Illuminations I : Elfriede Jelinek

Illuminations I : celebrating Elfriede Jelinek
Wednesday April 26th / 6:30pm doors for 7pm start
Free entry (booking required)
Austrian Cultural Forum. 28 Rutland Gate, Knightsbridge, London SW7 1PQ

New performances, readings and artworks by Hannah Silva, Jen Calleja, Patrick Coyle, SJ Fowler, David Rickard and Esther Strauss

Elfriede Jelinek is one of the most powerful literary figures in Europe, a novelist and playwright of remarkable authority. Her work is marked by its purposeful originality and cutting exposure of bourgeois sensibilities. Profoundly appreciated by readers in continental Europe and beyond, Jelinek’s work is not only vitally contemporary, it is ever more relevant in the UK.

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

English PEN Modern Literature Festival – films

The second English PEN Modern Literature Festival, curated by SJ Fowler’s Enemies Project, saw 30 contemporary UK-based writers present new works in tribute to writers at risk around the world at Rich Mix, London, on April 1st 2017. This film is of Hannah Silva, performing her piece for Narges Mohammadi. The rest of the films, more about the event and details of the important work of PEN can be found here.

The Globe Road Poetry Festival, 13-15 November

The QMUL Centre for Poetry is thrilled to invite you to a three-day world poetry festival, celebrating the diversity of local and global poetic traditions in London’s East End, to be held at Queen Mary University of London, 13-15 November 2015.

Performers include Linton Kwesi Johnson, Daljit Nagra, M. NourbeSe Philip, Myung Mi Kim, Kaiser Haq, Caroline Bergvall, Samira Negrouche, Agnes Agboton, Anthony Joseph, Avaes Mohammed, Siddhartha Bose, Aisling Fahey, Pangaea Poetry, Ladies of the Press, Ross Sutherland, Theo Chiotis, Hannah Silva, Andra Simons, Shama Rahman, Miriam Nash, Michael Vidon, Gareth Evans, and Elaine Mitchener.

Programme and booking information on the QMUL Centre for Poetry website:  Almost all events are free but booking is essential.

Syndrome Sessions 1.0

Sat 26 April / 8pm till 11pm + Afterparty till 2am 24 Kitchen Street. Tickets £5.

24 Kitchen Street, Baltic Quarter, Liverpool.

Session 1.0 : Celebrate the launch of this year-long programme of arts and technology experimentation and see three new works exploring the sensational potential of our new performance resource, The Drome. Featuring new performance works from Hannah Silva, Nathan Jones & Mark Greenwood, and The Hive Collective. More here.

I Will Make A Better Effort With Breakfast


Taking Poetry off the Page.

In this exhibition/performance, poems are given life as performances, installations, images, sound recordings and page based experiments.

‘I Will Make A Better Effort With Breakfast’ is the culmination of a 3rd and final year Creative Writing BA module ‘The Open Page’ – led by poet and performer, Hannah Silva.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014, 7 PM. Birkbeck College, 43 Gordon Square, Peltz Gallery, London.

Hannah Silva at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation

Hannah Silva will perform at The Other Room’s sixth birthday event in April 2014, but is in Manchester sooner than that to launch her new collection Forms of Protest. Details below via Penned in the Margins:

Thursday, December 5th, 2013, 6:30 pm | £6/£4

Three of the UK’s most exciting voices launch new collections in a night of cutting-edge modern poetry from award-winning independent literary publisher Penned in the Margins. Blackburn poet Melissa Lee-Houghton celebrates the launch of her second book, Beautiful Girls: a raw and powerful account of mental illness that has been awarded a PBS Recommendation. Hanna Silva, widely acclaimed for her innovative vocal performances, launches her debut collection Forms of Protest and Siddhartha Bose launches Digital Monsoon, where dreams trigger extraordinary visions of an apocalyptic London populated by the ghosts of a multicultural city. Hosted and introduced by Tom Chivers of Penned in the Margins Buy tickets here.

Electronic Voice Phenomena at Bournemouth Arts Festival

Friday 27 September 2013

Start time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £7

Book online

The Shelley Theatre

Boscombe Manor
Bournemouth BH5 1LX


Part séance, part avant-garde cabaret, Electronic Voice Phenomena is an experimental literature, performance and music show that feeds on the corpse of paranormal pseudo-science. The programme of original commissions takes its inspiration from Konstantin Raudive’s notorious ‘Breakthrough’ experiments of the 1970s, where he captured voices-from-beyond in electronic noise. Wickedly funny spoken word artist Ross Sutherland finds himself trapped in The Crystal Maze; sound poet Hannah Silva channels ghostly utterances; electronic music maverick Leafcutter John tunes in to hidden energy fields; all held together by your Dadaist anti-host, the experimental poet SJ Fowler


with special guest

Electronic Voice Phenomena – Silva, Sutherland, Fowler, Outfit and more

Performance: Electronic Voice Phenomena

Wednesday May 22nd, 2013, 6:30 pm

Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

£7/£5, booking advised.

Taking its name and inspiration from Konstantin Raudive’s 1970s  experiments into hearing unidentified voices in electronic interference, Electronic Voice Phenomena is a brand-new programme of performance works featuring seven of the  country’s most innovative artists working across text, technology and  physical performance. Part séance, part avant-garde cabaret, all new,  the artists appearing include Outfit, Ross Sutherland, Hannah Silva and SJ Fowler plus special guests. Tickets £7/£5 advance, available here.

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Mercy at Manchester Weekender

Cornerhouse are hosting a brand new live-language-cascade mixing lecture, performance and archive-feedback with video-smith Sam Meech, and poets Steven Fowler, Nathan Jones and Hannah Silva.

Composite: Feedback is a multimedia showcase and live archiving event curated by Mercy, mixing together spoken-word performance with live sampling, notation, analogue processing, and projection – all in one self generating feedback loop. A beautiful and absurd experiment, where the performers and array of interfaces are thrown into a productive conflict.

The event is split into three sections, beginning with short talks and performances on noise, speech violence and glitch, followed by a feedback work-out, pushing the performers into a state of continual improvisation. Finally the Annexe will be left to perpetuate itself as a throbbing artifact of degenerating feedback material.

Featuring poets Steven Fowler, Hannah Silva and Nathan Jones. With video design by Sam Meech. This event is part of the Manchester Weekender. More here.

Revolutions in Form #3

Caroline Bergvall / Ross Sutherland / Laura Dockril / Hannah Silva

The third in Mercy’s occasional series of language-in-performance events returns to its roots with four of the top practitioners of innovative poetry in performance – seeing out the Bluecoat’s Chapter and Verse Literature Festival.

at the Bluecoat
Sunday 17th October, 9.30 – 11.00