A new work of electronic literature created by Will Luers, Roger Dean and Other Room reader Hazel Smith.

novelling is a recombinant digital novel that employs text, video, and sound. It poses questions about the acts of reading and writing fiction. Readerly and cinematic, the work unfolds through suggested narrative connections between four characters. The characters, immersed in their isolated life-worlds, appear to be transported elsewhere by what they are reading. Are they reading and thinking each other? The variable and deterministic system of selection and arrangement produces a fluid, ever-novel and potential narrative.

Available now on the New Binary Press site.

Hazel Smith & Roger Dean: a preview

Hazel Smith & Roger Dean will perform at the next Other Room on Wednesday 2nd July for a special evening of digital poetics at The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester, M2 4PD, 7 PM start. Biographical details below. The film above shows a performance by Roger who, with Hazel is part of the musical collective Australysis. The other performers will be Clive Fencott and Robin Fencott.


Hazel Smith is a research professor in the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney. She is author of The Writing Experiment: strategies for innovative creative writing, Allen and Unwin, 2005 and Hyperscapes in the Poetry of Frank O’Hara: difference, homosexuality, topography, Liverpool University Press, 2000. She is co-author ofImprovisation, Hypermedia And The Arts Since 1945, Harwood Academic, 1997 and co-editor with Roger Dean of Practice-led Research, Research-led Practice in the Creative Arts, Edinburgh University Press, 2009.   She is co-editor with Roger Dean ofsoundsRite, a journal of new media writing and sound, based at the University of Western Sydney. Hazel is a poet, performer and new media artist, and has published three volumes of poetry, three CDs of performance work and numerous multimedia works. The Erotics of Geography: poetry, performance texts, new media works,  a volume of creative work with accompanying CD Rom, was published by Tinfish Press, Kaneohe, Hawaii, 2008, and a  new volume of poetry will be published by Giramondo Publishing in Sydney in 2015. She is a member of austraLYSIS, the sound and intermedia arts group, and has performed her work extensively in US, Europe, UK and Australasia. She also had a previous career as a professional violinist. Her website is at

Roger Dean is a composer/improviser, and a researcher in music cognition/computation at MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney. He founded the creative ensemble austraLYSIS, which has performed in 30 countries. He has worked in classical, new, and jazz/improvised music as double bassist, pianist and computer artist. His performing experience ranges from the Academy of Ancient Music to the London Sinfonietta and the leading new music groups in London (1970s to 80s).  It also includes work as piano accompanist for singers and instrumentalists in classical music and jazz. His improvising collaborations range from Curson, Stanko, Wheeler to Parker, Bailey, McLean and Prévost. In Australia he has played with an equally wide range of musicians, including Ambarchi, Avenaim, Buck, Denley, Evans, Ng, Slater, and White.  Dean’s work is on 50 commercial audio CDs, and he has collaborated on many digital intermedia pieces. He is engaged in new media collaborations with artists such as Keith Armstrong, Will Luers, and Hazel Smith. Improvisation and computer-interaction merge in his solo MultiPiano Event (live piano, real-time audio processing, generative piano, and electroacoustic sound). Dean is one of two Australians to be subjects in both the Grove Dictionaries of Music and of Jazz. He has previously founded and directed a medical research institute, and been Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Canberra. His biography is on Wikipedia.

Chris McCabe and Tom Jenks – A Preview

Preview of July 19th 2012 performers Tom Jenks and Chris McCabe who will perform at Leeds Gallery, Munro House, Leeds, 7pm. Entry is free and we’d love to see you there. Other performers are Ryan Ormonde and Hazel Smith. Ryan Ormonde to follow. See blog entries below for Hazel Smith.

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Tom Jenks and Chris McCabe are working for the third time on a collaboration commissioned by The Maintenant reading series.

Above is their current literary postcards project. More HERE

The second project HERE

And the first HERE

Chris McCabe

was born in Liverpool in 1977. His published books are The Hutton Inquiry (Salt, 2005), Zeppelins (Salt, 2008) and a play Shad Thames, Broken Wharf (Penned in the Margins 2010). He has also recorded a CD with The Poetry Archive. His third full collection, THE RESTRUCTURE, was published in May 2012. He works as a Librarian at The Poetry Library, London.

Tom Jenks

has two collections, A Priori and *, published by if p then q ( His work has appeared in a range of digital and print publications including Department magazine, onedit, Cleaves, Blackbox Manifold and the 18s anthology. He organises the avant objects imprint zimZalla ( and co-organises The Other Room reading series and website ( Gnomes, a collaboration with Chris McCabe, was published by The Red Ceilings Press in 2011.

Hazel Smith – A Preview

Preview of July 19th 2012 performer Hazel Smith who will perform at Leeds Gallery, Munro House, Leeds, 7pm. Entry is free and we’d love to see you there. Other performers are Ryan Ormonde and a collaboration between Chris McCabe and Tom Jenks. Previews to follow.

Click the link for PRESS RELEASE_LEEDS 2012

Hazel Smith is active in the areas of poetry, performance and new media. Her work has appeared in numerous international literary magazines and in literary, musical and multimedia anthologies. She has published three volumes of poetry: Abstractly Represented: Poems and Performance Texts 1982-90, Butterfly Books, 1991; Keys Round her Tongue: short prose, poetry and performance texts Soma, 2000 and The Erotics of Geography: poetry, performance texts, new media works, Tinfish Press, 2008 (accompanied by a CD-Rom of works with Roger Dean).

Hazel has also, with Roger Dean, made three CDs of her performance work, Poet Without Language, Rufus Records 1994; Nuraghic Echoes, Rufus Records, 1996 and Returning the Angles, Soma Recording and Publishing 2001. She has collaborated with Roger Dean on many ABC radio commissions including Poet Without Language, 1991, Nuraghic Echoes, 1994, The Erotics of Gossip, 2001, Returning the Angles 1998, for The Listening Room, and The Afterlives of Betsy Scott, 2007, for Airplay. Her performance collaborations, such as the writer the performer the program the madwoman 2004, the space of history 2006, Mid-Air Conversations 2006 and Minimal 2007 are showcased on many poetics websites such as PennSound (US), and in internet journals such as How2 (US). One of her collaborations with Roger Dean, Poet without Language, was nominated by the ABC for the Prix Italia in 1992.

Hazel is co-author with Roger Dean of numerous new media works, such as Wordstuffs: the city and the body, 1998, Intertwingling 1999, the egg the cart the horse the chicken 2004, soundAFFECTs 2004 (with Anne Brewster) and Time the Magician 2007. She has also collaborated on several occasions with visual artist Sieglinde Karl, and their joint work has been exhibited in many art galleries in Australia and overseas. She has performed her own work extensively nationally and internationally in Europe and Australasia. She has been co-recipient of numerous grants from the Australia Council, The Australian Film Commission and Arts Tasmania.

Some links to work:

the writer, the performer, the program, the madwoman

the egg, the cart, the horse, the chicken


The Other Room July update

We can confirm the performers for our July gig at Leeds Gallery (not Leeds Art Gallery). A very special visit from Hazel Smith, Ryan Ormonde coming from London and The Other Room’s Tom Jenks’ and Chris McCabe’s uproarious shindig collaboration Gnomes; now in its third guise. Before that of course at our new home in Manchester, The Castle, we welcome Peter Jaeger, Ira Lightman and Helmut Lemke on June 12th, details in the column to the right. August 14th in Manchester sees Frank Kuppner, Nathan Jones and David Gaffney whoop it up.

Summer 2012 with The Other Room

Why go to Spain…

Our summer programme is making some progress. Here is what we’ve got so far. Take note that we’re no longer at our 4 year home The Old Abbey Inn but at some cracking new venues.

12th June, @ The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester with Ira Lightman, Marcus Slease & TBA

19th July, @ Leeds Gallery, (not Leeds Art Gallery) with Hazel Smith and TBA

14th August, @ The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester with Frank Kuppner, David Gaffney & Nathan Jones