Blue Bus – Patricia Farrell, Robert Sheppard, Michael Zand

The Blue Bus is pleased to present a reading of poetry by Patricia Farrell, Robert Sheppard and Michael Zand  on Tuesday 18th August from  7.30 at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1. This is the 103rd 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.


‘Patricia Farrell is a poet and visual artist. She co-organised the SubVoicive reading series in the early 80s and was a member of the arts group New River Project.  She has collaborated with other writers, artists and musicians on a range of projects and publications: most notably the poets Robert Sheppard and Joanne Ashcroft, the jeweller and installation artist Jivan Astfalck, on the project B*twixst, and Jennifer Cobbing on the dance piece, A Space Completely Filled with Matter (recently published by Veer Publications as a visual text sequence).  Her work is published in magazines and collections, as well as individual pamphlets: most recently, Seven Bays of Spirituality (Knives Forks and Spoons Press). She completed a PhD thesis in 2011 on poetic artifice in philosophical writing. Her collection, The Zechstein Sea, was published by Shearsman Books in 2013.’

Robert Sheppard has just published Words Out of Time from KFS, his ‘autrebiographies’ and ‘unwritings’. Veer is soon to publish Unfinish, a book of varied prose pieces. And slightly later in the year, Shearsman will publish a Selected Poems of over 30 years of work. Former works include Twentieth Century Blues and Warrant Error, and he is curretly writing more ‘fictional poems’ in collaboration with other poets, in the mode of his 2013 Shearsman book, A Translated Man. See for more on that. Other projects include a big sonnet and a critical book on form. Living in Liverpool, he is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at Edge Hill University and co-runs the Storm and Golden Sky reading series.

Michael Zand is a writer, editor and researcher. He was born in Iran, but has spent most of his life in London, where he is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton. His research interests lie in alternative translations of Middle Eastern poetry, the use of psycho-geography in contemporary literature, and modern readings of the medieval notion of the “Ashik” or wandering poet. His collections include Kval (Arthur Shilling, 2009) and Lion: The Iran Poems (Shearsman, 2010). He was included in the Best Poetry of 2011anthology (Salt, 2011) and won the Roehampton Poetry Performance Prize in 2008. His  collection The Wire and Other Poems was published by Shearsman Books in 2012. Michael has participated in various collaborations with musicians and multi-media artists and read at a wide range of poetry events across Europe. Other projects include an international translation project called Lexico and a contemporary translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam entitled Ruby. In February 2013 his sequence of poems entitled “Pang” was included in an exhibition on “Poets of the Thames” at the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading, Berkshire.

Forthcoming events will include Zoë Skoulding, Ian Brinton and Stephen Watts (15th September) Carol Watts, Lucy Harvest Clarke, Tom Jenks and Juliet Troy  (20th October). David Miller, Michael Heller and Jane Augustine (17th November).

Tim Atkins and Philip Terry at The Blue Bus

The Blue Bus is pleased to present a reading by Tim Atkins and Philip Terry on Tuesday 20th January from 7.30 at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1. This is the ninety-sixth event in THE BLUE BUS series. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions).

 Philip Terry was born in Belfast, and is currently Director of Creative Writing at the University of Essex.  He is the author of the lipogrammatic novel The Book of Bachelors, and the poetry collections Oulipoems, Oulipoems 2, and Shakespeare’s Sonnets.  His translations include Raymond Queneau’s last published book of poetry, Elementary Morality. Recent publications include the novel tapestry from Reality Street (2013), and Dante’s Inferno from Carcanet Press (2014).

Tim Atkins is a widely-translated and published poet, his work having appeared in The USA, Canada, France, Mexico, Catalunya, and the UK. Titles include Horace (O Books),The World’s Furious Song Flows Through My Skirt–a play (Stoma)1000 Sonnets (if p then q), Honda Ode (Oystercatcher), Petrarch (Book Thug), and 25 Sonnets (The Figures). The Complete Petrarch — published by Crater — was a Times Literary Supplement book of the year for 2014 and was a book of the year in the American arts magazine Salon.  A recent Summer Faculty member of The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, h e is also editor of the online poetry journal onedit, and London correspondent for Lungfull poetry magazine.

The Blue Bus – James Davies, Stephen Emmerson & Cathy Weedon

The Blue Bus is pleased to present a reading by James Davies, Stephen Emmerson and Cathleen Weedon on Tuesday 19th August from 7.30 at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1. This is the ninety-first event in THE BLUE BUS series. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions).

Cathy Weedon was born in Stoke-on-Trent and moved to Luton in the 70’s. A former student of Keith Jebb, she recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Bedfordshire. In previous years she has created visual poetry. She will read a selection from her series of poems ‘1-50’.

Stephen Emmerson’s most recent publications are Telegraphic Transcriptions (Dept Press/Stranger Press), No Ideas But In Things (Dark Windows), All my Pornography (The Red Ceilings), Comfortable Knives (KFS). He also produces poetry objects which include ‘A never ending poem…(Zimzalla), ‘Albion’ (Like This Press), ‘The Last Ward’ (Very Small Kitchen), ‘Pharmacopoetics’,(Apple Pie Editions) and ‘Stephen Emmerson’s Poetry Wholes’ (If P then Q).Installations / exhibitions include: Albion, The Dark Would, Visual Poetics at the South Bank Centre, Pharmacopoetics, Farringdon Factory, and Illuminations.He also co-edits Blart Books with Lucy Harvest Clarke.More info about his work can be found here

James Davies’ poetry collections include AcronymsA Dog, Plants and most recently Two Fat Boys. Three major works are currently in progress: stackIf the die rolls 5 then I stampthe date and The Lovers – a collaborative novel with Philip Terry. For the last 6 years he has run the poetry night and website The Other Room and edited the publishing house if p then q.


The Blue Bus – Helen Calcutt, Robert Vas Dias and Sophie Herxheimer

The Blue Bus is pleased to present a reading by Helen Calcutt, Robert Vas Dias and Sophie Herxheimer on Tuesday 17th June from 7.30 at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1. This is the eighty-ninth 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.

Sophie Herxheimer is an artist and poet. She works prolifically, on large and small scale projects, across several forms.A fluency with colour, language, drawing and performance informs her practice. The Thames Festival commissioned Feast Linen (2008) a 300metre screen-printed tablecloth for several thousand diners spanning Southwark Bridge.In 2011, Radio 4’s Food Programme dedicated an episode to Sophie’s ‘Pie-Days’ project, a Margate regeneration commission. Recent publications include Ghost Hotel, Hurricane Butter and london. Residencies includeLIFT, London Printworks Trust, Transport for London. Exhibitions include The Whitworth, National Portrait Gallery, The Poetry Library.Sophie teaches and collaborates extensively.

Robert Vas Dias, an Anglo-American born and now resident in London, has published eleven collections in the UK and USA, the most recent of which are Arrivals & Departures, Shearsman 2014, London Cityscape Sijo, Perdika, 2012, and Still · Life and Other Poems of Art and Artifice, Shearsman, 2010. A broadsheet, Stalker, appeared in the p.o.w. series this year. His poetry and criticism have appeared in over 100 magazines, journals, and anthologies in both countries. A festschrift, Entailing Happiness, with contributions by 35 poets and writers, appeared in 2011. A collaborative artist’s book with Julia Farrer, Syntax of Bridges, will be published later in 2014. He was founder-director of the Aspen Writers Workshop in Colorado and General Secretary of The Poetry Society in London. He teaches for The Poetry School in London.

Helen Calcutt is a poet, dance artist and journalist. She is the author of ‘Sudden rainfall’, her first collection of poetry, published by Perdika Press in 2013. Helen’s creative and critical work has been published globally, featuring in journals such as Equinox, The London Magazine, Poetry Scotland, Fused, and the Wales Arts Review. Her new project ‘A Bodily Writing’ launches at London’s Southbank Centre this summer, and explores dance &poetry as a unified art-form. She is currently working on her second full-length collection under the working title ‘Blue Warrior’.

Blue Bus – Keith Jebb, Doug Jones & Holly Pester

The Blue Bus is pleased to present a reading by Holly Pester, Doug Jones and Keith Jebb , on Tuesday , 15th April from 7.30 at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1. This is the eighty-seventh 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.
Keith Jebb runs the Creative Course at the University of Bedfordshire and is Vice Chair of the National Association of Writers in Education.  He has been publishing in magazines since the eighties, including Reality Studios and Joe Soap’s Canoe; more recent work in Veer About and the Reality Street Book of Sonnets.  Kater Murr’s Press brought out hide white space (2006) and tonnes (2008).  Doubles as bus conductor for the Blue Bus.
Doug Jones is 45, married with children, and is currently working as a junior doctor in Norfolk. He completed an MPhil on Bill Griffiths at Kings College in London and was a regular attender at the Writers Forum workshops under Bob Cobbing. Veer Press published Posts last year.  He has also had work published recently in Zone and scabsarerats magazines.
Holly Pester is a poet and multidisciplinary writer. Her performances and sound installations have featured at international events including a British Council funded visit to Mexico City, an artist’s residency at the dOCUMENTA 13, the Text Festival in Bury, and the Serpentine Gallery Poetry Marathon. Holly Pester’s poetry collection, Hoofs, was released with if p then q press in 2011 and her next collection, Folkslop is due out with Veer Books late 2014. She is currently artist in residence at the Women’s Art Library.

Blue Bus – Elaine Randell, Robert Hampson and Joanne Ashcroft

The Blue Bus is pleased to present a reading by Elaine Randell, Robert Hampson and Joanne Ashcroft , on Tuesday 18th March, from 7.30at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1. This is the eighty-sixth 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.
Joanne Ashcroft is currently undertaking creative writing practice-led research at Edge Hill University investigating the idea of ‘multi-voice lyric’in contemporary innovative poetry. She is a member of the Poetry and Poetics Research Group at Edge Hill. She was joint winner of the inaugural Rhiannon Evans Poetry Scholarship 2010. From Parts Becoming Whole (The Knives Forks Spoons Press, 2011) is her first book of poetry. Joanne was winner of Poetry Wales Purple Moose Prize 2012, and her pamphlet Maps and Love Songs for Mina Loyis available from Seren. She teaches poetry part time at Edge Hill University.
Robert Hampson is Professor of Modern Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he teaches on the Poetic Practice pathway of the MA in Creative Writing. In the 1970s he co-edited Alembic with Peter Barry and Ken Edwards. In 2001, Stride published Assembled Fugitives: Selected Poems 1973-1998. His recent publications include a second edition of Seaport(Shearsman, 2008), an explanation of colours (Veer, 2010), and Reworked Disasters (Knives Forks and Spoons, 2013), which was long-listed for the Forward Prize (2013).
Elaine Randell was born in 1951 in south London, and has been living close to Romney Marsh, Kent for over thirty years. Living with her husband, three daughters, two English Setter dogs and a herd of rare breed sheep and other livestock, she works as a social worker and psychotherapist. Her Selected Poems represents thirty-five years of work as poet, glimpses in time, concerns, loves, gardening and other preoccupations. Her Selected Poems 1970-2005 (2006) and Faulty Mothering (2010) are both available from Shearsman.

The Blue Bus January – Paul Buck, Paul Holman and Jaime Robles

The Blue Bus is pleased to present an event featuring poetry by Paul Buck, Paul Holman and Jaime Robles, on Tuesday 7th January, from 7.30 at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1. This is the eighty-fourth 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.
Paul Buck’s first book was Pimot (1968), and whilst he holds a fondness for all his books he might note re/qui/re(qui)re (1975), Lust (1976), Violations (1979), No title (1991), Walking into Myself (1995), Lisbon (2002), Spread Wide (2006)… along with his editing of Curtains through the 1970s and various off-shoots here and abroad… and his divertissements in film, theatre and music (albums with 48 Cameras, Marc Almond, Melinda Miel…). And not to forget countless books co-translated with his wife, Catherine Petit. Recent publishing includes A Public Intimacy (BookWorks), a text that strip-searches scrapbooks to expose autobiography and more, and Performance (Omnibus), a full-length biography of the Cammell/Roeg film, itself destined to be filmed. Currently working on what purports to be a fiction written through film criticism, and editing Disappearing Curtains, a sudden final issue of his magazine, using the exhibition at Focal Point Gallery as the core of the volume. Never wishing to escape presenting others, he is editing, with Catherine Petit, a series of books, under the banner Vauxhall&Company, to appear from Cabinet Gallery, that will publish translations by Pierre Klossowski, Colette Thomas, Bernard Noël, Georges Bataille, Pierre Guyotat and others, alongside works by himself, Stephen Barber & others that inflame and ravage on the boundaries of poetry, prose and theatre.
Paul Holman is the author of The Memory of the Drift. Books I-IV are available from Shearsman. A fifth book, Tara Morgana, is currently in preparation from Scarlet Imprint (, who have also published his writing in their anthologies Datura and Mandragora. Work in progress can be found at Material relating to Invisible Books, which he operates with Bridget Penney, is online at
Jaime Robles, a poet and book artist as well as reviewer, published her most recent book of poetry, Hoard, with Shearsman Books in January 2013. She has produced many of her texts as artist books, and her bookworks are in collections at the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley; The Beinecke Library, Yale University; and the Oulipo Archive in Paris, among others. Her poetry and reviews have been published in numerous magazines, among them AgendaConjunctions, New American Writing, Shadowtrain and Stride. She has written texts for several art song cycles and librettos for two one-act operas: Inferno (music by Peter Josheff), staged in 2009 by San Francisco Cabaret Opera, and Vladimir in Butterfly Country (music by Anne Callaway), which was staged in 2012. She is a member of the poetry installation collective ExEgesis, located in Exeter, UK.
Forthcoming events will include Sharon Morris, Burt Kimmelman and Jeremy Hilton (5th February), Elaine Randell, Robert Hampson and Joanne Ashcroft (18th March), Holly Pester, Doug Jones and Keith Jebb (15th April), Alan Halsey, Frances Presley and Ken White/David Miller (13th May), and Helen Calcutt, James Davies, Lawrence Upton, Stephen Emmerson, Sarah Kelly, Juliet Troy, Robert Vas Dias and others.

The Blue Bus

The Blue Bus is pleased to present an event featuring poetry by Chris McCabe, Andrew Taylor and David Miller, with music from David Miller and Rod Boucher, on Tuesday 20th August, from 7.30 at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1. This is the eightieth event in THE BLUE BUS series. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions).

Philip Terry and Ken Edwards book launches

REALITY STREET launches two books in London next week:

PHILIP TERRY: tapestry
Taking as its starting point marginal images in the Bayeux Tapestry, which have been left largely unexplained by historians, Terry retells the story of the Norman Conquest from the point of view of the tapestry’s English embroiderers. Combining magic realism and Oulipian techniques, this is a tour de force of narrative and language.
KEN EDWARDS: Down With Beauty
A series of linked dialogues, dramatic monologues and short fictions exploring the themes of exile, the aftermath of war, paranoia, improvised music and nothingness. The collection is completed with the full text of Nostalgia for Unknown Cities, previously published separately.
Both authors will read from their books.
21st May, At the Blue Bus, 7.30pm at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1, £5/£3 conc
The books will be on sale at the special launch price of £10 each.

The Blue Bus

Tuesday 13 November, from 7.30 at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1 – admission: £5 / £3 (concessions) .

Including readings by:

  • Paul Buck
  • Brian Marley
  • Stephen Watts
  • M J Weller
  • David Miller

BLUE BUS Reading 62: Elena Rivera, Scott Thurston and Melissa Buckheit

The Blue Bus is pleased to present a poetry event featuring Melissa Buckheit, Eléna Rivera, Scott Thurston, on Tuesday 17th April, from 7.30 at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1. This is the sixty-second 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. Forthcoming events will include Marcus Slease, Lesley McKenna and Fran Lock (15th May), D S Marriott, Sarah Kelly and Robert Sheppard (19th June), and John Muckle and tba (17th July).

Melissa Buckheit is a poet, dancer, photographer, English Professor and Bodywork Therapist. She is the author of Noctilucent (Shearsman Books, 2012), Arc, a chapbook, (The Drunken Boat, 2007), and her poems, translations, photography, interviews and reviews have appeared in nth position, Blue Fifth Review, The Drunken Boat, Sinister Wisdom, Cutthroat, Bombay Gin, Pirene’s Fountain, A Trunk of Delirium, Spiral Orb, Shearsman Magazine, and Sonora Review. She translates the poet Ioulita Iliopoulou from Modern Greek, and her poetry has also been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. She holds an M.F.A. from Naropa University and a B.A. from Brandeis University. She has taught at University of Arizona, Pima College and SUVA. Melissa is the curator of Edge, a monthly reading series for emerging and younger writers at Casa Libre en la Solana in Tucson, AZ.

Scott Thurston lectures at the University of Salford where he runs a Masters in Innovative and Experimental Creative Writing. He co-runs The Other Room reading series in Manchester, edits The Radiator, a little magazine of poetics, and co-edits The Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry with Robert Sheppard. He is the author of Hold, Momentum, Internal Rhyme, and Of Being Circular.

Eléna Rivera was born in Mexico City and spent her childhood in Paris, France. She is the author of Remembrance of Things Plastic (LRL-e Editions, 2010), Mistakes, Accidents and the Want of Liberty (Barque Press, 2006), The Perforated Map (Shearsman) and translator of Secret of Breath (Burning Deck Press, 2008) poems by Isabelle Baladine Howald. She won the 2010 Robert Fagles prize for her translation of The Rest of the Voyage by Bernard Noël, which will be published by Graywolf Press in November 2011. She was also awarded a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Translation, and a 2009 Fundacíon Valparaíso Poetry Residency in Mojácar, Spain.

More here.

The Blue Bus: 20th March

The Blue Bus is pleased to present a poetry event featuring Ken Edwards and John Gibbens, with music by Ken White and David Miller, on Tuesday 20th March, from 7.30 at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1. This is the sixty-first event in THE BLUE BUS series. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions).

Ken Edwards’ books include the poetry collections Good Science (Roof Books, 1992), eight + six (Reality Street, 2003), No Public Language: Selected Poems 1975-95 (Shearsman Books, 2006), Bird Migration in the 21st Century (Spectacular Diseases, 2006), Songbook (Shearsman Books, 2009), the novel Futures (Reality Street, 1998) and the prose works Nostalgia for Unknown Cities (Reality Street, 2007) and Bardo (Knives Forks & Spoons Press, 2011). A book of short narratives, Down With Beauty, awaits publication. He has been editor/publisher of the small press Reality Street since 1993. He lives in Hastings, where he plays bass guitar and sings with The Moors, a band he co-founded with Elaine Edwards.

David Miller was born in Melbourne (Australia) in 1950, and has lived in London since 1972. His more recent publications include The Waters of Marah (Shearsman Books, 2005), The Dorothy and Benno Stories (Reality Street Editions, 2005), and In the Shop of Nothing: New and Selected Poems (Harbor Mountain Press, 2007). Spiritual Letters (Series 1-5) appeared from Chax Press in Tucson in 2011, and a double CD recording of David Miller reading this same work should be out from LARYNX (London) in time for this event. Black, Grey and White: A Book of Visual Sonnets came out from Veer Books in late 2011. He is a clarinettist who has performed solo, in duets with Ken White and others, and in The Mind Shop, and he is a member of the Frog Peak Music collective.

Ken White is a jazz guitarist from Melbourne, Australia, who has performed widely in his native country, as well as in London with David Miller, and has recorded with the vocalists Suzie Dickinson and Patsy O’Neill. He has composed and recorded music for independent films. He is also a painter, who has had many exhibitions in Australia. Kater Murr’s Press published his Drawings for Music in 2005.

John Gibbens was born in the Wirral and grew up in West Germany and West Cumbria. He’s lived in London since 1978, and currently earns his bread on ‘Fleet Street’. He won the Eric Gregory Award at the age of 21. Collected Poems appeared from Touched Press in 2000. In 2005, the title poem of the Touched Press pamphlet Sand of the Thames won the Southwark Poet of the Year competition. A narrative poem, Orpheus Ascending, set in an alternative Britain of social inequity, repression and violent disorder, appeared from Smokestack Books in March 2012 (available from The Nightingale’s Code, his acclaimed “poetic study of Bob Dylan” was published by Touched in October 2001. Covenant, a set of one-act plays which he also acted in, was produced at the Finborough Theatre in London in 1989 (with Francesca Howell, movement directed by Rosemary Lee, stage deisgn by Emma Withers). He formed The Children with Armorel Weston in the early Nineties and their first CD, Play, was released in 1999. There have been six further albums, the latest being In Memory of Grace (2011). He also plays with and the poet and clarinettist David Miller (and Armorel Weston) in The Mind Shop.

We also hope to launch two CD recordings from LARYNX at this event: Poems by Christopher Gutkind and Spiritual Letters (Series 1-5) by David Miller. There will be a brief reading by David Miller.

Forthcoming events will include Eléna Rivera, Scott Thurston and Melissa Buckheit (17th April), Marcus Slease, Lesley McKenna and Fran Lock (15th May) and D S Marriott and Robert Sheppard (19th June).

SJ Fowler book launch at the Blue Bus

Red Museum with Knives, Forks & Spoons press

April Tuesday 19th 7.30pm
at The Lamb, 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1N 3LZ<

'A tremendous and persuasive surge of the red and the black: conflicted doctrines, scorched paper. Gothic scripts and plague-year screenplays for an apocalyptic cinema. Death chess. Heretical crusades. Hurt flesh. Fire angels. Madness. A grimoire for a haunted river-city. The poetry lies in the interpretation of malfated woodcuts. It is sinewy, knotted, persistent. And true.'

Iain Sinclair

also to be released, the chapbooks:

Fights XIX: Johnny Tapia with Oystercatcher press

Fights XX: the Songs of Salvador Sánchez with the Red Ceilings press