Launch of Swims by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

26th September at 18:30–20:30, Tamesis Dock, Albert Embankment (opp no 9), between Vauxhall and Lambeth Bridge, London, SE1 7TP.

Join Penned in the Margins on the water of the Thames to celebrate the debut poetry collection from Elizabeth-Jane Burnett. A lyrical celebration of wild swimming, Swims will be official launched aboard Tamesis Dock in Lambeth. Join us from 6.30 for a reading by Elizabeth, drinks and your chance to pick up a copy of the book.

A long poem taking many forms, Swims begins and ends in Devon, moving across the waterways of England and Wales: from urban pond to open sea. The poet swims among fishermen on Grasmere, reimagines the body as bottle cap in the Channel, and clambers down the bank of the river Ouse with words scrawled on her swimsuit.

As political as they are personal, these meditations are conceived as environmental acts that probe the relationship between landscape, memory and the self. A sinuous, innovative debut, Swims reminds us of the power of swimming to transform the human spirit, registering what the water gives to us and what it takes away.

“These poems flow and sing through salt and sweet water, connecting time and place and spirit in an electric gesture of natural unity. Swims is a wondrous, perfect thing.” –
PHILIP HOARE, AUTHOR OF RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR AND LEVIATHAN, OR, THE WHALE

Free entry, but please RSVP to james@pennedinthemargins.co.uk

You can also watch Elizabeth reading from Swims for us at The Other Room here.

 

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.

Sophie Mayer: A Preview

On December 9th 2015 The Other Room is very pleased to be hosting the launch of Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative poetry by Women in North America & the UK. Hope to see you there. Flier in the middle column for more details.

Sophie Mayer is the co-editor of Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot (English PEN, 2012, with Markie Burnhope and Sarah Crewe) and Glitter is a Gender (Contraband, 2014, with Sarah Crewe). She has published poetry collections with Shearsman, Salt, Oystercatcher, Knives Forks and Spoons, and – most recently – (O) with Arc and kaolin, or How Does a Girl Like You Get to be a Girl Like You with Lark. She is currently a full-time feminist film activist. @tr0ublemayer.

Christine Kennedy: A Preview

On December 9th 2015 The Other Room is very pleased to be hosting the launch of Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative poetry by Women in North America & the UK. Hope to see you there. Flier in the middle column for more details.

Christine Kennedy is a Sheffield-based writer, artist and independent scholar who has published co-authored articles on women’s experimental poetry. Her own experimental poetry grew out of her fine art practice and has remained largely integral to it. Her poetry publications include ‘Hobby Horse: A Puppet Play for Cabaret Voltaire’ in Dadadollz (ISPress, 2010), Nineteen Nights in San Francisco (West House Books / The Cherry On The Top Press, 2007) and Possessions (The Cherry On The Top Press, 2003). The poetry sequence Twelve Entries from The Encyclopaedia of Natural Sexual Relations is published by The Cherry On The Top Press (2000/2003) including her short supporting essay. The White Lady’s Casket, her site-specific text installation for Bishops’ House and her supporting essay, are published in RSE 4packs No4: Renga + (Reality Street Editions, 2002). She is the co-author of Women’s Experimental Poetry in Britain 1970-2010: Body, Time and Locale (Liverpool University Press, 2013) which is the first full-length study of these poets. Readings of her work can be heard at http://www.archiveofthenow.org/authors/?i=49&f=1515#1515 and her studio blog is at https://warmstoragestudio.wordpress.com/

Emily Critchley: A Preview

On December 9th 2015 The Other Room is very pleased to be hosting the launch of Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative poetry by Women in North America & the UK. Hope to see you there. Flier in the middle column for more details.

Emily Critchley is the author of several poetry collections (with Arehouse, Bad press, Dusie, Oystercatcher, Torque, Holdfire, Corrupt and Intercapillary presses) and a selected writing: Love / All That / & OK (Penned in the Margins, 2011). She has also published critical articles – on poetry, philosophy and feminism – and is the editor of Out of Everywhere 2: linguistically innovative poetry by women in north America & the UK (Reality Street, 2015). Critchley is Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Greenwich, and lives in London with her partner and daughter.

Here is Emily being interviewed at The Other Room a few years back


Elizabeth Jane Burnett: A Preview

On December 9th 2015 The Other Room is very pleased to be hosting the launch of Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative poetry by Women in North America & the UK. Hope to see you there. Flier in the middle column for more details.

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett is a poet, critic and curator. Poetry includes: Her Body: The City, Exotic Birds and oh-zones and has been anthologised in Dear World And Everyone In It: New Poetry in the UK (Bloodaxe). Criticism has appeared in journals such as the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry, Jacket, How2, Green Humanities. She has curated exhibitions with the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW) and is currently collaborating on a film on the poet John Clare. A collection on wild swimming and a monograph on the gift are forthcoming. She is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Newman University in Birmingham.

http://www.elizabethjaneburnett.com/

Poetry at Man&Eve art gallery

DSH4

 

On the (im)possibility of a pure praise poem
Dom Sylvester Houédard (dsh), Aliki Braine, Mark Dean, Anna Sikorska
21st June — 27th July 2013

Finissage: Friday 26th July 6 — 9pm
Performances: 6.45 — 8pm

In conjunction with SLAM Last Fridays, the closing event incorporates poetry readings and performances given in response to the work of dsh. Performers are Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Wayne Clements, Harry Gilonis, David Miller and poetic duo ‘mmmmm’.
RSVP: info@manandeve.co.uk

Image: ‘Grove Sings River a Song’, dsh, 1971

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett Oh-Zones launch

Wed 5 September, oh-zones launch.

You are warmly invited to *cakes * bubbles * poems * at the launch for Elizabeth-Jane Burnett’s new work, oh-zones (Knives Forks and Spoons). The sequence charts transitions between rural and urban spaces and how to respond as a poet to times of natural disaster. Heavily performative, the event includes sound poetry and Fluxus performance. 7pm start and free entry but you must reserve a place on the guest list by contacting Elizabeth. Venue: RADA Studios (Fanny Kemble Room) 18-22 Chenies Street, London, WC1E 7PA.

Contact: ejlburnett@yahoo.co.uk