Total Recall exhibition at Bury Art Gallery


TOTAL RECALL 1 August — 3 October, 2015 


Moss St, Bury, Lancashire BL9 0DR, United Kingdom

How do you remember the people who are important to you? How do you conjure your shared past? Is it in an image, a sound, a smell, a touch? Or do you use words?

We invited world-leading poets and text-artists to make a language-memory for Tony Trehy, who has directed the internationally renowned Text Festival at Bury Art Museum since 2005. This exhibition celebrates a 10-year anniversary of the Festival and a 20-year anniversary of Tony’s time at Bury. Writing on a wall, an Internet search, a diary entry, a flurry of thoughts … what is remembering and who is it for?

Tony Trehy has been the ring-leader of decade-long conversations, new opportunities, challenges and heated debates. Each of his four Text Festivals has added to a continuing dialogue between language and art. Every Text Festival has asked the audience a simple-but-complex question: How do I read?

Into the historic space of Bury Art Museum, Trehy has injected text that is a new ‘language art’ for the 21st Century. Bury was once the centre of paper-making in Britain, now it is a pioneer of language-making, with its Text Archive welcoming readers from all over the world.

TOTAL RECALL is a guerrilla makeover, an A4 invasion of reading into the larger narrative of looking. Unlike the street signs outside, these are not corporate instructions or sales pitches; they are antidotes. Walls, vitrine, archival box—nary a “book” to be found, but a heap of language left in memory.

TOTAL RECALL includes work by local, national and international text-based artists and poets: angela rawlings, Alan Halsey, Barrie Tullett, Carolyn Thompson, Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim, Darren Marsh, derek beaulieu, Emma Cocker, Eric Zboya, Erica Baum, Jaap Blonk, James Davies, Jayne Dyer, Jesse Glass, Karri Kokko, Kristen Mueller, Lawrence Weiner, Leanne Bridgewater, Liz Collini, Lucy Harvest Clarke, Marco Giovenale, Márton Koppány, Matt Dalby, Mike Chavez-Dawson, Paula Claire, Penny Anderson, Peter Jaeger, Philip Davenport, Rachel Defay-Liautard, Robert Grenier, Ron Silliman, Satu Kaikkonen, Sarah Sanders, Seekers of Lice, Stephen Emmerson, Steve Giasson, Steve Miller, Tom Jenks, and Tony Lopez.

— derek beaulieu and Phil Davenport, Curators

if p then q Christmas sale now on

The if p then q Christmas sale is now on. All books below are available via Lulu with decent postage rates overseas. The more you buy the less the postage!  See if p then q – for more details on the titles

David Berridge, Bring the Thing – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

Lucy Harvest Clarke, Silveronda – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

Derek Henderson, Thus & – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

Tom Jenks, A Priori – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

Tom Jenks, (*) Star – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

Tom Jenks, Items – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

Holly Pester, Hoofs – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

seekers of lice, Encyclops. – WAS £4.00 NOW £3.20 LINK

Philip Terry, Advanced Immorality – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

Chrissy Williams, Epigraphs WAS £4.00 NOW £3.20 LINK

Marcus Slease – Rides

“There is only seeing and, in order to go to see, one must be a pirate” said Kathy Acker. This is pirate literature. On a train. Partly inspired by Ted Berrigan’s Train Ride from 1971, Rides has a reality hunger. A mash up of memories and  observations on train rides all over the U.K. Out now on Blart Books.

BABA, Lucy Harvest Clarke

“There is much else to admire in this work which is deeply engaged in poetic tradition at the same time as it radically reinvents it; offering a precise, completely integrated diction that is expressive without becoming sentimental or egotistical, and intelligently discriminating without becoming abstract. Harvest Clarke’s achievement here certainly puts her in the top flight of lyric poets working in the UK today, and her work deserves the widest possible audience.”

Scott Thurston reviews BABA by Lucy Harvest Clarke at Stride.


footsy index

A night of poetry taking place at Inland Studios, 1st floor (above The Stormbird Pub), 25a Camberwell Church Street, Camberwell, SE5 8TR. 7.30pm Tuesday 4th June, with readings by David Berridge, Jeff Hilson and Richard Makin.

Benefits – new reading series

Advanced notice of  a new exciting reading series
Time: 7:15 pm to Midnight
Venue: Power Lunches Arts Cafe (near Haggerston Tube)
Date: 22 May 2013
Johanna Linsley/Jonny Liron (collaborative performance)
Lucy Harvest Clarke
Prudence Chamberlain
Tom Bamford
Chris Goode
Will Rowe
Robert Kiely
Geraldine Bhoyroo
Improvised music by Narcoleptic Centaur
Possibly a short video piece by non-present Sam Walton and Jow Lindsay
With more poets, music and speakers to come.

if p then q videos from September readings in London

Videos below from if p then q’s recent night in London with guest appearances from Michael Basinski and Jennifer Pike Cobbing. Look out for Jennifer Pike Cobbing in particular who read some of The ABC in Sound which will be read by an ensemble at the next Other Room, just under a month away.

Lucy  Harvest Clarke

Philip Terry

Michael Basinski

Tom Jenks

Tim Atkins

Holly Pester

Jennifer Pike Cobbing

if p then q readings in London tonight

if p then q readingsTim Atkins, Michael Basinski, Lucy Harvest Clarke, Tom Jenks, Holly Pester, Philip Terry

Saturday 8 September 2012 7 PM Price: free The Betsey Trotwood 56 Farringdon Road London EC1R 3BL

if p then q is a Manchester based experimental poetry publisher with an international focus, which is especially keen on minimal and conceptual poetries. Following on from day’s events at The Free Verse Poetry Fair on 8th September, at which if p then q has a stall, an event will be held in the evening to celebrate the work of the UK based if p then q poets with a special guest appearance by the American poet Michael Basinski who has a limited edition postcard published by the press. A range of videos and sample materials are available on the website. The event is free and very welcome to all.

Tim Atkins is the author of To Repel Ghosts (Like Books, 1998), 25 Sonnets (The Figures, 2000), Oriental Tapping (Faber 2006), Horace (O Books, 2007), Folklore (Salt, 2008), and Petrarch (Crater, 2010). A selected Petrarch is forthcoming from Barque, and Honda Ode is forthcoming from Oystercatcher. He is editor of the online poetry journal onedit at Tim’s if p then q publication is 1000 Sonnets.

Michael Basinski is Curator of the poetry Collection, State University at Buffalo. His many books of poetry include Of Venus 93 (Little Scratch Pad) and All My Eggs Are Broken (BlazeVox). Michael’s if p then q publication is the postcard Dog Music.

Lucy Harvest Clarke was born in East Sussex in 1982. After studying Anthropology at Goldsmiths she travelled sporadically and lived by the sea. She now lives and works in London. Her poetry has featured on Great Works, Onedit, in Parameter magazine and in The Other Room Anthology Volume 1. Recently she has published a pamphlet EX3 with The Knives Forks and Spoons Press. Lucy’s if p then q publication is Silveronda.

Tom Jenks lives, works and writes in Manchester. He is the editor of zimZalla and one of the organisers of The Other Room. Tom’s if p then q publications are A Priori and *.

Holly Pester was born in Colchester in 1982. She now lives in London, teaching and researching at Birkbeck, University of London. Her PhD investigates the history of Sound Poetry and the poetics of analogue technologies. The sound texts and performance scores collected here have featured in various cross-disciplinary events, including the Serpentine Gallery Poetry Marathon, Text Festival 2011 and the Liverpool Biennial. In live scenarios her idiosyncratic vocal technique locates a poetic in between the disciplines of poetry performance, song and new media art. Holly’s if p then q publication is Hoofs.

Philip Terry is currently Director of the Centre for Creative Writing at the University of Essex. His books include the edited collection of stories Ovid Metamorphosed (Chatto and Windus, 2000), a translation of Raymond Queneau’s last book of poems, Elementary Morality (Carcanet, 2007), and the collection of poems Shakespeare’s Sonnets (Carcanet, 2010). Philip’s if p then q publication is Advanced Immorality