Veer launches – Peter Larkin, Stephen Emmerson, Wayne Clements/Johan de Wit/Anthony John

Thursday, December 15 at 7:30 PM – 9 PM
Room 101 at the Clore Management Centre in Birkbeck College, London

Launching 3 new Veer Books, with readings by the authors:

* Peter Larkin – C Trappings
* Stephen Emmerson – The Journal of Baal and other visual poems
* Wayne Clements, Johan de Wit, Antony John – Kenya

In association with the CPRC Birkbeck.

Free and All Welcome.

Total Recall exhibition at Bury Art Gallery


TOTAL RECALL 1 August — 3 October, 2015 


Moss St, Bury, Lancashire BL9 0DR, United Kingdom

How do you remember the people who are important to you? How do you conjure your shared past? Is it in an image, a sound, a smell, a touch? Or do you use words?

We invited world-leading poets and text-artists to make a language-memory for Tony Trehy, who has directed the internationally renowned Text Festival at Bury Art Museum since 2005. This exhibition celebrates a 10-year anniversary of the Festival and a 20-year anniversary of Tony’s time at Bury. Writing on a wall, an Internet search, a diary entry, a flurry of thoughts … what is remembering and who is it for?

Tony Trehy has been the ring-leader of decade-long conversations, new opportunities, challenges and heated debates. Each of his four Text Festivals has added to a continuing dialogue between language and art. Every Text Festival has asked the audience a simple-but-complex question: How do I read?

Into the historic space of Bury Art Museum, Trehy has injected text that is a new ‘language art’ for the 21st Century. Bury was once the centre of paper-making in Britain, now it is a pioneer of language-making, with its Text Archive welcoming readers from all over the world.

TOTAL RECALL is a guerrilla makeover, an A4 invasion of reading into the larger narrative of looking. Unlike the street signs outside, these are not corporate instructions or sales pitches; they are antidotes. Walls, vitrine, archival box—nary a “book” to be found, but a heap of language left in memory.

TOTAL RECALL includes work by local, national and international text-based artists and poets: angela rawlings, Alan Halsey, Barrie Tullett, Carolyn Thompson, Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim, Darren Marsh, derek beaulieu, Emma Cocker, Eric Zboya, Erica Baum, Jaap Blonk, James Davies, Jayne Dyer, Jesse Glass, Karri Kokko, Kristen Mueller, Lawrence Weiner, Leanne Bridgewater, Liz Collini, Lucy Harvest Clarke, Marco Giovenale, Márton Koppány, Matt Dalby, Mike Chavez-Dawson, Paula Claire, Penny Anderson, Peter Jaeger, Philip Davenport, Rachel Defay-Liautard, Robert Grenier, Ron Silliman, Satu Kaikkonen, Sarah Sanders, Seekers of Lice, Stephen Emmerson, Steve Giasson, Steve Miller, Tom Jenks, and Tony Lopez.

— derek beaulieu and Phil Davenport, Curators

Stephen Emmerson Family Portraits out now from if p then q

Family Portraits
Published July 2015
104 pp
£12.00 including postage and packaging UK
£19.00 including postage and packing worldwide

About the book
Stephen Emmerson’s Family Portraits is a series of blank canvases which ask the reader to fill in the blank(s) or leave the canvas just the way they see it. The book includes 9 portraits of each of the following types: Father, Mother, Brother, Sister, Son, Daughter, Lover, Self-Portrait. The book also contains 8 lactose pills which can be taken to help see the portraits. Family Portraits is published as a lush hardback edition.

About the author
Stephen Emmerson’s publications include: ‘A never ending poem… (Zimzalla), Telegraphic Transcriptions (Dept Press / Stranger Press), No Ideas but in Things (Dark Windows Press), Albion (Like This Press), The Last Ward (Very Small Kitchen), Pharmacopoetics,(Apple Pie Editions) Stephen Emmerson’s Poetry Wholes (If P then Q), All my Pornography (The Red Ceilings), and Comfortable Knives (KFS).

samples and purchase details at the if p then q website HERE

Word’s Work

27 April, 19:00–22:00.& Model, 19 East Parade, Leeds, LS1 2BH.

Five diverse writers from UK and Ireland are brought together to read and perform previously published essays, poetry and sound works on the top floor of &Model gallery in Leeds.
Published and artist-published books, zines and audio will be on display and for sale during the evening with readings and performances by

Amy Cutler (Leeds),
Stephen Emmerson (London),
Megan Nolan (Dublin),
Nat Raha (London) and
Nathan Walker (York).

Free Entry and Donations Bar.
Word’s Work is organised by Matt Cole, Chris Stephenson and Claire Potter.


Amy Cutler is a writer, curator and post doctoral fellow at the University of Leeds where she researches environmental history, historical geography, and modern British poetry. Amy is also the co-founder of the award winning cultural film program PASSENGER FILMS.

Stephen Emmerson’s current practice investigates, space, performance, and the placebo effect. His collections include: ‘A never ending poem…’ (Zimzalla) ‘Telegraphic Transcriptions’ (Dept Press / Stranger Press), ‘No Ideas but in Things’ (Dark Windows Press), ‘Stephen Emmerson’s Poetry Wholes’ (If P then Q), and ‘Letters to Verlaine (Deep White Sound). His work has been exhibited at Albion, The Dark Would, Visual Poetics at the South Bank Centre, Pharmacopoetics, Farringdon Factory, Illuminations, and Lorem Ipsum.

Megan Nolan is based in Dublin, where she has written poetry, stand up comedy, and freelance journalism. She is currently focused on creative non-fiction and the confessional essay. Megan recently participated in Morgan Quintance’s radio show ‘Studio Visit’ at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, due to be broadcast on Resonance FM this summer.

Nat Raha lives in South London. Her poetry includes countersonnets (Contraband Books, 2013) and Octet (Veer Books, 2010) and pamphlets including ‘radio / threat’ (sociopathetic distribution, 2014) and ‘mute exterior intimate’ (Oystercatcher Press, 2013). Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Tripwire, Elderly, Materials and Cordite Poetry Review, and has performed her work internationally. She’s currently undertaking a PhD on Marxism, queer theory and contemporary poetry at the University of Sussex, UK.

Nathan Walker is an artist, curator and writer. His work investigates writing and speaking in and as performance. Primarily working in the fields of performance and action art, Nathan’s works explores expanded concepts of writing, including durational writing and sound poetry. His work also extends into online projects that consider the event of performance in electronic poetry. Alongside artist Victoria Gray he is co-director of Oui Performance an artist-led organisation dedicated to research and presentation of performance art.

The Blue Bus – James Davies, Stephen Emmerson & Cathy Weedon

The Blue Bus is pleased to present a reading by James Davies, Stephen Emmerson and Cathleen Weedon on Tuesday 19th August from 7.30 at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1. This is the ninety-first event in THE BLUE BUS series. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions).

Cathy Weedon was born in Stoke-on-Trent and moved to Luton in the 70’s. A former student of Keith Jebb, she recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Bedfordshire. In previous years she has created visual poetry. She will read a selection from her series of poems ‘1-50’.

Stephen Emmerson’s most recent publications are Telegraphic Transcriptions (Dept Press/Stranger Press), No Ideas But In Things (Dark Windows), All my Pornography (The Red Ceilings), Comfortable Knives (KFS). He also produces poetry objects which include ‘A never ending poem…(Zimzalla), ‘Albion’ (Like This Press), ‘The Last Ward’ (Very Small Kitchen), ‘Pharmacopoetics’,(Apple Pie Editions) and ‘Stephen Emmerson’s Poetry Wholes’ (If P then Q).Installations / exhibitions include: Albion, The Dark Would, Visual Poetics at the South Bank Centre, Pharmacopoetics, Farringdon Factory, and Illuminations.He also co-edits Blart Books with Lucy Harvest Clarke.More info about his work can be found here

James Davies’ poetry collections include AcronymsA Dog, Plants and most recently Two Fat Boys. Three major works are currently in progress: stackIf the die rolls 5 then I stampthe date and The Lovers – a collaborative novel with Philip Terry. For the last 6 years he has run the poetry night and website The Other Room and edited the publishing house if p then q.


Marcus Slease – Rides

“There is only seeing and, in order to go to see, one must be a pirate” said Kathy Acker. This is pirate literature. On a train. Partly inspired by Ted Berrigan’s Train Ride from 1971, Rides has a reality hunger. A mash up of memories and  observations on train rides all over the U.K. Out now on Blart Books.


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Black & BLUE is pleased to present ILLUMINATIONS, a radical new exhibition showing at The Crypt Gallery, London, from the 19th – 21st June. The exhibition explores textual art through a
variety of different media; sculpture, photography, film, painting, ceramics, textiles and works on paper. Featuring works by Robert Montgomery; Julius Kalamarz; Lara Popovic; Anna Pickles Harvey; Hyeran Han; Celia Wickham; Andie Mckenzie Meadows; Lillian Wilkie; Dario Srbic; Kerry O’connor; Simone Barnes; Lindenberg Munroe; Anna Klimentchenko; Christabel Macgreevy; Emma Kelsey; Lewis Lazar; Dane Weatherman; Charles Ogilvie; Stephen Emmerson; Kirsty Andrew; Daniel Leyland; Alice O’Neill. Click on the image to read the catalogue.