Junction Box 10

Junction Box is  a space for poets, primarily, but also for other kinds of creative and critical practitioners, to talk about the world, themselves and the others, in a free and category-open fashion.  Number 10 is now live. featuring:

  • Julia Rose Lewis & James Miller: Preface to ‘Strays’
  • Lucy Sheerman & Karlien van den Beukel: Rem • Press
  • Nia Davies & Sampurna Chattarji: Ritual Correspondence
  • Doug Jones: from ‘Posts’
  • Laura Goode: Two Poems
  • Rebecca Compton: Cooperation vs Collaboration
  • Paul Hawkins: Trailing arm leading edge
  • Holly Corfield Carr: On Caves
  • Eley Williams: Three Pieces
  • Sonja Vitow: 13 Reasons I Believe In Ghosts
  • Tim Allen: from ‘A Democracy of Poisons’
  • Anthony Mellors & David Rees: Winter Journey (Time out x 2)


A new reading series

Sunday 15th October 2017 / 7pm / free entry

Rachael Allen
Jessica Higgins
Tom Jenks
Tessa Harris
Thom Adams
DJs Comfortable on a Tightrope and Secret Admirer


RACHAEL ALLEN is the poetry editor for Granta, co-editor of poetry press Clinic and online journal Tender. Her first full collection is forthcoming from Faber & Faber in 2019.

JESSICA HIGGINS is an artist based in Glasgow who works in sculpture, performance and writing. She is 1/8th of Good Press, a volunteer-led-unfunded-informal-organisation dedicated to the promotion and production of independent artist publications and projects; and one half of Museums Press, a publisher of art for leisure (est. 2009) and its new subsidiary A Plume which publishes writing by artists twice in a year, and an annual (est. 2017). Guilding, a novella and collection of quasi-essays was published by Publication Studio London in April 2017.

TOM JENKS’ most recent book is Crabtree: The Libretto, published by The Red Ceilings Press, with others including Items (if p then q), Sublunar (Oystercatcher Press) and Spruce (Blart Books). His work has appeared in The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (ed. Victoria Bean & Chris McCabe) and The Best British Poetry 2015 (ed. Emily Berry). He co-organises The Other Room reading series in Manchester and edits the avant -objects imprint zimZalla.

TESSA HARRIS is a writer and poet currently at the Centre for New Writing, University of Manchester as a Commonwealth PhD candidate. She was born and raised in Windhoek, Namibia, and has had short stories and poetry published in Namibia, South Africa and the UK.

THOM ADAMS is a writer based in Manchester. He is a recent philosophy graduate and is currently working on his first pamphlet.


Adrian Slatcher: Interesting Drug #4

Latest installment of the hour long arts and music podcast playing music related to the arts and with commentary from Adrian Slatcher on what’s going on in Manchester and beyond: “A couple of weeks ago I saw Sven Helbig perform his Pocket Symphonies at HOME with Manchester Camerata with visuals by Chris Paul Daniels – here’s what I thought. More artistic obituaries – John Ashbery and Walter Becker, two great chroniclers of the American condition – died on the same weekend. Next week I’m seeing Chris Krauss talking about her Kathy Acker biography, so remembering one of my favourite writers. With nuclear brinkmanship back in the news I also look at the honourable history of nuclear war songs from the sixties and eightes.” Listen here.

Work Processing – A Forum for the Sharing of Live Practice

Work Processing – A Forum for the Sharing of Live Practice

Work Processing is a day-long event open to postgraduate/early-career artist-practitioners and independent artists working in the arts and humanities. The focus of Work Processing is practice itself. It offers a space in which to explore practice in process, stepping aside from the perceived obligation to qualify practice in terms of traditional academic discourse, and shifting focus away from product-based conceptions of artistic endeavour. The event will showcase the work of artist-practitioners over the course of a day, encouraging practice to speak to practice, unmediated by verbal explication. It will conclude with a communal dinner in the performance space where food, ideas and responses can be shared, and we can explore the kinds of conversations a forum like this can generate without the formalities of an academic Q&A.

We are currently seeking proposals for 20 minute contributions in any live format, from any discipline. Incomplete and/or speculative works-in-progress are of particular interest, although any work that engages with the theme of “Work Processing” will be considered. The event will take place on the 1st of December 2017 at Chisenhale Dance Space, London. Chisenhale has a large performance space with lighting and sound rig, basic projection facilities, and the raw aesthetic appropriate to sharing all types of live work in development.

Participants are invited to submit a short description of their intended work, their institutional affiliation (if applicable) and projected technical requirements, as well as weblinks to any supporting materials (videos/recordings/text etc.) to:workprocessing2017@gmail.com by the 13th of October 2017.

This event is being organised by five interdisciplinary practice-based PhD candidates, supported by the TECHNE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership.


House without Walls

HOUSE WITHOUT WALLS is an exhibition devised by British visual poet Philip Davenport, featuring art by child refugees, combined with commentary from older members of their community. “A gentle, sideways look at the cost of war, the subtle losses including childhood itself.” Exhibition at Paul Schneider Haus, Spandau, BERLIN 13 Oct-23 Nov.

Davenport is a British visual poet who often works off the page; his work appears in galleries, streets, sound recordings, on objects. He often works with marginalised communities in the U.K. as part of the arthur+martha organisation, collaborating with homeless people and with older people who have dementia.


Nia Davies book launch

Saturday November 4th 2.00 pm – 5 pm at The Hen and Chickens, Flannel Street, Abergavenny, NP7 5EG, where Nia will be a launching England, out now on Crater Press.

with a mini-festival of accompanying readers, including
Ailbhe Darcy
David Greenslade
Steven Hitchins
Julia Rose Lewis
Lee Duggan
Chris Paul
Ric Hool
Suze de Lee
Richard Parker
Lyndon Davies
and more to be announced