Launch of Swims by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

26th September at 18:30–20:30, Tamesis Dock, Albert Embankment (opp no 9), between Vauxhall and Lambeth Bridge, London, SE1 7TP.

Join Penned in the Margins on the water of the Thames to celebrate the debut poetry collection from Elizabeth-Jane Burnett. A lyrical celebration of wild swimming, Swims will be official launched aboard Tamesis Dock in Lambeth. Join us from 6.30 for a reading by Elizabeth, drinks and your chance to pick up a copy of the book.

A long poem taking many forms, Swims begins and ends in Devon, moving across the waterways of England and Wales: from urban pond to open sea. The poet swims among fishermen on Grasmere, reimagines the body as bottle cap in the Channel, and clambers down the bank of the river Ouse with words scrawled on her swimsuit.

As political as they are personal, these meditations are conceived as environmental acts that probe the relationship between landscape, memory and the self. A sinuous, innovative debut, Swims reminds us of the power of swimming to transform the human spirit, registering what the water gives to us and what it takes away.

“These poems flow and sing through salt and sweet water, connecting time and place and spirit in an electric gesture of natural unity. Swims is a wondrous, perfect thing.” –
PHILIP HOARE, AUTHOR OF RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR AND LEVIATHAN, OR, THE WHALE

Free entry, but please RSVP to james@pennedinthemargins.co.uk

You can also watch Elizabeth reading from Swims for us at The Other Room here.

 

2 events at Kensal Green Cemetery Dissenter’s Chapel

Celebrating Erich Fried / The Ecchoing Green / Landscape learn : Growth and Decay – all at Kensal Green Cemetery Dissenter’s Chapel

Three unique events taking place in the first half of July, each in the remarkable grade II listed Dissenter’s Chapel of Kensal Green Cemetery in West London. 391 Ladbroke Grove. London W10 5AA. Entrance via Cemetery door on Ladbroke Grove.

July Thursday 13th : The Ecchoing Green with Chris McCabe, Tom Jeffreys and SJ Fowler.
Time: 7:00 PM – Free entrance www.poetrylibrary.org.uk/events/readings/?id=13145

This event will celebrate Chris McCabe’s ongoing publication project with Penned in the Margins, following In The Catacombs and Cenotaph South, with new work responding to Kensal Green Cemetery. // This event will see the launch of Worm Wood, Old Oak, a new piece of short fiction by SJ Fowler, published by Sampson Low, written about the Cemetery and its impending neighbour, the Old Oak development. // This event will explore Tom Jeffrey’s Signal Failures, published by Influx Press, which provides, through a walk along the proposed route of HS2, a wide-ranging critique of humanity’s most urgent failures. – An evening of readings and discussion with three of the UK’s most interesting presses, poets and writers.

July Saturday 15th : Landscape Learn – Growth and Decay 
Time: 12:15–15:30 Tickets £10 on Eventbrite
https://landscapelearn.com/index.php?p=events/growth-and-decay

Landscape Learn is a new prototype for learning and engaging with the landscapes around us. Landscape Learn will use the seasonality of nature to structure our approach to adaptive and immersive learning. A pioneering new project from J&L Gibbons.

Growth and Decay will explore how our identity and wellbeing is intrinsically linked to the socio-geographic context of our lives. Co-hosted by Poet SJ Fowler​, the Kensal Green Cemetery, forms a distinguished and biodiverse context for a discussion on health and wellbeing in a changing city. ​We will walk through Kensal Green Cemetery, and look back to look forward with Museum of London​ osteologist Jelena Bekvalac who specialises in reading the bones of dead Londoners. Neuroscientist Dr Andrea Mechelli of King’s College London​, Michael Smythe of Nomad Projects​, Jo Gibbons and Neil Davidson, Urban Mind​ collaborators will discuss citizen science and realtime collection of data on state of mind in the city. Dr Tereza Stehlikova’s​ film pieces of a disappearing neighbourhood will be screened in the Dissenters’ Chapel.

All events are part of Worm Wood, an exhibition and residency in Kensal Green Cemetery Dissenter’s Chapel throughout the summer by Tereza Stehlikova and SJ Fowlerwww.theenemiesproject.com/wormwood

 

 

Dagestan: SJ Fowler

Dagestan is a place we go to fight for money. A place where we are paid to be filmed, and perhaps be killed.

Dagestan is an thrilling new play by poet and martial artist SJ Fowler, set in the shadowy world of global security. Enter the minds of military contractors to uncover a culture of violence, gallows humour and moral uncertainty.

Fri 16 October – Sat 17 October at the Rich Mix, London.

Produced by Penned in the Margins

Chris McCabe: Speculatrix

DATE & TIME
Thursday 27 November, 6.30pm

VENUE
The Priory Church of St John
St John’s Square
Clerkenwell
London EC1M 4DA

TICKETS
Free but booking is essential as capacity is very limited and if you turn up without a reservation you will not be admitted.
RSVP to info@pennedinthemargins.co.uk

Step back in time as you descend into the twelfth century crypt of the Clerkenwell Priory for a very special book launch. In the deep atmospherics of the ancient church of the Order of St John, poet Chris McCabe introduces and reads from his stunning new collection Speculatrix. Book your place early for what promises to be an unusual and magical event in one of London’s most mysterious spaces.

ABOUT THE BOOK
In his most daring collection to date, Chris McCabe delves into the shadowy recesses of London history, bringing forth unsettling anachronisms and revealing the city as a perilous place to exist.

Taking its name from the term for a female spy, Speculatrix is at once the voyeur and the observed. Fame and death are McCabe’s subjects, sifted and strained through his poems’ urgent rhythms. At the heart of the book, a sequence of wild, neurotic sonnets tears at the corpus of Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre to conjure a visceral landscape of decay and financial collapse. Extending the collection beyond his trademark urban locale are startling poems for the loved and departed: from the artist Francis Bacon to the poets Arthur Rimbaud and Barry MacSweeney. In Speculatrix McCabe has pulled out all the stops, showing why he is considered one of British poetry’s most exciting and pioneering spirits.

Caroline Bergvall: Drift @ Southbank Centre

Caroline Bergvall brings her extraordinary new collaborative work DRIFT to London’s Southbank Centre (Purcell Room) as part of Poetry International. 17th July, 18:00 start.

Presented by Penned in the Margins with Sound and Music

Drift takes you on a journey through time and space, where languages mix, where live percussion meets live voice, where the ancient cohabits with the present. Ancient tales of exile and love re-emerge to shadow today’s lives and losses.

Internationally renowned performer Caroline Bergvall teams up with experimental Norwegian percussionist Ingar Zach and Swiss visual artist Thomas Köppel and together they invent a language of extremes: from the ancient pool of English and Nordic poetry to the lyrics of pop songs and damning human rights reports into contemporary sea migrants’ disaster. The 3D treatment of the texts by Köppel transforms the narrative into a dense, abstract canvas of drifting language mass, enhancing the hypnotic quality of the work. It also acts as a reminder of the endless changes undergone by the English language in its many histories.

Drift was originally commissioned for the festival lost.las.gru by Gru/Transtheatre, Geneva.

Tickets: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/caroline-bergvall-drift-83753

Tour details: http://www.pennedinthemargins.co.uk/index.php/2013/08/caroline-bergvall-drift/