Change of line-up for 31st October

Unfortunately, Pascal O’Loughlin is unable to read at our our next event on Tuesday 31st October. His place will be taken by Scott Thurston, who will be reading from his brand new book Poems for the Dance. See above for a film of Scott performing with Steve Boyland and one from our own archive.

The other readers will be James Davies and Stephen Mooney. We will still be at The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester and the Other Room will still be, as always, free. We hope to see you there.

Scott Thurston is a poet, mover and educator working in higher education in Manchester, UK. He has published twelve books and chapbooks of poetry, including three full-length collections with Shearsman: Hold (2006), Momentum (2008) and Internal Rhyme (2010). More recent work includes Reverses Heart’s Reassembly (Veer, 2011), Figure Detached Figure Impermanent(Oystercatcher, 2014) and, just out, Poems for the Dance (Aquifer, 2017). He edited The Salt Companion to Geraldine Monk (2007) and in 2011, Shearsman published his collection of four long interviews with the poets Karen Mac Cormack, Jennifer Moxley, Caroline Bergvall and Andrea Brady, called Talking Poetics. Scott is founding co-editor of the open access Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry and co-organizer of the long-running poetry reading series The Other Room in Manchester. Since 2004, he has been developing a poetics integrating dance and poetry which has seen him collaborating with dancers in Berlin and New York as well as in the UK.

Poems for the Dance (Aquifer Books, 2017) contains an essay and poems occasioned by Scott’s engagement with Five Rhythms and other improvised dance and movement practices over more than a decade. The book is a multi-faceted enquiry into the relationship between poetry and movement, exploring the shared vitality dynamics of both artistic forms as it seeks for personal, social and political truths. With an introduction by Camilla Nelson and photographs by Roger Bygott.

Scott Thurston’s Poems for the Dance

Containing an essay, and poems, occasioned by the author’s engagement with Five Rhythms and other improvised dance and movement practices over more than a decade, Poems for the Dance is a multi-faceted enquiry into the relationship between poetry and movement, exploring the shared vitality dynamics of both artistic forms as it seeks for personal, social and political truths. With an introduction by Camilla Nelson and photographs by Roger Bygott. Full details here.

 

Intersections: local and international poetry in Manchester

A unique evening of international and local poetry exploring how words connect people from very different parts of the world. This special event proudly presents award-winning poets from Canada alongside poets who live and work in the Manchester and Salford area. Plus, you can meet the poets after the event. Free, but book via Eventbrite.

Featuring Jeanette Lynes, Catherine Graham, Albert F. Moritz and Ian Burgham from Canada and Scott Thurston, Amy McCauley and Tom Jenks from Manchester.

International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine House, Chorlton Mill, Cambridge Street, Manchester, M1 5BY. 7 PM start.

Arvon Experimental Poetry course

 

Sep 18th – Sep 23rd 2017. Lumb Bank, The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Heptonstall , Hebden Bridge, HX7 6DF. With Scott Thurston, Harriet Tarlo and Maggie O’Sullivan.

This course is suitable for poets who would like to explore innovative poetic techniques, throw over old habits, or push their work further. You will be encouraged to explore a diversity of poetic forms and uses of language, such as open form, collage and juxtaposition. Your tutors will bring to bear their background in the UK’s innovative poetry scene, introducing you to the approaches of British and American experimental poets as a means of encouraging you to play and take risks in your own work. They will also help you explore some of the many ways of setting off into the unknown, and returning enriched, wiser, changed. More details here.

Arvon Experimental Poetry Course with Scott Thurston and Harriet Tarlo, & Maggie O’Sullivan as guest reader

Arvon Experimental Poetry Course
With Scott Thurston and Harriet Tarlo, & Maggie O’Sullivan as guest reader
Sep 18th – Sep 23rd 2017

Suitable for new poets and more experienced writers who would like to explore innovative poetic techniques, throw over old habits, or push their work further. You will be encouraged to explore a diversity of poetic forms and uses of language, such as open form, collage and juxtaposition. We will bring to bear our background in what is often referred to as the UK’s ‘innovative’ poetry scene, introducing you to the approaches of British and American experimental poets as a means of encouraging you to play and take risks in your own work.

More at the LINK