Patricia Farrell: a preview

Just two days to our special one-off event, celebrating Robert Sheppard’s European Union of Imaginary Authors project, 23rd August at 7PM, The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE. Patricia Farrell, seen above with Nathan Walker, will be astrally projecting Bulgarian poet Ivaylo Dimitrov, with other performers including Allen Fisher, Alan Baker and Joanne Ashcroft. Free entry, as always with the Other Room.

Nathan Walker and Lauren De Sa Naylor at Storm and Golden Sky

Friday, July 22 at 7:30 PM, Caledonia Liverpool
22 Caledonia Street, L7 7DX Liverpool

Join us for our nth Storm and Golden Sky reading pairing at the Caledonia Liverpool. Bringing together two very different contemporary stylists writing at the art-language-body seam.


Lauren de Sa Naylor lives and works out of Todmorden and Anglesey, where she variously mothers, lovers, housekeeps and writes. Her poetic practice is oriented around the dream, inter/intra-personal desire and resistance. Her critical writing deals with maternal and neoliberal subjectivity, place/precarity and forensic examinations of maternality and carnality. WOrk can be found in forthcoming editions of E.R.O.S. and Gorse journals.

Nathan Walker is a performance artist and poet based in York. His work considers language as an action through phonic, sonic and visual forms of writing. His research explores the relationships between sound poetry and performance art. He has performed internationally at galleries, festivals and text events, most recently: Experimentica, Chapter Arts, Cardiff; Drafting, Baltic 39, Newcastle Upon Tyne; The Other Room, Manchester; Performance Space, London; and Shady Dealings with Language, Bökship / Matts Gallery, London.

Action Poetry

Oui Performance – Action Poetry

Karen Mac Cormack & Steve McCaffery
Thursday 9th June 2016
York Medical Society, Stonegate, York
7pm – 8:30pm

Karen Mac Cormack is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, most recently AGAINST WHITE (Veer Books, London, 2013). Her poems have appeared in a number of anthologies including ‘Moving Borders’, ‘Out of Everywhere’, ‘Another Language’, and ‘Prismatic Publics’. Her texts have been translated into French, Portuguese, Swedish and Norwegian. An extended interview with her appears in Scott Thurston’s ‘Talking Poetics’ (Shearsman, 2011). Of dual British/Canadian citizenship she currently lives in the USA and teaches at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Steve McCaffery is the author of more than 40 books of poetry and criticism. His most recent books are ‘Tatterdemalion’ (Veer Books, 2014); ‘Alice in Plunderland’ (Book Thug, 2015) and ‘Revanches’, a collection of visual and concrete poetry (Xexoxial, 2015). English born and a long-time resident of Toronto, he was a co-founder of the Toronto Research Group (TRG), the sound poetry ensemble Four Horsemen, and the College of Canadian Pataphysics. Since 2004 he has been the David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters and Director and member of the UB Poetics Program at the University at Buffalo.

More here.

Word’s Work

27 April, 19:00–22:00.& Model, 19 East Parade, Leeds, LS1 2BH.

Five diverse writers from UK and Ireland are brought together to read and perform previously published essays, poetry and sound works on the top floor of &Model gallery in Leeds.
Published and artist-published books, zines and audio will be on display and for sale during the evening with readings and performances by

Amy Cutler (Leeds),
Stephen Emmerson (London),
Megan Nolan (Dublin),
Nat Raha (London) and
Nathan Walker (York).

Free Entry and Donations Bar.
Word’s Work is organised by Matt Cole, Chris Stephenson and Claire Potter.


Amy Cutler is a writer, curator and post doctoral fellow at the University of Leeds where she researches environmental history, historical geography, and modern British poetry. Amy is also the co-founder of the award winning cultural film program PASSENGER FILMS.

Stephen Emmerson’s current practice investigates, space, performance, and the placebo effect. His collections include: ‘A never ending poem…’ (Zimzalla) ‘Telegraphic Transcriptions’ (Dept Press / Stranger Press), ‘No Ideas but in Things’ (Dark Windows Press), ‘Stephen Emmerson’s Poetry Wholes’ (If P then Q), and ‘Letters to Verlaine (Deep White Sound). His work has been exhibited at Albion, The Dark Would, Visual Poetics at the South Bank Centre, Pharmacopoetics, Farringdon Factory, Illuminations, and Lorem Ipsum.

Megan Nolan is based in Dublin, where she has written poetry, stand up comedy, and freelance journalism. She is currently focused on creative non-fiction and the confessional essay. Megan recently participated in Morgan Quintance’s radio show ‘Studio Visit’ at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, due to be broadcast on Resonance FM this summer.

Nat Raha lives in South London. Her poetry includes countersonnets (Contraband Books, 2013) and Octet (Veer Books, 2010) and pamphlets including ‘radio / threat’ (sociopathetic distribution, 2014) and ‘mute exterior intimate’ (Oystercatcher Press, 2013). Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Tripwire, Elderly, Materials and Cordite Poetry Review, and has performed her work internationally. She’s currently undertaking a PhD on Marxism, queer theory and contemporary poetry at the University of Sussex, UK.

Nathan Walker is an artist, curator and writer. His work investigates writing and speaking in and as performance. Primarily working in the fields of performance and action art, Nathan’s works explores expanded concepts of writing, including durational writing and sound poetry. His work also extends into online projects that consider the event of performance in electronic poetry. Alongside artist Victoria Gray he is co-director of Oui Performance an artist-led organisation dedicated to research and presentation of performance art.

Sneck Stairs

Wednesday 12th March 2014 at 7:30pm, Quad South Hall, York St John University. A performance featuring two upcoming Other Room readers Nathan Walker and Emma Bennett. Three Radio Plays with visuals – phonic disturbances – speaking quickly and slow – circling round – superimposing and sitting things next to – handing things down and handling things over – aligning shirts – snecking and videos of pictures. More here.

NAPE: Nathan Walker

Commissioned by Performance Space as part of ‘In Conversation’, a 6 month digital residency and performance event. The digital residency blog documented processes and methodologies leading to the presentation of NAPE: 

“Following a score of pre-recorded spoken text, the work superimposes the private performance of reading into the public performance of writing. I developed a system of writing as a score structure for the performance that installs materials as performance actions and tasks. Alongside this work I also developed a digital writing programme that infinitely generates performance texts in relation to the performance.”

Nathan Walker will perform at The Other Room in April 2014.  More about NAPE here.