Edmund Hardy: a preview

Edmund Hardy will read at the next Other Room on Wednesday 21st February at The Castle Hotel, Oldham St., Manchester. Here he is with Camilla Nelson at last year’s Museum of Futures exhibition opening. The other readers are Jazmine Linklater and Calum Gardner. 7 PM start, free, as always.

Edmund Hardy is a poet and polemicist. His book Complex Crosses (2014) is an experimental work of philology and philosophy. He’s currently working on a novel called Motley Apostles.

Exploding Human Language: Camilla Nelson

Sunday 21st August, 10:00–13:00. Unit 12 The Long Shop, Merton Abbey MIlls, London, SW19 2RD.

This workshop breaks down language-making into three components: sound, movement and mark-making. These components are used as prompts for an embodied encounter with a tree: how do we understand a tree through sound, movement and mark-making?

Not me and the landscape, but a kind of oneness (Maitland 2009)

This workshop offers a series of embodied and perceptually attentive interactions with a tree in order to discover how it is that marks, movements and sounds are made by and with a tree. Each participant will be encouraged to engage their full body and all of their senses in this exploration and to use these findings to devise a short language performance to share with the group (as you wish). The aim of the workshop is to use this creative exploration as a practical stimulus for discussion of what it might mean to make a language that emerges between organisms rather than viewing human language as something that emerges in isolation.

Duration: 3hrs
Participants: up to 10
Other requirements: Mobility is required either by wheels or on foot. We will be going out and about to Morden Hall Park and along the river Wandle, so wear comfortable footwear. Some experience of writing and/or performance would be beneficial – although all are welcome.

This workshop is Part 1 in a series of two workshop, Part 2 follows in the afternoon. They may be booked seperately or together. See Part 2 here:https://www.facebook.com/events/479604888910147/

Adults (16+) £16, Students £14


About Camilla Nelson

Camilla Nelson is a poet, artist and researcher, currently based in Somerset. She successfully completed a PhD in Reading and Writing with a Tree: Practising ‘Nature Writing’ as Enquiry, at Falmouth University. Her text work has been featured in Amy Cutler’s exhibition Time, the deer, is in the wood of Hallaig (London, 2013) and Karen Pearson’s outdoor exhibition in Yarner Wood, Assemblage (Dartmoor, 2012). As well as appearing in several magazines and journals, her poems have been anthologised in The Apple Anthology (Nine Arches) and Dear World & Everyone In It (Bloodaxe)


About Object Book

Object Book is an alternative book makery and book arts studio, in residency at Merton Abbey Mills, run by artist Chloe Spicer with support from The Wandle Studio Prize (UAL Wimbledon College of Art and Office Estates Ltd).

This workshop is one of many bookish workshops, screenings and events scheduled over 2016.

Twitter: @Object_Book @ChloeSpicerArt


Accessibility: Object Book is a ground floor wheelchair accessible studio (1 table space) with disabled parking spaces. Run by a dyspraxic artist, Object Book is committed to accessibility for the book, please contact book@objectbook.org to discuss any needs/adjustments.

South West Poetry Tour – films

The South West Poetry Tour was a groundbreaking collaborative poetry initiative bringing together over 70 poets connected to the region moving through Cornwall (St Ives & Falmouth), Devon (Dartington) and Somerset (Bruton & Bath) in August 2016. As well as core touring poets JR Carpenter, John Hall, Matti Spence, Annabel Banks, Camilla Nelson and SJ Fowler, the project featured many dozens of well-known poets of south westerly counties and an open call for participation. Films are now online here, including the above featuring Other Room readers Tony Lopez and Elizabeth-Jane Burnett.

The South West Poetry Tour

The South West Poetry Tour runs through Cornwall, Devon and Somerset from 1st-7th August 2016, curated by Camilla Nelson and SJ Fowler. Over the course of 5 evenings 70 established and emerging poets from across the southwest perform 50 new language works in 50 collaborative pairs. Beyond producing some wonderful, energised and innovative nights of collaborative poetry, the aim of the tour is to forge creative links between poets, artists, arts organisations and audiences locally and regionally. The 6 core touring poets are JR Carpenter, John Hall, Matti Spence, Annabel Banks, Camilla Nelson and SJ Fowler.

The first event is Mon 1st August7pm : Tate St Ives
Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. Barnoon Hill, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1AD : Free with entry to the museum £6/£5 – limited places
Booking: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/barbara-hepworth-museum-and-sculpture-garden/special-event/south-west-poetry-tour or +44 (0)1736 796 226

For full details and more information about the rest of the tour, visit http://www.theenemiesproject.com/southwest


The South West Poetry Tour: Call for Poets

The Enemies Project, in partnership with Singing Apple Press, presents a brand new collaborative poetry initiative across South West England. The proposed South West Poetry Tour will take place in the first week of August 2016. It will include 6 nights of collaborative poetic performance from poets across the region, moving through Cornwall (St Ives & Falmouth), Devon (Dartington), Dorset (Lyme Regis) and Somerset (Bruton & Bath).

Poets local to the area are asked to produce new language works, in pairs, for performance each night. This innovative and exciting model of new writing has been pioneered by The Enemies Project across the UK and the world, with over 600 poets in 21 countries participating so farwww.theenemiesproject.com Beyond producing some wonderful nights of collaborative poetry, the aim of the tour is to forge creative links between poets, artists, arts organisations and audiences locally and regionally.
This is an open call for poets, local to any of the above areas, to be involved in the project. Over 100 poets will participate in the tour. The only requirement will be that you work with an assigned collaborator to produce a poem or language-based performance (experimentation is welcome), lasting no more than 5 minutes, at the venue most local to you.

Please send two poems or pieces of language art (links or attachments – pdfs rather than word docs are preferred), your address and a short bio to info@singingapplepress.com The work you send can be in any form and experimental or avant-garde poetry is encouraged. Our aim is to be inclusive.

The provisional schedule is:

St Ives 1st August
Falmouth 2nd August
Dartington 3rd August
Lyme Regis 5th August
Bruton 7th August
Bath 8th August

NB these dates may be subject to change. Deadline for applications 31st May 2016.

The South West Poetry Tour is curated by Camilla Nelson and SJ Fowler and supported by Arts Council England, Tate St Ives, Falmouth University, Schumacher College, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, The Clearing, Trail Mix, SoundArt Radio and Francis Boutle Publishers.

More at the Enemies site.


Please join us at the next Cardiff Poetry Experiment on Friday, 30th of October.

Doors open at 7pm, readings promptly at 7:30pm, with free admission
accompanied by tea, cake and discussions

At the Waterloo Teahouse, Wyndham Arcade, Cardiff City Centre, CF10 1FH (enter opposite Central Library)


Cole Swensen is the author of fifteen volumes of poetry, most recently Landscapes on a Train (Nightboat Books, 2015) and Gravesend (U. of California Press, 2012), and a volume of essays, Noise That Stays Noise (U. of Michigan Press, 2011). She co-edited the 2009 Norton anthology American Hybrid and was guest editor of the 2014 Best American Experimental Writing from Omnidawn Press. A translator of contemporary French poetry, prose, and art criticism, she is the founding editor of La Presse Books (www.lapressepoetry.com), which specializes in contemporary experimental French writing translated by English-language poets. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN USA Award for Literary Translation, the Iowa Poetry Prize, and the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award, among others. She divides her time between Paris and Providence, Rhode Island in the U.S., where she teaches at Brown University.

David Greenslade is a reluctant surrealist and isn’t sure why.  Recent books include Rarely Pretty Reasonable – made with thirty visual artists – and Free Style, a collaborative translation of Czech surreal poet Josef Janda. His work has a theatrical dimension and has been broadcast on television.

Camilla Nelson is a poet, text-artist, researcher and collaborator across a range of disciplines. She is poetry editor for The Goose and founding editor of Singing Apple Press. Her first full collection Apples & Other Languages was long-listed for the 2015 Melita Hume Poetry Prize and is due to be published by Knives Forks and Spoons Press in May 2016.

Cardiff Poetry Experiment is supported by Cardiff University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy.