The Globe Road Poetry Festival, 13-15 November

The QMUL Centre for Poetry is thrilled to invite you to a three-day world poetry festival, celebrating the diversity of local and global poetic traditions in London’s East End, to be held at Queen Mary University of London, 13-15 November 2015.

Performers include Linton Kwesi Johnson, Daljit Nagra, M. NourbeSe Philip, Myung Mi Kim, Kaiser Haq, Caroline Bergvall, Samira Negrouche, Agnes Agboton, Anthony Joseph, Avaes Mohammed, Siddhartha Bose, Aisling Fahey, Pangaea Poetry, Ladies of the Press, Ross Sutherland, Theo Chiotis, Hannah Silva, Andra Simons, Shama Rahman, Miriam Nash, Michael Vidon, Gareth Evans, and Elaine Mitchener.

Programme and booking information on the QMUL Centre for Poetry website:  Almost all events are free but booking is essential.

Syndrome 2.3: Caroline Bergvall – Drift

adv. £5 / £6/7 on door
8pm // TUESDAY 7th OCT
24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool

Drift takes you on a journey through time and space, where languages mix, where the ancient cohabits with the present.

Internationally renowned writer and performer Caroline Bergvall teams up with the Norwegian percussionist Ingar Zach, Swiss visual artist and programmer Thomas Köppel and Swiss dramaturge Michel Pralong for this unique and extraordinary performance concert. Using live voice, live percussion and 3D text treatments, they create a dense, moveable and abstract universe of drifting, shifting, sounding language mass. An intensely hypnotic work.

Drift invents a language of connections and of extremes: from Anglo-Saxon and ancient Nordic seafaring literature to rare pop songs to human rights reports of contemporary sea migrants’ disaster. A complex and haunting meditation on sea travel, exile and history. A contemporary elegy.

Inspired by the anonymous Anglo-Saxon poem The Seafarer, Drift was originally commissioned for the festival lost.last.gru by Grü/Transtheatre, Geneva. It recently opened Shorelines Festival of the Sea, Southend-on-Sea, to great acclaim.

Thank heaven for Caroline Bergvall, an artist and poet pushing the boundaries of language in a blogged-up and twittering world.
– The Guardian

This is a truly international show and the premiere of DRIFT in the UK – make sure you can say that you were there!
– Rachel Lichtenstein, writer and curator of Shorelines

More here.

Caroline Bergvall: Drift @ Southbank Centre

Caroline Bergvall brings her extraordinary new collaborative work DRIFT to London’s Southbank Centre (Purcell Room) as part of Poetry International. 17th July, 18:00 start.

Presented by Penned in the Margins with Sound and Music

Drift takes you on a journey through time and space, where languages mix, where live percussion meets live voice, where the ancient cohabits with the present. Ancient tales of exile and love re-emerge to shadow today’s lives and losses.

Internationally renowned performer Caroline Bergvall teams up with experimental Norwegian percussionist Ingar Zach and Swiss visual artist Thomas Köppel and together they invent a language of extremes: from the ancient pool of English and Nordic poetry to the lyrics of pop songs and damning human rights reports into contemporary sea migrants’ disaster. The 3D treatment of the texts by Köppel transforms the narrative into a dense, abstract canvas of drifting language mass, enhancing the hypnotic quality of the work. It also acts as a reminder of the endless changes undergone by the English language in its many histories.

Drift was originally commissioned for the festival lost.las.gru by Gru/Transtheatre, Geneva.


Tour details:

The Text Festivals: Language Art and Material Poetry


The Text Festivals: Language Art and Material Poetry edited by Tony Lopez

It is a remarkable phenomenon that the foremost among recent sites of this interrogation of boundaries has been a series of festivals located in Bury, on the outskirts of Greater Manchester. World leading artists and poets have been brought together in a range of exhibitions and performances that demonstrate a new and productive collision of different cultural enterprises and expectations. Among those shown at the Text Festivals are Fiona Banner, derek beaulieu, Caroline Bergvall, Joseph Beuys, Christian Bok, Brass Art, Marcel Broodthaers, Pavel Buchler, Augusto de Campos, Zeynep Cansu, Henri Chopin, Bob Cobbing, Liz Collini, Philip Davenport, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Hamish Fulton, Eugen Gomringer, Robert Grenier, Alan Halsey, Alexander Jorgenson, Satu Kaikonen, Martin Kippenburger, Karri Kokko, Marton Koppany, On Kawara, Helmut Lemke, Richard Long, Tony Lopez, Jackson Mac Low, Hansjorg Mayer, Steve Miller, Kerry Morrison, Maurizio Nannucci, Patrick Fabian Panetta, Holly Pester, Tom Philips, Shaun Pickard, Kate Pickering, Hester Reeve (HRH.the), Spencer Roberts, Ed Ruscha, Ron Silliman, Mary Ellen Solt, Magda Stawarska-Beavan, Harald Stoffers, Carolyn Thompson, Nick Thurston, Aysegul Tozeren, TNWK, Tony Trehy, Nico Vasilakis, Carol Watts, Lawrence Weiner, George Widener, Ming Wong, and Eric Zboya. Artists, poets and curators working in these overlapping fields have written this book. It includes new essays by Tony Trehy (director of the Text Festivals), derek beaulieu, Christian Bok, Liz Collini, James Davies, Philip Davenport, Robert Grenier, Alan Halsey, Tony Lopez, Holly Pester, Hester Reeve (HRH.the), Carolyn Thompson, and Carol Watts.

OUT NOW from Plymouth University Press or via Amazon

THE DARK WOULD language art anthology

THE DARK WOULD language art anthology
Launch at Whitechapel Gallery 11April, 7.30-9 pm
£4/3 (concs)

Join us in the Whitechapel Gallery, London, for the launch of a pioneering anthology of text artists and poets, with talks/readings by artist Simon Patterson and poets Caroline Bergvall and Tony Lopez.

THE DARK WOULD gathers work by over 100 contributors including some of the most noted artists and poets alive today: Richard Long, Jenny Holzer, Fiona Banner, Maggie O’ Sullivan, Tacita Dean, Tom Phillips, Tom Raworth, Nja Mahdaoui, Lawrence Weiner, Susan Hiller, Tsang Kin-Wah, Charles Bernstein and many, many more.

This is a moment in time when poets and many artists share the same primary material: language. Conceptual art, vispo, text art, outsider art, conceptual poetry, flarf, concrete poetry, live art, L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, sound scores… THE DARK WOULD is a compelling document of now, alchemising text into art into text.

To order tickets go here.

THE DARK WOULD comes in two volumes, one paper and one virtual, sold both together for £29.99, published by Apple Pie Editions.

Scott Thurston:Talking Poetics— Dialogues in Innovative Poetry

This is a book of full-length interviews with the poets Karen Mac Cormack, Jennifer Moxley, Caroline Bergvall and Andrea Brady carried out between 2008 and 2009 in the UK and USA by Scott Thurston. During the course of these conversations, the poets explore a huge range of topics likely to interest anyone concerned with the state of innovative poetry today. Each interview considers the complete oeuvre of each writer and includes detailed engagements with selected texts as well as unfolding themes such as the role of innovation, the politics of poetry and reflections on lyric and autobiography. Each interview is footnoted and there is an extensive bibliography. Out now on Shearsman.

Ghost Cargo – a “sky writing” project over Leeds, by Caroline Bergvall

Tuesday, June 21 · 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Be part of an incredible art event, taking place right across Leeds:

At midday on the 2011 summer solstice, Tuesday, 21 June 2011, the skies above and around Leeds city centre will play host to a unique ‘sky writing’ project conceived by internationally renowned artist and writer, Caroline Bergvall, and delivered as a part of the 20th annual Refugee Week celebrations. As part of the project, the artist is inviting people right across Leeds to pick up their phones and video cameras, film the artwork as it passes overhead, and upload their footage to this Event page.

All the footage collected will be edited together into a film for presentation at Leeds Art Gallery later this year.

‘Ghost Cargo’ will fly for 90 minutes across the Yorkshire landscape, reaching Leeds city centre at midday. We are inviting everyone with access to a video camera or video enabled phone to get involved by filming Ghost Cargo as it passes overhead, and to upload their footage to this Event page (if you can add a comment under your video submission, with details of where you filmed from – an address or postcode – that would be great!)

The project is being delivered in partnership with Leeds Art Gallery and Writing Encounters, an initiative that supports writers and artists who work with text.

More information about the project can be found here:

Revolutions in Form #3

Caroline Bergvall / Ross Sutherland / Laura Dockril / Hannah Silva

The third in Mercy’s occasional series of language-in-performance events returns to its roots with four of the top practitioners of innovative poetry in performance – seeing out the Bluecoat’s Chapter and Verse Literature Festival.

at the Bluecoat
Sunday 17th October, 9.30 – 11.00


Caroline Bergvall- 2 events

Speaking Out: The Spoken Word in Artistic Practice

Saturday 6 February 2010, 10.30–17.30

This symposium focuses on the use of the spoken word in artistic practice and its manifestations in sonic and audiovisual art works. Taking the lead from the recently published anthology of works Playing with Words: The Spoken Word in Artistic Practice, this event encompasses performances, talks and conversations by artists and researchers who employ spoken words as their material and inspiration.
Contributors include Tomomi Adachi, Caroline Bergvall, David Toop, Imogen Stidworthy, Brandon LaBelle, Oswaldo Macià and Trevor Wishart.
In collaboration with CRISAP, Creative Research into Sound Art Practice, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London
Tate Modern  Starr Auditorium
£25 (£15 concessions), booking recommended

Sina Queyras:
Caroline Bergvall’s Lingual Scultpures
Lively posting on a few of Caroline Bergvall’s  pieces by Canadian poet Sina Queyras on the Poetry Foundation’s widely read blog, Harriet.
Includes a sound file.
Posted on 26 January 2010.
To be followed by a written Q&A to be published in the next few days.

Other recent events available to view/hear/check up on:

Guardian Reveals ‘Top Ten Poetry of the Noughties’

In its festive merriment, and review of the culture of the decad,e The Guardian takes a closer look at what’s been important over the last ten years in the world of poetry.

1. Miles Champion Three Bell Zero
2. Christian Bok Eunoia
3. Tim Atkins Horace
4. Peter Manson Adjunct: A Digest
5. Tom Raworth Collected Poems
6. P. Inman Ad Finitum
7. Ron Silliman The Alphabet
8. Tom Jenks A Priori
9. Caroline Bergvall Fig
10. Jeff Hilson (ed.) The Reality Street Books of Sonnets

LINK to feature

Does the art world have little knowledge of contemporary poetry?

Caroline Bergvall reviews the Poetry Marathon:

I’m writing in from London where I’ve recently been part of a highly ambitious poetry event. The internationally reputed Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park has for the past 4 years been hosting a mad type of event, an annual 36 hours live event, a more or less non-stop art marathon of presentations. This year they decided to create it as a Poetry Marathon. Some 50 poets were slated to take part, each reading for approx. 15 mins—a decent time given the chain of readings and the expected strained attention span.

The event has been summarized in great detail online, complete with program notes, introductory remarks by the curator and high-end cultural entrepreneur Hans Ulrich Obrist, as well as pics and comments on many of the readers. Although amazing, I have to admit the event has left me thoughtful…

Read more

if p then q Issue 4 now available

if p then q issue 4 has finally arrived. To purchase go to THIS LINK

This is the last issue  of the magazine and  is packed full of all your favourites:

  • Caroline Bergvall – Cash for Questions and poem
  • Allen Fisher – 60 Second Interview and poems
  • Lucy Harvest Clarke – What’s in my Fridge and poems
  • Richard Makin – The Writer’s Room and poems
  • Joy as Tiresome Vandalism – Summer Sizzlers
  • Scott Thurston on Stuart Calton and Ira Lightman

    Also poems by:

  • Charles Bernstein
  • Philip Davenport
  • Ray DiPalma
  • Andrew Shelley

    Allen Fisher – Proposals (pdf Sample) – HIT THIS LINK

    Allen Fisher video version of 60 Second interview below

Caroline Bergvall: Cash for Questions

Although unfortunately no cash can be involved, Caroline Bergvall will answer your questions in issue 4 of if p then q due out in September 2009. If you have anything to ask her please email me at . Mundane and pop questions are encouraged. The format is taken from a regular Q magazine feature of which there are many examples on the web.

Thanks, James