Arvon Experimental Poetry course


Sep 18th – Sep 23rd 2017. Lumb Bank, The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Heptonstall , Hebden Bridge, HX7 6DF. With Scott Thurston, Harriet Tarlo and Maggie O’Sullivan.

This course is suitable for poets who would like to explore innovative poetic techniques, throw over old habits, or push their work further. You will be encouraged to explore a diversity of poetic forms and uses of language, such as open form, collage and juxtaposition. Your tutors will bring to bear their background in the UK’s innovative poetry scene, introducing you to the approaches of British and American experimental poets as a means of encouraging you to play and take risks in your own work. They will also help you explore some of the many ways of setting off into the unknown, and returning enriched, wiser, changed. More details here.

Peter Barlow’s Cigarette 23 – O’Sullivan, Thorogood, Williams, Matsumoto

Peter Barlow’s Cigarette #23 – ft. Lila Matsumoto, Maggie O’Sullivan, Luke Thorogood, Chrissy Williams


An afternoon of alternative poetries
Saturday, June 24, 4.00 – 6.00, Waterstones, Deansgate
Free entry, free wine


’s publications include Soft Troika (If a Leaf Falls Press) and Allegories from my Kitchen (Sad Press). Lila’s poetry and criticism have been published in a variety of journals and anthologies including Jacket2, Tripwire, Zarf, and Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry. She has performed at places such as SoundEye Festival and Little Sparta garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay. Lila teaches creative writing at the University of Nottingham, where she she convenes the Nottingham Poetry Series:

‘s page at Pennsound ( is a primary resource for online recordings of her readings/performances. Her website is

writes about and through the ‘other’, using created characters to explore voice and form. He previously edited Three and a half point 9, and is currently the artwork editor for the Black Market Review. He is completing a masters in Creative Writing at Edge Hill, focusing on writing as created poets. He writes and creates for, along with a group of other writers, part of The Pollyverse, a multimedia extended story world around the adventures of Polly St. Irene.

is a poet and editor living in London. She has published various poetry pamphlets and her first full collection BEAR has just been published by Bloodaxe. She is director of the annual Free Verse: Poetry Book Fair and currently works as editor on the bestselling comic The Wicked + The Divine.

Maggie O’Sullivan – a preview

The next Other Room is on Monday 3rd October at The Castle Hotel, Manchester, featuring Susan Bee, Charles Bernstein and Maggie O’Sullivan. 7 PM start, free entry, as always.

This clip is of Maggie O’Sullivan’s interpretation of the letter L, part of our celebration of Bob Cobbing’s The ABC in Sound in October 2012. For more clips of Maggie, see her page at Penn Sound or her performance as part of the Other Room’s Poems for the Millennium launch in October 2010.

Maggie O’Sullivan has been making and performing her work internationally since the mid 1970s. Anthology appearances include Poems for the Millennium, Volume 2. She is the editor of out of everywhere: an anthology of contemporary linguistically innovative poetry by women in North America and the UK (1996). Books include eXcLa with Bruce Andrews (1993), In the House of the Shaman (1996), red shifts (2001), Palace of Reptiles (2003), all origins are lonely (2003) and Body of Work (2006), WATERFALLS (2009), ALTO (2009), and murmur (2011). The Salt Companion to Maggie O’Sullivan (2011) collects essays by contemporaries on her work. Her author page at Pennsound is a primary resource for online recordings of her readings/performances. Her website is

Coming next

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Thanks to all who came along last night for a hot and sultry Other Room. Our next event is in the cool of early October and it’s a really special one. We’re very  pleased to be hosting Charles Bernstein and Susan Bee, over from the US. Maggie O’Sullivan completes the line-up to make a real power trio. Hope to see you there.