The launch of Rhys Trimble’s latest book Swansea Automatic, as he uses Bernadette Mayer’s writing experiments to take us on an experimental poetic exploration through Swansea.
“Pick a word or phrase at random, let mind play freely around it until a few ideas have come up, then seize on one and begin to write. Try this with a non-connotative word, like “so” etc” – Bernadette Mayer.
Swansea Automatic (Aquifer Press) is an experimental novel by poet Rhys Trimble. It celebrates Swansea through the creative writing advice of Bernadette Mayer – an author associated with the American l=a=n=g=u=a=g=e poets. In the novel Trimble attempts every one of nearly a hundred pieces of ‘advice’, the results of which are a cross between an epic poem, a surreal semi-autobiographical comic novel and a notebook exploring the springs of creativity.
To launch the book Rhys Trimble will be in residence at Swansea’s AiR art and craft space, there’ll be an evening launch event and creative workshop where those that attending can try out some of Mayer’s innovative ‘experiments in writing’ for themselves.
Residency: 24th – 26th of September in AiR building
Launch party: 25th September 6.30pm
Workshop: Saturday 26th September 1 – 3pm, £5