Hi Zero #53

26th September, 7.30 PM. The Hope & Ruin, 11-12 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3WA.

Hi Zero returns for another season. Number fifty-three, featuring a complete reading of Verity Spott and Timothy Thornton’s “Poems,” plus more to be announced.


Timothy Thornton’s books of poetry include ‘Jocund Day’ (Mountain Press), ‘Working Together for a Safer London’ (Barque Press), and his poems have appeared in dozens of magazines and journals. He is a composer and musician, and lives in Brighton.

Verity Spott’s books include: ‘Gideon’ (Barque Press), ‘Balconette’ (Veer Books), ‘We Will Bury You’ (also Veer), ‘Trans* Manifestos’ (Shit Valley), ‘Three Poems’ (collab with Megan Alan – Sad Press), ‘Click Away Close Door Say’ (Contraband), ‘Effort to No’ (Iodine), and ‘Poems’ (with Timothy Thornton – Face Press). Work has appeared in Salvage, Prelude, Sundial, Tripwire, Cesura, The Assasin, Litmus, Clinic 4, Alba Londers 07, Romulan Soup Woman and No Prizes issues four and five. She lives in Brighton, where she co-organises the monthly Horseplay night of readings and performances.

Timothy Thornton and Verity Spott wrote ‘Poems’ together, which is published by the beautiful Face Press, and which will be read in its entirety on the night, and available to buy, eat, etc.



Linda Stupart is an artist, writer, and educator from Cape Town, South Africa, recently completing their PhD in the Art Department at Goldsmiths College with a project engaged in new considerations of objectification. They had a solo show at Arcadia Missa in March 2016, ‘A Dead Writer Exists in Words and Language is a Type of Virus,’ and recently launched their debut novella, ‘Virus,’ also at Arcadia Missa. Their work has been the focus of two solo exhibitions in Cape Town and has also recently been shown/performed at Matt’s Gallery, The Showroom, a.m. gallery, the ICA, Gasworks, and Guest Projects in London.



Mitchael Pass is a poet and student of poetry at the University of Sussex.


The usual music from a thing, books, a bar, etcetera. £3 on the door, upstairs at The Hope & Ruin, just down from the station on Queen’s Road, Brighton.

Accessibility information:

The Hope & Ruin has a stepped street entrace of approx. 10-15cm, and two flights of stairs from the pub level to the venue on the first floor. There is a wheelchair accessible gender nuetral toilet on the ground floor of the pub in the stairwell, but the m/f toilets on the first floor (the venue) are not wheelchair accessible. There is a bar in the venue, and plenty of seating.

This information is not exhaustive, so If you have any other accessibility inquiries, please contact us (Joe Luna or Eleanor Careless) or the venue.


William Rowe Collected Poems Launch


18 May at 18:30–22:00. May Day Rooms, 88 Fleet St, London, EC4Y 1DH.

Four poets will read from their new books of anti-capitalist poetry. Helen Dimos’s No Realtor Was Compensated for This Sale takes readers out of socially controlled time into real time. Stephen Mooney’s Ratzinger Solo mixes the voices of Trump, Pope Benedict XVI, and Han Solo in order to investigate crossovers of how they present themselves as characters immune to criticism. William Rowe’s Collected Poems assert resistance against oppression as a necessary form of art. Verity Spott’s forthcoming Click Way Close Door Say exposes ways in which the language of institutional care traps us.





Have made theatre together since 2007, in Cambridge, London, Berlin, etc. Some of it has been published, including David Cameron (Shit Valley Press, 2015).


Is a poet and musician based in Brighton, and the author of Trans* Manifestos (Shit Valley, 2016) Gideon (Barque Press, 2014), Balconette (Veer Books, 2014), Dear Nothing and No One In It and Effort to No (Iodine, 2013). She runs Iodine press and Horseplay. Click Away Close Door Say has just been published by Contraband Books, and another book of lyric poems, written with Tim Thornton, is due from Face Press. Verity is also editing the poetry of Arlen Riley Wilson.


Is a poet and musician based in Sheffield. Her book Lease Prise Redux was published by Materials last year. She is the founder of the DIY publishing press and record label enjoy your homes press.


Is a poet based in Cambridge. She has worked with the poet Vahni Capildeo on Perfomance Art Events ‘The Bacchae’, ‘Maenads of Necessity’ and ‘Azure Noise’. Work appears in Botch magazine.

Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, English Faculty, University of Cambridge

Friday 3rd March 2017, 7.30pm

Book table


Email Rosa Van Hensbergen, Janani Ambikapathy, David Grundy (rv252@cam.ac.uk, ja555@cam.ac.uk, dmg37@cam.ac.uk)

Lullabies and Curses

Lullabies and Curses: Common Rest Launch Party

The Peckham Pelican
92 Peckham Road, SE15 5PY London, United Kingdom
Thursday, December 1 at 7 PM – 11 PM

Come and be sung SONGS OF THE DARK

Please join us for the launch of ‘Common Rest’, a collaborative album of sound works and lullabies with an accompanying book of poems by Holly Pester.

Doors at 7
Performances from 7:30


Nat Raha
Verity Spott
Holly Pester

Linda Stupart
Vera Rodriguez
Mrylyn Tan
Jenny Moore

The project includes contributions by Emma Bennett, Vahni Capildeo, Jenny Moore, Nat Raha, Vera Rodriguez, Verity Spott and Claire Tolan. You can read more about the release on our website here: http://testcentre.org.uk/product/common-rest/

Brighton Noise Poets in The Wire

“A wave of outsider poets and musicians is threatening to breach the UK’s coastal defences with their DIY mixes of spoken word, broken noise and radical politics.”

There is an extensive profile of the Brighton scene in the latest print edition of The Wire magazine, featuring Keston Sutherland, Joe Luna and Verity Spott amongst others.