Manchester Street Poem by Underworld and the homeless

Conceived by Karl Hyde and Rick Smith from UnderworldManchester 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.

UNFEAR 68-70 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE
Thur 6 – Fri 14 July, 10am – 6pm
Live broadcast at – LINK




Peter Philpott – Wound Scar Memories


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.

LINK to a sample

£6 – LINK to purchase

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.


Gramophone Raygun 7

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 – O’Sullivan, Thorogood, Williams, Matsumoto

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


’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:

‘s page at Pennsound ( is a primary resource for online recordings of her readings/performances. Her website is

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.

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.

Visual Poetry in Europe – Imago Mundi

A special collection, curated by the poet and artist Sarenco, that constitutes an original thematic digression from Imago Mundi’s traditional geographic groupings: 210 works by European artists and an extraordinary movement which, from the great Futurist revolution and its first appearance in the 1950s, continues to question the privilege granted to the exclusively verbal aspect of language.  Concentrated in the 10×12 cm format, the radiance of the text-image, instead of being diminished by the miniature form, appears to undergo a revival, driven by the imagination of the artists opening themselves to new spaces of iconic-poetic symbolism. Including Other Room performer Paula Claire. More here.


B S Johnson Journal – call for papers

Call For Papers: On the Theme of “Endings”

BSJ: The B.S. Johnson Journal – email:

Deadline for submissions: 25th July 2017

The editors of BSJ: The B.S. Johnson Journal request academic papers, essays, interviews, creative works or remembrances on the theme of endings. Johnson’s novels featured a range of innovative endings; from the “almighty aposiopesis” of Albert Angelo, to the unexploded bomb in Christie Malry, to the metafictional imposition of the House Mother in House Mother Normal. In the interests of exploring endings and the ways in which they can define, fix or unsettle the meaning of texts, we are seeking submissions that engage with our theme; be it a creative piece with an interesting ending, a theoretical engagement with Johnson’s work, or an interpretation of the wider connotations of the theme: limits, finality, death.

We welcome academic papers of between 6,000 and 8,000 words and essays of between 500 and 2,500 words (papers will be thoroughly peer-reviewed and must conform to academic standards, essays do not need to meet these requirements and are usually more journalistic or personal in style). Short stories, poetry and innovative forms are welcome at any length, short or long. Suggestions for reviews may also be made to the editors, but making contact first is recommended to avoid reviewers overlapping. Although submitted work need not be directly about B.S. Johnson, the journal aims to promote his legacy and therefore favours work that display a commitment to truth, formal innovation or working class modernism.


Zarf reading in Leeds – Raha, Dawson & Linklater

Zarf magazine presents (the second Zarf reading in Leeds) –

P O E T R Y (and similar)

readings by


Nat Raha is a poet and trans / queer activist, living in Edinburgh,
Scotland. Her poetry includes two collections: countersonnets
(Contraband Books, 2013), and Octet (Veer Books, 2010); and numerous
pamphlets including ‘£/€xtinctions’ (Sociopathetic Distro, 2017), ‘[of
sirens / body & faultlines]’ (Veer Books, 2015), and ‘mute exterior
intimate’ (Oystercatcher Press, 2013). She’s performed and published
her work internationally. She is undertaking a PhD in Creative &
Critical Writing at the University of Sussex. Nat’s essay titled
‘Transfeminine Brokenness, Radical Transfeminism’ is due for
publication in the South Atlantic Quarterly this spring, and she has
recently started working with Scottish PEN on the Many Voices project.

Jazmine Linklater is a poet based up north, currently studying towards
her MA at Salford. Work can be found in Datableed; The Literateur;
Paratext; Zarf. Work is forthcoming in Epizootics!

Gloria Dawson writes poetry, essays, and work for performance, and is
recently published in Zarf, Datableed and The Literateur. Her work has
been shown at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and is anthologised in
Remembering Oluwale (Valley Press, 2016). She lives in and interferes
with Leeds.

 Wharf Chambers (downstairs)
7 for 7.30, finish 9pm

FREE but donations for poet costs are welcome and there will be a
book, pamphlet, zine and whatever else table!

NOTE: Wharf Chambers is a members’ co-operative, You do not need to be
a member or guest of a member to attend this event UNLESS you wish to
buy things the bar. Joining is £1, takes 48hrs to process and is very
much encouraged.


Para-text reading – Eleanor Chandler, Amy Evans, Jazmine Linklater and Matthew Welton.

We’re delighted to launch the third issue of para·text on Tuesday 28th March at Iklectik, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, London, SE1 7LG
Readings from Eleanor Chandler, Amy Evans, Jazmine Linklater and Matthew Welton.
7pm for a 7.30 start, £2 suggested donation. All welcome.
The magazine will be on sale at a reduced price on the night but if you’re unable to come you can purchase copies online at