Reading: Andrea Brady, Robert Hampson, Sophie Seita


25th May, 19:00–21:00. 11 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3RF.

Royal Holloway Poetics Research Centre and Kent Centre for Modern Poetry present readings by:

Andrea Brady, Robert Hampson, Sophie Seita


Andrea Brady’s books of poetry include Vacation of a Lifetime (Salt, 2001), Wildfire: A Verse Essay on Obscurity and Illumination (Krupskaya, 2010), Mutability: scripts for infancy (Seagull, 2012), Cut from the Rushes (Reality Street, 2013), Dompteuse (Bookthug, 2014) and (Crater, 2016). She is Professor of Poetry at Queen Mary University of London, where she runs the Centre for Poetry and curates the Globe Road Poetry festival. Andrea is director of the Archive of the Now (, the UK’s largest digital archive of performances by experimental poets. With Keston Sutherland she is co-publisher of Barque Press (

Robert Hampson has had a long-term involvement with contempory innovative poetry as editor, critic and practitioner. He co-edited the magazine Alembic during the 1970s, and he and Peter Barry co-edited the pioneering collection of essays The New British poetries: The scope of the posible (Manchester University press, 1993). He co-edited Frank O’Hara Now (Liverpool University Press, 2010) with Will Montgomery and Clasp: late modernist poetry in London in the 1970s (Shearsman, 2016) with Ken Edwards. His own most recent poetry publications include Assembled Fugitives: Selected Poems 1973-1998 (Stride, 2000), Seaport (Shearsman, 2008), an explanation of colours (Veer, 2010), and sonnets 4 sophie (pushtika, 2015). Reworked Disasters (Knivesforksand spoons, 2013) was long-listed for the Forward Prize. He collaborated (with Robert Sheppard) on Liverpool (hugs &) kisses (2015).

Sophie Seita works with language on the page, in performance, and in translation. She has presented her work at the Serpentine Gallery (London), La MaMa Galleria (NYC), Company Gallery (NYC), SoundEye (Cork, Ireland), Neue Töne Festival (Stuttgart, Germany), Goethe-Institut New York, and elsewhere. Her publications include Les Bijoux Indiscrets, or, Paper Tigers (Gauss PDF, 2017), Meat (Little Red Leaves, 2015), Fantasias in Counting(BlazeVOX, 2014), 12 Steps (Wide Range, 2012), and i mean i dislike that fate that i was made to where, a translation of the German poet Uljana Wolf (Wonder, 2015). The recipient of various awards and fellowships for her creative and critical work, she also received a PEN/Heim Grant (2015) for her forthcoming translation of Wolf’s Subsisters: Selected Poems (Belladonna*, 2017). She is a Junior Research Fellow at Queens’ College, Cambridge, where she’s currently editing a facsimile reprint of The Blind Man (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2017) and finishing her first monograph on avant-garde little magazine communities.

Robert Hampson: a preview

Robert Hampson will read at the next Other Room on Wednesday 7th October. For a flavour of his work, try this clip of him reading at the 2013 Camaradefest. Full bio, for Robert below. The other readers are Michelle Naka Pierce, Alistair Noon and Chris Pusateri.

Robert Hampson has been involved in poetry and poetry publishing since the 1970s, when he co-edited Alembic with Peter Barry and Ken Edwards. His selected poems, Assembled Fugitives, was published by Stride in 2001. More recent publications include an explanation of colours (Veer, 2010), reworked disasters (KFS, 2013), which was longlisted for the Forward Prize, and sonnets 4 sophie (pushtika, 2015). His best-known work is Seaport (1995), which was re-issued by Shearsman in 2008. He is Professor of Modern Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he teaches on the Poetic Practice pathway of the MA in Creative Writing.

Our next 4 events

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Future Events

7th October 2015 7.00 @ The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester – Alistair Noon, Chris Pusateri, Michelle Naka Pierce, Robert Hampson

9th December 2015 7.00 @ The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester – Out of Everywhere 2, an anthology of women poets launch

17th February 2016 7.00 @ The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester – Mark Leahy, Will Montgomery and TBA

13th April 2016 7.00 @ The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester – The Other Room 8th birthday, readers TBA

Storm and Golden Sky: Robert Hampson and Eleanor Rees

Up the stairs (at the back of the barroom, above the pub name, above) at the Caledonia pub, Catharine Street, in the Georgian Quarter, Liverpool, £5, 7 pm spot-on start!

July 31st: Robert Hampson and Eleanor Rees

Eleanor Rees graduated with a BA in English Literature from the University of Sheffield in 2001, and a MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in 2002.[2] She has a PhD from the University of Exeter. She has published three collections of poetry. She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2002. Andraste’s Hair was shortlisted for the Forward Prize Best First Collection and the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award for Poetry. Her second collection is Eliza and the Bear from which the band take their name. Her third collection is Blood Child, Pavilion Poets/Liverpool University Press, 2015.

 Read the article in The Skinny with Eleanor on local poets, politics and her new collection Blood Child.

Robert Hampson is Professor of Modern Literature in the English Department at Royal Holloway, University of London. During the 70s he co-edited (with Ken Edwards and Peter Barry) the magazine Alembic which, among other things, was instrumental in introducing North American LANGUAGE poetry to England. More recently, he has edited another poetry magazine, purge. He also co-edited (with Peter Barry) New British Poetries: The Scope of the Possible.His collections of poetry include: Degrees of Addiction, A Necessary Displacement, A City at War, Seaport, and C for Security, and An Exploration of Colours (Veer 2010). His selected poems,Assembled Fugitives, was published by Stride in 2000.

Liverpool Hugs and Kisses

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A collaboration, originally written for Steve Fowler’s Camarade event in London  by exiled Liverpudlian Hampson and domiciled Liverpolitan Sheppard. They decided to take on the city, but like so many, were left haunted by its history and its pubs. An adjunct to Hampson’s famous Seaport and to other explorations by Sheppard in his recent work concerning the city, this pamphlet is the real thing: Arthur Dooley and Ray Charles rub shoulders in a Ginnassium and The Grapes with Marc Chagall and Kevin Ayres.