The Start of Sentences

James Davies’ experiences of reading Robert Grenier’s Sentences in Bury’s Text Art Archive:

I don’t want to go into individual poems so much here as to explain the joy of reading Sentences as archived material, in the archive, and the processes of reading the poems in accordance with the way Sentences is catalogued. The copy of Sentences at Bury, “The Bury Sentences” as I now call it, is a like a “bootleg” record — just as cool as the original but with minor differences to interest the aficionado. I’ll explain why.

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Knives Forks and Spoons at The Text Festival

Met Arts Centre, Market St., Bury. Saturday 3rd May 3pm – 4.30pm.

The Knives Forks and Spoons Press has developed the biggest avant garde poetry list in the UK since its launch in 2009. KFS is a forum for an extraordinary range of diversity and risk-taking artistic experiment publishing seminal international figures in experimental poetry like Ed Baker, Geraldine Monk, and Robert Sheppard together with many young poets and ‘outsider’ practitioners. Performers from this great publisher celebrate experiment in readings from Ann Mathews, Lucy Harvest Clarke, Tim Allen, Tom Jenks, Richard Barrett, Bobby Parker, Rhys Trimble & Debbie Walsh.


Text Festival opening

Bury Art Museum and Bury Sculpture Centre, Moss St., Bury, BL9 0DF.

Friday 2nd May 2014 / 7.00pm.

A first chance to see the Text Festival exhibitions and experience the new Bury Sculpture Centre in the company of many of the Festival artists.

The Text Festival in Bury is an internationally recognised event investigating contemporary language art (poetry, text art, sound and media text, live art), curated by Tony Trehy.

Sound and Dark: Geraldine Monk, Adeena Karasick, bill bissett, Iris Garrelf

The Text Festival rounds off its performance series with Sound and Dark (2)
Featuring Geraldine Monk (UK), Adeena Karasick (USA), bill bissett (CAN), Iris Garrelf (UK)

@ The Met Arts Centre
Market Street,
Bury, BL9 0BW

3rd June 2011 / 7.30pm

Continuing the Festival’s unique mix of sound and poetry with an evening:

Adeena Karasick is a poet, media-artist and the award-winning author of seven books of poetry and poetic theory. Marked with an urban, Jewish, feminist aesthetic that continually challenges normative modes of meaning production, and engaged with the art of combination and turbulence of thought, her work is a testament to the creative and regenerative power of language and its infinite possibilities for pushing meaning to the limits of its semantic boundaries. She is Professor of Global Literature at St. John’sUniversityin New York.

Geraldine Monk is one of the most exciting and provocative writer-performers on the British scene. Her readings a witty, warm and dynamic drawing on a prolific career which has spawned fourteen major works in the last twenty five years.

bill bissett is a famously anti-conventional Canadian poet with more than 60 books to his (uncapitalised) name immediately identifiable by the incorporation of his artwork and his consistently phonetic (funetik) spelling. As an energetic “man-child mystic,” bill bissett is living proof of William Blake’s adage “the spirit of sweet delight can never be defiled.” His idealistic and ecstatic stances frequently obscure his critical-mindedness, humour and craftmanship.

Iris Garrelf is a composer/performer intrigued by change, fascinated with voices and definitely enamoured by technology. She often uses her voice as raw material, which she transmuted into machine noises, choral works or pulverised “into granules of electroacoustic babble and glitch, generating animated dialogues between innate human expressiveness and the overt artifice of digital processing” as the Wire Magzine put it.

A vital part of her work, be it using voice or other sound material, is improvisation and the use of random elements, the ephemeral fragility and risk implied in giving up control to me moment, a sonic singularity.

Ticket Prices:
£8 / £4