National Creative Writing Graduate Fair

From Comma Press…

The National Creative Writing Graduate Fair takes place on the 3rd November in Manchester, a day dedicated to emerging creative writers, from poets, to short story writers, to novelists. 

The Fair is all about giving writers practical and up-to-date advice on how to live, work, and succeed as a writer. Over the course of the day, you will attend panel sessions, talks and workshops about topics like digital innovations in publishing, choosing the correct form for your idea, and book publicity. Moreover, writers are given the opportunity to meet with two agents, and have a pitching session where they can present their work for on-the-spot feedback. 

You don’t have to be a university graduate to attend the fair, nor do you have to have had anything published. All you need to do is prepare two verbal pitches, in 2 of 10 genres. We cater to writers working in everything from commercial fiction to short stories, from poetry to historical fiction.

The programme includes ‘Next Generation’ poet and novelist Luke Kennard (keynote speaker), Betty Trask Award winning Irenosen Okojie, Jhalak Prize winning Jacob RossBookseller Start Up of the Week Bookollective and leading writer’s magazine Mslexia

Head to the Grad Fair website for the full programme and more information about the day. Tickets are £40, or £35 when booked in a group of five. If you are in receipt of means-tested benefits, or a single parent, you can apply for a reduced fee place for £20.

Bookings close on Wednesday 25th October, so don’t miss out on securing your place.

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Work Processing – A Forum for the Sharing of Live Practice

Work Processing – A Forum for the Sharing of Live Practice

Work Processing is a day-long event open to postgraduate/early-career artist-practitioners and independent artists working in the arts and humanities. The focus of Work Processing is practice itself. It offers a space in which to explore practice in process, stepping aside from the perceived obligation to qualify practice in terms of traditional academic discourse, and shifting focus away from product-based conceptions of artistic endeavour. The event will showcase the work of artist-practitioners over the course of a day, encouraging practice to speak to practice, unmediated by verbal explication. It will conclude with a communal dinner in the performance space where food, ideas and responses can be shared, and we can explore the kinds of conversations a forum like this can generate without the formalities of an academic Q&A.

We are currently seeking proposals for 20 minute contributions in any live format, from any discipline. Incomplete and/or speculative works-in-progress are of particular interest, although any work that engages with the theme of “Work Processing” will be considered. The event will take place on the 1st of December 2017 at Chisenhale Dance Space, London. Chisenhale has a large performance space with lighting and sound rig, basic projection facilities, and the raw aesthetic appropriate to sharing all types of live work in development.

Participants are invited to submit a short description of their intended work, their institutional affiliation (if applicable) and projected technical requirements, as well as weblinks to any supporting materials (videos/recordings/text etc.) to:workprocessing2017@gmail.com by the 13th of October 2017.

This event is being organised by five interdisciplinary practice-based PhD candidates, supported by the TECHNE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership.

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Simon Taylor – Prospectus

if p then q is very pleased to announce the publication of Prospectus by Simon Taylor.

prospectus sample

Part Cindy Sherman part HR, Prospectus is a beautiful square format book which consists of a selection of colour photographs and descriptive texts for that all important ‘about me’ page.

Prospectus front cover flattened

Simon Taylor is one half of Joy as Tiresome Vandalism whose works are the books aRb and Absolute Elsewhere and the card game What’s the Best? He has also designed book covers for if p then q and posters for The Other Room poetry series. A sketchbook of his work and images from Prospectus can be found at Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/discomoobs/

You can buy at the if p then q website – LINK

Tim Allen – Under The Cliff Like out now from if p then q

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Tim Allen’s latest book is out now from if p then q.

‘Under The Cliff Like’ is constructed from the ‘Title And First Line Index’ in the 1962 edition of ‘Granger’s Index To Poetry’ (Columbia University Press. U.S.A.) which was found in a junk shop. It was written in 1996. In alphabetical order all entries beginning with ‘Like’ are juxtaposed with the equivalent number of entries beginning with ‘Under’. There are no alterations other than elimination of commas and the capital letter of the juxtaposed line plus the insertion of full stops at the end of each pairing.

196 pages
£8.00 (£5.60 with discount until end September via the link below)

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Foreigners exhibition at Bury Art Gallery

Foreigners
26 August – 18 November

This summer Bury Art Museum Director Tony Trehy will be curating an exhibition called Foreigners. In a time when borders are closing and foreigners are being treated as unwelcome, the exhibition will survey foreign contemporary artists to show culture is by definition open to ideas from abroad.

The show is not about immigration or refugees or a show about foreignness. It doesn’t romanticise the Foreign as Other. The Foreigners exhibition will be a cultural action that defies fear with hope and keeps open the conversation with foreigners.

Artists include Judas Arrieta, Marianne Eigenheer, Laurence Weiner, Tabita Rezaire, Derek Beaulieu, Rachel Defay-Liautard, Pavel Buchler, Jayne Dyer , Helmut Lemke, Dinu Li, Satomi Matoba, Riiko Sakkinen, Marton Koppany, Brigitte Jurack and Ulrich Rückriem.