Preview of Vicky Sparrow for the Other Room 10th birthday

Vicky Sparrow will perform alongside Camilla Nelson, Amy De’Ath & Pascal O’Loughlin on 18th April, 7pm at the Other Room. Free entry as ever. It’s our tenth birthday! Here’s part of one of Vicky’s poems and also one of the four posters for the night below that, which shows our readers over the years:

from Big C little c

Test the cold waters of Common Sense
you old pro
your fingertips touch the image
lilac blue stones beneath the skin
and the reeling fishes
who would dance in the shallows were it not for
the looming bulk above
that’s you
compassionate reflection of your losses
losses for all in this blue
seeping cold in your core
a staircase for the fish
your ribs
your sea coloured flag
the dead

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Colin Herd, Iain Morrison, and Vicky Sparrow in Nottingham

Poetry Performance Evening: Colin Herd, Iain Morrison, and Vicky Sparrow

Location
Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Date(s)
Wednesday 29th March 2017 (19:00-20:30)
Contact
fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com

Colin Herd is a poet, fiction writer and critic based in Edinburgh. His first collection of poems too ok was published by BlazeVOX in 2011 and a second full-length collection Glovebox was published by Knives Forks and Spoons Press in 2013. Colin’s work has been anthologised in the Forward Book of Poetry 2015 and Dear World and Everyone in It (Bloodaxe, 2013).

Currently based in Edinburgh, Iain Morrison  has a frequently collaborative practice as a writer, working in poetry and live literature. Projects have included 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 2014, and a night of drag queen poetry at Scottish Poetry Library in 2016 which bagged him a Creative Edinburgh award. Publishing includes MARQUE, a pamphlet with If A Leaf Falls Press (2017), and poems in anthologies and magazines including Kakania (Austrian Cultural Forum 2015), HOAX and Gutter. A first collection comes out with Vagabond Voices later this year.

Vicky Sparrow is completing a PhD on the poet-activist Anna Mendelssohn at Birkbeck,  ersity of London. Her writing can be found in datableedKakaniaLitmus and the Literateur and she serves as reviews editor for the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry. Her first pamphlet Notes to Selves is published by Zarf.

Admission for this event is £3 and refreshments will be available. Booking is recommended. To attend this event, please RSVP to fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com

Alternate Gravities: Allen Fisher, Fran Lock, Vicky Sparrow

Wednesday, November 30 at 7:30 PM – 9 PM
CPRC, Birkbeck

Please join us for a poetry reading featuring Allen Fisher, Fran Lock and Vicky Sparrow. This reading is hosted by the CPRC, including some of Birkbeck’s PhD students working on contemporary poetry

Allen Fisher is a poet, artist and publisher, and the editor of Spanner magazine. He lives in Hereford, and is Emeritus Professor of Poetry and Art at Manchester Metropolitan University. Altogether Fisher has over 150 publications in his name consisting of art documentation, poetry and theory. In 2015 his book of essays Imperfect Fit: Aesthetic Function, Facture and Reception , a companion to his work with essays by contemporaries and an Allen Fisher Reader were all published.

Fran Lock is writing her practice based Ph.D. on the relationship between the epistolary form in contemporary poetry and the use of letters in therapeutic contexts. She is the author of two poetry collections Flatrock (Little Episodes, 2011) and The Mystic and the Pig Thief (Salt, 2014). A third collect, Dogtooth, will be published by Out-Spoken Press in in February 2017.

Vicky Sparrow is writing her PhD on the poet-activist Anna Mendelssohn at the CPRC. Vicky’s poems can be found in datableed, Litmus, Kakania and Intercapillary Space and she’s currently finalising a chapbook to be published by Zarf Editions this Winter.

Bronaċ Ferran is first year PhD/MPhil at Birkbeck researching the work of poet, publisher and typographer Hansjörg Mayer. She’s writing a book about Mayer’s work in concrete poetry and other fields which will be published early next year by Walther König books. She also presents radio programmes on Resonancefm.

Electric Arc Furnace

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Electric Arc Furnace #1, with Linus Slug: Insect Librarian & Vicky Sparrow.

A new poetry reading series, in the centre of Sheffield, between the seven hills. Innovative poetries from the South Yorks hinterlands & further-flung.

Linus Slug (aka Mendoza) is a Northumbrian poet and researcher investigating identity through poetic practice. Work references Northumbrian history, North-Eastern dialect as well as insect folklore and mythology. Poems have been published in the anthology Dear World and Everyone In It, as well as Angel Exhaust and Viersome #0. The chapbook ‘Type Specimen: An Observant Guide to Linus Slug’ is currently available via Contraband Press.

Vicky Sparrow is working on a PhD about Anna Mendelssohn at Birkbeck College, University of London. Vicky’s poems can be found in datableed, Litmus and Kakania, and she’s currently finalising a chapbook to be published by Zarf Editions this Winter.

Readings take place at La Biblioteka, a ‘nimble, nomadic’ book & zine store founded in 2015, in Sheffield City Centre. BYOB. Doors 7pm. £4 waged / £3 unwaged / pay what you can.