Holly Corfield Carr is a poet based in Bristol and Cambridge where she is completing a PhD in site-specific writing practices in contemporary poetry and sculpture. She is currently a 2016/17 Visiting Research Fellow at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds and previous residencies include the Curfew Tower, Spike Island, the British Ceramics Biennial, the Wordsworth Trust and the Bristol Poetry Institute. Her poems have been commissioned for passenger ferries, orchards and car parks and broadcast on BBC Radios 3 and 4. She received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2012 and the Frieze Writer’s Prize in 2015.
Childe Roland is a fictional character with some basis in historical fact. His quest for the dark tower across a wasteland mirrors his attempts at spanning the frigid landscape of the blank page with a line of over-extended alliteration and faulty reasoning and disruptive grammar. Published works include Six of Clubs, Stars, Trees, and the play Ham and Jam from Hafan Press.
James Wilkes writes poetry and makes installation and performance work. Recent performances/installations have taken place at The Other Room, Manchester; Godsbanen, Aarhus; Wellcome Collection, London; Battersea Arts Centre, London. His poetry and prose has been published in Datableed, The Wire, Gorse, The White Review, Torque #2, Litmus and Poetry Wales. Until recently he was Associate Director of Hubbub, a collective of researchers and artists exploring rest and its opposites – including noise, work and mindwandering – as the first recipients of The Hub Award at Wellcome Collection.
Home, Manchester, Sun 27 Nov, from 13:30.
Featuring Other Room readers Emma Bennett and James Wilkes.
This micro-festival explores daydreaming and poetic states of mind, and features an eclectic programme of spoken word performance, talks, music, film and an immersive audio experience from In the Dark Radio. Presented by live poetry producer, Poet in the City in collaboration with Hubbub, a collective of social scientists, artists, researchers and mental health experts in residence at the Wellcome Trust. More here.
An exhibition organised by recent Other Room reader James Wilkes.
A number of events during the exhibition – including poetry (James Wilkes, Emma Bennett and Ella Finer), music, activism, debate and meditation – most of which are free. Further info and tickets from http://hubbubresearch.org/event/rest-discontents/
The first of a 3-part series ‘The Anatomy of Rest’ is also out on BBC Radio 4:http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07v07p0
Unfortunately, David Kennedy won’t be able to make it to our next event on Thursday 23rd August. But we’ve still got three great performers: Joey Frances, Wanda O’Connor and James Wilkes, back at our usual haunt of The Castle Hotel , Oldham Street, Manchester. 7.00 start, free entry as always. Hope to see you there.
The next Other Room is on Thursday 25th August at The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE. 7 PM start, free entry. The readers are Joey Frances, David Kennedy, Wanda O’Connor and James Wilkes.
James Wilkes is a poet, writer and performance maker. His poems and prose have appeared recently in Gorse, Poetry Wales, Torque 2 andThe Wire; recent performances have included live work for ‘This is a Voice’ (Wellcome Collection, London) and ‘Where Were We – On Intimacy, Writing, Body’ (Godsbanen, Aarhus). He is Associate Director of Hubbub, an interdisciplinary group of artists and researchers investigating rest, noise, tumult, activity and work. Links: www.renscombepress.co.uk // twitter.com/wilkesjames
Mopher, where performance, art, writing, poetry, voice, concept and sound meet to wither and perish in order to rise again as something else, more than the sum of its parts. Mopha is a singular art performance / live poetry collective made up of six of the UK’s most accomplished artists / poets – Holly Pester, Patrick Coyle, Emma Bennett, SJ Fowler, James Wilkes and Tamarin Norwood.
Eschewing and mulching the multiple genres of live art and experimental writing, Moffa will premiere it’s work in 2014 at multiple venues in multiple forms.
Exploring notions of fractured speech, aberrant theatre, surreal vocality, performativity and audience expectation, improvisation and its tropes, compressed communication, humour and bleak irony, Moffer aims to create powerful immediate, arresting and unique works of performance that are mindful, and responsive, to their construction and contextual environment. Wholly collaborative and essentially collective, the works of Moffar will pool and mutate the already adept live practices of six powerful performers into a uncommon mesh of theatre, art and poetry.