New Poem Talk – David Antin’s ‘War’

PoemTalk #123, a conversation about David Antin’s “War” (a talk-poem performed six days after the start of the second U.S. incursion into Iraq in 2003) with Jerome Rothenberg, Ariel Resnikoff, and Diane Rothenberg. The Rothenbergs also discuss Antin’s legacy and describe their friendships and collaborations with him across seven decades.
PoemTalk is collaboratively a project of the Kelly Writers House, PennSound, and the Poetry Foundation.

Preview of Amy De’Ath for the Other Room 10th birthday

Amy De’ath will perform alongside Vicky Sparrow, Pascal O’Loughlin & Camilla Nelson on 18th April, 7pm at the Other Room. Free entry as ever. It’s our tenth birthday! Here’s part of a poem by Amy and also one of the four posters for the night below that, which shows our readers over the years:

from In Case of Sleep

I might recline like a cat but I wouldn’t sell my wares openly
I wouldn’t want to be that memory-cat with the power to die the power

to be put back on my feet I came to see you’d been eaten by tar sands

and cat didn’t exist                                 what kind of a country is this

what did you say                        I missed that

I miss that cat





The European Camarade : Manchester

Friday April  13th
The International Anthony Burgess Foundation : Free entry : 7pm doors
Engine House, Chorlton Mill. 3 Cambridge Street. Manchester M1 5BY

Bringing together some of the finest modern poets of the thriving Manchester scene in collaborative pairs with writers visiting from Norway, Lithuania, Latvia, France, Germany and Italy, this special Camarade event will present dynamic new duets of live literature made especially for the night:

Rike Scheffler & Livia Franchini
Jon Stale Ritland & Harry Man
Iris Colomb & Serena Braida
Endre Ruset & Christodoulos Makris
SJ Fowler & Tom Jenks
Inga Pizane & Scott Thurston
Rimas Uzgiris & Robert Sheppard
Marius Burokas & James Byrne
Sarah Clare Conlon & David Gaffney

Plus The European Union of Imaginary Authors with readings from Robert Sheppard & Sandeep Parmar, James Byrne, Joanne Ashcroft, Patricia Farrell, SJ Fowler, Scott Thurston.

Full details here.


Launch of The Three Rooms In Valerie’s Head by David Gaffney and Dan Berry

Manchester launch event for the new graphic novel The Three Rooms In Valerie’s Head by David Gaffney and Dan Berry
2.00 pm
Saturday 28 April
Traveling Man comic book shop
Dale Street
You can buy books, get them signed – and even personalised with drawings and specially made stamps – and chat to me and Dan about stuff, or just talk to other people you know who’ll be there, if you don’t want to talk to us. 
Here’s more info
…and a few review quotes
“Ingenious… Valerie’s poignant romances open larger vistas where music and imagination offer wit and insight beyond the grayness of daily life.” — Library Journal

“…snortingly funny with a robust and off-kilter imagination..these short tales almost always act like riddles, sending the reader back to the beginning to figure out what makes the characters behave that way. Lightly balanced between writer and artist, each the right amount of crazy.” – Etelka Lehoczky for NPR books

“Enthrallingly weird… [its] grounding core gives this off-kilter graphic novel welcome emotional depth.” — Booklist