Interesting Drug Episode 6 – Xmas Edition

With a focus on the Basquiat show at the Barbican, this episode looks at the interface between art and music – between uptown and downtown – in early 1980s New York City.
“Four Saints in Three Acts” was an avant garde opera with an all black cast from an earlier era – Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thompson’s piece was performed in 1933 – and is currently being showcased through contemporary photographs of the performance at the National Photographer’s Gallery. A run through of other recent cultural events – Ice Cream for Crow as part of Beefheart weekend in Liverpool, Protomartyr live at the Deaf Institute, and the Royal Northern College of Music’s New Music NW festival are all given a mention. Music from Blondie, Kid Creole, House of Bedlam, Neil Young and others. Listen here.

Adrian Slatcher: Interesting Drug #3

Yoko Ono’s early 1970s albums have just been reissued on vinyl, so time for a reappraisal of this remarkable artist, musician and icon, including tracks from throughout her career and some associated Fluxus. In addition, we have obituarities for Sam Shephard, Peter Principle of Tuxedo Moon and Glenn Campbell, and focus on art exhibitions at Liverpool Tate, Henry Moore Institute and the Turner Contemporary, Margate. All in just over an hour with music from Ono, Beck, Kurt Schwitters, Patti Smith and others.

New episode of Adrian’s podcast, available here.

Adrian Slatcher reviews The Other Room 36 – Alec Newman, Nata Raha and Seekers of Lice

Even though the Other Room frequently  features three performers from the more experimental end of the poetry spectrum,
its rare that you can find more than cursory connections between them. On the surface, Alec Newman, Nat Raha and Seekers of Lice (actually a solo artist, called, I think, Anne), hadn’t much in common either but coincidentally all read sequences, and had some element of the improvisational in work that was otherwise very structured.


The ABC in Sound Ensemble for The Other Room 35: Bob Cobbing A Celebration

THE ENSEMBLE: Tim Allen, Joanne Ashcroft, Richard Barrett, Leanne Bridgewater, Matt Dalby, Phil Davenport, James Davies, Ollie Evans, Patricia Farrell, Clive Fencott, Alan Halsey, Michael Haslam, Tom Jenks, Angela Keaton, Geraldine Monk, Maggie O’Sullivan, Holly Pester, Robert Sheppard, Adrian Slatcher, Chris Stephenson, Scott Thurston, Gareth Twose, Steven Waling, Steve Willey and Nigel Wood.

Visit Ubu at the LINK to hear letters d, p and t of the ABC in Sound.

The Other Room 35 takes place at The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester, M2 4PD. Tuesday 23rd October 2012, 7.00 pm. FREE

Innovation in Fiction

New magazine Innovation in Fiction is looking for the following for its debut issue:

  • short fiction of an experimental or innovative nature
  • reviews of innovative or experimental fiction
  • old and new essays on experimental writers, innovative fiction, forms and movements



The second Kinokophonography event takes place on January 20th at Madlab on Edge Street. Publicitiy and registration will come out shortly. Click here to see the press release from last year’s event to get an idea of what Kinokophonography is about.

A Writer’s Guide to Social Media with Adrian Slatcher


Advance warning of what will no doubt be a very interesting session as part of the Chorlton Book Festival:

A Writer’s Guide to Social Media
Writer Adrian Slatcher advises arts organisations on their use of social media at Manchester Digital Development Agency. He’ll show how writers are using the web for writing, marketing and publishing their work. Whether an experienced or novice writer, published or not, this workshop will give you all the ideas you need to enhance your own online presence.

Wednesday 18 November, 7.30pm
Chorlton Library


The Poetry that they Don’t Teach You at School


“Poetry readings are good value, for a few quid you get to see three or four poets, often interesting, sometimes excellent. The “sting” of course, is that there’s usually a table of books somewhere near. Whereas a reading by a “name” will see a man from Blackwells or Waterstones hovering with a pile of Fabers or similar – pleasant enough, but nothing you can’t buy from your local branch or the internet – a more obscure group of poets will come with a book table to die for.”

From Adrian Slatcher.



“Literature should be seen as well as heard of course, and the relaunched website for The Other Room, Manchester’s only (as far as I know!) regular avant garde poetry night held at the Old Abbey Inn, has a great range of video content as well as the other stuff you’d expect, and is a really nice use of one of the more recent WordPress templates.”

By Adrian Slatcher. From The Mancunian Way, part of the Manchester Evening News site.


If you haven’t already done so, check out Adrian’s Art of Fiction pages via our links in the third column.