Ern Malley: a celebration

TUESDAY 13th MARCH 2018 at 8pm, at The Handyman Supermarket (a bar and microbrewery, despite its name), 461 Smithdown Road, South LIVERPOOL, L15 3JL, Phone: 0151 733 7838 (on the 80, 86, 75 and 699 bus routes from the centre of town: get off by the Brookhouse). A Night of Songs (some Malley’s poems set to music by David Whyte and performed by the Ern Malley Orchestra).

The remaining poems read by Liverpool poets and Australian writers on video. ‘The Ern Malley Suite’ by Robert Sheppard (from Twitters for a Lark) AND (later, party-time!) Sounds of the Down-Underground with DJ Frank Scenario.

Atlantic Drift at Edge Hill

Thursday 23rd November 7:30pm
Launch of the second title from Edge Hill University Press
Atlantic Drift: An Anthology of Poetry and Poetics

TICKETS FREE, but booking required

7.00pm – Light Refreshments
7.30pm – Atlantic Drift Book Launch

Introduced by the books’ editors, Professor Robert Sheppard and Dr James Byrne

This reading will feature three poets from a new and groundbreaking publication of poetry and poetics and a brief Q&A.

Atlantic Drift publishes 24 poets from the UK, Ireland, USA and Canada in partnership with Arc Publications. This anthology seeks to highlight new and existing writing and to define/redefine the discussions between poets from both sides of ‘the pond’. By developing a dialogue between English-speaking traditions, Atlantic Drift will include some of the most exceptional poetry and poetics written in the 21st century.

Twitters for a Lark

If the right poets for the times don’t exist, then they have to be invented.

Twitters for a Lark: The Poetry of the European Union of Imaginary Authors

 is published by Shearsman Books at £9.99 and in available here:

Working in collaboration with a team of real writers, Robert Sheppard has created a lively and entertaining anthology of fictional European poets. There is no resultant ‘Europoem’, but a variety of styles that reflects the collaborative nature of the poems’ production, the richness of a continent. The works range from the comedic to the political, from the imaginatively sincere to the faux-autobiographical, from traditional lyricism to the experimental. Accompanied by biographical notes, the poets grow in vividness until they seem to possess lives of their own.

This collection marks a continuation of the work Sheppard ventriloquised through his creation, the fictional bilingual Belgian poet René Van Valckenborch, in A Translated Man (also available from Shearsman here: http://www.shearsman.com/ws-shop/product/4328-robert-sheppard-a-translated-man )

Although devised before the neologism ‘Brexit’ was spat across the bitter political divide, this sample of 28 poets of the EUOIA (European Union of Imaginary Authors) takes on new meanings in our contemporary world that is far from fictive, ‘fake news’ or not.

The collaborators are: Joanne Ashcroft, Alan Baker, James Byrne, Alys Conran, Kelvin Corcoran, Anamaría Crowe Serrano, Patricia Farrell, Allen Fisher, S. J. Fowler, Robert Hampson, Jeff Hilson, Tom Jenks, Frances Kruk, Rupert Loydell, Steve McCaffery, Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl, Sandeep Parmar, Simon Perril, Jèssica Pujol i Duran, Zoë Skoulding, Damir Šodan, Philip Terry, Scott Thurston.

“Twitters for a Lark heralds a new movement: the European Poetry Revival. It is a book that arrives like a new channel forged by collaborative poets, with all past ideals of state rolled up in an old five pound note. This illuminated sect of future Rimbauds lightens the island’s burden, the lights on their vessels burning like the tips of duty free cigarettes.” Chris McCabe

 

Robert Sheppard: thoughts on EUOIA

“I’d like to publicly thank everybody for making this EUOIA night a memorable one. I think everybody played their strange parts of being half or wholly someone else! Those of you on video added to the occasion by suggesting elsewheres (though two were filmed in Norfolk and one in the very (lovely) space we were performing in).”

Some reflections on our European Union of Imaginary Authors night by Robert Sheppard, including news of the imminent Twitters for a Lark anthology,

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.