Forrest Gander in conversation, with Oscar Martín Centeno

Wed, 25 Nov 2015, 6.30 PM – 7.30 PM at the Bluecoat, Liverpool. Free, booking required.

Writer and translator Forrest Gander is concerned largely with the way the self is revised and translated in encounters with the foreign. His book Core Samples From the World was a finalist for The Pulitzer Prize. Recent translations include Watchword by Pura López Colomé and, with Kyoko YoshidaSpectacle & Pigsty by Kiwao Nomura, winner of the Best Translated Book Award in 2012. In conjunction with the University of Liverpool Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, and supported by HLC.

The Centre for New and International Writing presents: Miriam Allott Visiting Writers Series 2015
Óscar Martín Centeno & Forrest Gander

Forrest Gander

Forrest Gander is an American poet, essayist, novelist, critic, and translator.

Born in the Mojave Desert, he grew up in Virginia and travelled intensively; he has degrees in geology, a subject referenced frequently in both his poems and essays, and in English literature. His work has been linked to ecopoetics, ecology, and intersubjectivity. A writer in multiple genres, Gander is noted for his many collaborations with other artists. He is a United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow and the recipient of fellowships from the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, The Whiting Foundation, and the Howard Foundation. Currently, he is the Adele Kellenberg Seaver Professor of Literary Arts and Comparative Literatures at Brown University in Rhode Island.

Óscar Martín Centeno

Óscar Martín Centeno holds a degree in History and Music Sciences by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. In 2006 he received the prize “Premio Internacional Florentino Pérez-Embid” by Real Academia Sevillana de Buenas Letras for his first book Espejos enfrentados, published by Rialp publishing house in the collection Adonais. In 2007 he received the prize “Premio Nacional Nicolás del Hierro” for his second book Las cántigas del diablo, published the same year. In 2007 he obtained the prize “Premio Internacional Paul Beckett” for his third book Sucio tango del alma, published in 2008 by la Fundación Valparaíso. He has published two teaching manuals: Manual de creación literaria en la era de Internet (2009) and Animación a la lectura mediante las nuevas tecnologías (2010).

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Robert Sheppard at the Bluecoat, Liverpool

Sunday 16 October 5.30 – 6.30pm

Part of the radical literary avant-garde sometimes called ‘linguistically innovative’, Sheppard combines subtle effects of language and tone with a variety of performance styles, from the direct and quick-fire to the musical. His most recent books are Warrant Error, a verbal intervention into the War on Terror and Berlin Bursts, which contains poems that explore one of his persistent themes of human unfinish. Anthologised in the OUP Anthology of Twentieth Century British and Irish Poetry he is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at Edge Hill University.

Robert says, ‘What I’m planning to do for this reading, which is an important one for me, is to plug into the Bluecoat’s theme of ‘city of radicals” by reading some poems about Liverpool, some poems that I hope are radical in form, and others that are radical in content. While I will read from Berlin Bursts, my 2011 book, I am also going to read from other books and from recent, unpublished work, including a new radical poetry manifesto. This last piece was specially written for the occasion. Reading something new always makes me a little edgy, but that’s good. When I’ve finished I’ll be answering questions, signing books and having a drink.’

Free, ticket required. The best way to book is by phone or via the web.

Book at or 0151 702 5324 School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX (which is also the venue).

Colin Watts / Judy Kendall / Ade Jackson

Thursday 22 September 7.30-9.30pm
The Bluecoat, School Lane. Liverpool, L1 3BX
Come to a sparkling evening of poetry from two of the North West’s most outstanding poets.
Colin Watts reads from his latest collection Taking Down The Tree House (Headland, 2011), exploring real and imaginary worlds.
Judy Kendall’s poetry explores the intimate connections between physical, visual and interior worlds. Her most recent collection is Joy Change (Cinnamon, 2010).
Music by our resident musician Ade Jackson.
Admission £3/£2
The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX
0151 702 5324

Liverpool Poetry Cafe – supported by Arts Council England and The National Lottery

Shad Thames, Broken Wharf

Shad Thames, Broken Wharf

by Chris McCabe

Saturday 4 December 2010, 8pm
Tickets £5

The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX

Tickets and Information     0151 702 5324

Spanning centuries of changes across London’s Docklands, this multimedia ‘play of voices’ by poet Chris McCabe eavesdrops on a conversation between Echo, a middle-aged woman who has lived her life in the area, and Blaise, a northerner who finds resonances with the more familiar docks at Liverpool. Breaking into the dialogue, The Restructure is a sinister, all-knowing Public Service Announcement with ‘advice’ to share with anyone who’ll listen…

With accompanying tipsy folk melodies from Bleeding Heart Narrative’s Bartokian piano, strings, synths and sample set, and film from Jack Wake-Walker, Shad Thames, Broken Wharf resonates with what the docks might mean.

“a multiple narrative of various timescapes, set in a constantly evolving Docklands” –

“an elegy, an urban bucolic around the river and its Eastern banks” – Culture Wars

A London Word Festival Commission

If Only..! Robert Sheppard and others at The Bluecoat


Wed 9 June 8pm Free!

Bluecoat Arts Centre, School Lane, Liverpool

The LAUNCH of Liverpool’s monthly melting pot of music, performance, dance, spoken word and the otherwise unclassifiable. If Only..!’s eclectic bills are brought to you by a group of Liverpool-based artists, curators and promoters in the spirit of celebration, exploration, provocation and revelation..!

Trinity Girls Brass Band [music]

The nation’s only all female brass band in virtuoso concert

Steve Lewis [music]

Original songs created from Lewis’s signature combination of voice, unexpected texts, bric-a-brac percussion and live sampling

Robert Sheppard [spoken word]

Sheppard performs new work exploring the poetics of space and launches Looking Thru’ a Hole in the Wall, a collaborative pamphlet created with Patricia Farrell

Maria Malone and Chris Murray Cover [dance/physical theatre] A duet between a girl and her bedclothes exploring the lands where addiction and dependence can lead.

Original concept by Marcus Drummond

Choreography and performance, Maria Malone and Christopher Murray with directorial input from Yorgos Karamalegos

LIC Studio and associate artists [dance/performance/music] Some of Liverpool’s finest improvisers and performers create a multi-disciplinary performance score

MC: Mandy Romero