Praxis 7


With performances by Sophie Seita with Erin Robinsong and Iris Colomb
Friday 7 July, 7pm. £5 suggested donation. Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, 14 Wharf Road, London, N1 7RW. Full details here.

PRAXIS is an innovative live poetry series that seeks to bring experimental, digital, sound and visual poetry to the Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art. This series of events is curated by Simon Pomery in association with the Royal Holloway Poetics Research Centre.

Guest Poets and Artists

Sophie Seita works with language on the page, in performance, translation, and through research. She’s based in Cambridge, UK, and New York.
https://sophieseita.com/

Erin Robinsong is a poet, choreographer and author of Rag Cosmology based in Montréal. http://www.erinrobinsong.com/poetry/

Iris Colomb is based in London where she has given both individual, collaborative and interactive performances at a range of events as well as producing poetic responses to fine art exhibitions. http://www.iriscolomb.com/

Simon Pomery is a text-sound artist and Blood Music maker researching a PhD in innovative poetry and ethics at Royal Holloway.

Nature and Other Forms of That Matter

23rd June at 18:00. Royal Hoolway University, 11 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3RF.

Poetry reading and artist’s film
David Herd * Carol Watts * Allen Fisher (film)
Room 0-02 * Free entry.

Full details here.

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David Herd’s collections of poetry include All Just (Carcanet, 2012), Outwith (Bookthug, 2012) and Through (Carcanet 2016). His recent writings on the politics of movement have appeared in Almost Island, Los Angeles Review of Books, Parallax, and PN Review. He is Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Kent and a co-organiser of the project Refugee Tales.

David will be reading from Through. Written between 2011 and 2015, the book is an inquiry into the language of public space and human movement. Five extended poems set out to address the ways contemporary public discourse has been rendered officially hostile. What does it mean, the book asks, to inhabit a language that frames itself in such a hostile manner? How, it asks, might users of the language begin to re-occupy the terms? Considering the cost of such official hostility to human intimacy, the poems set out explore possibilities of solidarity. The picture they aim to present is of a language on a knife-edge. How, in the present moment, do we hear the term ‘through’?

Carol Watts’ poetry includes: Dockfield (Equipage, 2017), 56 a collaboration with George Szirtes (Arc, 2016), Sundog (Veer Books, 2013), Occasionals (Reality Street Editions, 2011), Wrack (Reality Street Editions, 2007). Her chapbooks include the series When blue light falls (Oystercatcher, 2008, 2010, 2012), this is red (Torque Press, 2009) and the sonnet sequences Mother Blake (2012) and brass, running (Equipage, 2006). She is the head of the school of English at the University of Sussex.

Carol will be reading from a number of her books, including her most recent publication, Dockfield (Equipage, 2017) in response to ideas of nature, ecology, landscape and the anthropocene.

We will also be screening Allen Fisher’s 2017 film ‘Y Gors Ddu: The Black Bog’ (5 mins) in which he describes his recent working process on Black Ponds a new collection of paintings, facture and gathering of drawings, paintings, in situ performances and presentations on y Waen Ddu, the Black Bog – a rare raised peat bog situated in the Brecon Beacons. The project is supported and assisted by Arts Alive Wales and BBC Waleshttp://www.allenfisher.co.uk/

Allen Fisher is a poet, painter and art historian. He has exhibited in many shows from Tate Britain to King’s Gallery York to Hereford Museum and Art Gallery. Examples of his work are in the Tate Collection, the King’s Archive London, the Living Museum, Iceland and various British and international private collections. His last single-artist show was at the Apple Store Gallery Hereford in 2013. He has over 150 single-author publications to his name. In 2016 new publications were: Imperfect Fit: Aesthetics, Facture & Perception from the University of Alabama, Gravity as a consequence of shape and a second edition of the collected PLACE from Reality Street Editions, and a reprint of Ideas of the culture dreamed of was published by The Literary Pocket Book.

This poetry reading and film showing is part of the project Nature and Other Forms of That Matter.

Verbose

After two-and-a-half years of running standing-room-only monthly live literature night Verbose, host Sarah-Clare Conlon is making the next outing her last.

Hailed by the media as one of the best spoken word nights in Manchester, Verbose’s headliners are always linked – this time we’re celebrating the annual National Flash-Fiction Day by welcoming leading proponents of the short-short story to the stage at Fallow Café in Fallowfield, Manchester, on Monday 26 June.

Compère Sarah-Clare, herself a champion of the form, will also read. Of stepping down from organising and hosting the event, which she has done since January 2015, she says: “I’ve loved every minute of running the night and have met some amazing people by doing so, but it felt the right time to hang up my Verbose boots.”

The three headliners this month are: Benjamin Judge, one of the founding members of the Flashtag writing collective; Tania Hershman, whose third collection, Some Of Us Glow More Than Others, came out last month, and Neil Campbell, who will be reading from his new collection of stories of fewer than 1,000 words, Fog Lane.

Since its relaunch in January 2015, Verbose has welcomed many luminaries of the literature scene, including poets Richard Barrett, Anne Caldwell, Michael Conley and Rosie Garland, and prose writers Jenn Ashworth, Stephen May, Nicholas Royle and Emma Jane Unsworth. Man Booker Prize-listed authors Ian McGuire and Alison Moore have been guests, and narrative non-fiction has also found its place. February marked the launch of David Gaffney’s new novel All The Places I’ve Ever Lived, with March welcoming Beth Underdown to read from her critically acclaimed book The Witchfinders’ Sister, and May hearing from Sarah Tierney’s debut, Making Space.

Taking place at Fallow Café (2a Landcross Road, M14 6NA), entry is free and doors are at 7.30pm. See verbosemcr.wordpress.com. Verbose also includes an open mic line-up – potential performers should email via verbosemcr@gmail.com for a slot

Cardiff Poetry Experiment

The Cardiff Poetry Experiment is poetry reading series whose aim is to curate a space to discuss and listen to contemporary poetry that is suggestive of the experimental.

Holly Pester, John Wilkinson, Rowan Evans.
Tuesday, July 4 at 7 PM. Jacobs Market, West Canal Wharf,  Cardiff, CF10 5DB.