Cardiff Poetry Experiment

Cardiff Poetry Experiment

Samantha Walton
D. E. Oprava
Peter Jaeger

Doors open at 7pm, readings promptly at 7:30pm
Free admission, with discussions. Refreshments, cake available at the Teahouse.

Waterloo Teahouse
Wyndham Arcade,
Cardiff City Centre, 
CF10 1FH
(enter opposite Central Library) 

Samantha Walton is the author of three chapbooks, most recently Amaranth, Unstitched (Punch Press, 2013) and the forthcoming Animal Pomes from Crater Press. She’s read at events including the UEA Poetry Festival, Surrey Poetry Festival, Lit Live at Goldsmiths and as part of Enemies collaborations in London, Edinburgh and Wales. In 2015 Samantha will be Poet in Residence at the SoundEye Festival of the Arts of the Word in Cork, Ireland. Tweets @samlwalton

D.E. Oprava is an American-born writer who has lived in Wales for almost two decades. He has published six collections of poetry, the latest of which, The Last Museum of Laughter, was highly commended by the 2014 Forward Prizes for Poetry and he recently won the 2015 London Book Fair Poetry Prize for Haiku. He is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Cardiff Metropolitan University and has work forthcoming from Red Hen Press and Pighog Press in 2016. 

Peter Jaeger is a Canadian text-based artist, poet, and literary critic now living in London. He is the author of eleven books, and his most recent publications include John Cage and Buddhist Ecopoetics (Bloomsbury 2013), 540493390 (Veer Press 2014), and A Field Guide to Lost Things (forthcoming this year from If P then Q Press). Jaeger is Professor of Poetics at Roehampton University in London.

Cardiff Poetry Experiment is supported by Cardiff University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy.


Edinburgh’s monthly night of experimental words and performance featuring writers and artists from across the UK and abroad. Avant jive for the masses.

For the first event of 2015 we’re back in Summerhall’s Demonstration Room with a Welsh word-terrorist, a Newcastle-based dictaphone tickler and vocal goof, a Bath-based innovative poet and academic, and a local modernist poet and multimedia merchant.That is:

Rhys Trimble
Samantha Walton
Rodney Relax

£5 entry (£4 concessions)
7.30pm for 8pm start.

Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL. More here.

Dusie Magazine 16

Poetry and prose by Christina Chalmers, Frances Kruk, Samantha Walton, Kit Fryatt, David Kelly, Kent Johnson, Verity Spott, Jeff Hilson, Holly Pester, Juha Virtanen, Alice Notley, Nikola Blok, Nat Raha, Susana Gardner, Joshua Ware, David Toms, Steve Willey, Geraldine Bhoyroo, Sam Langer, Jeroen Nieuwland, Carol Watts, Sean Bonney, Lila Matsumoto, Ollie Evans, Louis Armand, Karen Veitch, Lisa Jeschke, David Grundy, and an extract from a novel by Ja el Wiltong, all HERE


Artisan Bar, 35 London Rd.,  Edinburgh, EH7 5BQ. Friday, 11 October 2013, 19:00.


Alec Finlay is an artist & poet based in Edinburgh. He has adopted such innovative poetic forms such as the mesostic, embedded-poem, and circle-poem. Recent poetic works include today today today (Playspace, 2013), A Company of Mountains (morning star, 2013) Be My Reader (Shearsman, 2012), Question Your Teaspoons (Calder Wood Press, 2012) Mesostic Remedy (morning star, 2009), Mesostic Interleaved (morning star & The University of Edinburgh, 2009), and Says You (Oystercatcher Press, 2009). Finlay established morning star in 1990, a press specialising in collaborations between artists and poets, including the award-winning pocketbooks series (1999–2002). He has published over twenty books and has won two Scottish Design Awards. In 2010 Finlay was shortlisted for the Northern Art Prize. He blogs regularly at


Samantha Walton: has published — Amaranth Unstitched (Punch Press), City Break Weekend Songs (Critical Documents), tristanundisolde (Arthur Shilling Press); co-organises the techno-poetry night Syndicate; most recently published in/on — Black Box Manifold / Veersomes / Hi Zero / Archive of the Now; working on a book about madness, law and crime fiction (not bloody poetry).


James Oates has gained a reputation in the North of England for quality performances on the poetry circuit for over 25 years, more recently gaining the accolade of being one of the most consistently dynamic performers of poetry in the North today. This culminated recently in his representation of the North East in the 2009 Radio 4 Poetry Slam Semi-finals. He won the ‘East Durham Writer of the Year’ competition in 1997 in the
Prose (Open) category and has been featured on Amazing Radio. James had his first full Poetry collection published in 2007 (Wideyback) by Red Squirrel Press and has several pamphlet publications by other publishers.

Syndicate 7: NANO

Inspace, 1 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB. Thursday, 19 September 2013, 18:45.

Technology isn’t just changing the way poetry is produced and disseminated, and it isn’t just creating new media forms for poets to colonise. It’s also creating a context in which many techniques characteristic of experimental poetic practice have become commonplace. Join us as Syndicate curates a series of live performances, installations and dialogues at the raw intersection of avant-garde poetics, technology and cyberculture.

Performing tonight:: Sandra Alland / Steve Willey / Ian Davidson


Sandra Alland is a writer, filmmaker, interdisciplinary artist and performer. She has published and presented her work throughout the UK, Europe, the US and Canada. In 2009, Edinburgh’s Forest Publications published Sandra’s chapbook of short fiction, Here’s To Wang, which went into its second printing in 2010. Sandra has published three books of poetry: Naturally Speaking (Toronto: espresso, 2012); Blissful Times (Toronto: BookThug, 2007); and Proof of a Tongue (Toronto: McGilligan, 2004). Sandra curates Cachín Cachán Cachunga Queer & Trans* Cabaret in Edinburgh, and was recently guest editor at Jacket2 for a special issue on Scottish poets.

Steve Willey lives in Whitechapel, London. His poetry has been widely anthologized including in: Dear World and Everyone In It (Bloodaxe, 2013); Better Than Language (Ganzfeld press, 2011); and City State (Penned In The Margins, 2009). His long-form poem Elegy (his debut collection) was published by Veer Books in July 2013, but you can’t get it yet. Steve enjoys working collaboratively and across different media, and in the past he has worked with the composer Edward Nesbit and the post-rock band Rumour Cubes on pieces that have been performed at the Wigmore Hall and at Glastonbury Music Festival respectively. Steve’s current poetic projects derive from a trip he took to Aida Refugee Camp in 2009, and a further visit in August 2013. He holds a PhD on the subject of Bob Cobbing 1950-1978: Poetry, Performance and the Institution, from Queen Mary, University of London. With Tom Bamford he runs the Benefits event series in London, and he is happy to be contacted via

Ian Davidson’s latest poetry collection, Partly in Riga (Shearsman 2010) was mostly written while on a residency in Latvia. His current project explores the ways that practices and ideas of movement and mobility, particularly those of humans, relate to contemporary writing. He has made extensive use of a seven syllable line, a quantity that always seems incomplete, and see the pamphlet Into Thick Hair (Wild Honey 2011) for an example. Other poetry collections include Harsh (Spectacular Diseases 2003), As if Only (Shearsman 2007) and At a Stretch (Shearsman 2004), and critical books include Ideas of Space in Contemporary Poetry (Palgrave 2007) and Radical Spaces of Poetry (Palgrave 2010).

Expect:: Innovative poetics, multi-media artworks, interactive performances, lively debate and sparkling wine.

About:: Syndicate is a unique initiative bringing together writers, musicians, artists and researchers working with and in response to digital technologies, new media and evolving network practices. It is organised by Lila Matsumoto, Jo L. Walton and Samantha Walton in collaboration with Inspace and with the support of the Edinburgh Fund’s Innovative Initiative Grant.

Syndicate #3 Swarm

Tuesday 21st May, 6.45pm – 9pm
Inspace, 1 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB

Syndicate hopes you’ll join us on 21st May for multimedia poetry, electronic music, zesty discussion over carbonated drinks and performances from Pierre Joris, Nicole Peyrafitte, Samantha Walton and Sean Williams under the theme: SWARM.

Pierre Joris has moved between the US, Great Britain, North Africa, France & Luxembourg for 50 years, publishing some 50 books of poetry, essays & translations. Recent publications include Meditations on the Stations of Mansur al-Hallaj (Chax Press, 2012) and Diwan Ifrikiya: The University of California Book of North African Literature (Volume 4 in the Poems for the Millennium series), co-edited with Habib Tengour. Forthcoming are Barzakh (Poems 2000-2012) from Black Widow Press, & The Collected Late Poems of Paul Celan, translated & annotated by Joris, from Farrar, Strauss & Giroux. He lives in Sorrentinostan, a.k.a. Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, with his wife, multimedia performance artist and writer Nicole Peyrafitte. For more information:

Nicole Peyrafitte, is a Gasco-Rican pluridisciplinary artist born and raised in the Gascon-French Pyrenees. Her eclectic background & her experiences in shaping identity across two continents & four languages informs her multifaceted works. Peyrafitte’s texts, voice, paintings,videos, & cooking were displays in, among others: Ninon; The Bi-Continental Chowder/La Garbure Transcontinentale; Whisk Don’t Churn. Her latest projects are “Basil King: MIRAGE,” a 2012 film she co-directed with Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, & “Bi-Valve: Vulvic
Spave/Vulvic Knowledge,” a series paintings, bi-lingual texts & performance (Stockport Flats, 2013). Her solo or collaborative work has been presented and/or performed in such venues as The Metropolitan Museum, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the University of Bordeaux, Birbeck College at the University of London, Poets House NYC, The Poetry Project NYC, Festival Occitania in Toulouse, Estivada de Rodez. For more information:

At Syndicate, Joris and Peyrafitte will be performing: 

DOMOPOETICS: Personal & Shared Artistic Practices

Domopoetics is a performance that meanders dialogically between Pierre Joris’ poems, translations & thinking, & Nicole Peyrafitte’s drawings & videos, voice- & textual work.

Joris’ nomadic writerly processes & their insistence on a “barzakh” — a navigable archipelago of “in-betweens” — & Peyrafitte’s concept of “Vulvic space” — a homeomorphic topology or transformable conceptual space enhancing the exchanges between self & other(s) — come together in what can be called a “diastolic flux.” Theoretically describable as moving between a somewhat Deleuzian energy of plateaus & stages & a more Irigaray-ian awareness based on difference and infiltration, while always anchored in a processual practical poetics & art making, the couple’s collaboration started in the early 90s, & includes a range of duo multimedia performances, many book covers & illustrations, & the raising of two sons.

Samantha Walton is a poet and one third of Syndicate. Her recent project comes out of a creative residency at the ESRC Genomics Forum working on the relationship between lyric poetry and the life sciences and co-generating TTAGGG – an open source poetry sequence – with the help of social science researchers.

Sean Williams is a sound designer, recordist, and electronic and electroacoustic music composer and performer. He is currently a Leverhulme scholar at the Reid School of Music in Edinburgh, documenting historic electronic music performance practice.


Thursday, 14 March 2013, 18:30.

Inspace, 1 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB

The first installment of new media poetry night Syndicate explores the meaning of authorship and identity in a digital context in an evening of poetry readings, music, discussions and web-art screenings.

Sophie Robinson is a London-based poet who is currently working on a long poem about Soviet space travel. She’s interested in the experimental sonnet, contemporary revisions of lyric, and queer space and time. Sophie was Poet in Residence at the V&A in 2011.

Calum Rodger is a Glasgow-based poet with an interest in digital poetics. Tonight, he’ll share works made using Chris Westbury’s ‘user-configurable dynamic textual projective surface’ JanusNode, and wrestle with their critical and theoretical contexts.

Dorothy Butchard is a researcher at the University of Edinburgh who is exploring the ramifications of new media for established narrative techniques and the representation of marginal communities in literary space. She’ll be curating two pieces of digital art and sharing ideas from her research.

Syndicate will close with Edinburgh poet and musician Illiop, whose electronic music is often reminiscent of the call of the Namaqua rainfrog, and/or the sound of a hundred ribbons tied to industrial machines: tonight it will be reminiscent of the voices we’ve just heard. Syndicate brings together writers, musicians, artists and researchers working in and in response to digital technologies, new media and evolving network practices. It is organised by Lila Matsumoto, Jo L Walton and Samantha Walton, in collaboration with Inspace.

More here.


Thursday, December 20, 2012, 8:00pm. Vogue Fabrics, 66 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 7XB.

An evening of film, poetry and sad disco.

Amy De’Ath
Marianne Morris
Sophie Mayer
Jeff Hilson
Samantha Walton
!more tbc!

Liz Rosenfeld

Sad Disco:
DJ Dr Kemp

Alloa Poetry Jamboree

We’ve posted about this before, but the full itinerary for this event, starting tomorrow, is now available and is:

FRIDAY 2nd November

7:30pm JAM

Frank Kuppner, Peter Manson, Samantha Walton and Andrew Duncan
Alloa Tower, Alloa Park, Alloa FK10 1PP. £5 (£3 concessions)

SATURDAY 3rd November

1. 10.30-11.00
Dorothy Alexander
nick-e melville
Alloa Tower, FREE

2. 2.00-4.00
Bill Herbert
Lila Matsumoto
David Kinloch
Jim Ferguson
Donny O’Rourke,
Alloa Tower, FREE

Workshop on Cut Up poetry run by Jennifer (JL) Williams of the Scottish Poetry Library.
Resonate Arts House, FREE

3. 7.30-9.20
Tom Leonard
Drew Milne
Kathleen Jamie
Alloa Tower, FREE

SUNDAY 4th November

Ochills Poetry Walk: walk and reading of poems commissioned for the event by:

Gerry Loose
Thomas A. Clarke

Leaving at 11am from Dollar Museum. FREE.

Read the brochure for more details. Book tickets via the booking portal.


Alloa Poetry Jamboree

The very first Alloa Poetry Jamboree is confirmed as a going concern, running 2 – 4 November, and featuring Tom Leonard, Lila Matsumoto, Peter Manson, Drew Milne, Bill Herbert, Andrew Duncan, Jim Ferguson, Donny O’Rourke, Kathleen Jamie, Dorothy Alexander, nick-e melville, David Kinloch, Samantha Walton, Frank Kuppner, Gerry Loose and Jennifer Williams.


CRITICAL SCREE PUNCH LAUNCH. Poetry with Crot / Kruk / Relax / Walton

9th September, 7 pm start. Wash Bar on the Mound, Edinburgh. Bios and other information can be found on Facebook.

plus readings from FRANCES KRUK


London, 2011 — Hackney invades the City.

“The most pathetic poem is small people on fire”

Join the Praxis Suffragettes on a weekend of civic unrest in Stratford-upon-Avon. Meet at the Megabus terminal, Victoria Coach Station. Don’t forget your hammer, plus small change for an M&S lunch. Vagina Cakes all round (gluten free).

SCREE is an arts+writing little magazine based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The magazine is edited by Lila Matsumoto and was inspired by the tradition of hand-made poetry magazines from the late 1950s/early 1960s e.g. Migrant, Poor.Old.Tired.Horse., Resuscitator, and Black Mountain Review, among many others.


More ConVersify readings on Saturday & Sunday night, see!:
Facebook group:
Conference site:


There are still a small numbers of tickets left for the conference Conversify: Poetry, Politics and Form taking place at the University of Edinburgh on the 10th and 11th of September 2011. The keynote speakers are Esther Leslie, Sean Bonney and nick-e melville, and confirmed poets include Emily Critchley, Jim Ferguson, Robert Sheppard, Ben Watson and John Wilkinson. The registration fee is set at £25 for everyone and includes a buffet lunch on both conference days, and a wine reception at the Scottish Poetry Library on 10 September. Evening events, without conference attendence, are free for all.