20 July at 19:30. I K L E C T I K, ‘Old Paradise Yard’ 20 Carlisle Lane, London, SE1 7LG.
20 July at 19:30. I K L E C T I K, ‘Old Paradise Yard’ 20 Carlisle Lane, London, SE1 7LG.
Selected Poems 1988-2016 focuses on Alan Halsey’s longer poems from the period and brings together the previously scattered sequences Ars Poetica, Tracks & Tracts of the Lizopard, A Looking-Glass for Logoclasts and Latin for Today: The Sequel. It includes some revised and expanded texts such as the John Dee libretto Loagaeth alongside poems written since Rampant Inertia, published by Shearsman in 2014.
The North by North West Poetry tour visited York, Manchester, Edge Hill, Leeds, Sheffield and Liverpool in January and February, presenting over sixty brand new collaborative works. All films are online at the Enemies site, including this from Geraldine Monk and Alan Halsey in Sheffield.
An afternoon of experimental poetry
Featuring Alan Halsey, Tom Jenks, Geraldine Monk & Harriet Tarlo.
Free entry, all welcome. Wine.
Upstairs at Deansgate Waterstones. 4pm. Saturday 7 November.
Alan Halsey will be reading from his Versions of Martial, published earlier this year by Knives Forks & Spoons. His back catalogue includes The Text of Shelley’s Death (Five Seasons 1995), Marginalien (Five Seasons 2005) and Rampant Inertia (Shearsman 2015). Images he developed out of Dee & Kelley’s Enochian transcripts form the graphic component of Nigel Wood’s From the Diaries of John Dee, recently published by Apple Pie Editions. ‘Halsey’s publications bolt around the field like a deranged beagle’ (Ray Davis, Pseudopodium).
Tom Jenks’ latest collection is Spruce, published by Blart Books. Other works include Items, a 1000 fragment sequence published by if p then q, The Tome of Commencement, a spreadsheet translation of the Book of Genesis published by Stranger Press and 1000 Proverbs, a guide to modern life and manners with SJ Fowler, published by Knives Forks and Spoons. He administers the avant obects imprint zimZalla and co-organises The Other Room reading series and website
Geraldine Monk was first published in the 1970’s. Her poetry has appeared extensively in the U.K. and USA. Her latest book They Who Saw The Deep will be published next year in the USA by Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press. She is an affiliated poet to the Centre of Poetry and Poetics at the University of Sheffield.
Harriet Tarlo’s poetry publications include Love/Land (REM Press, 2003), Poems 1990-2003 (Shearsman Books, 2004), Poems 2004-2014 (Shearsman, 2015) Nab (Etruscan Books, 2005) and 2 artists books, Sound Unseen and behind land with Judith Tucker (Wild Pansy, 2013, 2015). Her academic essays on modernist and contemporary poetry appear in critical volumes published by Edinburgh University Press, Salt, Palgrave and Rodopi. Recent critical and creative work appears in Pilot, Jacket, Rampike, English Journal of Ecocriticism; Classical Receptions and Yellow Field. Exhibitions of texts, in collaboration with Jem Southam and Judith Tucker, have appeared at The Lowry, Salford, Tullie House, Carlisle; Musee de Moulages, Lyon and The University of Minneapolis. She edited a special feature on “Women and Eco-Poetics” for How2 Vol 3: No 2 and The Ground Aslant: An Anthology of Radical Landscape Poetry (Shearsman 2011). She is a Reader in Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University
FRIDAY 30th October 2015, 7 PM. Up the stairs (at the back of the barroom, above the pub name, above) at the Caledonia pub, Catharine Street, in the Georgian Quarter, Liverpool, £5.
A performance for poetry, sound and voice, featuring:
Geraldine Monk : poet and performer
Alan Halsey: poet and performer
Steve Boyland: vocalist and performer
Apple Pie Editions is delighted to announce the publication of From the Diaries of John Dee.
Poems by Nigel Wood, with images by Alan Halsey.
Mathematician, scholar, astronomer, advisor to Queen Elizabeth I … alchemist, occultist, heretic … John Dee (1527–1608) is one of the most enigmatic figures in British history.
Using material from Dee’s diaries, Nigel Wood has made poems that delve beneath the rumours and mythologies to offer a multifaceted portrait of a man seeking to understand the cosmos and his place within it. Accompanying the poems are visuals by Alan Halsey based on Dee’s transcriptions, charts and diagrams, his attempts to decode and interpret communications from other realms. Together the texts and images undertake a series of parallel explorations of his life and vision, resurrecting Dee with his own words.
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TOTAL RECALL 1 August — 3 October, 2015
BURY ART MUSEUM
Moss St, Bury, Lancashire BL9 0DR, United Kingdom
How do you remember the people who are important to you? How do you conjure your shared past? Is it in an image, a sound, a smell, a touch? Or do you use words?
We invited world-leading poets and text-artists to make a language-memory for Tony Trehy, who has directed the internationally renowned Text Festival at Bury Art Museum since 2005. This exhibition celebrates a 10-year anniversary of the Festival and a 20-year anniversary of Tony’s time at Bury. Writing on a wall, an Internet search, a diary entry, a flurry of thoughts … what is remembering and who is it for?
Tony Trehy has been the ring-leader of decade-long conversations, new opportunities, challenges and heated debates. Each of his four Text Festivals has added to a continuing dialogue between language and art. Every Text Festival has asked the audience a simple-but-complex question: How do I read?
Into the historic space of Bury Art Museum, Trehy has injected text that is a new ‘language art’ for the 21st Century. Bury was once the centre of paper-making in Britain, now it is a pioneer of language-making, with its Text Archive welcoming readers from all over the world.
TOTAL RECALL is a guerrilla makeover, an A4 invasion of reading into the larger narrative of looking. Unlike the street signs outside, these are not corporate instructions or sales pitches; they are antidotes. Walls, vitrine, archival box—nary a “book” to be found, but a heap of language left in memory.
TOTAL RECALL includes work by local, national and international text-based artists and poets: angela rawlings, Alan Halsey, Barrie Tullett, Carolyn Thompson, Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim, Darren Marsh, derek beaulieu, Emma Cocker, Eric Zboya, Erica Baum, Jaap Blonk, James Davies, Jayne Dyer, Jesse Glass, Karri Kokko, Kristen Mueller, Lawrence Weiner, Leanne Bridgewater, Liz Collini, Lucy Harvest Clarke, Marco Giovenale, Márton Koppány, Matt Dalby, Mike Chavez-Dawson, Paula Claire, Penny Anderson, Peter Jaeger, Philip Davenport, Rachel Defay-Liautard, Robert Grenier, Ron Silliman, Satu Kaikkonen, Sarah Sanders, Seekers of Lice, Stephen Emmerson, Steve Giasson, Steve Miller, Tom Jenks, and Tony Lopez.
— derek beaulieu and Phil Davenport, Curators
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This exhibition concentrates on Wittgenstein’s insistence in his later writings on the usefulness of the concept of ‘games’ for thinking about language. There is no one quality that unites all the things we think of as games, and to play a game requires not only rules, but the possibility of testing, breaking, revising those rules. Rejecting the idea that language has one essential purpose, or that meaning is something fixed and transparent, the artworks here are engaged in various forms of play, translation or reconfiguration. Language is physical as well as symbolic. Our experiences lay claim to the traditions and practices that give them meaning, but can be turned back thereon to question and confuse what we might otherwise take for granted. We come to points where ordinary language seems inadequate, but this is not because we lack an adequately nuanced set of concepts, or because we need a better ‘theory’ of language, but because we have not paid enough attention to the particular and the familiar. What frameworks support our observations and convictions? The artwork here in some ways mimics the incompleteness of Wittgenstein’s writing, the unendingness of his philosophical project. Variously they show art as a process of discarding and reassembling, of repetition with variation, of careful attention to presentation and nested meanings, to the balance between authorial control and emergence, between understanding and opacity.
We are delighted to welcome you to this playful collaboration between poets, artists and philosophers, where the boundaries between words and images, meanings and material are plucked, strummed, exalted and trammelled.
A Reality Street event.
2.30-3.00 pm (dead on)
6th of September 2014
Conway Hall Gardens, Red Lion Square
This is part of a bigger programme at Free Verse
The Other Room this time in Sheffield as part of The Misummer Poetry Festival. Click on the poster to enlarge. Not to be missed.
The Other Room Presents The Other Room
Here is some information on the event:
The Other Room is a long running poetry night based in Manchester which focuses on experimental poetry. Over the last six years it has presented a diverse range of performers of national and international repute as well as showcasing vital emerging talent. It also boasts an amazing website of resources including regular news about poetry from around the globe as well as hosting a belt bursting archive of recordings and interviews. In this event The Other Room’s three organisers – James Davies, Tom Jenks and Scott Thurston – perform their work together for the first time. This unique event is a fantastic opportunity to get a taste of The Other Room.
Other events at the festival include Alan Halsey, Juxtavoices, Ágnes Lehóczky and Harriet Tarlo. See more HERE.
The Blue Bus is pleased to present a reading by Frances Presley and Alan Halsey, and music by Ken White and David Miller, on Tuesday , 13th May,l from 7.30 at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1. This is the eighty-eighth event in THE BLUE BUS series. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions). For future events in the series, please scroll down to the end of this message.
Frances Presley lives in north London. Her publications include Paravane: new and selected poems, 1996-2003 (Salt, 2004); Myne: new and selected poems and prose, 1976-2005, (Shearsman, 2006); Lines of Sight, (Shearsman 2009); Stone settings with Tilla Brading (Odyssey, 2010), and An Alphabet for Alina with Peterjon Skelt (Five Seasons, 2012). Her work is in the anthologies Infinite Difference (Shearsman, 2010), and Ground Aslant: radical landscape poetry (Shearsman, 2011). She contributed to a collection of poetic autobiographies, Cusp (Shearsman, 2012). She has translated the work of Norwegian poet Hanne Bramness, most recently No film in the camera (Shearsman 2013). Her next book, halse for hazel, will be published by Shearsman in October.
Alan Halsey will be reading from Rampant Inertia, recently published by Shearsman. His poems have been variously collected in Five Years Out (1989), Wittgenstein’s Devil (2000), Marginalien (2005) and Not Everything Remotely (2006).
David Miller is a clarinettist who has performed and recorded with The Mind Shop (a trio with Armorel Weston and John Gibbens), and performed with SpiritWORK (a duo with Rod Boucher) and as a duo with Ken White. He is a member of the Frog Peak Music collective. David is also a poet, whose most recent book is Reassembling Still: Collected Poems (Shearsman Books, 2014). He will be performing on this occasion with the Australian guitarist Ken White.
In addition to his guitar playing, Ken White is a painter who has exhibited in Australia and Scotland and whose work can be seen on the Art Limited website. He performs regularly in his native Melbourne, and has recorded with Australian vocalists Suzie Dickinson and Patsy O’Neill, as well as recording his own CD, Jazz Guitar. He has also provided the music for two films, Runway and The Roaring Tide. Ken was a member of the legendary Australian jazz rock band Nova Express in the late 1960s.
The Text Festivals: Language Art and Material Poetry edited by Tony Lopez
It is a remarkable phenomenon that the foremost among recent sites of this interrogation of boundaries has been a series of festivals located in Bury, on the outskirts of Greater Manchester. World leading artists and poets have been brought together in a range of exhibitions and performances that demonstrate a new and productive collision of different cultural enterprises and expectations. Among those shown at the Text Festivals are Fiona Banner, derek beaulieu, Caroline Bergvall, Joseph Beuys, Christian Bok, Brass Art, Marcel Broodthaers, Pavel Buchler, Augusto de Campos, Zeynep Cansu, Henri Chopin, Bob Cobbing, Liz Collini, Philip Davenport, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Hamish Fulton, Eugen Gomringer, Robert Grenier, Alan Halsey, Alexander Jorgenson, Satu Kaikonen, Martin Kippenburger, Karri Kokko, Marton Koppany, On Kawara, Helmut Lemke, Richard Long, Tony Lopez, Jackson Mac Low, Hansjorg Mayer, Steve Miller, Kerry Morrison, Maurizio Nannucci, Patrick Fabian Panetta, Holly Pester, Tom Philips, Shaun Pickard, Kate Pickering, Hester Reeve (HRH.the), Spencer Roberts, Ed Ruscha, Ron Silliman, Mary Ellen Solt, Magda Stawarska-Beavan, Harald Stoffers, Carolyn Thompson, Nick Thurston, Aysegul Tozeren, TNWK, Tony Trehy, Nico Vasilakis, Carol Watts, Lawrence Weiner, George Widener, Ming Wong, and Eric Zboya. Artists, poets and curators working in these overlapping fields have written this book. It includes new essays by Tony Trehy (director of the Text Festivals), derek beaulieu, Christian Bok, Liz Collini, James Davies, Philip Davenport, Robert Grenier, Alan Halsey, Tony Lopez, Holly Pester, Hester Reeve (HRH.the), Carolyn Thompson, and Carol Watts.
OUT NOW from Plymouth University Press or via Amazon
Cusp: The Event. Monk & Halsey will read poetry which inspired their generation of Brit Poets from Sappho to Stein, from Metaphysicals to Beats, from Trad to Mad from Avant to Garde from Anon to Dada. An hour of body electrics and aural delights.
Thursday, 6 June 2013, 6.3o pm start. Bank Street Arts, 32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield, S1 2DS.
to mark the centenary of
the first French edition of
La prose du Transsiberien et de la Petite Jehanne de France
Tony Baker’s translation
with graphic interventions by Alan Halsey
published by West House Books in 2001
and out of print long since
is available again free @
E·ratio publishes poetry in the postmodern idioms with an emphasis on the intransitive. New issue out now, including Other Room reader Alan Halsey.
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
In White Writing is a narrative visual poem or graphic novella or both. A record in either case of a life lived on paper, the writing-dust of 2007-10 retrieved, collaged and drawn over, drawn back on itself in a wholesale reversal or revaluation of print values, white text and images showing up and out of a solid and dreamless black ground. More at West House Books.