New Hix Eros review

Hix Eros: Poetry Review is published jointly by Sad Press and Hi Zero.

The latest issue is #8, published in March 2018, covering work by Sean Bonney, Lisa Robertson, Linda Kemp, Lila Matsumoto, Jennifer Pike Cobbing, Mike Saunders, Holly Pester et al., Sarah Hayden, Nicky Melville, Sophie Mayer, Calum Gardner, Juha Virtanen, Jèssica Pujol, Millie Guille, Sophie Seita, Caitlín Doherty, Corina Copp, Eleanor Perry, Daisy Lafarge, Vala Thorrods, JH Prynne, Colin Herd, and Peter Manson.


Sophie Mayer and Jeff Hilson at Storm and Golden Sky

Storm and Golden Sky at the Caledonia FRIDAY 27th May 2016

Up the stairs (at the back of the barroom, above the pub name, above) at the Caledonia pub, Catharine Street, in the Georgian Quarter, Liverpool, £5, 7.30 pm spot-on start!

Sophie Mayer and Jeff Hilson

Sophie Mayer is a writer, editor and educator. Her poetry has been translated into Russian, Greek, Dutch, and Japanese, and has appeared on poster hoardings in Dublin and as part of Yoko Ono’s Meltdown 2013. With Mark Burnhope and Sarah Crewe, she developed the recent wave of UK poetry activism, including the Sabotage Award-winning Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot, Binders Full of Women, and Morning Star award-winning Fit to Work: Poets against Atos. She works with English PEN, and was the Archive of the Now’s first Poet in Residence. Previous collections include Her Various Scalpels (Shearsman, 2009), The Private Parts of Girls (Salt, 2011), Kiss Off (Oystercatcher, 2011) and signs of the sistership(with Sarah Crewe, KFS, 2013). (0) is published by Arc.

Jeff Hilson has written stretchers (Reality Street 2006), Bird bird (Landfill 2009) and In The Assarts (Veer 2010). He also edited The Reality Street Book of Sonnets (Reality Street 2008). He is currently working on a sequence called “Organ Music” parts of which will appear in a comprehensive selection of his poems to be published by Egg Box in 2016. He runs the reading series Xing the Line and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton, London.

from Organ Music

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Sophie Mayer: A Preview

On December 9th 2015 The Other Room is very pleased to be hosting the launch of Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative poetry by Women in North America & the UK. Hope to see you there. Flier in the middle column for more details.

Sophie Mayer is the co-editor of Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot (English PEN, 2012, with Markie Burnhope and Sarah Crewe) and Glitter is a Gender (Contraband, 2014, with Sarah Crewe). She has published poetry collections with Shearsman, Salt, Oystercatcher, Knives Forks and Spoons, and – most recently – (O) with Arc and kaolin, or How Does a Girl Like You Get to be a Girl Like You with Lark. She is currently a full-time feminist film activist. @tr0ublemayer.

Christine Kennedy: A Preview

On December 9th 2015 The Other Room is very pleased to be hosting the launch of Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative poetry by Women in North America & the UK. Hope to see you there. Flier in the middle column for more details.

Christine Kennedy is a Sheffield-based writer, artist and independent scholar who has published co-authored articles on women’s experimental poetry. Her own experimental poetry grew out of her fine art practice and has remained largely integral to it. Her poetry publications include ‘Hobby Horse: A Puppet Play for Cabaret Voltaire’ in Dadadollz (ISPress, 2010), Nineteen Nights in San Francisco (West House Books / The Cherry On The Top Press, 2007) and Possessions (The Cherry On The Top Press, 2003). The poetry sequence Twelve Entries from The Encyclopaedia of Natural Sexual Relations is published by The Cherry On The Top Press (2000/2003) including her short supporting essay. The White Lady’s Casket, her site-specific text installation for Bishops’ House and her supporting essay, are published in RSE 4packs No4: Renga + (Reality Street Editions, 2002). She is the co-author of Women’s Experimental Poetry in Britain 1970-2010: Body, Time and Locale (Liverpool University Press, 2013) which is the first full-length study of these poets. Readings of her work can be heard at and her studio blog is at

Emily Critchley: A Preview

On December 9th 2015 The Other Room is very pleased to be hosting the launch of Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative poetry by Women in North America & the UK. Hope to see you there. Flier in the middle column for more details.

Emily Critchley is the author of several poetry collections (with Arehouse, Bad press, Dusie, Oystercatcher, Torque, Holdfire, Corrupt and Intercapillary presses) and a selected writing: Love / All That / & OK (Penned in the Margins, 2011). She has also published critical articles – on poetry, philosophy and feminism – and is the editor of Out of Everywhere 2: linguistically innovative poetry by women in north America & the UK (Reality Street, 2015). Critchley is Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Greenwich, and lives in London with her partner and daughter.

Here is Emily being interviewed at The Other Room a few years back

Elizabeth Jane Burnett: A Preview

On December 9th 2015 The Other Room is very pleased to be hosting the launch of Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative poetry by Women in North America & the UK. Hope to see you there. Flier in the middle column for more details.

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett is a poet, critic and curator. Poetry includes: Her Body: The City, Exotic Birds and oh-zones and has been anthologised in Dear World And Everyone In It: New Poetry in the UK (Bloodaxe). Criticism has appeared in journals such as the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry, Jacket, How2, Green Humanities. She has curated exhibitions with the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW) and is currently collaborating on a film on the poet John Clare. A collection on wild swimming and a monograph on the gift are forthcoming. She is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Newman University in Birmingham.

(O) by Sophie Mayer

Sophie Mayer’s fourth published poetry collection, (O), is a bittersweet lovesong to zombies, tattoos, lovers and sisters, Katniss and Pussy Riot, Artemis and suffragists. In three parts – I DO, I UNDO, I REDO – the poet undoes herself and all around her in a cycle that takes her back to the start as it comes to an end. Spirited, politicised, contemporary and Classical, these poems bring a poetic voice to the women that have lived in the cracks of history. In her own words: “Nothing – and everything – is sacred in this new cosmogony, beginning again with O.” Published by Arc.

Junction Box 7

A new issue of Junction Box which: wants to provide a space for poets, primarily, but also for other kinds of creative and critical practitioners, to talk about the world, themselves and the others, in a free and category-open fashion. We declare a bias in favour of the exploratory, the reactive, the immediate, what one might call a spirit of unprepossession, as against reflections in tranquility on carefully packaged residues of experience. By means of essays, reviews, improvisations, anecdotes, eruptions, interviews, manifestoes and the like, Junction Box will attempt to get under the skin of a small portion of the cultural universe, to reveal the swarming inter-cellular activities that make it glow.

Featuring: Sophie Mayer, Felicity Allen and Simon Smith, Kat Peddie, Tilla Brading, Allen fisher and Anthony Mellors, David Greenslade, Penny Hallas, James Davies, Helen Moore, Doug Jones, Alan Halsey and Lyndon Davies


Glitter is a Gender



“The humourous, the fantastical, the classical, the psychogeographical, all are touched upon in this attempt to collectivise the spirit of your erotics: that creative energy empowered, the knowledge and use of which we are now reclaiming in our language, our history, our dancing, our loving, our work, our lives.”

This anthology edited by Sophie Mayer and Sarah Crewe seeks to capture something of the exciting new wave of contemporary writing on the erotic.

Featuring poetry by Nia Davis, Pascal O’Laoghlin, Nat Raha, Sarah Crewe, Becky Cremin, Jo Langton, Andra Simons, Kit Fryatt, Sandeep Parmar, slmendoza, Jay Bernard, Ziba Karbassi, SJ Fowler, Agnes Marton, Sascha Aurora Akhtar, Melissa Lee-Houghton and Sophie Mayer,

Glitter is a Gender is “not so much an anthology as an anthol-orgy of voices, hands, hearts and genitals, all working to recognise and actualise the erotic.”

Out now on Contraband Books.

The Wolf in Manchester

The Wolf magazine launch

@ The International Anthony Burgess Foundation

Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge St, Manchester M1 5BY

On Monday 28th July. Time 7.30pm.

The Wolf, a leading international poetry magazine, arrives in Manchester to launch issue 30, with readings from Ilya Kaminsky, John Redmond, Scott Thurston and Sophie Mayer.

Hosted by James Byrne, Editor of The Wolf.

Free Entry. RSVP via Eventbrite:

or email

There will be some wine available on the night.

The Wolf is a hugely influential literary magazine with a transatlantic readership. Ithas been publishing poetry, reviews, visual art and critical prose since 2002 and is now based in the North West. This event will launch issue 30 of the magazine with readings from Ilya Kaminsky, a poet from Odessa, Ukraine regarded by many as one of the leading poets of his generation and launching his debut collection in England Dancing in Odessa (Arc Publications). Carolyn Forché said of his work that he is“a poet of promise fulfilled. I am in awe of his gifts”. He edited the Ecco Anthology of International Poetry and lives in San Diego. John Redmond is the author of two collections of poems, Thumb’s Width and MUDe—both published by Manchester-based press Carcanet—the former having been longlisted for The Guardian First Book Award. Scott Thurston’s most recent book of poetry is Reverses Heart’s Reassembly (Veer, 2011). He teaches at the University of Salford, co-edits the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry and co-runs The Other Room reading series in Manchester. Sophie Mayer is a poet, editor and literary and film critic. She is currently Poet in Residence at Archive of the Now and her recent books include Her Various Scalpels (Shearsman Books, 2009) and The Private Parts of Girls (Salt, 2011). Her latest book, (O), will appear from Arc Publications next year.

Poetry and Protest

24 Aprilm 19:30. Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA.

Join English PEN for a night of poetry, music and discussion on how literature and activism can come together. Featuring poets James Byrne, Sophie Mayer, Laila Sumpton, Aoife Mannix and Sonority Turner. Hosted by Shane Solanki.

The evening will also highlight PEN’s campaign for the release of imprisoned Camerooian poet Enoh Meyomese and celebrate the publication ‘Jail Verse’ a collection of his poems translated into English.

7.30pm Open-mic performances from Student PEN
8.00pm Panel discussion on How to be a literary activist with Sophie Mayer, Laila Sumpton and James Byrne.
9.00pm Performances from Sonority Turner and Aoife Mannix


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

Binders Full of Women’s Poems

A binder, full of outspoken poems by writers who identify as female, trans, intersex or gender-neutral, featuring Sarah Crewe, Nia Davies, Amy Evans, Maria Gornell, Sarah Hesketh, Kirsten Irving, Mara Katz, Rowena Knight, Melissa Lee-Houghton, Agnes Marton, Sophie Mayer, Sally McAlister, Michelle McGrane, slmendoza, Steph Pike, Chella Quint, Nat Raha, Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg, Jacqueline Saphra, Claire Trévien, Jackie Wills, Alison Winch.  More here.

Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot

CATECHISM: POEMS FOR PUSSY RIOT, edited by Mark Burnhope, Sarah Crewe & Sophie Mayer, is out now on PEN.  ePUB, Kindle and PDF versions are available here. The book is distributed on the ‘Pay What You Think It’s Worth’ model popularised by Radiohead and others. £5 is recommended, but any amount is welcome. All revenue will go to the Pussy Riot Legal fund, and the English PEN Writers at Risk Programme.

John Kinsella / Sophie Mayer / Drew Milne Cambridge reading

Friday, 14 October, 7.30 pm.

Special Poetry Event / Reading:

John Kinsella
Sophie Mayer
Drew Milne

Judith E Wilson Drama Studio, Faculty of English, 9 West Road, Cambridge. Free Entry. All welcome.

This event marks the beginning of John Kinsella’s residence as this year’s Judith E Wilson Visiting Poetry Fellow.

John Kinsella has written over 20 books of poetry, as well as plays and fiction. His recent books include ‘The New Arcadia’ (2005); Shades of the Sublime & Beautiful (2008); ‘Divine Comedy: Journeys Through a
Regional Geography’ (2010); and ‘Activist Poetics: Anarchy in the Avon Valley’ ( 2010).

Sophie Mayer’s latest collection is ‘The Private Parts of Girls’ (Salt, 2011). She is the author of ‘The Cinema of Sally Potter: A Politics of Love’ (2009) and a regular contributor to Sight & Sound.

Drew Milne’s book’s of poetry include ‘The Damage: new and selected poems’ (2001), ‘Mars Disarmed’ (2002) and ‘Go Figure’ (2003).