Cardiff Poetry Experiment

The Cardiff Poetry Experiment is poetry reading series whose aim is to curate a space to discuss and listen to contemporary poetry that is suggestive of the experimental.

Holly Pester, John Wilkinson, Rowan Evans.
Tuesday, July 4 at 7 PM. Jacobs Market, West Canal Wharf,  Cardiff, CF10 5DB.

Lullabies and Curses

Lullabies and Curses: Common Rest Launch Party

The Peckham Pelican
92 Peckham Road, SE15 5PY London, United Kingdom
Thursday, December 1 at 7 PM – 11 PM

Come and be sung SONGS OF THE DARK

Please join us for the launch of ‘Common Rest’, a collaborative album of sound works and lullabies with an accompanying book of poems by Holly Pester.

Doors at 7
Performances from 7:30


Nat Raha
Verity Spott
Holly Pester

Linda Stupart
Vera Rodriguez
Mrylyn Tan
Jenny Moore

The project includes contributions by Emma Bennett, Vahni Capildeo, Jenny Moore, Nat Raha, Vera Rodriguez, Verity Spott and Claire Tolan. You can read more about the release on our website here:

Patti Smith, Grayson Perry, Holly Pester, Anthony Horowitz on The Verb

Friday No 27th 2015 on BBC Radio 3 – The Verb, Patti Smith, Grayson Perry, Holly Pester, Anthony Horowitz

Where do you find the permission to be creative? The Verb aims to find out with Patti Smith, Grayson Perry, Anthony Horowitz and Holly Pester.

Patti Smith has just published her second volume of memoir ‘M Train’ (Bloomsbury), a book that follows Patti around New York as she writes, reads and drinks coffee.

Grayson Perry’s recent exhibition at the Turner Contemporary in Margate ‘Provincial Punk’ examined his interests in contemporary Britain from class and taste to war.

Anthony Horowitz has just published his second James Bond novel ‘Trigger Mortis’ (Orion). He explains where he gets the permission to take on another writer’s most famous character.

The poet and sound artist Holly Pester examines the phenomenon of ‘vocal fry’ in a special commission for The Verb.


Holly Pester at Edge Hill

11th November: Holly Pester

At The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk


£4.50 Tickets available on the door.

Holly Pester is a poet, critic and practice-based researcher. Her doctoral research at Birkbeck, University of London examined the poetics of noise and sound media-driven poetry. Her current research seeks to develop innovative practice-led research methodologies in relation to feminist archive theory. Her book on gossip and anecdote as forms of archive enquiry was published by Book Works, 2015 and was developed through a residency at the Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths College’s Special Collections with Arts Council England support. She currently teaches on Oulipo & the Avant-Garde and Poetic Practice at University of Essex.

Warm up by students of the MA I n Creative Writing at Edge Hill University, curated by Professor Robert Sheppard.

Virgil’s Birthday

Thursday 15th October 2015, 7-9pm. X Marks the Bökship, 42-44 Copperfield Road, London, E3 4RR
An event of poetry, performance and speech acts.
Emma Bennett
Shiv Kotecha
Becky La M’eh’rr

& introduction from Holly Pester

A poet never before hosted in the UK, a travelling artist who may not be fully named, and a performer fresh from a 24hour journey. Join us in celebrating the comedy of their spoken words and their divine proximity.

Shiv Kotecha is a New York poet and the author of EXTRIGUE (Make Now Books 2015), OUTFITS (Troll Thread, 2012) and PAINT THE ROCK (Troll Thread, 2011). Other work can be found at Gauss PDF and elsewhere online. He completes tasks for Collective Task and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at NYU. Instagram @heyguyhere

Emma Bennett is a performance artist and theorist of (stand-up)comedy, and researching for a PhD in Performance Studies at Queen Mary’s, University of London. She has presented her textual, video and performance work in a variety of contexts across the UK and Europe.

Becky La M’eh’rr is an artist and writer currently based in a small Canadian town. She has published and performed her texts and left piles of her books in Berlin, China, London, New York, Vancouver, Vienna, and probably a few other places that she’s forgotten either through deliberate effort or error.

if p then q Christmas sale now on

The if p then q Christmas sale is now on. All books below are available via Lulu with decent postage rates overseas. The more you buy the less the postage!  See if p then q – for more details on the titles

David Berridge, Bring the Thing – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

Lucy Harvest Clarke, Silveronda – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

Derek Henderson, Thus & – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

Tom Jenks, A Priori – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

Tom Jenks, (*) Star – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

Tom Jenks, Items – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

Holly Pester, Hoofs – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

seekers of lice, Encyclops. – WAS £4.00 NOW £3.20 LINK

Philip Terry, Advanced Immorality – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

Chrissy Williams, Epigraphs WAS £4.00 NOW £3.20 LINK