Illuminations III : Peter Handke

Nov 15th 2017 – 6:30pm doors for 7pm start
Free entry 
(booking required, link http://www.acflondon.org/events/illuminations-iii-peter-handke/)
Austrian Cultural Forum. 28 Rutland Gate, Knightsbridge, London SW7 1PQ

New performances, readings and artworks by Verena Duerr, Eley Williams, Phil Baber, SJ Fowler, Stephen Watts and more to be announced.

One of the world’s foremost novelists, playwrights and poets, Peter Handke’s body of work is a question to the entire consciousness of post-war Europe. Wholly singular, often particularly divisive, Handke’s work creates an intensity out of the observational, skewers complacency and layers literature with the kind of distant complexity and forceful difficulty that actual living tends to bring. His work has been a beacon of critical and prolific experimentation, and his polarising persona and numerous works have forced European novelists of the last 50 years to, at the very least, accept or reject his style and substance. His output is remarkably underappreciated in the UK, if not generally unrecognised and so this event, in a small way, aims to rectify a considerable imbalance.

Verena Duerr, vienna-based musician and innovative lyric poet presents a made-for-the-night sound performance / Eley Williams, acclaimed fiction writer and poet presents new prose / SJ Fowler leads an in house mushroom forage / Stephen Watts reads Handke through his friend WG Sebald’s critical writing / Phil Baber, amsterdam-based performance artist and writer presents new translations and publications of Handke’s Repetition and To Duration. With more artists to be confirmed. 

This event, by commissioning contemporary artists, writers, poets and theatre makers to each make a new work responding to the works or life of Handke, aims to transpose his work into a new moment – one that will stimulate as well as illuminate.

Details here.

Judith Goldman & Eley Williams

Monday, September 18 at 7 PM. Royal Holloway Poetics Research Centre, 11 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 3RF. Free.

JUDITH GOLDMAN is the author of Vocoder (Roof, 2001), DeathStar/rico-chet (O Books, 2006). l.b.;or catenaries (Krupskaya, 2011) and agon (The Operating System, 2017). She teaches in the Poetics Program at SUNY, Buffalo and is the Poetry Features Editor for the online journal Postmodern Culture. She is currently at work on —- Mt. [blank mount], a critical-creative project that writes through P.B. Shelley’s ‘Mont Blanc’ and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in the context of past futures and future histories of ecological collapse, and she recently performed a collaborative digital poetics project Ice Core Modulations, at The Ammerman Centre Biennal Symposium on Arts and Technology (2016). Her scholarship focuses on contemporary poetry as “extinction sink.”

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ELEY WILLIAMS debut prose collection Attrib. And Other Stories (Influx Press) was chosen by Ali Smith as one of the best debut works of fiction published in 2017. Twice short-listed for the White Review Short Story Prize, works have appeared in the London Review of Books, the White Review, Ambit and the Cambridge Literary Review. Currently co-editor of fiction at online journal 3:AM Magazine, a new pamphlet of poetry Frit (Sad Press) was published in July 2017.

Electric Arc Furnace #3, with Nat Raha and Eley Williams

A new poetry reading series, in the centre of Sheffield, between the seven hills. Innovative poetries from the South Yorks hinterlands & further-flung.

Eley Williams is co-editor of fiction at 3:AM magazine with prose in Ambit, Night & Day, Structo and The White Review. Her collection Attrib. and Other Stories (Influx, 2017) was chosen by Ali Smith amongst ‘the best of debut fiction’ for this year’s Cambridge Literary Festival. She has a small book of poetry, ‘Frit’, forthcoming from Sad Press.

Nat Raha is a poet and trans / queer activist, living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her poetry includes two collections: countersonnets (Contraband Books, 2013), and Octet (Veer Books, 2010); and numerous pamphlets including ‘£/€xtinctions’ (Sociopathetic Distro, 2017), ‘[of sirens / body & faultlines]’ (Veer Books, 2015), and ‘mute exterior intimate’ (Oystercatcher Press, 2013). She’s performed and published her work internationally. She is undertaking a PhD in Creative & Critical Writing at the University of Sussex. Nat’s essay titled ‘Transfeminine Brokenness, Radical Transfeminism’ is due for publication in the South Atlantic Quarterly this spring, and she has recently started working with Scottish PEN on the Many Voices project.

Readings take place at La Biblioteka, 70 Pinstone Street, Sheffield. S1 2HP, Sheffield City Centre. BYOB. Doors 7pm. £4 waged / £3 unwaged / pay what you can. Proceeds to poets. All very welcome.