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.

Camarade 61

7pm – Free Entry – Apiary Studios: 460 Hackney Rd, E2 9EG.
A stand alone Camarade poetry event in London to mark the beginning of 2016, the 61st event of it’s type curated by the Enemies project. Featuring: 
Tim Atkins & JJ Mars
Lavinia Singer & Ella Frears
John Canfield & Joe Turrent
Simone Gilson & Claudia Juhre
Liddy Gilbert & James Caley
Maren Nygard & Eley Williams
Sarah Kelly & Iris Colomb
Prudence Chamberlain & SJ Fowler
Farhana Khatun & Freya Harwood Bond
Molly Bergin & Megan Haycock
Olga Kolesnikova & Richard Scott
Susie Campbell & Mike West
Keely Laufer & Emma Mackilligin
Julia Lewis & Annabel Banks
Clover Peake & Giovanna Coppola

Liverpool Camarade

7.30pm, Wednesday 18th February
Upstairs at the Fly in the Loaf

13 Hardman Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 9AS

Free Entry
Pairings to include…

Tom Jenks & SJ Fowler (launching 1000 Proverbs)

Robert Sheppard & The European Union of Imaginary Authors

Scott Thurston & Steve Boyland

James Byrne & Sandeep Parmar

Patricia Farrell & Joanne Ashcroft

Steve Van Hagen & Michael Egan

Lindsey Holland & Andrew Oldham

Elio Lomas & Luke Thurogood

Hosts: SJ Fowler Fowler and James Byrne

New McCabe/Jenks collaboration

In advance of the flasher

The sixth collaboration between Chris McCabe and Tom Jenks is inspired by Marcel Duchamp and can be found here. As with the previous five, this collaboration is for SJ Fowler’s Camarade project. Selections from it will be presented at the Camarade event at the Rich Mix in Bethnal Green, London on 25th October.


October 26th 2013 , 2pm to 10pm ​​at the Rich Mix arts centre, Bethnal Green, London.

The Camarade poetry festival is a unique and unforgettable one day explosion of dynamic collaboration in contemporary avant garde and literary poetics. 100 poets align in 50 pairs, each writing an original collaborative work, written specifically for the festival and premiered on the day. The 5th Camarade event, and the crescendo of the Enemies project’s first year, this ambitious exploration of the possibilities of collaboration in poetry will evidence the true width and depth of poetry that is happening now.

2pm – Session 1

Jeff Hilson & Fabian MacPherson
David Berridge & Mary Paterson
Chrissy Williams & Nia Davies
Ben Stainton & Nathan Hamilton
Giles Goodland & Alistair Noon
Sarah Crewe & Jo Langdon
Marek Kazmierski &Wioletta Grzegorzewska
Matt Dalby & Steven Waling
Tom Chivers & Ross Sutherland
/ 3.30pm – Session 2
Marcus Slease & Claire Potter
Rhy Trimble & Harry Gilonis
Bea Colley & Francine Elena
Ekaterina Paronian & Sophie Mayer
Pascal O’Laughlin & Scott Thurston
Joel Shea & Ricardo Marques
Mendoza & Nat Raha
Andy Spragg & Joe Kennedy
Robert Sheppard & Robert Hampson
/ 5pm – Session 3
Ahren Warner & Mark Waldron
Matthew Gregory & Robert Herbert
​Julia Bird & ​Sarah Hesketh
Becky Cremin & Ryan Ormonde
Stephen Watts & Will Rowe
Zoe Skoulding & Ondrej Buddeus
Kirsty Irving & Jon Stone
Nathan Jones & Sam Skinner
Oli Hazzard & Caleb Klaces
/ 7.30pm – Session 4
Carol Watts & George Szirtes
Tim Atkins & Jessica Pujol I Duran
Ryan Van Winkle & William Letford
Jack Underwood & Alex MacDonald
Joanna Rzadkowska & Kristen Kreider
Stephen Connolly & Emily Hasler
Sophie Collins & Rachael Allen
Deborah Pearson & Tamarin Norwood
Sarah Kelly & Gabriele Lebanauskaite
/ 9pm – Session 5
Holly Pester & Emma Bennett
Sam Riviere & Joe Dunthorne
Ollie Evans & Robert Kiely
Christodoulos Makris & Kim Campanello
Reza Mohammedi & Ana Seferovic
James Davies & Philip Terry
James Byrne & Sandeep Parmar
Chris McCabe & Tom Jenks

Maintenant Camarade in Bristol

Avant garde poetry lends itself to collaboration as language does conversation. This Bristol edition of the Camarade series (previously at London’s Rich Mix and Manchester’s Cornerhouse venues) brings together pairs of formidable and innovative literary poets and art writers to create original, dynamic works for performance. Featuring brand new experiments in form from seven pairings of poets.

James Wilkes & David Berridge
Jeff Hilson & Marcus Slease
Mark Waldron & Tim Atkins
Patrick Coyle & SJ Fowler
Holly Pester & Emma Bennett
Daniel Rourke & Claire Potter
Chris McCabe & Tom Jenks

This is the 6th in the Camarade series and comes with the sub-heading ‘Enemies of the South’ – part of the Enemies project which is supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Arts Council England. More here.

Camarade IV

Films from SJ Fowler’s Camarade IV event at the Rich Mix, Bethnal Green London. Above is the collaboration between James Wilkes and Christodoulos Makris. Full list below.


Carol Watts & George Szirtes
Holly Pester & Daniel Rourke
Astrid Alben & Sophie Mayer
Ryan Van Winkle & Kirsty Irving
Marek Kazmierski & Stephen Watts
Lucy Harvest Clarke & Stephen Emmerson
James Wilkes & Christodoulos Makris
Roddy Lumsden & Carrie Etter
Daniel Barrow & Ollie Evans

Ubu Roi, I Boris

I Boris

Chris McCabe and Tom Jenks’ fourth collaboration is Ubu Roi, I Boris an adaptation of the 1951 Gaberbocchus edition of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi,  illustrated by Franciszka Themerson.  You can catch up with the text so far, featuring, amongst others, Dale Winton, Ant & Dec, Peter Mandleson and William Hague in a bespoke sausage suit at the website.

The collaboration is part of SJ Fowler’s Camarade project and will be performed in some shape or form at the next Camarade event on 9th February at the Rich Mix in London.

Seaside Special

Seaside Special, a set of 31 literary postcards by Tom Jenks and Chris McCabe with an all star cast including John Betjeman, Allen Ginsberg and an unfeasibly large sausage, is now available for £10 plus £2.50 post and packaging in the UK and £5.00 post and packaging elsewhere. To view the project online and buy a set, go here. Just the thing for a donkey ride with a maiden aunt.