Chris McCabe – The Nevermore: In Search of the Lost Poets of Abney Park

The Nevermore:
In Search of the Lost Poets
of Abney Park
Wednesday 21st March 7.30pm

To celebrate World Poetry Day, Poet and writer Chris McCabe turns the focus of his ongoing project about the Magnificent Seven cemeteries to the natural non-conformist landscape for poets: Abney Park Cemetery. Author of In the Catacombs: A Summer Among the Dead Poets of West Norwood Cemetery and Cenotaph South: Mapping the Lost Poets of Nunhead CemeteryMcCabe will present accounts of the dead and read a mix of poems from the poets he’s discovered along his journey so far, including those buried in Abney Park. You’ll hear about the poet-couple George Linnaeus Banks and Isabella Varley Banks and Emily Bowes, whose final words were “I shall walk with him in white”. The event will end with a Q and A and a chance to buy McCabe’s cemetery books.

To be held inside Abney Park’s chapel.

Please arrive at the main gates on Stoke newington High St between 7 & 7.20pm

18yrs and over.

Tickets: Full £12 / Conc £10
Book here

info@abneypark.org
020 7275 7557
www.abneypark.org

Surrey Poetry Festival 2018

Early notice of this event which is organised by The Other Room’s James Davies,  current Poet in Residence at the university. The day will feature a number of amazing poets. Get the date in your head now! Guildford is just 30 minutes from London Waterloo. More on where  and how to buy tickets soon but should be around £5.

Surrey Poetry Festival V 1

Summer Poetry School course with James Davies

Archiving Your Self Yourself: Quantified Self Studio

At a time in which we are archived by others, often through digital means, it seems more and more important to attempt to define ourselves – on our own terms – as individuals and as members of a diverse range of groups. Written attentively, poetry that archives the self is subversive and can present radically different narratives to those purported by digital and mass media. By using methods such as diaries and collation of information one can conduct a close examination of the self as it stands, now and then, to see how it fits into the bigger picture.

Read more about this short online course HERE

Contraband Live – David Miller’s Spiritual Letters

CONTRABAND LIVE – February 27th 2018

Contraband Live Launch of David Miller’s ‘Spiritual Letters’!!

With readings from Spiritual Letters by David Miller, April Fredrick, Steve Torrance and Matt Martin.

There will be more poetry and performance from Fran Lock, Michael Zand and Karen Sandhu.

A very exciting event!

Entry to the event is free and food is available from the venue.

Contraband Books and publications by other publishers will be on sale at our book stall. We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday 730-11pm | The Crown Tavern, 43 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0EG

 

Eric Mottram Conference

The Council Room, 2nd Floor, King’s College London, Strand Building on Monday 23 April. This Conference is to celebrate the man and his archive. Draft programme below. Contact valerie.soar@btinternet.com for further details:

Eric Mottram Remembered: “poet, professor and cultural firebrand”.  Monday 23 April, 2018.

A conference sponsored by the Archives Department at King’s College London, WC2R 2LS,  with an exhibition of manuscripts, books and digital material.  Held in the Council Room, 2nd floor of the Strand Building

10.00 am: Coffee, tea and biscuits in the Council Room, 2nd Floor, King’s College, Strand.

10.30: Welcome by Geoffrey Browell, followed by an introduction to the Mottram papers and her recent work on them by Valerie Soar:  Eric, the man and his archive.

11.00:  Allen Fisher on Eric Mottram and Painting

11.45:  Dale Carter on Eric Mottram and Politics

12.30 pm:  Sandwich lunch provided by Archives in the Council Room, and a chance to see some  material from Eric Mottram’s Archive.

1.30:  Juha Virtanen  –  The legacy of the British Poetry Revival and the Materiality of Archives

2.10:  Panel discussion: the legacy of Eric Mottram,   Ken Edwards, Peter Middleton,  Gavin Selerie,  Robert Hampson,  Peter Barry,  and Mike Hrebeniak (tbc).  Chaired by Clive Bush.

2.45:  Questions from the audience.

3.05:  Coffee, tea and biscuits.

3.20:  Audio and visual recordings by Will Rowe (title tbc) and John Whiting

4.15:  Pierre Joris  –   A Transatlantic Turbine:  Eric Mottram in the World Today (tbc)

5.pm:  Close, and a further chance to see some material from Eric Mottram’s  archive

The audience is invited to go to the exhibition of Mottram books and manuscripts led by Geoffrey Browell who will be happy to answer questions.