Conceived by Karl Hyde and Rick Smith from Underworld, Manchester Street Poem will spotlight the stories of those who find themselves homeless in the city – in a work where the catch-all term ‘homeless’ will give way to individuality, identity and integrity.
Manchester Street Poem will bring to life the stories of people who are homeless in Manchester. The work is both fleeting performance and compelling installation: as Hyde covers the walls of the venue with words and phrases drawn from the streets, the space will fill with a powerful soundtrack built on snatches and fragments recorded by Smith all over the city.
Co-created by Underworld and individuals with personal experience of homelessness, Manchester Street Poem will proudly broadcast the voices of those who so often go unheard and ignored.
Three poetic sequences, starting from Petrarch’s Sonnets placed in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, August 2015, travelling through interior language spaces, into some mental version of the Dark Ages in Bishops Stortford, town of tunnels. Then there’s some prose, in case the political implications of a time of migration, cultural re-creation and elite formation are not clear enough. It’s also funny, inventive and moving.
A launch also takes place at the next Contraband Poetry Night, The Crown Tavern, 43 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0EG, July 4, 7 o’clock onwards – with also (or even better!) Antony John, Sogol Sur and Clive Gresswell.
Everyman Bistro, Hope Street, Liverpool City Centre, 29 June, 8pm, £3.
Gramophone Ray Gun is a ‘live’ series of events celebrating experimental approaches to writing, poetry and music. Alternating between the page, performance, sound and text, Gramophone Ray Gun is a regular ‘live’ platform commissioned by The Dock Road Press.
The seventh event includes a special set from the renowned sound artist Philip Jeck as well as poetic readings from Joanne Ashcroft, Jazz Linklater and Bill Bulloch, each punked up on esoteric language and strange magic. As per usual, the evening will unfold to a crepuscular soundscape of unearthly samples and music excavated from a U.F.O crash site in Formby.
Peter Barlow’s Cigarette #23 – ft. Lila Matsumoto, Maggie O’Sullivan, Luke Thorogood, Chrissy Williams
An afternoon of alternative poetries
Saturday, June 24, 4.00 – 6.00, Waterstones, Deansgate
Free entry, free wine
LILA MATSUMOTO ~
’s publications include Soft Troika (If a Leaf Falls Press) and Allegories from my Kitchen (Sad Press). Lila’s poetry and criticism have been published in a variety of journals and anthologies including Jacket2, Tripwire, Zarf, and Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry. She has performed at places such as SoundEye Festival and Little Sparta garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay. Lila teaches creative writing at the University of Nottingham, where she she convenes the Nottingham Poetry Series:https://nottinghampoetryseries.wordpress.com/
LUKE THOROGOOD ~
writes about and through the ‘other’, using created characters to explore voice and form. He previously edited Three and a half point 9, and is currently the artwork editor for the Black Market Review. He is completing a masters in Creative Writing at Edge Hill, focusing on writing as created poets. He writes and creates for, along with a group of other writers, part of The Pollyverse, a multimedia extended story world around the adventures of Polly St. Irene.
CHRISSY WILLIAMS ~
is a poet and editor living in London. She has published various poetry pamphlets and her first full collection BEAR has just been published by Bloodaxe. She is director of the annual Free Verse: Poetry Book Fair and currently works as editor on the bestselling comic The Wicked + The Divine. twitter.com/chrissywilliams
House of Hysteria presents –
Dec0rative D0rmit0ries f0r Sleep W0rkers
29.4.17 – 21.5.17
Sat. – Sun. 12:00 – 18:00
Thursday April 27th, 19:00 – 21:00
House 0f Hysteria with Ami Clarke, Kirsten Cooke, Annabel Frearson, Dale Holmes, 0rphan Drift, Michael Iveson, Tina Jenkins, Sharon Kivland, Mark Nader and Nicola Woodham
27.04.17 Opening Event | 19:00 – 21:00:
Ami Clarke will be reading from her on-going script: Error-Correction: an introduction to future diagrams – take 7.3582701: code for the numbers to come with Low Animal Spirits (2017) an HFT algo dealing in world news by Ami Clarke and Richard Cochrane.
20.05.17 Closing Event | 19:00 – 21:00:
Sharon Kivland turns over the record of her work titled, To Dream by the Book, read by a hundred readers (2017), a work that lasts for forty minutes.
Nicola Woodham performs Garg (2017) a shapeshifting vocal ritual.
Arvon Experimental Poetry Course
With Scott Thurston and Harriet Tarlo, & Maggie O’Sullivan as guest reader
Sep 18th – Sep 23rd 2017
Suitable for new poets and more experienced writers who would like to explore innovative poetic techniques, throw over old habits, or push their work further. You will be encouraged to explore a diversity of poetic forms and uses of language, such as open form, collage and juxtaposition. We will bring to bear our background in what is often referred to as the UK’s ‘innovative’ poetry scene, introducing you to the approaches of British and American experimental poets as a means of encouraging you to play and take risks in your own work.
Poetry Performance Evening: Colin Herd, Iain Morrison, and Vicky Sparrow
Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday 29th March 2017 (19:00-20:30)
Colin Herd is a poet, fiction writer and critic based in Edinburgh. His first collection of poems too ok was published by BlazeVOX in 2011 and a second full-length collection Glovebox was published by Knives Forks and Spoons Press in 2013. Colin’s work has been anthologised in the Forward Book of Poetry 2015 and Dear World and Everyone in It (Bloodaxe, 2013).
Currently based in Edinburgh, Iain Morrison has a frequently collaborative practice as a writer, working in poetry and live literature. Projects have included Subject Index a durational installation of the complete poems of Emily Dickinson developed in residency at Forest Centre+ and toured to Berlin’s SOUNDOUT! New Ways of Presenting Literature Festival in 2014, and a night of drag queen poetry at Scottish Poetry Library in 2016 which bagged him a Creative Edinburgh award. Publishing includes MARQUE, a pamphlet with If A Leaf Falls Press (2017), and poems in anthologies and magazines including Kakania (Austrian Cultural Forum 2015), HOAX and Gutter. A first collection comes out with Vagabond Voices later this year.
Vicky Sparrow is completing a PhD on the poet-activist Anna Mendelssohn at Birkbeck, ersity of London. Her writing can be found in datableed, Kakania, Litmus and the Literateur and she serves as reviews editor for the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry. Her first pamphlet Notes to Selves is published by Zarf.