The Other Room Itinerary rest of 2011

An exciting series of events already brewing. Advance notice for those of you booking your holidays to the south of France. All at The Old Abbey Inn, Manchester, 7pm start unless stated.

April 6th – Ken Edwards, Alec Finlay, Carrie Etter & Derek Henderson


June 8th – Steve McCaffery & Karen Mac Cormack

July 20th – Chris Goode, Jonny Liron & Tamarin Norwood

August 24th – Phil Terry, Rachel Lois Clapham & David Berridge

Ken Edwards – Millions of Colours

Crater Press announces Crater 10, Ken Edwards’s Millions of colours:

Millions of colours is the final part of Bardo: forty-nine prose pieces over seven days, a modern rewrite of theBardo Thodol, the devotional work known in the West as The Tibetan Book of the Dead. “Bardo” means an interval or a transitional period. The setting here is the port and old town of Hastings, on the south coast of England. Previous parts of the work in various versions have appeared as Red & green, a pamphlet from Oystercatcher Press (2009), and also in the journals and e-journals Cannibal Spices, Pages, 10th Muse and Veer Away. It is hoped that the whole work will be published before too long.

Ken Edwards is the editor and publisher of Reality Street. His most recent book is Songbook (Shearsman, 2009).

It’s £5; available from

Reality Street Supporter Scheme 2011

Via Ken Edwards:

The Reality Street Supporter Scheme 2011 has officially opened. Already some existing Supporters have re-subscribed – if you would like to join them, you will receive copies of the following five books in 2011:

  • James Davies: Plants
  • Leopold Haas: The Raft
  • Richard Makin: Dwelling
  • Carol Watts: Occasionals
  • Johan de Wit: Gero Nimo
(Subject to final confirmation and not necessarily in that order)

More than 80 people actively supported Reality Street in 2010. This support is vital for the continuation of the press, as it has been in the past few years. All Supporters, in addition to receiving copies of every book published during the year, are entitled to be listed as a Supporter in the back of the books and in relevant publicity, unless they have expressed a wish to remain anonymous.

The most convenient way to become a Reality Street Supporter is to visit
and click on the appropriate button: UK/Europe (£45) or Rest of the world (£60). You can then pay with your credit/debit card or through PayPal. If you prefer, you can send a sterling cheque payable to Reality Street to the address below. If you would rather pay with a non-sterling cheque or via bank transfer, please reply to this email.

PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING US AS A SUPPORTER – Reality Street gets NO grant aid and is dependent on its readers!

Change of line up for tonight

Unfortunately, weather conditions have forced Ken Edwards to withdraw from tonight’s reading. Richard Barrett will be reading instead. Richard’s first collection, Sidings, was published by White Leaf Press this year. He is the editor of DEPT magazine and co-organises the poetry and performance series Counting Backwards.

Ken Edwards reading

Ken Edwards and Harry Gilonis, in the Blue Bus series at The Lamb, 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1, in the upstairs room, on Tuesday 14th September, from 7.30. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions).

Ken Edwards and Myung Mi Kim, in the Poetry Center series at the Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, Saturday 25th September, 7:30 pm. Admission: $10.

Gangway Issue 40

Via Ken Edwards:

The Expatriations Edition of Gangway (Issue 40) is live.

The issue, edited by Helen Lambert, includes writing from: José Kozer (translated by Mark Weiss), Vahni Capildeo, Ken Edwards, Laurie Duggan, Catherine Hales, Shelby Matthews, Kent MacCarter, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Marcus Slease, Jim Goar, Tony Baker, Matvei Yankelevich, David Miller, Jaki McCarrick, Louis Armand, Kristina, Müntzing.

Please go to the gangway site:
(click on “current issue”)

FUTURES by Ken Edwards reissued

FUTURES, Ken Edwards’ 1998 novel, has been reissued by Reality Street with a new cover, after briefly going out of print.

The narrative traces the paths taken on her bicycle by the protagonist, Eye, across and out of an unnamed city in the wake of an event she can’t remember. Her quest is to face her terror and retrieve the fragments of her life, which lie in the future that never quite arrives, until it does.

More here.

Reality Street: new titles and book launches

announces the launch of
by Fanny Howe
on Tuesday 22 June at 7:30pm
at The Blue Bus,The Lamb, 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1

Fanny Howe will be reading with Tom Raworth
(admission £5 / £3 concessions)

Also launching on this day will be
Seoul Bus Poems
by Jim Goar
Unfortunately, Jim can’t be here to read in person on this occasion.

You can buy these books at the launch, or via the Reality Street website, or here:

If you would like to review either of these books, please reply to this email to request a copy:

via Ken Edwards

Bill Griffiths launch tomorrow

A reminder that Sean Bonney, Ken Edwards, Allen Fisher, Alan Halsey, Geraldine Monk & Maggie O’Sullivan will read the whole of “Cycles” to launch the first volume of Bill Griffiths’ Collected Poems.

It’s in Room Clore 203, Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck College (across the square facing the main entrance), London WC1, starting at 7.30pm.

Entrance free.

Via Ken Edwards

Bill Griffiths discussed on this coming Friday’s The Verb

Sean Bonney and I will be talking about Bill Griffiths’ Collected Earlier Poems on the BBC’s The Verb with Ian McMillan this Friday.

The programme is broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Friday 5 February at 21:15 GMT, and is available to listen to on the BBC iPlayer for a week thereafter.

Slightly more details at

 and more about the book at

Via Ken Edwards

Ken Edwards reviews if p then q

“In Manchester, I see, the Other Room has  been engaging new audiences too. Its co-curator, James Davies, is also editor of a magazine of “experimental poetry”, if p then q. The first two issues, which I haven’t got, were issued in envelopes. The third came in the form of a set of full-colour posters. The fourth, and current issue, is likely to cause apoplexy among some of the more austere adherents of post-avant poetry, but I love it.”