The Start of Sentences

James Davies’ experiences of reading Robert Grenier’s Sentences in Bury’s Text Art Archive:

I don’t want to go into individual poems so much here as to explain the joy of reading Sentences as archived material, in the archive, and the processes of reading the poems in accordance with the way Sentences is catalogued. The copy of Sentences at Bury, “The Bury Sentences” as I now call it, is a like a “bootleg” record — just as cool as the original but with minor differences to interest the aficionado. I’ll explain why.

LINK for more.

Blue Bus – Giles Goodland, Alistair Noon, Juliet Troy

The Blue Bus is pleased to present a reading of poetry on Tuesday 21st June  at 7.30 by  Giles Goodland, Alistair Noon and Juliet Troy at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1. This is the 113th  event in THE BLUE BUS series. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions). For the next reading in the series, please scroll down to the end of this message.

Giles Goodland has published several books of poetry including A Spy in the House of Years (Leviathan, 2001), Capital (Salt, 2006), What the Things Sang (Shearsman, 2009), Gloss (Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2011) and The Dumb Messengers (Salt, 2012) and in collaboration with Alistair Noon) Surveyors’ Riddles, Sidekick Books.

Alistair Noon’s most recent publications are The Kerosene Singing (Nine Arches Press, 2015) and Surveyors’ Riddles (Sidekick Books, 2015), a collaboration with Giles Goodland from which they’ll be reading at this event. He has also published a dozen chapbooks of poetry and translations from German and Russian from various small presses, and appeared in anthologies including Sea Pie, Lung Jazz and The Best British Poetry 2013. His hobby is translating Osip Mandelstam. He lives in Berlin.

The Kerosene Singing available from Nine Arches Press

Surveyors’ Riddles, with Giles Goodland, available from Sidekick Books

Juliet Troy is an anglo/guyanese poet and one of the organisers of the Blue Bus.  Her  work includes  Rhythm of Furrows across a field, 2013 – Kater Murr  and  Motherboard, 2015 – Knives Forks and Spoons – one of these poems was displayed in last Autumn’s Blackpool illuminations. She has had work published most recently in Snow Lit Rev, Spring 2016 –  Allardyce, Barnett.

The next reading at the Blue Bus will be by Peter Larkin, Joanne Ashcroft and tbc on Tuesday July 19th at 7.30.

The Other Room website rebooted!

The Other Room website has been running the whole duration we’ve been running our nights and has started to bulge and bulge. So we decided to do a bit of a spring clean in order to make it easier to navigate. We’ve also tidied up all those inevitable missed links which Mick Weller celebrates HERE.

If you’re old or new to the site have a look around our massive archive of blog/news posts, video archive from most of our readings, video and print interviews, book reviews, reviews of our events, poster archive and photos. Don’t forget of course to check out our upcoming events and annual anthology.

James, Scott & Tom



Neil Campbell, Rhys Trimble & Tim Allen at Verbose

Monday 23 May 2016, Manchester literature night verbose continues

Headliners from the fabulous Knives Forks and Spoons press: Tim Allen, Neil Campbell and Rhys Trimble.

Live literature night Verbose is back on Monday 23 May, with special guests from the fabulous Knives Forks and Spoons press and the usual open mic of prose and poetry performances – sign up for a three-minute slot by emailing verbosemcr at gmail dot com.

Run by Alec Newman, Knives Forks and Spoons has developed the biggest avant garde poetry list in the UK since its launch in 2010, publishing seminal international figures in experimental poetry together with many young poets and “outsider” practitioners. May’s Verbose welcomes Tim Allen, Neil Campbell and Rhys Trimble.

Tim Allen edited the magazine Terrible Work and is involved with the Peter Barlow’s Cigarette live literature events in Manchester. He has a number of poetry pamphlets to his name. Neil Campbell has been included three times in the brilliant Best British Short Stories series. He has three collections of short fiction, two poetry chapbooks and his first novel, Sky Hooks, is out in September. Rhys Trimble is a poet and shoutyman from Wales who enjoys poetry across languages. He has performed extensively across UK and Europe.

Verbose is hosted by Sarah-Clare Conlon at Fallow café, 2a Landcross Road, Fallowfield, M14 6NA. It’s free entry and doors are at 7.30pm. Verbose takes place every fourth Monday of the month.


Gary Fisher: a preview

Gary Fisher will perform at our next event on Wednesday 13th April. The other performers are Stuart Calton, Linda Kemp and Rosanne Robertson. Scroll down for previews of Stuart and Linda, with a preview of Rosanne to appear here in the next few days.

​Gary Fisher is an artist and improviser who explores sounds, objects, actions, words and places through processes of experimentation and enquiry. He has made works for live radio, gallery installation, performance and published recordings. Central to the work is the on-going development of improvised playing, composing and recording practises exploring intersections between analogue and digital, acoustic and electronic, composed and accidental. He is particularly interested in using found sounds and materials, the amplification of objects and surfaces and site-specific responses.

After graduating from the University of Salford in 2008 with BA in Visual Arts and already focussing on sound, Gary went on to develop his work independently for a number of years before joining the Masters in Sound Arts programme chaired by David Toop at The London College of Communication and graduating in 2015.

Working solo and collaboratively Gary has created various live, recorded and site-based works including: the experimental radio broadcast The Inaugural Terminal Program on Resonance FM London with artists Barry Dean and Gilda Manfring; a group improvisation as YARD Collective in the 50th anniversary installation of Allan Kaprow’s YARD at The Hepworth Wakefield for David Toop and Rie Nakajima’s Sculpture series. In 2015 he played in an ensemble with Christian Marclay, Thurston Moore, members of London Sinfonietta and CRISAP for Marclay’s major exhibition at White Cube London; during press week of Venice Biennale featured in Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market with Gilda Manfring and in collaboration with the School For Curatorial Studies Venice and during April 2015 Gary was artist in residence for Noise Above Noise at the Penthouse, Manchester. More here.

Linda Kemp: a preview

Linda Kemp will perform at the next Other room on Wednesday 13th April, 7 pm start. The other performers will be Stuart Calton, Gary Fisher and Rosanne Robertson. Scroll down for a preview of Stuart and check back here over the next couple of weeks for previews of Gary and Rosanne.

Linda Kemp works with poetry. Publications include Immunological (2014) and Blueprint (2015) and an album, speaking towards (2015) with enjoy your homes press. Recent work can be found in Blackbox Manifold, Datableed, e∙ratio, Gorse, Lighthouse, M58, and Shearsman. As a free improviser her work can be heard as one third of the trio Piggle, one half of the duos soft architecture and Thermal Threshold, with other improvisers and solo. More here.