Iain Morrison – A Preview

Iain has a frequently collaborative practice as a writer and performer, working within live literature and live art contexts. Projects have included sung staging of texts by women Beat Generation writers, a lecture presentation and performance with classical musicians for New Media Scotland’s Syndicate series, and Subject Index a durational installation of the complete poems of Emily Dickinson developed in residency at Forest Centre+ and toured to Berlin’s SOUNDOUT! New Ways of Presenting Literature Festival in May 2014. Publishing includes poem-responses to fin de siècle Vienna included in the Kakania anthology (2015), published by Austrian Cultural Forum London and edited by S.J. Fowler and work in serial publications such as HOAX, Soanyway and Scree Magazine. In his role as Enterprise Manager at The Fruitmarket Gallery, he works within a commercial framework to grow new audiences and bring them into dialogue with the Gallery’s exhibitions programme through events and other activity.

Please note that a change in circumstances means that our next event will not be at The Castle Hotel as usual, but will instead be at The Wonder Inn, 29 Shudehill, Manchester, M4 2AF. This is just a few minutes walk from The Castle. More information here.


Kimberly Campanello – A Preview

Kimberly Campanello’s previous poetry publications include Spinning Cities (Wurm Press), Consent (Doire Press), Imagines (New Dublin Press), Strange Country (Dreadful Press), and Hymn to Kālī (Eyewear). MOTHERBABYHOME, a book of conceptual and visual poetry on the St Mary’s Mother and Baby Home in Ireland, will appear with zimZalla Avant Objects later this year. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at York St John University. http://www.kimberlycampanello.com

Please note that a change in circumstances means that our next event will not be at The Castle Hotel as usual, but will instead be at The Wonder Inn, 29 Shudehill, Manchester, M4 2AF. This is just a few minutes walk from The Castle. More information here.

The Other Room website rebooted!

The Other Room website has been running the whole duration we’ve been running our nights and has started to bulge and bulge. So we decided to do a bit of a spring clean in order to make it easier to navigate. We’ve also tidied up all those inevitable missed links which Mick Weller celebrates HERE.

If you’re old or new to the site have a look around our massive archive of blog/news posts, video archive from most of our readings, video and print interviews, book reviews, reviews of our events, poster archive and photos. Don’t forget of course to check out our upcoming events and annual anthology.

James, Scott & Tom



The Other Room events 2013 and start of 2014

Our future programme looks likes this. There may be the odd date added. It has been known. Hope to see you there…

16th October 7.00 @ The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester – The Other Room presents The Dark Would with  Mike Chavez-Dawson, Jo Langton, Carolyn Thompson & Nigel Wood

4th December 7.00 @ The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester with Robert Sheppard, Sandeep Parmar, Rene Van Valckenborch & Gareth Twose

5th February 7.00 @ The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester with Frances Presley, Gavin Selerie & Chris Stephenson

2nd April 7.00 @ The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester The Other Room 6th birthday with TBA

The Other Room July update

We can confirm the performers for our July gig at Leeds Gallery (not Leeds Art Gallery). A very special visit from Hazel Smith, Ryan Ormonde coming from London and The Other Room’s Tom Jenks’ and Chris McCabe’s uproarious shindig collaboration Gnomes; now in its third guise. Before that of course at our new home in Manchester, The Castle, we welcome Peter Jaeger, Ira Lightman and Helmut Lemke on June 12th, details in the column to the right. August 14th in Manchester sees Frank Kuppner, Nathan Jones and David Gaffney whoop it up.

The Other Room 4th birthday – Lopez, Cremin, Claire, Rivera

Our 4th birthday takes place with one stonking event on Thursday 19th April, 2012, 7 pm. Aside from the 3 fabulous performances on the night, other highlights will include a video from sound poet Paula Claire, the launch of The Other Room anthology 2011-12 and jelly and ice cream (or something like that).

The event as ever is free entry and is at our temporary home, The Deaf Institute in the Basement bar (arrive early to get a seat). The Deaf Institute is located in central Manchester, just off Oxford Road.



Previews of all our performers will follow shortly. You can book a ticket via Eventbrite. This will let us know you are coming and put you on our mailing list. Eventbrite will also give you updates and reminders relating to this event.

We hope to see you there.

The Other Room 24 and 25

We are very pleased to announce a double set of events on 7th June (Leeds) and 8th June (Manchester) with Steve McCaffery and Karen Mac Cormack. The Leeds event will also feature Alan Halsey and Geraldine Monk. For the Leeds event we are working in partnership with the legendary Information as Material. A press release for that event can be read below. We will post some previews over the next few weeks of all our readers. Both events are free.

Legendary sound-poet returns to Yorkshire to perform, for one night only.

On 07 June 2011, Leeds Art Gallery will host a very special performance by Yorkshire-born Steve McCaffery, an acclaimed poet and writer in his own right, and a founding member of the legendary sound-poetry group The Four Horsemen. This will be the first time that McCaffery, who is now based in New York, has performed to a Yorkshire audience, despite the fact he grew up in Barnsley and lived in the region until he moved to Toronto, Canada in 1968. This is a unique opportunity to see an artist whose work and critical writing continues to inform artistic practice of all kinds.

McCaffery’s performance is part of an evening of readings by other remarkable writers, organised by The Other Room and Information as Material. The programme includes performances by Zambian born Karen Mac Cormack, a New York based poet who, like McCaffery, emerged as a key figure in Canadian poetry and is often associated with the Language Poets; and the Sheffield-based poets Alan Halsey and Geraldine Monk, both widely respected for their ongoing contribution to writing and publishing. All four performers are connected to one another by publishing collaborations that extend across the Atlantic, and demonstrate the international context in which writers across the North of England are working today.

This free event will take place at 6pm on 07 June 2011, in the Tiled Hall at Leeds Art Gallery. Booking for the event is advised. For more information about the event, and to book your place, please visit http://www.otherroom.org.

To arrange an interview, or request publicity images, please contact:
Simon Zimmerman
Telephone: 07834 070 040
Email: sz@roomman.co.uk

The Other Room is a programme of events organised by James Davies, Tom Jenks and Scott Thurston at The Old Abbey Inn in Manchester. The Other Room presents work by ‘experimental’ writers from all over the world. McCaffery and Mac Cormack will both perform at The Old Abbey Inn on 08 June 2011.

Information as Material is a York-based independent publishing imprint and was established by artist Simon Morris in 2002. It continues to publish and exhibit work by artists and writers who, as their website explains: “reuse existing material – selecting it and re-framing it to generate new meanings – and who, in doing so, disrupt the order of things.” Information as Material is currently undertaking a year-long residency at one of London’s leading visual arts galleries, The Whitechapel.

Steve McCaffery – holder of the David Gray Chair of Poetry and Letters at the State University of New York at Buffalo was born in Sheffield in 1947 and grew up in Barnsley before moving to Toronto in 1968, where he became a member of the legendary sound-poetry group The Four Horsemen.

Karen Mac Cormack was born in Zambia and holds dual Canadian and British citizenship. A key figure in Canadian poetry and a peer of the Language Poets, Mac Cormack’s ‘polybiography’ Implexures traces aspects of her English ancestry whilst opening up to the worlds of history and science.

Alan Halsey ran The Poetry Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye from 1979 to 1997. He continues to work as a specialist bookseller in Sheffield and co-edits West House Books with Geraldine Monk. Halsey produces text-graphics as well as poetry and has published collaborative works with both Mac Cormack and McCaffery.

Geraldine Monk was born in Blackburn and has lived in Sheffield since 1984. During the seventies she lived in Leeds where she came into contact with the poet and painter Jeff Nuttall who admired and encouraged her work. The Salt Companion to Geraldine Monk, edited by Scott Thurston and with a foreword by Nuttall was published in 2007.

The event is supported by Leeds Art Gallery and funded by Art Council England, as part of ‘In a word…’, a regional programme that aims to stimulate support for people who approach writing in new and interesting ways that both respond to and challenge convention.

The event will include the UK premiere of McCaffery’s Sound-text environment Carnival Panel III.

Jerome Rothenberg, Maggie O’Sullivan, Allen Fisher & Poems for the Millennium 3: Preview of 19th October event

Some tasters for our three readers. In addition there will be readings by all three poets, Jeffrey Robinson and The Other Room of a selection of poem from Poems for Millennium Volume 3. Videos of O’Sullivan and Fisher can be found in the middle left column. Please note that this event starts at 6pm and is at THE INTERNATIONAL ANTHONY BURGESS FOUNDATION

Jerome Rothenberg

Jerome Rothenberg is the author of over seventy books of poetry including Poems for the Game of Silence, Poland/1931, A Seneca Journal, Vienna Blood, That Dada Strain, New Selected Poems 1970-1985, Khurbn, and most recently, A Paradise of Poets and A Book of Witness (all from New Directions). Describing his poetry career as “an ongoing attempt to reinterpret the poetic past from the point of view of the present,” he has also edited seven major assemblages of traditional and contemporary poetry.

LINK TO Buffalo Page with links to poems and publications

Maggie O’Sullivan
O’Sullivan’s work is influenced by Kurt Schwitters, Joseph Beuys, Jerome Rothenberg, Bob Cobbing and Basil Bunting. Her books include An Incomplete Natural History (1984), In the House of the Shaman (1993), Red Shift (2000) and Palace of Reptiles (2003). She edited out of everywhere: An anthology of contemporary linguistically innovative poetry by women in North America & the UK (1996).

LINK to BEPC page

Allen Fisher
Allen Fisher has been involved in performance writing since 1962. A poet, painter, publisher, editor and art historian, he has produced one hundred and forty chapbooks and books of poetry, graphics and art documentation. He was co-editor and publisher of Aloes Books and he currently edits and publishes Spanner. He lives in Hereford and is Head of Contemporary Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University in Crewe. His books and chapbooks include: The Apocalyptic Sonnets (1978), Poetry for Schools (1980), Brixton Fractals (1985, republished 1999), Dispossession & Cure (1994), Civic Crime (1994), Now’s the time (1995), Fish Jet (1997), Place(collected set 2005) Gravity(2004), Entanglement(2004), Singularity Stereo(2006), Leans(2007), Birds (2009). 

LINK to Allen Fisher at BEPC

Matt Dalby Reviews The Other Room 14

Interesting discussion of February’s readers and notions of performance in poetry and performance in general. Snippet below:

Despite snow there were around thirty people at The Old Abbey Inn for the latest Other Room reading on Wednesday. The readers were Steven Waling, Holly Pester and Rob Holloway. To be honest I found my attention wandering a lot throughout the evening so my account will be pretty unreliable. That wasn’t the poets’ fault, it’s just been a hazy kind of a week, but it may have contributed to some of the misgivings I had that will become apparent.