Visual Poetry in Europe – Imago Mundi

A special collection, curated by the poet and artist Sarenco, that constitutes an original thematic digression from Imago Mundi’s traditional geographic groupings: 210 works by European artists and an extraordinary movement which, from the great Futurist revolution and its first appearance in the 1950s, continues to question the privilege granted to the exclusively verbal aspect of language.  Concentrated in the 10×12 cm format, the radiance of the text-image, instead of being diminished by the miniature form, appears to undergo a revival, driven by the imagination of the artists opening themselves to new spaces of iconic-poetic symbolism. Including Other Room performer Paula Claire. More here.


The noise and voices of objects

Thursday 30 June 2016, The Reynolds Room and Life Room, Royal Academy of Arts.

Other Room reader Paula Claire will present seven pieces at the An Aside to On Stage event including improvisations with ammonites, lunaria, black treacle and the text/ures of savoy cabbage leaves. Convened by artist Sarah Jones, this one-day symposium brings together lookers and listeners from art and theatre to consider the noise and voices of objects. More here.


Late Modernist Poetry in London in the 1970s, with contributions from: Gilbert Adair, Peter Barry, Clive Bush, Paula
Claire, Ken Edwards, P.C. Fencott, Paul A. Green, Robert Hampson, Anthony Howell, Tony Lopez, David Miller, John Muckle, Frances Presley, Elaine Randell, Will Rowe, Gavin Selerie, Robert Sheppard, Iain Sinclair, Valerie Soar, Lawrence Upton, Robert Vas Dias, Stephen Watts, John Welch. Out now on Shearsman.

‘Not memory but a work’: Eric Mottram after 20 Years: addendum

More details about this 19th – 21st November event in the Court Room at Senate House, London which we previously posted about here:

Friday 20th November, 6.30-8.00: Poetry Reading beginning with a Guest Appearance by Paula Claire, presenting the 2 poems she created for Eric Mottram at her Kings Reading 27 Feb 1979 and leading a performance of Mottram’s Precipice of Fishes an aleatory multi-voice piece created for Writers Forum in October 1979. She will be followed by Bill Sherman, Ulli Freer. Gavin Selerie and others.



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

Speaking Parts

Raven Row, 56 Artillery Lane, London, E1 7LS. 16 to 24 May 2015. Open daily, 11am to 6pm.

Speaking Parts, a ten day exhibition framed by two weekends of performance, brings together artists who weave text and language – from poetic prose to the spoken word and scored voice – into the fabric of sculpture, film, painting and performance.

The works in the exhibition are for the most part ephemeral and portable, and depend on the input of the artist, collaborators and/or audience to be fully realised. Each piece has its own temporality, from one-off performance to intermittent activation.

During Speaking Parts, Raven Row will host Bob Cobbiiiiiiiiing Live, an evening celebrating the work of the great British concrete poet Bob Cobbing (1920-2002), with performances by Brian Catling, Paula Claire, Beth Collar, Hannah Silva and David Toop.

Artists in Speaking Parts are Brian Catling (b. 1948, UK), Michael Dean (b. 1977, UK), Natalie Häusler (b. 1983, Germany), Ewa Partum (b. 1945, Poland), Heather Phillipson (b. 1978, UK), Agnieszka Polska (b. 1985, Poland) and Giorgio Sadotti (b. 1955, UK). The exhibition is curated by Amy Budd, writer and Exhibitions Organiser, Raven Row.

The exhibition will open with a series of performances on Friday 15 May for which places must be reserved. Admission is free. Please book your places for this and the two other evenings of performance following the links below.

Please note Speaking Parts will be open daily from Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 May.

Performance Programme:

Friday 15 May, 6.30pm: Ewa Partum, Natalie Häusler, Giorgio Sadotti. Book here.

Wednesday 20 May, 6.30pm: Bob Cobbiiiiiiiiing Live with Brian Catling, Paula Claire, Beth Collar, Hannah Silva and David Toop. Book here.

Saturday 23 May, 6.30pm: Agnieszka Polska and David Bernstein, Brian Catling, Michael Dean, Giorgio Sadotti. Book here.

TYPEWRITER ART : A Modern Anthology


 TYPEWRITER ART : A Modern Anthology by Barrie Tullett

176 pages, 260 illustrations
Laurence King £19.95.

The first typewriter artist to find fame was Flora F. F. Stacey, with her butterfly drawing of 1898; but since the very beginning of the typewriter’s existence, artists, designers, poets and writers have used this rigorous medium to produce an astounding range of creative work.

This beautiful book brings together some of the best examples by typewriter artists around the world. As well as key historical work from the Bauhaus, H. N. Werkman and the concrete poets, there is art by contemporary practitioners, both typewriter artists who use the keyboard as a ‘palette’ to create artworks, and artists/typographers using the form as a compositional device. The book will appeal to graphic designers, typographers, artists and illustrators, and anyone fascinated by predigital technology.




MAGMA Magazine Issue 57 : Visual poetry



MAGMA poetry magazine Issue 57 is dedicated to Visual Poetry and is edited by Ian McEwen and Hannah Lowe.  It will be launched with readings by contributors at The Troubadour, 263 Old Brompton Road LONDON SW5 9JA on Monday 18 November at 8.00pm. The issues features The Shaped Poem, an article by Paula Claire, with illustrations by Mirella Bentivoglio, Karl Kempton, Fernando Aguiar and Shoji Yoshizawa. Paula Claire’s own work is represented by her scorch mark poem MAGMA (1973), shown above, published by Writers Forum in 1978.

Paula Claire: Going for Gold

Limited Edition 50 Hand Numbered Copies Published 1 Sept 2012. Introduction: Mirella Bentivoglio. Essays:Scott Thurston; Geraldene Holt. Celebrating a site-specific Performance in the Orchard
Tremough Manor Campus 2.20pm 2 September at the ENVIRONMENTAL UTTERANCE CONFERENCE, University College Falmouth, Cornwall.

Part Two: Catalogue 3: Poems 2001-2011.

Enquiries about the publications to


SPECIAL EDITION 8.00pm Wednesday 3 October 2012
The Poetry Library Royal Festival Hall South Bank Centre LONDON SE1 8XX
booking essential:

Paula Claire presents an illustrated survey of international sound, visual and concrete poetry in our Collection, explaining its importance in the history of 20th-century innovative poetic forms. She offers a unique perspective on the subject supported by her Archive of Sound and Visual Poetry, over 5,000 items gathered by exchanging her Little Press Publications with exponents worldwide.
An experienced performer here and abroad in schools, colleges, arts centres, museums and festivals – Venice, Berlin, Toronto, Houston, Oporto, Cheltenham – she will then involve all present in the diversity of her poems and artists books, explorations during 50 years of writing.
At this event : Book launch to celebrate 50 years of creating poetry:
Catalogue 3: GOING FOR GOLD Poems 2001-11 an annotated and illustrated list with Introduction by Professor Robert Hampson, RHUL. The Library has Catalogue 1: DECLARATIONS Poems 1961-91; Catalogue 2: DI-VERS-ITY – Extending the Forms of Poetry 1991-2001 and nearly 30 other books etc by Paula Claire, see Library database.

Poems For Many Voices

Thursday 7 June, 1.00-2.00pm

St Michael at the North Gate , Cornmarket, central OXFORD

Join Oxford poet Paula Claire in a communal performance of poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins, Bob Cobbing and herself that she has arranged for groups of interactive voices, part of her Dreaming Spires Online initiative. Free admission, family friendly.

This is part of OXFRINGE 2012

The Other Room 4th birthday – Lopez, Cremin, Claire, Rivera

Our 4th birthday takes place with one stonking event on Thursday 19th April, 2012, 7 pm. Aside from the 3 fabulous performances on the night, other highlights will include a video from sound poet Paula Claire, the launch of The Other Room anthology 2011-12 and jelly and ice cream (or something like that).

The event as ever is free entry and is at our temporary home, The Deaf Institute in the Basement bar (arrive early to get a seat). The Deaf Institute is located in central Manchester, just off Oxford Road.



Previews of all our performers will follow shortly. You can book a ticket via Eventbrite. This will let us know you are coming and put you on our mailing list. Eventbrite will also give you updates and reminders relating to this event.

We hope to see you there.