Safe Mode by Sam Riviere

‘In Safe Mode, Sam Riviere boots us into a brazenly undesirable working environment. It’s an atmosphere, a tint, it’s what might happen when clicking back and forth between tabs in this or that rental dump, shifting mental zones, measuring out days through data and the het-up in-folding of strangers. Sam’s major flair is for channelling our maladapted, disassociated softwares. Broken spam filters, tick removal, the world’s saddest polar bear, undealt-with undertones and a ghostly parade of totemic, masculine constructs rise up out of apparently benign linguistic matter. Like being run through a memory test, repetitions occur in sneaky guises, the faulty bits are re-jostled. In here, words and images are fleeting engagements, but, the text implies, attention is your resource – and, if you stay around and look again, you’ll find even stranger zones firing up in the background.’ – Heather Phillipson.

Out now on Test CentreSafe Mode will be launched at Burley Fisher Books on Wednesday 12 July at 7pm. Details here.

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Martin Palmer – A Preview

Our next event takes place on 23rd June and features Sam Riviere, Sarah Kelly and Martin Palmer. Click HERE for more details.

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Martin Palmer is based in Morecambe. A graduate of the Edge Hill Creative Writing programmes, his Deconstructivist poetry has featured on Robert Sheppard’s Pages, and in Question Mark and other works have been performed at events in Liverpool and Manchester. He blogs at Blogtastic.

Sarah Kelly – A Preview

Our next event takes place on 23rd June and features Sam Riviere, Sarah Kelly and Martin Palmer. Click HERE for more details.

Sarah Kelly is a poet and artist currently based in London. She is the author of Ways of Describing Cuts (with Steve Fowler) (KFS, 2012) and Locklines (KFS, 2010) and has published work in various journals, magazines and anthologies including Dear World and Everyone In It (Bloodaxe). Her recent work is primarily focused on the visual and textual and centres around her practice as a hand paper-maker and she featured in the Haywood anthology The New Concrete. She has exhibited and performed nationally and internationally and was the 2015 poet in residence at the University of Loughborough. She has co-edited the Spanish language poetry journal Alba Londres and is the director of Molino Editions. She is currently completing AHRC post graduate research into ‘the page’ at the Royal College of Art. www.sarahelizakelly.co.uk

Sam Riviere – A Preview

Our next event takes place on 23rd June and features Sam Riviere, Sarah Kelly and Martin Palmer. Click HERE for more details.

Sam Riviere’s books include Kim Kardashian’s Marriage (Faber & Faber, 2015), Standard Twin Fantasy (Eggbox, 2015) and 81 Austerities (Faber & Faber, 2012), which won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. He studied at the Norwich School of Art and Design, and holds a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from UEA and was a recipient of a 2009 Eric Gregory Award.http://samriviere.com/