Peter Barlow’s Cigarette

Saturday 16th November, 20:30 start. Town Hall Tavern, 20 Tib Lane, Manchester, M2 4JA .

Susan Birchenough has been writing poetry for about 3 years. She had a poem published in the English PEN anthology “Catechism ” and has been shortlisted for the Erbacce poetry prize in 2012 and 2013. She has a particular interest in experimental and visual poetry and is a self-employed permaculturist.

Charlotte Henson is a young writer from Greater Manchester currently living in London. She is widely published, including appearances in Award-winning zine Rising, The Morning Star, and Sculpted: Poetry of the North West. Her upcoming collection Every Street will be published by erbacce. She edits the zine Astronaut.

Lindsey Holland’s collection Particle Soup (2012) is available from The Knives Forks and Spoons Press. She co-edited the anthologySculpted: Poetry of the North West and edited the anthology Not On Our Green Belt. Her poetry and reviews have appeared in publications including Tears in the Fence, The New Writer, B O D Y, Estuary, Verse Kraken, Sabotage Reviews, Penning Perfumes, and Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam. She studied Writing at the University of Warwick and now teaches poetry on the Creative Writing programme at Edge Hill University, where she is a PhD candidate. She is the founder member and driving force behind North West Poets.

Steven Waling is the author of Calling On the Phone, Travelator and Captured Yes. A new collection Hello GCHQ is forthcoming from Department.

Steven Waling: On Conceptualism and stuff

“I’m not, I’ll freely admit, the world’s biggest fan of conceptual poetry; but I’ve recently been rather amused by the hoo-ha about in American literary magazines and blogs of late. It’s accused of being all concept and no affect: all head and no heart if you like. Which strikes me as odd because those poets conceptual poets I do like, Caroline Bergvall and Christian Bok, don’t strike me that way at all. I haven’t read much of Kenneth Goldsmith either, but he strikes me as a profoundly comic writer as much as he’s anything else.” More from Steven Waling at BrandosHat.

The ABC in Sound Ensemble for The Other Room 35: Bob Cobbing A Celebration

THE ENSEMBLE: Tim Allen, Joanne Ashcroft, Richard Barrett, Leanne Bridgewater, Matt Dalby, Phil Davenport, James Davies, Ollie Evans, Patricia Farrell, Clive Fencott, Alan Halsey, Michael Haslam, Tom Jenks, Angela Keaton, Geraldine Monk, Maggie O’Sullivan, Holly Pester, Robert Sheppard, Adrian Slatcher, Chris Stephenson, Scott Thurston, Gareth Twose, Steven Waling, Steve Willey and Nigel Wood.

Visit Ubu at the LINK to hear letters d, p and t of the ABC in Sound.

The Other Room 35 takes place at The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester, M2 4PD. Tuesday 23rd October 2012, 7.00 pm. FREE

Ursonate in Bury reviewed

And what a remarkable piece it is: full of rolling ‘r’s’, labial ‘l’s’, ‘k’s’ and in amongst this the structure of a sonata, including a rondo, a scherzo, a beautiful largo and a cadenza. The readers included Christian Bok, himself a remarkable experimental poet whose pieces in the Text Festival include a poem programmed into the DNA of a bacillus, and Jaap Blonk, himself a sound poet and musician of considerable achievement.

More from Steven Waling on Brando’s Hat.

The Other Room 23 reviewed

Interesting discussions from Matt Dalby and Steve Waling

It was an ambitious programme this time. Derek Henderson read via live stream from Utah – and the other readers (Carrie Etter, Alec Finlay and Ken Edwards) were streamed out to the wider world. The venue was pretty packed and there were a number of new faces.

Derek Henderson reading from the recently released if p then q collection Thus & was the highlight of the evening for me. The collection is described as ‘a systematic erasure of Ted Berrigan’s 1964 collection The Sonnets.’

READ MORE at Santiago’s Dead Wasp

The last Other Room was a really terrific night – to think that it’s already got to three years is quite stupendous. Derek Henderson live-streamed from Utah was one of the highlights, as was seeing the poet and editor Carrie Etter reading from her Shearsman book, Divining for Starters. Ken Edwards was also good, as was Alec Finlay. It was an interesting evening that brought up some issues.