Gramophone Raygun 7

Everyman Bistro, Hope Street, Liverpool City Centre, 29 June, 8pm, £3.

Gramophone Ray Gun is a ‘live’ series of events celebrating experimental approaches to writing, poetry and music.  Alternating between the page, performance, sound and text, Gramophone Ray Gun is a regular ‘live’ platform commissioned by The Dock Road Press.

The seventh event includes a special set from the renowned sound artist Philip Jeck as well as poetic readings from Joanne Ashcroft, Jazz Linklater and Bill Bulloch, each punked up on esoteric language and strange magic.  As per usual, the evening will unfold to a crepuscular soundscape of unearthly samples and music excavated from a U.F.O crash site in Formby.

Joanne Ashcroft and Peter Larkin at The Blue Bus

The Blue Bus is pleased to present a reading of poetry on Tuesday 19TH JULY at 7.30 by  Joanne Ashcroft and Peter Larkin at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1. This is the 114th  event in THE BLUE BUS series. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions). For the next reading in the series, please scroll down to the end of this message.

Joanne Ashcroft has poems published in a variety of magazines and journals including The Wolf and Litter and a set of poems due in Litmus and a sonnet sequence made in collaboration with Patricia Farrell due in Poetry Wales. Her first pamphlet was published by Knives Forks and Spoons press. Joanne won the Poetry Wales Purple Moose in 2013 and her pamphlet Maps and Love Songs for Mina Loy is published by Seren. Joanne is currently a research student at Edge Hill University where she has also taught poetry and fiction. Her research explores sound and oppression in the work of Maggie O’Sullivan, Bill Griffiths and Geraldine Monk.

Peter Larkin works in the area of innovative ecological writing with a special interest in woodlands and plantations.  His poetry also attempts to explore the idea of scarcity in its phenomenological aspects.  Collections of poetry include Terrain Seed Scarcity (2001),Leaves of Field (2006), Lessways Least Scarce Among (2012), and Give Forest Its Next Portent (2014).  He contributed to The Ground Aslant: an Anthology of Radical Landscape Poetry, ed. HarrietTarlo (2011).  City Trappings (Housing Heath or Wood), a poetic investigation into the status of countryside contained within the Birmingham conurbation, is due out in 2016.

Myths of the Modern Woman

Sat, 30 Jan 2016 4.00 PM – 6.00 PM Tickets: £3/2 – Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool


Myths of the Modern Woman – an afternoon of readings and discussion curated by Sandeep Parmar, academic, poet and author of The Reading Mina Loy’s Autobiographies: Myth of the Modern Woman. The event features contributions from poets Zoe Skoulding, Sara Crangle, Joanne Ashcroft, Robert Sheppard and artist Melissa Gordon.

Parmar has programmed Myths of the Modern Women in response to Loy’s writing and to Melissa Gordon’s enduring fascination with Loy’s play ‘Collision’ (1916). Gordon’s exhibition Fallible Space, an installation determined by the script of ‘Collision’ provides the backdrop for the afternoon. The event will be introduced by Sandeep Parmar followed by poetry readings by Skoulding, Crangle, Ashcroft and Sheppard. The readings will be followed by a round table discussion and drinks in the Bluecoat bar.

Mina Loy (1882-1966) is recognised today as one of the most innovative modernist poets, numbering Gertrude Stein, Marcel Duchamp, Djuna Barnes and T.S. Eliot amongst her admirers.

About the Poets:

Robert Sheppard’s History or Sleep: Selected Poems has just been published by Shearsman, and showpieces work from the last 30 years. Last year he also published his ‘autrebiographies’ Words Out of Time and this yearThe Drop will appear from Oystercatcher. He is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at Edge Hill University, and is also a critic of contemporary poetry.

Sara Crangle is a Reader in English at the University of Sussex. She edited Mina Loy’s unpublished short prose works for a volume titled Stories and Essays of Mina Loy (Dalkey Archive Press 2010). She has published writing on Loy’s associates Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, Wyndham Lewis and members of Dada, and is currently working on a book with the working title, Mina Loy: Anatomy of a Sentient Satirist (forthcoming, Edinburgh University Press). She started her first book of poetry, Wild Ascending Lisp (Critical Documents 2008), whilst on a research trip to explore the Loy archive at Yale.

Zoë Skoulding is primarily a poet, though her work encompasses sound-based vocal performance, collaboration, translation, literary criticism, editing, and teaching creative writing. She lectures in the School of English at Bangor University, and has been Editor of the international quarterly Poetry Wales since 2008. Her recent collections of poems are The Museum of Disappearing Sounds (Seren, 2013), Remains of a Future City (Seren, 2008), long-listed for Wales Book of the Year 2009, and The Mirror Trade (Seren, 2004). Her collaborative publications include Dark Wires with Ian Davidson (West House Books, 2007) and From Here, with Simonetta Moro (Dusie, 2008). She is a member of the collective Parking Non-Stop, whose CD Species Corridor, combining experimental soundscape with poetry and song, was released on the German label Klangbad in 2008. You Will Live in Your Own Cathedral is a multimedia soundscape, video and poetry performance with Alan Holmes that has been presented across Europe in several languages.

Joanne Ashcroft has had poems published in journals, pamphlets, and in The Other Room anthology 2015. Her pamphlet Maps and Love Songs for Mina Loy won the Poetry Wales Purple Moose 2012 and is published by Seren. Most recently she has a collaborative work with Patricia Farrell, Conversational Nuisance available as a zimZalla object. Several of her ‘Charm’ poems can be read in the current edition of The Wolf and in Litter (online). Joanne is currently a research student at Edge Hill University, studying ‘sound and transformation’ in the work of three contemporary innovative poets.

Joanne Ashcroft: a preview

Joanne Ashcroft will perform at the next Other Room on Wednesday 11th February at  The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester, M2 4PD, 7 PM start. The above film is an experimental, stylised reading of Joanne’s What the tree saw sequence, which incorporates elements of the early Medieval Ogham alphabet.  For more about Joanne, visit her own webpage or her entry at Robert Sheppard’s 25 Edge Hill Poets.


Knives Forks and Spoons Pop up Reading

On Saturday 4th October from 1pm to 4pm featuring PATRICIA FARRELL, ROBERT SHEPPARD JAMES BYRNE and JOANNE ASHCROFT, all of whom have books published by KFS, at St Helens Library, Victoria Square, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1DY. If you are travelling by train, DO NOT GO TO St HELENS JUNCTION. Instead, travel to St Helens Central Station.

Blue Bus – Elaine Randell, Robert Hampson and Joanne Ashcroft

The Blue Bus is pleased to present a reading by Elaine Randell, Robert Hampson and Joanne Ashcroft , on Tuesday 18th March, from 7.30at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1. This is the eighty-sixth event in THE BLUE BUS series. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions). For future events in the series, please scroll down to the end of this message.
Joanne Ashcroft is currently undertaking creative writing practice-led research at Edge Hill University investigating the idea of ‘multi-voice lyric’in contemporary innovative poetry. She is a member of the Poetry and Poetics Research Group at Edge Hill. She was joint winner of the inaugural Rhiannon Evans Poetry Scholarship 2010. From Parts Becoming Whole (The Knives Forks Spoons Press, 2011) is her first book of poetry. Joanne was winner of Poetry Wales Purple Moose Prize 2012, and her pamphlet Maps and Love Songs for Mina Loyis available from Seren. She teaches poetry part time at Edge Hill University.
Robert Hampson is Professor of Modern Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he teaches on the Poetic Practice pathway of the MA in Creative Writing. In the 1970s he co-edited Alembic with Peter Barry and Ken Edwards. In 2001, Stride published Assembled Fugitives: Selected Poems 1973-1998. His recent publications include a second edition of Seaport(Shearsman, 2008), an explanation of colours (Veer, 2010), and Reworked Disasters (Knives Forks and Spoons, 2013), which was long-listed for the Forward Prize (2013).
Elaine Randell was born in 1951 in south London, and has been living close to Romney Marsh, Kent for over thirty years. Living with her husband, three daughters, two English Setter dogs and a herd of rare breed sheep and other livestock, she works as a social worker and psychotherapist. Her Selected Poems represents thirty-five years of work as poet, glimpses in time, concerns, loves, gardening and other preoccupations. Her Selected Poems 1970-2005 (2006) and Faulty Mothering (2010) are both available from Shearsman.

Literary Collaboration at Edge Hill

Literary Collaboration – a symposium hosted by the Edge Hill University Poetry and Poetics Research Group (English and History Department)

23rd April 2013 1pm-9pm E1 (afternoon) & Hub 2 (evening)

To accompany the exhibition of image and text MANIFEST by Pete Clarke and Robert Sheppard in the Edge Hill Arts Centre, Ormskirk, between April 8th – 26th 2013 (Private View April 16th 5.30 – 7.30).

We are living through an intense period of collaboration between writers and practitioners in other media – as well as between writers, either on the page, live, on the wall, or in new media. This symposium hopes to bring together practitioners and theorists to collaborate in a discussion of the issues raised by these often one-off encounters between artists.

Topics may include but need not be limited to:

  • Literary collaboration – poets, novelists and others
  • The theory of collaboration in the arts
  • The practice of collaboration
  • Multiple collaborations
  • Collaborations between humans and intelligent machines
  • Procedural and conceptual writing and collaboration
  • New methods of collaboration

We are looking for formal papers, demonstrations (but not ‘straight’ readings) that will last for 20 minutes (or less time if you desire).

Confirmed speakers so far:

  • Joanne Ashcroft (Edge Hill) on collaborating with Mina Loy
  • Pete Clarke (UCLAN) on artistic collaboration
  • Patricia Farrell (Edge Hill) will speak on the collaborations of Clarke and Sheppard
  • SJ Fowler
  • Rodge Glass (Edge Hill) on writing a graphic novel
  • Tom Jenks (Edge Hill) will speak on the human-machine interface
  • Nathan Jones (Mercy)
  • Andrew McMillan (JMU) on collaborations with photographers: a ‘third’ voice emerges.
  • Des McCannon (MMU) and Eleanor Rees (Exeter)

We are now looking for other speakers and presences.

Please send abstracts and proposals to by March 18th, clearly marking the email ‘Literary Collaboration Proposal’.

If you wish to attend send you name to . Attendees and delegates will be limited to 50 places.

There will be two sessions, the afternoon (1.30-5.30) and the evening (6.30-9.00). They can be booked together or separately. Please state whether : Afternoon: Evening or All day is desired.  Clearly entitle the email ‘Literary Collaboration Places’.

This event is free but limited to 50 speakers and delegates. Campus facilities will be open for refreshments and dining. This is a zero budget symposium.


Robert Sheppard

Joanne Ashcroft

Tom Jenks

Maggie O’Sullivan at Edge Hill

Maggie O’Sullivan
Rose Theatre (the Arts Centre, Edge Hill)

31st October 7.30-9.00


Maggie O’ Sullivan was born in Lincolnshire to Irish parents. Poet, artist, editor, publisher, she has performed her work and published internationally since the late 1970s. In 1996 she edited Reality Street’s now classic anthology of innovative writing by women, Out of Everywhere (see below). Her work has been anthologised widely, including in Poems for the Millennium Vol 2. She lives in the Pennines outside Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. Charles Bernstein concludes: ‘O’Sullivan cleaves to charm: striating song with the visceral magic of shorn insistence.’

Just published by Reality Street in the form of five visually rich text sequences, Waterfalls is a companion to red shifts, both works comprising the poetic project her/story:eye (1994-99).

Maggie O’Sullivan at

●       WATERFALLS (new paperback edition: Hastings: Reality Street, 2012)
●       murmur (London: Veer Books, 2011)
●       ALTO (London: Veer Books, 2009)
●       WATEFALLS (Buckfastleigh, Devon: etruscan books, 2009)
●       Windows Opening (Brooklyn, New York: Belladonna Chapbook #108, Belladonna Books, 2007)
●       Body of Work (Hastings: Reality Street, 2006)
●       “all origins are lonely” (London: Veer Books, 2003)
●       Palace of Reptiles (Ontario: The Gig, 2003)
●       red shifts (Buckfastleigh, Devon: etruscan Books, 2001)
●       etruscan reader III (Buckfastleigh, Devon: etruscan books, 1997)
●       that bread should be (London: RWC issue 35, 1996)
●       Ellen’s Lament (Toronto: PUSHYbroadsides, 1993)
●       In the House of the Shaman (London: Reality Street, 1993)

She has performed a number of times at Edge Hill and this reading represents a welcome return to celebrate Waterfalls.

Also reading: Joanne Ashcroft and Tom Jenks.

The ABC in Sound Ensemble for The Other Room 35: Bob Cobbing A Celebration

THE ENSEMBLE: Tim Allen, Joanne Ashcroft, Richard Barrett, Leanne Bridgewater, Matt Dalby, Phil Davenport, James Davies, Ollie Evans, Patricia Farrell, Clive Fencott, Alan Halsey, Michael Haslam, Tom Jenks, Angela Keaton, Geraldine Monk, Maggie O’Sullivan, Holly Pester, Robert Sheppard, Adrian Slatcher, Chris Stephenson, Scott Thurston, Gareth Twose, Steven Waling, Steve Willey and Nigel Wood.

Visit Ubu at the LINK to hear letters d, p and t of the ABC in Sound.

The Other Room 35 takes place at The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester, M2 4PD. Tuesday 23rd October 2012, 7.00 pm. FREE