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.
Dramatis Personae is an ebook selection from the five collaborations written by Chris McCabe and Tom Jenks for SJ Fowler’s Camarade project between 2011 and 2013. Out now on The Argotist Online.
The fourth and final series of p.o.w. broadsides is out now, with work by Charles A. Perrone, nick-e melville, Robert vas Dias, Sophie Herxheimer, Philip Jenkins, Roel Goussey, S.J. Fowler and Sophie Mayer.
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.
Hosted by JAMES BYRNE & SANDEEP PARMAR
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.
Congratulations to previous Other Room readers Chris McCabe and Zoë Skoulding, and imminent reader Hannah Silva for for their nominations. The winner will be announced on March 28th. More information at The Poetry Society site.
POLYproject > 5: LOCATION COMPOSITE #6
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