Cardiff Poetry Experiment: Lisa Samuels, John Hall, Flo Fflach

28th November at 7pm. Waterloo Tea (21-25 Wyndham Arcade Cardiff, Cardiff)
21-25 Wyndham Arcade Cardiff, Cardiff, CF10 1FH.

Lisa Samuels is the author of fifteen books of poetry, memoir, and prose—mostly poetry—including Wild Dialectics (Shearsman 2012), Anti M (Chax 2013), Tender Girl (Dusie 2015), and Symphony for Human Transport (Shearsman 2017). She also publishes essays and soundworks as well as editing books, collaborating with composers, and working with film. Living in Aotearoa/New Zealand since 2006 and having also lived in the Middle East, Europe, Malaysia, and the US, where she was born, has made transnationalism fundamental in her ethics and imagination. Lisa has a University of Virginia PhD and earns her living as an academic while also raising her son.

John Hall is a poet, retired teacher, essayist. He is author of several collections of poetry and of two volumes of essays. He also makes visual texts, mostly for domestic frames, and has been active in collaborations. He was closely involved in the formation of Performance Writing at Dartington College of Arts. As a Said Place is his most recent collection of page-poems.johnhallpoet.org.uk

Flo Fflach AKA Maura Hazelden is a visual artist who has shifted to words/language, on the page & out of the mouth: poetic, abstract, lists. She studied dance, and later 2d design, and then fine art: timebased & photovisual [Caerdydd]. In 2009, she was accepted onto Dartington’s MA Performance Writing but had to defer, but took up a place at Falmouth. Works: PW12, Arnolfini; Noises of Art, Aberystwyth; Text Festival, Bury. Currently: Nid/Not Writer in Residence ArcadeCardiff. Making work that sometimes might fragmented have lost its original meaning; and lists.maurahazelden.blogspot.co.uk

Mathematics and Modern Literature 2018

The University of Manchester, Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th May 2018.

On the face of it, few activities, disciplines or modes of thinking seem as disparate or as incommensurable with one another as those of mathematics and literature. If, according to a common, broadly ‘Platonic’ conception of the subject, mathematics insists upon rigor and exactitude in order to discover eternal, objective and universal truths, literature is often imagined as addressing itself to that which is irreducibly human, subjective, particular or contingent. Where the one may be lauded for yielding access to a neutral, unchanging domain of that which is the same forever and for all, the other might be celebrated as the privileged medium of that which differs, or of that which is true or real for us as creatures of material, historical, cultural, intellectual and linguistic change.

Just as this sketch of ‘literature’ will not suffice—failing, as it does, to take account of the significant and often dramatic ways in which our conception of literature and the literary has shifted since the late nineteenth century—so the opposing caricature of mathematics proves inadequate to register the crises and developments that affected the field—and the ways in which mathematicians and others understood it—over the same period.

Please send proposals (250-300 words) for fifteen-minute papers to mathmodlit@gmail.com by 5th February 2018. Please include a short (100-150 word) biography with your abstract. Notification of decision will be made by 19th February 2018.

Full details here.

 

Confingo at Verbose

Monday 27th November at 8.00 PM. Fallow Café, 2a Landcross Road, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6NA.

The next Verbose will be a Confingo takeover, with readings from Nicholas Royle, Tom Jenks and others. Confingo is a biannual literary magazine published by Tim Shearer. Copies will be available to purchase.If you’re interested in having an open mic slot, email verbosemanchester@gmail.com

Adjacent Pineapple Two

Issue Two of Colin Herd’s lively new online magazine available at this LINK and featuring:

Robert Sheppard

  Dominic Hale

       Amy Gerstler

       Joey Frances

    Eva Ferry

Max Parnell

      Iain Britton

   Jonathan Coward

Maria Sledmere

Jordan Hayward

    Calum Rodger

Sally-Shakti Willow

 Tom Crompton

Loll Junggeburth

     Clive Gresswell

Nick Piombino

      Medbh  McGuckian   

Jazmine Linklater

Denise Bonetti      

William Fuller  

Sascha Aurora Akhtar

Sarah Bernstein    

Paula Claire         

Claire Potter            

Paul Hawkins   

Millie Earle-Wright

Rachel Grande      

Laura Tansley    

Nicola Thomas    

Mike Saunders    

   Jonty Tiplady 

Illuminations III : Peter Handke

Nov 15th 2017 – 6:30pm doors for 7pm start
Free entry 
(booking required, link http://www.acflondon.org/events/illuminations-iii-peter-handke/)
Austrian Cultural Forum. 28 Rutland Gate, Knightsbridge, London SW7 1PQ

New performances, readings and artworks by Verena Duerr, Eley Williams, Phil Baber, SJ Fowler, Stephen Watts and more to be announced.

One of the world’s foremost novelists, playwrights and poets, Peter Handke’s body of work is a question to the entire consciousness of post-war Europe. Wholly singular, often particularly divisive, Handke’s work creates an intensity out of the observational, skewers complacency and layers literature with the kind of distant complexity and forceful difficulty that actual living tends to bring. His work has been a beacon of critical and prolific experimentation, and his polarising persona and numerous works have forced European novelists of the last 50 years to, at the very least, accept or reject his style and substance. His output is remarkably underappreciated in the UK, if not generally unrecognised and so this event, in a small way, aims to rectify a considerable imbalance.

Verena Duerr, vienna-based musician and innovative lyric poet presents a made-for-the-night sound performance / Eley Williams, acclaimed fiction writer and poet presents new prose / SJ Fowler leads an in house mushroom forage / Stephen Watts reads Handke through his friend WG Sebald’s critical writing / Phil Baber, amsterdam-based performance artist and writer presents new translations and publications of Handke’s Repetition and To Duration. With more artists to be confirmed. 

This event, by commissioning contemporary artists, writers, poets and theatre makers to each make a new work responding to the works or life of Handke, aims to transpose his work into a new moment – one that will stimulate as well as illuminate.

Details here.

Atlantic Drift at Edge Hill

Thursday 23rd November 7:30pm
Launch of the second title from Edge Hill University Press
Atlantic Drift: An Anthology of Poetry and Poetics

TICKETS FREE, but booking required

7.00pm – Light Refreshments
7.30pm – Atlantic Drift Book Launch

Introduced by the books’ editors, Professor Robert Sheppard and Dr James Byrne

This reading will feature three poets from a new and groundbreaking publication of poetry and poetics and a brief Q&A.

Atlantic Drift publishes 24 poets from the UK, Ireland, USA and Canada in partnership with Arc Publications. This anthology seeks to highlight new and existing writing and to define/redefine the discussions between poets from both sides of ‘the pond’. By developing a dialogue between English-speaking traditions, Atlantic Drift will include some of the most exceptional poetry and poetics written in the 21st century.

Writers’ Centre Kingston

Kingston University’s literary cultural centre’s new year of events, projects, festivals and initiatives begins in October.  The core programme consists of a dozen events – each themed, with three speakers responding to that concept with a new reading or talk or performance. The speakers are both guests to the Centre, including Tom McCarthy, Stella Duffy, Nell Leyshon and Iain Sinclair, as well as those drawn from the academic staff at Kingston University. Student and alumnus readings often accompany this main programme.

The Centre will present brand new initiatives including a programme of adult education courses, a bookclub curated with Stanley Picker Gallery and a publication series for student poets with Sampson Low. See www.writerscentrekingston.com for more details on the centre and the year ahead.

 

Change of line-up for 31st October

Unfortunately, Pascal O’Loughlin is unable to read at our our next event on Tuesday 31st October. His place will be taken by Scott Thurston, who will be reading from his brand new book Poems for the Dance. See above for a film of Scott performing with Steve Boyland and one from our own archive.

The other readers will be James Davies and Stephen Mooney. We will still be at The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester and the Other Room will still be, as always, free. We hope to see you there.

Scott Thurston is a poet, mover and educator working in higher education in Manchester, UK. He has published twelve books and chapbooks of poetry, including three full-length collections with Shearsman: Hold (2006), Momentum (2008) and Internal Rhyme (2010). More recent work includes Reverses Heart’s Reassembly (Veer, 2011), Figure Detached Figure Impermanent(Oystercatcher, 2014) and, just out, Poems for the Dance (Aquifer, 2017). He edited The Salt Companion to Geraldine Monk (2007) and in 2011, Shearsman published his collection of four long interviews with the poets Karen Mac Cormack, Jennifer Moxley, Caroline Bergvall and Andrea Brady, called Talking Poetics. Scott is founding co-editor of the open access Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry and co-organizer of the long-running poetry reading series The Other Room in Manchester. Since 2004, he has been developing a poetics integrating dance and poetry which has seen him collaborating with dancers in Berlin and New York as well as in the UK.

Poems for the Dance (Aquifer Books, 2017) contains an essay and poems occasioned by Scott’s engagement with Five Rhythms and other improvised dance and movement practices over more than a decade. The book is a multi-faceted enquiry into the relationship between poetry and movement, exploring the shared vitality dynamics of both artistic forms as it seeks for personal, social and political truths. With an introduction by Camilla Nelson and photographs by Roger Bygott.

Poem Brut

An ambitious new project, Poem Brut is an exploration of poetry and colour, handwriting, composition, abstraction, scribbling, and illustration, affirming the possibilities of the page, the pen, the pencil – in a computer age – generating over a dozen events, multiple exhibitions, workshops, conferences and publications.  The first event will take place at Rich Mix on November 25th followed by an exhibition – Hard to Read – also at the Rich Mix, opening December 9th3ammagazine, a partner in the project, is also running open call for new works that fit within the tradition. More details here.

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.

GenSex at Edge Hill University

Thursday 19th October, 1pm, Room B004, Edge Hill University, St Helens Rd, Ormskirk, L39 4QP

GenSex presents poet Amy McCauley, who through interactive poetry performance, image & essays, invites you to consider: Is a ‘private’ self possible? Can we speak in voices which are not in some way already inherently ‘public’? How might a writer tackle ancient and contemporary myths around ‘femaleness’, desire, sexuality and the performing body? Do we ever stop ‘performing’ (as bodily forms, forms of language, gendered forms and sexualities)?

For this event, our speaker has provided handouts for attendees, so for all those attending, please email: gensex.ehu@gmail.com for the file. Handouts will be available in the session also.

All are welcome!

Amy McCauley recently completed a PhD at Aberystwyth University and won a Northern Writers’ Award (2016). She works as Poetry Editor for New Welsh Review and as Editor of Creative Response for the feminist visual arts website MAI Journal. She is interested in trans-genre writing, auto-frictions and feminisms. Amy’s first collection of poetry ‘Oedipa’ will be published by Guillemot Press in 2018.