Diisonance – paul hawkins & Steve Ryan

Bank Street Arts, Sheffield June 21-24
Diisonance is a collaboration, part of a jigsaw, the genesis of which is shared experiences; Steve and paul met in the early nineties squatting in Claremont Road, east London at the height of anti-road protests, poll-tax riots and dissent. They’ve tried to piece together the past from the future, making sense of the ghosts that stay with them and the trust they offer one another helps clarify the feelings of confusion and love for their entwined topics; faltering, broken and rebuilt many times over. paul has written extensively on his experiences of squatting/protesting against the building of the M11 Link Road through east London, most recently in Place Waste Dissent (Influx Press 2015), which ‘plots the run-off, rackets and 90’s resistance to the proposed M11 Link Road; text experiments and collage from Claremont Road to Cameron. Memory traces re-surface the A12’ which features Steve’s photography. In Diisonance Steve’s starting point is a 21st century response to the collage/text of Place Waste Dissent and/or/with further memory travels. paul tries to look to the future in responding to Steve’s response to paul’s response(s), peacing the past from the future.
Diisonance Workshop June 23 14.00 – 16.30
paul hawkins & Rowan Evans are running a Creating Experimental & Collaborative Poetry on Friday June 23 2.00pm – 4.30pm. The cost is £5.00 per person. Enquiries and booking: hesterglock@gmail.com. All participants will be invited to read any new work created in the evening, joining some specially commissioned performances.
Diisonance Poetry June 23 18.30 – 21.00
Ten poets have been collaborating in pairs to produce new poetry to perform this evening. Their only guide is that they start from the word Dissonance, and that their performance be no longer than six minutes. This event is free, and begins at 6.30pm.
All new Dissonance work will be published by Hesterglock Press in a book to mark the exhibition and events.
Steve Ryan
Driven forward by scary monsters, haunted by the notion of chaos, London artist Steve Ryan’s work tries to pin down the slippery essence of ’the stuff’. Peripatetic by design, he’s recently experienced the joy of being tethered which has grounded him long enough to start production of a project over 30 years in the making, and with a bit of luck it will be finished in a little less time, but probably not.
paul hawkins
paul hawkins is a bristol-based poet, text artist & word-processor. paul studied the art of sleeping standing up and drinking lying down with nearly disastrous consequences. He’s the author of Claremont Road, Contumacy (both Erbacce Press) & Place Waste Dissent (Influx Press 2015). he collaborates with Portugese text artist/poet bruno neiva, co-authoring Servant Drone (KF&S Press 2015) and The Secret of Good Posture (Team Trident Press 2016). At the last count paul has moved on average every 11 months, but only ever owned one tent. Collages of text/art from Place Waste Dissent were exhibited at Bank Street Arts in 2016. paul co-runs Hesterglock Press and is a Spike Associate.

Publishers Fair at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield

Independent Publishers Book Fair

Bank Street Arts
32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield, S1 2DS

Saturday 26 November 2016

Book Fair: 11am – 5pm  (admission free)
Image and Text as Exploration: 7pm  (pay as you feel)

A one-day book fair at Sheffield’s Bank Street Arts, bringing some of our most innovative artists and independent presses together under one roof. The fair will include handmade artists’ books, poetry, fiction, art writing, literary criticism, zines, and much more. A not-to-be-missed opportunity to see and buy some beautiful editions and meet the publishers and artists involved. Short descriptions of the participating publishers appear below; click here for longer descriptions and images.

Scroll down for details of Image and Text as Exploration, an evening performance (7pm start, 6.30pm doors) curated by Emma Bolland (Gordian Projects).

Publishers taking part in the book fair include:

And Other Stories (London, Sheffield, Wycombe)
And Other Stories publishes the best in contemporary writing, including many translations. @andothertweets

Bradical (Bradford)
Bradford based fanzine writing about Islamophobia / diaspora / Bradford. @bradicalbfd

Comma Press (Manchester)
Independent publisher of short fiction from the UK and beyond. @commapress

enjoy your homes (Sheffield)
enjoy your homes press is an independent publishing press and platform. @eyh_press

Gordian Projects (Sheffield / Glasgow / York)
Gordian Projects focuses on small editions that use art and language as a space for exploration. @GordianProjects

Joanne Lee / Pam Flett Press (Sheffield)
Artist, researcher, writer and publisher with a curiosity about everyday life and the ordinary places in which she lives and works. @generalistjo

Longbarrow Press (Sheffield)
Poetry publisher with an ethos of craft, care and collaboration. Books, recordings, films, walks, performances. @LongbarrowPress

Jean McEwan (West Yorkshire)
Jean McEwan makes zines both solo and in collaboration with others, curates contribution-based zines, teaches zine-making workshops, and organises self-publishing events and projects. @Jeanmcewan

Peepal Tree Press (Leeds)
Peepal Tree Press is home of the best in Caribbean and Black British fiction, poetry, literary criticism, memoirs and historical studies. @peepaltreepress

The Poetry Business (Sheffield)
The Poetry Business is a UK poetry publisher and writer development agency. @poetrybusiness

Tilted Axis Press (London / Sheffield)
Founded in 2015, Tilted Axis is a not-for-profit press publishing cutting-edge contemporary fiction translated from Asian languages. @TiltedAxisPress

West House Books (Sheffield)
Founded in 1995, West House Books has published fifty books and pamphlets, including major collections by Geraldine Monk, Karen Mac Cormack, Kelvin Corcoran and Bill Griffiths.

Evening performance:
Image and Text as Exploration
curated and introduced by Emma Bolland (Gordian Projects)
(doors 6.30pm)

This event will feature talks and readings from five artists, academics, publishers and writers:

Leeds-based artist and writer Helen Clarke will be talking about and reading from her photo / text book that emerged from her drift walks in Berlin;
Artist-photographer Tom Rodgers is from York and will discuss his film-based photobooks of abstract landscapes;
Artist, publisher and academic Joanne Lee will talk about her Pam Flett Press and her urban exploration of Sheffield;
Poet and academic Chris Jones will be reading from his work-in-progress verse novel set against the background of the the 2007 Sheffield floods;
Sheffield-based writer and publisher Brian Lewis will be talking in his capacity as a writer who uses night walking and endurance walking, and reading from his pamphlet East Wind.



enjoy your homes press presents…

Claire Potter, an artist writer from Merseyside, works with live, published and recorded text, installation and performance. Claire’s work addresses modes of speaking and reading to bring considerations of narratology, affect and methods of articulation to the attention of audiences. Claire organises Shady Dealings With Language, an interdisciplinary event series for art and performance writing in the UK. Recent and forthcoming works include performance film Cast Metal Nut, White Rainbow, London, 2016; and, Lads of Aran, a visual essay in Bodies that Remain: Essays on the writer’s body, Punctum Books, New York/London, 2017.
Claire will read CHAVSCUMBOSS, a meditation on the performed masculinity of a Youtube user by the same name.
Stephen Chase composes, improvises, and walks quite a lot. His work veers between generative methods and following-his-nose. He has worked variously with Exaudi, Quatuor Bozzini, Philip Thomas, Ross Parfitt, Choir Brevis, Apartment House, Ensemble Zwischentöne, Music We’d Like to Hear, BBC Singers, omoplate sarangi, murmuration, piggle and Freaking Glamorous Teapot and Bank St Arts.
Stephen will perform one or two pieces which derive from performance scores comprised of words.
Thursday 20th October 2016
Come to Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, grab a drink and unravel language.
Entry: £4 on the door. Doors: 19:00 for 19:30 start.
More here – https://eyhpress.wordpress.com/2016/09/16/claire-potter-stephen-chase/

Honor Gavin // Odie ji Ghast & THF Drenching // soft architecture

Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 PM – 10 PM
Bank Street Arts, 32-40 Bank Street, S1 2DS Sheffield

enjoy your homes press presents an evening of experimental sound.


“the perfect comeback of the pop star who never was. historical fiction. tears of glitter. feels like heaven”

“caught in the grid of a decelerated alarm bent down into human hearing” ~ Chocolate Monk

“garbled sonic wanderings & electronic confusion” ~ Subruckus Collective

An evening of experiment: noise, sound, free improv, whatever it is they’re doing, it’s LIVE. Some might call it music.

Come to Bank Street Arts, grab a drink and listen to some SOUNDS.

Tickets are £2.50 + booking fee in advance / £5 on the door.

Bank Street Arts

Poet/artist collaborations at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield to coincide with the South Yorkshire Poetry Festival, including Brian Lewis and Andrew Hirst; Harriet Tarlo and Judith Tucker; Helen Tookey and Patricia Farrell. Closing Event 2pm on Saturday 30th May. The bar will be open and there’ll be short artist talks about each of the installations.