A literary event celebrating the visual, visceral, messy, handwritten and colourful in poetry with new unique commissions from writers exploring alternate ways of making literature. Films from the evening, including this from Christopher Stephenson are online here, plus full details of the project..
Free entry (booking required, link http://www.acflondon.org/events/illuminations-iii-peter-handke/)
Austrian Cultural Forum. 28 Rutland Gate, Knightsbridge, London SW7 1PQ
New performances, readings and artworks by Verena Duerr, Eley Williams, Phil Baber, SJ Fowler, Stephen Watts and more to be announced.
One of the world’s foremost novelists, playwrights and poets, Peter Handke’s body of work is a question to the entire consciousness of post-war Europe. Wholly singular, often particularly divisive, Handke’s work creates an intensity out of the observational, skewers complacency and layers literature with the kind of distant complexity and forceful difficulty that actual living tends to bring. His work has been a beacon of critical and prolific experimentation, and his polarising persona and numerous works have forced European novelists of the last 50 years to, at the very least, accept or reject his style and substance. His output is remarkably underappreciated in the UK, if not generally unrecognised and so this event, in a small way, aims to rectify a considerable imbalance.
Verena Duerr, vienna-based musician and innovative lyric poet presents a made-for-the-night sound performance / Eley Williams, acclaimed fiction writer and poet presents new prose / SJ Fowler leads an in house mushroom forage / Stephen Watts reads Handke through his friend WG Sebald’s critical writing / Phil Baber, amsterdam-based performance artist and writer presents new translations and publications of Handke’s Repetition and To Duration. With more artists to be confirmed.
This event, by commissioning contemporary artists, writers, poets and theatre makers to each make a new work responding to the works or life of Handke, aims to transpose his work into a new moment – one that will stimulate as well as illuminate.
Kingston University’s literary cultural centre’s new year of events, projects, festivals and initiatives begins in October. The core programme consists of a dozen events – each themed, with three speakers responding to that concept with a new reading or talk or performance. The speakers are both guests to the Centre, including Tom McCarthy, Stella Duffy, Nell Leyshon and Iain Sinclair, as well as those drawn from the academic staff at Kingston University. Student and alumnus readings often accompany this main programme.
The Centre will present brand new initiatives including a programme of adult education courses, a bookclub curated with Stanley Picker Gallery and a publication series for student poets with Sampson Low. See www.writerscentrekingston.com for more details on the centre and the year ahead.
An ambitious new project, Poem Brut is an exploration of poetry and colour, handwriting, composition, abstraction, scribbling, and illustration, affirming the possibilities of the page, the pen, the pencil – in a computer age – generating over a dozen events, multiple exhibitions, workshops, conferences and publications. The first event will take place at Rich Mix on November 25th followed by an exhibition – Hard to Read – also at the Rich Mix, opening December 9th. 3ammagazine, a partner in the project, is also running open call for new works that fit within the tradition. More details here.
Stephen Mooney will be reading at our next event on Tuesday 31st October at The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester. Here is Stephen reading as part of SJ Fowler’s Enemies project. The other readers are James Davies and Pascal O’Loughlin.
Duos: collaborative poems written / made by two poets. There is no criteria for the poems or process. Please send a single bio and single photo for both authors.
Poem Brut: poems exploring handwriting, abstraction, illustration, asemic and pansemic writing, visual poetry and material process, colour, scribbling, scrawlings, crossings out, ink, forgotten notes, found text, interaction between paper and pen, and pencil, geometric poems, inarticulate poems, minimalism, collage, toilet wall writing. No works produced on a computer.
More details here.
Worm Wood : an exhibition at Kensal Green Cemetery The Dissenter’s Gallery
by Tereza Stehlíková and SJ Fowler – August 3rd to September 3rd
An exhibition of found objects, artefacts., paintings, photographs and a new collaborative film from Czech moving-image artist Tereza Stehlikova and writer SJ Fowler which explores the historic, hidden and idiosyncratic in Kensal Green Cemetery, and its connection to disppeared and ever disappearing London. www.stevenjfowler.com/wormwood
Special View : Poetry Reading – August Wed 16th : Doors 7pm : Free Entry
Held in the beautiful Dissenter’s Chapel, nearly twenty London-based poets will read mostly new works responding to Kensal Green Cemetery with Eley Williams, Fabian Peake, Joe Turrent, Michael Zand, Ariadne Radi Cor, Clover Peake, Adriana Diaz-Enciso, Ahsan Akbar, Alex MacDonald, Lavinia Singer, Richard Scott, Jonathan Mann, Giovanna Coppola, an audio installation performance by Pascal O’Loughlin & more.
Special View : Performance Night – August Thurs 24th : Doors 7pm : Free Entry
The exhibition’s official special view before closing with screenings, interactive tours and performances, featuring new works in response to the place and themes on display from Gareth Evans, Thomas Duggan, Alexander Kell, Tereza Stehlikova, SJ Fowler and more to be announced.
The exhibition is one of many facets of Worm Wood, a collaboration between the artists begun in 2015 and planned as ongoing with the area’s development. Worm Wood has included a summer long residency at Kensal Green Cemetery Dissenter’s Chapel, multiple events, a film and publications.