Chris McCabe book launch


Bloomsday launch of Dedalus, a new novel by Chris McCabe, published by Hennigham Family Press. FREE entry. 5pm – 7pm. Saturday 16th June 2018. Lock-keeper’s Cottage Graduate Centre (nr. Mile End Lock), Queen Mary University of London, London
E1 4PD. Nearest Tube Mile End. More details, including how to pre-order the book, here.

Chris McCabe – The Nevermore: In Search of the Lost Poets of Abney Park

The Nevermore:
In Search of the Lost Poets
of Abney Park
Wednesday 21st March 7.30pm

To celebrate World Poetry Day, Poet and writer Chris McCabe turns the focus of his ongoing project about the Magnificent Seven cemeteries to the natural non-conformist landscape for poets: Abney Park Cemetery. Author of In the Catacombs: A Summer Among the Dead Poets of West Norwood Cemetery and Cenotaph South: Mapping the Lost Poets of Nunhead CemeteryMcCabe will present accounts of the dead and read a mix of poems from the poets he’s discovered along his journey so far, including those buried in Abney Park. You’ll hear about the poet-couple George Linnaeus Banks and Isabella Varley Banks and Emily Bowes, whose final words were “I shall walk with him in white”. The event will end with a Q and A and a chance to buy McCabe’s cemetery books.

To be held inside Abney Park’s chapel.

Please arrive at the main gates on Stoke newington High St between 7 & 7.20pm

18yrs and over.

Tickets: Full £12 / Conc £10
Book here
020 7275 7557

2 events at Kensal Green Cemetery Dissenter’s Chapel

Celebrating Erich Fried / The Ecchoing Green / Landscape learn : Growth and Decay – all at Kensal Green Cemetery Dissenter’s Chapel

Three unique events taking place in the first half of July, each in the remarkable grade II listed Dissenter’s Chapel of Kensal Green Cemetery in West London. 391 Ladbroke Grove. London W10 5AA. Entrance via Cemetery door on Ladbroke Grove.

July Thursday 13th : The Ecchoing Green with Chris McCabe, Tom Jeffreys and SJ Fowler.
Time: 7:00 PM – Free entrance

This event will celebrate Chris McCabe’s ongoing publication project with Penned in the Margins, following In The Catacombs and Cenotaph South, with new work responding to Kensal Green Cemetery. // This event will see the launch of Worm Wood, Old Oak, a new piece of short fiction by SJ Fowler, published by Sampson Low, written about the Cemetery and its impending neighbour, the Old Oak development. // This event will explore Tom Jeffrey’s Signal Failures, published by Influx Press, which provides, through a walk along the proposed route of HS2, a wide-ranging critique of humanity’s most urgent failures. – An evening of readings and discussion with three of the UK’s most interesting presses, poets and writers.

July Saturday 15th : Landscape Learn – Growth and Decay 
Time: 12:15–15:30 Tickets £10 on Eventbrite

Landscape Learn is a new prototype for learning and engaging with the landscapes around us. Landscape Learn will use the seasonality of nature to structure our approach to adaptive and immersive learning. A pioneering new project from J&L Gibbons.

Growth and Decay will explore how our identity and wellbeing is intrinsically linked to the socio-geographic context of our lives. Co-hosted by Poet SJ Fowler​, the Kensal Green Cemetery, forms a distinguished and biodiverse context for a discussion on health and wellbeing in a changing city. ​We will walk through Kensal Green Cemetery, and look back to look forward with Museum of London​ osteologist Jelena Bekvalac who specialises in reading the bones of dead Londoners. Neuroscientist Dr Andrea Mechelli of King’s College London​, Michael Smythe of Nomad Projects​, Jo Gibbons and Neil Davidson, Urban Mind​ collaborators will discuss citizen science and realtime collection of data on state of mind in the city. Dr Tereza Stehlikova’s​ film pieces of a disappearing neighbourhood will be screened in the Dissenters’ Chapel.

All events are part of Worm Wood, an exhibition and residency in Kensal Green Cemetery Dissenter’s Chapel throughout the summer by Tereza Stehlikova and SJ



Poetry Tour of Nunhead Cemetery

Saturday 27 August, 2016, 2:15 PM. Free. Nunhead Cemetery, Linden Grove Entrance, London SE15 3LP

Who was known as the ‘Laureate of the Babies’? Who was sent off to tour the world by Charles Dickens? Who welcomed Garibaldi to her home in Peckham? Who introduced a magazine called ‘Fun’ to a Victorian readership? Find out on this free tour of Nunhead Cemetery, enjoying the beautiful surroundings and hearing more about why the Victorians moved their cemeteries to the suburbs. A perfect way to find out more about poetry and experience London’s heritage. Meet at 2.15pm at the Linden Grove entrance to the cemetery.

The tour is led by Tim Stevenson of the Friends of Nunhead Cemetery and Chris McCabe. More here.

Chris McCabe’s The Real Southbank

Fantastic event! Book now.

What makes us love our city?

Three pioneering poets and writers of London life and history delve into the reality of the South Bank. They weigh up the story of the area, from its beginnings as a marshland to its 20th-century transformation into the city’s cultural quarter.

Hosted by Peter Finch – poet, writer and the editor of Seren’s Real Series? – this evening launches the book Real South Bank by Chris McCabe. Also in attendance is Iain Sinclair, who reads from his own work to help illuminate the past and present of the area. Sinclair has written about the South Bank in Lights Out for the Territory, and about the Thames in Downriver.

Together, these three writers explore the South Bank’s historical associations with criminality and outsiderness, and its appeal to poets like Blake and Rimbaud. Finally, they discuss what makes the South Bank so distinctive in the landscape of contemporary London.

Chris McCabe’s Real South Bank covers the area between Blackfriars Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge, and as far south as Elephant and Castle. The book includes chapters on Shakespeare’s original Globe, a night walk in the footsteps of Dickens, a stroll along the River Neckinger that runs beneath the streets of London and a visit to the site of ?the most notorious of the Elizabethan bear fighting pits. There are chapters on Southbank Centre and Royal Festival Hall, and a new series of poems about the broader South Bank entitled Liquid City.

6pm – 7.30pm

Level 5 Function Room at Royal Festival Hall

£10 includes wine

More here- LINK


The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Online Reading Group). A Poetry School course with Chris McCabe and Victoria Bean

The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Online Reading Group)

Understanding visual poetry gives all poets an understanding of the essential but often hidden details of how poems work. This online reading course invites you to immerse yourself in the world of 21st century visual poetry with the editors of The New Concrete (Hayward Publishing) a major new anthology of this genre. Victoria Bean and Chris McCabe have worked with over 100 artists over a two year period and will instigate discussion around the new approaches, ideas and techniques being used in visual poetry. You will get the chance to explore new work being created at the intersection of visual art and literature and see how digital text, image manipulation, modern printing and the Internet has re-energised an approach poetry inspired by the original concrete poetry movement. You will further understand how the phoneme can be used for syntactic play and for sound effect, how the poem can catch the eye before it is read, how white space is the basis for the essence of a poem and can be seen as part of its cohesive whole, and how all poems in their spacing, breathing, line breaks and stanza shapes are in fact ‘visual’ and can be expressed in multiple ways.


Type: Interactive Online Course
Level: Open to all
Location: Poetry School Online


Start date: Tuesday 15th Sep 2015
Session times: Ten sessions.
Full cost:£20.00

more HERE

Chris McCabe: Speculatrix

Thursday 27 November, 6.30pm

The Priory Church of St John
St John’s Square
London EC1M 4DA

Free but booking is essential as capacity is very limited and if you turn up without a reservation you will not be admitted.

Step back in time as you descend into the twelfth century crypt of the Clerkenwell Priory for a very special book launch. In the deep atmospherics of the ancient church of the Order of St John, poet Chris McCabe introduces and reads from his stunning new collection Speculatrix. Book your place early for what promises to be an unusual and magical event in one of London’s most mysterious spaces.

In his most daring collection to date, Chris McCabe delves into the shadowy recesses of London history, bringing forth unsettling anachronisms and revealing the city as a perilous place to exist.

Taking its name from the term for a female spy, Speculatrix is at once the voyeur and the observed. Fame and death are McCabe’s subjects, sifted and strained through his poems’ urgent rhythms. At the heart of the book, a sequence of wild, neurotic sonnets tears at the corpus of Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre to conjure a visceral landscape of decay and financial collapse. Extending the collection beyond his trademark urban locale are startling poems for the loved and departed: from the artist Francis Bacon to the poets Arthur Rimbaud and Barry MacSweeney. In Speculatrix McCabe has pulled out all the stops, showing why he is considered one of British poetry’s most exciting and pioneering spirits.

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.

In the Catacombs

Opened in 1837 and inspired by the Pere Lachaise in Paris, West Norwood became known as the Millionaire’s Cemetery. But within its opulent grounds there are twelve buried names whose currency is language: these are the dead poets of West Norwood.

In the first instalment of a project to map the Magnificent Seven, Chris McCabe takes us off the main track of London writing and asks why the works of Hopkins, Tennyson and Dickinson are still read above those buried in this suburban enclave of South London. Join McCabe on the hunt for a great lost poet, as he walks the winding Gothic paths of the Cemetery and makes an unexpected discovery underground in the catacombs. The stories of those loved and dismissed by Charles Dickens are carefully uncovered; those who influenced Lewis Carroll and Winston Churchill; and those whose burial in the common ground has not been enough to silence them.

A startling and original work of literary detection, In the Catacombs is written in a hybrid form – part literary criticism, part Gothic fiction- and places West Norwood Cemetery and its dead poets back into the foreground of the London psyche.

Out now on Penned in the Margins.


Radical poetry in Liverpool at News from Nowhere News From Nowhere Radical & Community Bookshop

Monday, March 31st, 7pm start

CHRIS McCABE – One of the UK’s most innovative poets and the author of THE HUTTON INQUIRY.

NIALL McDEVITT – Launching PORTERLOO: ‘A brilliant explosive book…the best politically weaponised poetry ever’. (Jeremy Reed).

SARAH CREWE – Liverpool poet, author of SEA WITCH and co-editor of CATECHISM: POEMS FOR PUSSY RIOT.

& JAMES BYRNE – Editor of THE WOLF Magazine, launching SOAPBOXES: a pamphlet of political satire.


News from Nowhere: Radical & Community Bookshop, 96 Bold Street, Liverpool, 0151 708 7270

This is a FREE event but please RSVP via Facebook event page or by calling the number above. Spaces limited.



A realisation of one of James Saunders’ Location Composites compositions.

Sounds: Sarah Hughes, Kostis Kilymis, Artur Vidal
Words: Andrew Spragg, Amy Cutler, Chris McCabe

Thursday 6 March
The Centre for Creative Collaboration
16 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NG

Free entry, 7pm

Royal Holloway Poetics Research Centre and MA Poetic Practice, Royal Holloway

Supported by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Royal Holloway