Videos back in the archive

A small part of our video archive, including readings and videos, hosted by MySpace has been down for a while. We’ve a couple more to sort out but meanwhile here are these videos back in action to be watched for the first time or again. Bon Appetit.

Nick Thurston December 2009

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Nick Thurston interview 2009

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Sophie Robsinon December 2009

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Sophie Robinson interview 2009

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Stuart Calton October 2009 at Oxjam

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Michael Haslam October 2009

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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

The Other Room Anthology 2009/10

A wonderful thing which is now going to press after finding the bugs in the proof.

Keep your eyes peeled.

Features readers from April 2009-Feb 2010: Tim Atktins, Phil Davenport, Lisa Samuels, Allen Fisher, Alex Davies, Matt Dalby, P. Inman, Tina Darragh, Sean Bonney, Frances Kruk, Craig Dworkin, Michael Haslam, James Davies, Tony Trehy, Nick Thurston, Sophie Robinson, Steve Waling, Rob Holloway, Holly Pester.

More details soon when it’s printed.

Jaime Birch – review of The Other Room 11

Thanks are due to Jaime Birch for reviewing last weeks reading with Michael Haslam and Craig Dworkin:

The 11th reading in The Other Room series was just super – one of my favourites, I think. Craig Dworkin, the first reader, couldn’t be with us in the flesh, and so he’d had himself recorded, reading three pieces of his work. We were shown this film of his during the first part of the evening via a projector. It was great. The video is posted on the site’s home page and, enjoyable as it is to watch on the computer, it was better on the night, on the big screen. We felt like Craig was with us somehow. We gave him a round of applause when he’d finished. If you weren’t there, you should have been. It was very cool and jazzy. It was, for me, all about wry, funky translations of existing texts. Craig said it was ‘conceptual’. It was good fun.

Michael Haslam read next and he too was really good. His poetry seemed more warm and humane than some of the more fragmented, ‘experimental’ stuff that you often find at The Other Room. His poems seemed to have clearer narratives and characters. And he read with gusto; a real celebration of the spoken and written word.

Before he started to read, Michael talked a little bit about how he didn’t really feel like an experimental poet – ‘It may not be clear why I should be (if I am) linked with avantgardists and experimenters. The answer is, historical accident, or, like finding a place to live—having found a loose net of congenial spiritual company, I see no good reason to forgo it.’ (quoted from the internet, not the reading). On the actual night of the reading he said something about all poems being an experiment. I agree with him – the term ‘experimental’ is problematic for me too.
I liked his style. I would’ve bought one of his books had I not been broke as a joke.

So yes, the evening was brill. You, yes You, must come to the next one. Oh yeah, one more thing – poetry readings can sometimes be quite intimidating to walk into on you own can’t they? (yes) Well not at The Other Room! – I’m a girl, from Bolton, and I went there by myself. I was warmly welcomed, to be sure. There were quite a few young ladies there actually; more than usual. Anyway – Come to the next reading and join in the fun, I expect it will be bob on.

The Other Room: we never close

It’s a mere 6o days until the next Other Room on October 7th, so you really should start preparing. Why not get acquainted with the work of Michael Haslam, who will be one of the readers? Links to Crag Dworkin, the other October reader, coming soon.

Michael Haslam’s homepage here.

MH’s page at Shearsman here and at Arc here.