in 2012. Michael has participated in various collaborations with musicians and multi-media artists and read at a wide range of poetry events across Europe. Other projects include an international translation project called Lexico and a contemporary translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam entitled Ruby. In February 2013 his sequence of poems entitled “Pang” was included in an exhibition on “Poets of the Thames” at the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading, Berkshire.

Forthcoming events will include Zoë Skoulding, Ian Brinton and Stephen Watts (15th September) Carol Watts, Lucy Harvest Clarke, Tom Jenks and Juliet Troy  (20th October). David Miller, Michael Heller and Jane Augustine (17th November).

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