European Poetry Festival : Camarade

Saturday April 7th 7.30pm at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA. Free entrance.

32 poets in 16 pairs presenting brand new collaborations of literary performance, made especially for the night. The grand event of European Poetry Festival, formerly European Poetry Night. Featuring:

Livia Franchini & Rike Scheffler
Christodoulos Makris & Frederic Forte
Kinga Toth & Simon Pomery
Erik Lindner & Harry Man
Max Hofler & SJ Fowler
Robert Prosser & Alessandro Burbank
Theodoros Chiotis & Sergej Timofejev
Tomas Pridal & Iris Colomb
Astra Papachristodoulou & Muanis Sinanovic
Damir Sodan & Martin Solotruk
Giedrė Kazlauskaitė & Simona Nastac
Aušra Kaziliūnaitė & Serena Braida
Jen Calleja & Daniel Falb
Hannah van Binsbergen & Nina Bajsic
Marius Burokas & Tatiana Faia
Daniela Chana & Ana Seferovic

Full details here.

The University Camarade

The University Camarade III
February Saturday 10th 2018 – 7.30pm – Free Entrance
Venue 2 : Rich Mix Arts Centre (35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA) University Camarade is an initiative that asks writing students from different Universities across the UK to collaborate on short new works of poetry or text, for performance. It is an opportunity for young writers to expand their practise, knowledge and networks, and the project takes a stand against purported factionalism in higher education. The innovative collaborative methodology also allows students to include experimentation early in their writing careers, and perform to a large audience.

The Uni Camarade III is supported by Kingston University, Edge Hill University, Glasgow University and York St John. It is curated by SJ Fowler as a Writers’ Centre Kingston project.

The Poetry School Camarade

There are still a few places left on this weekend collaborative poetry course in association with the Poetry School, led by SJ Fowler at London’s Rich Mix. In addition to two full days of collaborative poetry and poetics, all participants will have the opportunity to perform their work at the Rich Mix on Sunday evening. The course runs Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 July, 1pm – 6pm, plus 7.30 pm performance on Sunday.

The Poetry School Camarade

Weekend course on collaboration.

Venue: Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA
Date: Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 July
Time: 1 – 6pm, plus 7.30pm performance on Sunday
Level: open to all

Camarade readings are the primary collaborative poetry events of the Enemies project, and have taken place 21 countries with over 150 events with over 500 poets and artists since 2012.

The Poetry School Camarade – Sunday July 17th
Venue 1: Rich Mix Arts Centre – 7.30pm – Free Entrance
Alex MacDonald & Mark Waldron / Tamar Yoseloff & Alison Gill / John Canfield & Joe Turrent / Rishi Dastidar & Ali Lewis / Ella Frears & Lavinia Singer / SJ Fowler and more.

Saturday’s July 16th 2016 workshop
1pm – Introduction to the possible methods of collaboration in poetry and text.
2.30pm – Facilitated group writing exercises and practise performances.
3.30pm – Facilitated breakout sessions for collaborations in pairs.
5pm – Group discussion on the process, final pairs confirmed and feedback.

Featuring a discussion of the philosophies behind collaborative writing, the diffusion of the poet’s identity in collaboration and the consequences of that for solo writing. Extended explorations of the notion of the reading versus the performance, group writing, conceptual writing, constraint writing, improvisation and more literary methods like line-to-line and stanza-to-stanza. Features both talks, discussions and exercises.

Sunday’s July 17th workshop
1pm – The history of collaboration in poetry featuring source materials provided to the participants, covering a selection of salient examples from 20th century poetry, including movements like the Surrealists, CoBrA, The Beats and assorted examples from the likes of Ian Hamilton Finlay and John Furnival, Ron King and Roy Fisher, Anne Waldman and Joe Brainard.
2.30pm – An analysis of a host of collaborative performances from The Enemies Project video archive with footage screening and discussion.
4pm – Facilitated rehearsal of group collaborations and final paired works, with feedback.

More here.

The Rich Mix Anniversary Camarade

May 2nd, 6pm, at Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA. Free.

To celebrate the ten year anniversary of Rich Mix a special celebratory Camarade event will bring together some of the best known pairs from the series, all of whom had their debut at Rich Mix, alongside some brand new commissioned pairs of young and established poets, invited especially for the night. Featuring:

Sandeep Parmar & James Byrne
Carol Watts & George Szirtes
Mark Waldron & Rebecca Perry
Prudence Chamberlain & Eley Williams
Giovanna Coppola & Clover Peake
Mischa Foster Poole & Chrissy Williams
Julia Lewis & Harry Man
Tasimbaradzwa Kanyangarara & Susie Campbell
Rachel Long & Elizabeth-Jane Burnett
Farhana Khatun & Francine Elena
Kathryn Maris & Amy Key
SJ Fowler & more.

The Essex Camarade

At the Essex Book Festival – March Sunday 20th 2016, First Site Gallery – 1pm to 3.30pm – Free Entrance

The Essex Camarade will see a series of brand new collaborations written by poets in pairs, from the Essex area or attending the festival especially, featuring:

Anna Townley & Lawrence Bradby
Simon Everett & Ben Shillito
Matthew Sheppard & James Tague
Justin Hopper & Lucy Greeves
SJ Fowler & David Berridge
Mark Waldron & Rebecca Perry
Carole Webster & Emma Kittle Pey
Vicki Weitz & Isabella Martin
Tim Atkins & Jeff Hilson
James Davies & Philip Terry

As part of the Camarade, SJ Fowler & David Berridge will also be launching their collaborative poetry collection 40 Feet, published by Knives Forks and Spoons press. More here.

The University Camarade

Saturday 23rd April , 7.30pm: Venue Two, Rich Mix Arts Centre, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London, E1 6LA.

In a unique collaborative poetry event, the University Camarade will present over 10 new collaborative works, premiered on the night, written by pairs of young poets, all of whom are undertaking study in Creative Writing departments at five different UK Universities.

University of Kingston, Glasgow, Edge Hill, York St John and East Anglia will come together, each represented by 4 students. With participants made up purely of the student body and not staff, the collaborations will take place across institutions. The University Camarade aims to bring together the future poets and writers in the UK and show cross institution collaboration as a valuable way of building a community of writers.

For more information, including a list of participants, see here.