Leanne Bridgewater: a preview

Leanne Bridgewater will perform at the next Other Room on Wednesday, 4th June at The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE. 7 PM start, with Allen Fisher, Agnes Lehoczky and David Miller. Free entry. The film above shows Leanne at Words V Music #2 in 2013. See also her Homophone Translations at Beard of Bees, some visual pieces at Depart and M58, and her Alternative Anniversaries greetings cards at zimZalla.


Leanne Bridgewater is a poet who writes and draws, then draws upon subjects (mostly environmental). She enjoys indulging in language poetry and experimentation. Her latest works are Sentience: a three-thousand word sentence (Stoma Press), Three tales of Dysgeographia (self-published), The Homophone Translator: a project on homophonic translation (Beard of Bees, 2013) and an alternative series of greeting cards (zimZalla avant objects). She is currently working on a project involving random number generation, along with preparing a new collection of poetry.

Leanne Bridgewater – The Homophone Translator

Out now as free PDF and as mp3 on Beard of Bees.

“I realised I could use the sounds of a Polish man speaking to write poetry in English. This was the seed of the idea of The Homophone Translator. As a basis for the translation project, I wrote a short story, Silver Linear Cloud, in English. Then, I asked several competent translators to translate one or more of the nine sections of the story into other languages. I provided recordings of the English sections and they returned recordings of their language translation.

Once I received the foreign language translations, I “homophonically” translate the recorded words back into English. To do this, I listened to the sounds repeatedly until English words or sounds emerged I was interested in the process of constructing new poems, being inspired by sounds, rather than following the stereotypical path of seeing translation as an accurate transportation of meaning.”