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