The 122nd monthly episode of the podcast series “PoemTalk”—a discussion of Sean Bonney’s “Happiness” with Stephen Willey, Anna Strong Safford, and Luke Roberts.
Words on the Move: A Day of Talks and Performances across Languages, a collaboration between the Stories in Transit project, the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre (CPRC) at Birkbeck and www.watadd.com.
1 November, Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square (1-7pm)
Book your place for free via Eventbrite
1. Can culture, and specifically storytelling (in any form) provide shelter for people who have lost their homes? Can a tale become a home? Can a poem? Can a memory of literature and the process of making it over and over again build ‘a country of words’ (Mahmoud Darwish)? Can narratives build a place of belonging for those without a nation?
2. How do experiences of conflict and forced migration place pressure on narrative form? How might artists and writers respond or register these pressures in their creative work? What are the possibilities for creative collaboration in this context?
3. What methods and processes can be developed together to allow the unfolding and generation of stories? What role can imaginary narrative and non-narrative form play in contemporary conditions? In what ways can the ancient human capacity to tell and pass on stories help in the present crisis?
4. What are the best uses of contemporary media for supporting exchanges of stories across borders and to ease and/or explore communications between languages and cultures? How might we talk about and make texts that work across multiple languages (including non-verbal languages such as dance, music and visual art)?
1pm — Professor Marina Warner (Birkbeck) Introductory Remarks
1:15pm — Dr Steve Willey (Birkbeck) ‘Multi-Lingual Workshops’
1:30pm — Keynote Address, Dr Caroline Bergvall ‘Methods of Engagement’
2:30pm — Dr Camilla Nelson, (Schumacher College) ‘Performative Reflections on “Reading Movement” in Palestine’
4pm — Paula Claire, ‘Yet More War…and Peace’ (performance inviting creative response)
5pm — Dr Atef Alshaer, (University of Westminster) ‘Individual and Collective Voices in the Poetry of Mahmoud Darwish’
5:30pm — Fuensanta Zamrana Ruiz ’The Language of Violins: Teaching at the Baremboim-Said Foundation’
6pm — Roundtable, Chair: Professor Matthew Reynolds (St Anne’s College, Oxford University)
Professor Marina Warner, Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London and a Professorial Research Fellow, SOAS, 2014-2017
Dr Steve Willey, Lecturer in Creative and Critical Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London, and Director of the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre
20 October, 19:00–21:00. Birkbeck, University of London. Main campus: Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7HX. Room B29, Mallet Street. US poet Robert Grenier is visiting Birkbeck, presenting visual and verbal work, including images from his colour drawing poem project r h y m m s.
Watadd is a collaboration between London based poet and academic Steve Willey and Syrian actor, poet and filmmaker based in London Ammar Haj Ahmad. For the launch event (7-9 pm, 9 July, P21 Gallery, 1 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD) they are going to read from their own poetry and from each other’s in translation. More at the Watadd site.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013, 19:30 until 22:00. The Village Hall, Shoreditch Works, 33 Hoxton Square, N1 6NN.
Introduction and short reading by Will Rowe. Extended reading from ‘Elegy’ (London: Veer, 2013) by Steve Willey, featuring collaborative performances with Tom Bamford and others. Also, talks, further readers, and performances T.B.A.
Entrance: Free. Booze situation is Bring your own.
Launch of issue one of ZONE. Readings by contributors Tim Atkins, Natalie Bradbeer, Amy Evans, Ollie Evans, Nancy Gaffield, Ben Hickman, Jeff Hilson, Doug Jones, Dorothy Lehane, Richard Parker, Will Rowe, Juha Virtanen, Steve Willey.
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. http://www.blissfultimes.ca.
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 http://www.stevewilley.com.
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.
Thursday, 18 October 2012, 20:00. An evening of film, poetry and sad disco. Vogue Fabrics, 66 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 7XB.
Timothy Smith’s ‘Le Weekend’
DJ Dr Kemp
New anthology from Bloodaxe Books edited by Nathan Hamilton and featuring, amongst others, Other Room readers Emily Critchley, Steven Fowler, Colin Herd, Chris McCabe, Sophie Robinson, Linus Slug (Mendoza), Keston Sutherland, Joe Walton and Steve Willey.
Interview and film from Steve’s 6th October reading at The Other Room.
■Peter Philpott explaining reasons and motivations behind the Great Works website
■Save Middlesex Philosophy
■Emily Critchley and Carol Watts provide a schedule for the Women’s Innovative Poetry & Cross-Genre Festival in Greenwich
■Jeff Hilson, Edmund Hardy, Richard Owens and Peter Riley on Mendoza, or, Linus Slug
■Sejal Chad, Becky Cremin, Ryan Ormonde and Karen Sandhu on press free press
■Harry Gilonis Edmund Hardy, Tessa Whitehouse and Michael Zand on Klatch 3: Dérive
■Luke Roberts looks back on the Sussex Poetry Festival
■Stephen Mooney on the launch of the new Voiceworks website
■Matt Dalby on a new sound-text-performance series in Manchester, Counting Backwards
■Timothy Thornton close reads Ryan Ormonde’s firstdraftofhypertextrespondingtoalicefallingdownrabbithole
■Johanna Linsley on I’m With You, a series of live art events in Clapton, London
■Alex Davies on the Openned Table
Plus a set of regular new features:
■Photography: in this issue, Sharon Borthwick, Marianne Morris, Nat Raha and Malcolm Phillips
Available in full-colour PDF or an easy-to-print black and white version.
Openned is setting up a book table in conjunction with Café 1001 in London’s East End.
Openned will have a presence at Café 1001 on the first Saturday of every month. The first event is on Saturday 5th June and runs from 12 – 6 pm.
Attendance is free as long as you bring one book to donate to Café 1001’s Book Orphanage. The book orphanage is a large bookshelf in the main bar space where anyone can wander in and read a book, for free, and then put it back on the shelf for the next person to read.
Alongside the selling of books on the Openned Table (which is in fact two tables, and more if we need it) there will also be some very short three-minute Openned Readings throughout the day.
Now available on the Online Podcast page, featuring a discussion between Alex Davies and Steve Willey about ePublishing and the future of the Small Press.
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The Openned Zine is setting out with one intention: to provide poets, publishers and organisers with a space to publicly present explanations, thoughts, ideas and opinions that may not necessarily be representative of a final response.
The intention is to draw attention to how poetry and the thoughts and activities based on and around it are an ongoing and necessarily ever-changing set of boundaries and equivalent freedoms, which provide a shifting map of communities of poets.
Now available to view in Online > ePubs, featuring:
- Alex Davies on eBooks and the Small Press
- Alec Newman & Richard Barrett on Knives, Forks & Spoons Press
- Boris Jardine on Cambridge Literary Review
- Tom Jenks, James Davies & Scott Thurston on The Other Room
- Marcus Slease on Istanbul
- Linus Slug on FREAKLUNG
- Mike Weller on Home’Baked books
- Steve Willey on Writers Forum
Available in full-colour PDF or an easy-to-print black and white version.
The documentary features eleven poets that have been published by Writers forum over a period of 50 years. The film had no budget and was made over the course of one week and was first screened at the Off The Shelf event held at the Slade/UCl on the 22nd March 2010.
A documentary made by Openned’s Steve Willey. See the video at this LINK
From Steve Willey
OFF THE SHELF
Monday 22 March 6 – 10:30 p.m.
OFF THE SHELF, is an event that involves musicians, poets, painters and film makers, it is structured around, and is in dialogue with, the Small Press and Little Magazine Collection at UCL.
Over the next two weeks I am going to try and put together a short Ten Minute Film about Writers Forum and AND Magazine which will be shown at this event.
I will be filming over an EIGHT-DAY period, from 3 – 10 March. I will be editing the film on the 11 March. I will be submitting the film on the 12 March for inclusion in the event on the 22 March. So a very tight turn around.
Please email me before the 3 march (swilley17[at]aol[dot]com) to let me know your availability between the 3-10 march (all the possible times you could be free) and i will endeavor to meet with as many people as I can within that time frame. To structure the film I propose to film short responses to the following topics (see below) from poets that have been involved/published in AND magazine and by Writers Forum.
I know that by working with such a short time frame the film will not be an authoritative or comprehensive record of the long and amazing projects that are Writers Forum Press and AND magazine but i hope the film will be a worthwhile document which will raise the profile of AND Magazine and Writers Forum Press and act as an introduction to these projects
Some Topics to Stimulate Conversation (not necessarily to be followed):
- How did you find out about AND Magazine and Writers Forum Press?
- What was the first poem that you ever had published in AND?
- What was the first work you had published by Writers Forum Press?
- If you only had 20 words how would you describe AND Magazine and/or Writers Forum Press.
- How has being involved with Writers Forum Press and/or AND Magazine effected your poetry, in aesthetic, political or social terms?
- To your mind, over the period you have been acquainted with AND Magazine, and/or Writers Forum Press, what were the most significant social, aesthetic and/or political changes, that have both effected AND Magazine and Writers Forum Press, and/or have been represented by And Magazine and the Press?
- What is the most important question that I should have asked that I haven’t and what is the answer?
- Can you now read a poem you like from either one of the And Magazines or from on of the Writers Forum Publications?
- How significant has the work of Bob Cobbing been to your practice as a poet?
PLEASE DISTRIBUTE THIS POST TO ANYONE CONNECTED TO WRITERS FORUM OR AND, WHO YOU THINK MIGHT WANT TO BE INCLUDED IN THE FILM.
I AM BASED IN LONDON BUT CAN DRIVE TO FILM YOU (and i am willing to travel). HOWEVER, IF YOU HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR OWN FILMING EQUIPMENT AND/OR LIVE ABROAD, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO FILM YOUR OWN RESPONSES TO THE ABOVE TOPICS AND SEND ME THE FOOTAGE IN HIGH RESOLUTION QUICK TIME FORMAT BEFORE THE 10TH OF MARCH. YOU CAN EMAIL ME or ask me FOR MY POSTAL ADDRESS ON THE EMAIL INCLUDED IN THIS POST.
The first in a new series of audio conversations conducted by the extremely busy boys at Openned.
First off Harry Godwin. Expect more deliciousness and saucy moves very soon.
If you’ve planned on getting to Openned but never have now’s your last chance. Farewell (for now) to a great night and venue.
Date: Wednesday 25th November
Location: The Foundry, London
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