Tuesday, 29 May 2018

3:AM Magazine Duos #8

My collaboration with Frédéric Forte titled 'Urban Dictionary: a language' was recently published on 3:AM Magazine as part of its Duos series of collaborative poems.

Commissioned by 3:AM Magazine's poetry editor SJ Fowler for the European Poetry Festival's Camarade event, 'Urban Dictionary: a language' was composed through a cumulative harvesting of a thread of crowdsourced, sometimes problematic term definitions from urbandictionary.com - those associated with language/nationality and with a particular emphasis on France/French - written through and decontextualised into this collaborative poem.

Below is footage of Frédéric & myself performing the poem for the European Poetry Festival Camarade at the Rich Mix Arts Centre in London on 7 April 2018.

It is followed by a recording of my solo reading for the festival's opening event at Kingston's Rose Theatre on 5 April, and then footage of my collaboration with Endre Ruset - which consisted of our merging of documentary material linked to the Utøya island shooting in Norway in 2011 and the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017 - at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation for the Manchester Camarade on 13 April.

It was a real pleasure to write with Frédéric and with Endre, and more broadly to be involved in what was a vitalizing European Poetry Festival 2018. Getting the chance to hang out with some old friends from across Europe and to make many new ones was a real treat. Bring on EPF 2019!

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Documentary Poetics at ILFDublin 2018

Documentary Poetics - a performance for International Literature Festival Dublin 2018
Boys School, Smock Alley Theatre
6.00pm, Wednesday 23 May
Tickets: €5.00


I'm excited to be taking part in this ILFDublin event alongside Jonathan Mayhew, an artist living and working between Dublin and Göteborg and supported by the Arts Council of Ireland. Jonathan and I have both made extensive use of appropriative/erasure strategies in our work, and share an interest in digital communication and personas.

Full event description below:

With writing and reading our primary mode of communication, with text superabundant and increasing at an exponential rate, and our consumption and production of it happening in the same medium, the implication of digital technologies on the literary arts is profound but as yet underexplored. Christodoulos Makris and Jonathan Mayhew have used appropriative writing strategies extensively to make poetry and artworks steeped in contemporary language use, with a documentary strand as well as commentary on the ubiquity of digital communication embedded in their work. Join them for a presentation of poetic texts made out of material that already exists through a process comprising selection, framing and editing decisions.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Words Ireland @ ILFDublin

On Friday 25 May I will deliver a presentation in partnership with Nathan O'Donnell and Suzanne Walsh as part of Words Ireland @ ILFDublin: A National Day for Writers, at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Scheduled for 11.30am in the 'How We Made This: Collaborations' segment, our presentation will focus on 'Inflammatory Speech', our IMMA commission and subsequent performance last year. We aim, as the programme blurb promises, to "display innovative thinking and best practice in literary and cross-arts collaboration".

Words Ireland @ ILFDublin: A National Day for Writers is a one-day get together for professional and emerging writers working in all forms, and it is part of International Literature Festival Dublin 2018. As well as staging writer-focused events, Words Ireland is gathering 40 literature organisations and lots of industry personnel together to meet writers in the Great Hall at IMMA. There are nine events to choose from on the day, each 50 minutes long, before a final keynote event.

Early bird tickets are €45 and general admission is €55. It includes free lunch and drinks reception. Group tickets for 3 cost €120 in total. Tickets are sold through the festival.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Disclaimer Magazine

'Paul Scholes' foot' And Other Poems - three from a new cycle of poems I began writing in recent months around themes of digital identities and branding - occupied Disclaimer Magazine's 'Weekend Poetry' slot last weekend 14/15 April 2018.

Disclaimer is a magazine on politics, economics and the arts published in London. Edited by "a group of writers, journalists, artists and others who want to create something that looks and feels different to most of what’s out there," Disclaimer describes itself as "socially very liberal, economically less so" and wishes "to see markets working for the benefit of society, not to suit the interests of the few".

I was very happy to contribute to Disclaimer Magazine and join the list of exciting poets and artists it has sought to publish - especially in the context of this particular space that blends the arts with social, political and economic commentary.

Friday, 30 March 2018

European Poetry Festival 2018 - London & Manchester

I'll be taking part in three events - two in London and one in Manchester - as part of the UK's first ever European Poetry Festival (5-14 April 2018).

Curated by SJ Fowler, the European Poetry Festival is a pioneering showcase of live literature including collaboration and performance, and aims at beginning a tradition of showcasing the best of 21st century avant-garde and literary European poetry across the UK. This year the festival encompasses ten events in three cities in under two weeks, with the participation of over 50 poets from 23 countries and support from a host of European and UK institutes.

My reading dates and venues are as follows:


Thursday 5 April, 7pm
Opening Night at Writers Centre, Kingston (The Rose Theatre):

Solo reading in an event also featuring Jen Calleja, Frédéric Forte, Alessandro Burbank and Erik Lindner.

Plus readings from European poets local to the Kingston area or currently studying at Kingston University: Astra Papachristodoulou, Vilde Valerie Torset, Olga Kolesnikova, Synne Johnsson, Henriette Hjorthen Støren and Katerina Koulouri.


Saturday 7 April, 7.30pm
The European Camarade at Rich Mix, London:

Collaboration with Frédéric Forte in what is the grand event of the festival, featuring 16 pairs overall.

Full lineup:
Livia Franchini & Rike Scheffler
Christodoulos Makris & Frederic Forte
Kinga Toth & Simon Pomery
Erik Lindner & Harry Man
Max Hofler & SJ Fowler
Robert Prosser & Alessandro Burbank
Theodoros Chiotis & Sergej Timofejev
Tomas Pridal & Iris Colomb
Astra Papachristodoulou & Muanis Sinanovic
Damir Sodan & Martin Solotruk
Giedrė Kazlauskaitė & Simona Nastac
Aušra Kaziliūnaitė & Serena Braida
Jen Calleja & Daniel Falb
Hannah van Binsbergen & Nina Bajsic
Marius Burokas & Tatiana Faia
Daniela Chana & Ana Seferovic.


Friday 13 April, 7pm
The European Camarade in Manchester, International Anthony Burgess Foundation:

Collaboration with Endre Ruset in an event featuring 10 pairs overall.

Full lineup:
Rike Scheffler & Livia Franchini
Jon Stale Ritland & Harry Man
Iris Colomb & Serena Braida
Endre Ruset & Christodoulos Makris
SJ Fowler & Tom Jenks
Inga Pizane & Scott Thurston
Rimas Uzgiris & Robert Sheppard
Marius Burokas & James Byrne
Sarah Clare Conlon & David Gaffney
Silje Ree & Yvonne Litschel

Plus readings from Sandeep Parmar and others as part of a special launch reading of Robert Sheppard's The European Union of Imaginary Authors.


Entry to all events is free. Full details on all participating poets are available on the festival website.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Phonica: Eight


Phonica: Eight

Monday 26 March 2018
Boys School, Smock Alley Theatre
7.30pm
Admission: €8.00 / €6.00

with:
Alex Bonney
SJ Fowler
Diamanda LaBerge Dramm
Alice Lyons & Justyn Hunia
Benjamin Dwyer w/ Jonathan Creasy & Nick Roth
Joanna Walsh + community performers



Phonica is a series of events rooted in Word and Sound with an emphasis on multiformity and the experimental. Conceived, directed, programmed and hosted by Christodoulos Makris and Olesya ZdorovetskaPhonica aims to explore compositional and performative ideas and to encourage a melting pot of audiences and artists from across artforms.

Phonica: Eight will feature performances from a range of award-winning writers, musicians and artists based in Ireland and internationally, including a polyphonic stage adaptation of a digital novella (an Irish premiere), a poetic collaboration set in rural Poland, a three-way musical collaboration based on Samuel Beckett's 'Neither', and a song cycle for solo violin and voice, among more.






Featured Artists:

Alex Bonney is a trumpeter, electronic musician and recording/mix engineer and producer based in London. He was born in Reading in 1978 and grew up in the flight path of Concorde, instilling a deep attachment to subsonic frequencies. He leads the Alex Bonney Quartet, is a member of Splice, Leverton Fox, BABs, Golden Age of Steam, Sefiroth, plays in a duo with bassist Dave Kane, performs solo with electronics and in a variety of other improvising ensembles. When not performing Alex works with a variety of artists producing and engineering music for leading jazz, improvised and contemporary music record labels including ECM, HCR, Two Rivers, Whirlwind, Babel, Loop, Jellymould, Not Applicable and Edition. He also works as a music educator and photographer.

Steven J Fowler is a writer and artist. He has published multiple collections of poetry and artworks, including Subcritical Tests with Ailbhe Darcy (Gorse Editions, 2017). He has been commissioned by Tate Modern, BBC Radio 3, Tate Britain, the London Sinfonietta, Wellcome Collection and Liverpool Biennial. He has been sent to Peru, Bangladesh, Iraq, Argentina, Georgia and other destinations by the British Council and has read at festivals including Hay on Wye, Cervantino in Mexico, Berlin Literature Festival and Hay Xalapa. He was nominated for the White Review prize for Fiction in 2014. His plays have been produced at Rich Mix and Toynbee Studios, and he’s been translated into 27 languages. He is editor at 3am magazine and executive editor at The European Review of Poetry,  Books and Culture (Versopolis). He is lecturer in creative writing at Kingston University, teaches at Tate Modern, Poetry School and Photographer's Gallery, and is the director of Writers' Centre Kingston.

Diamanda La Berge Dramm has been playing the violin since the age of four. Growing up in Amsterdam among the leading figures of the Dutch classical, avant-garde and improvisation scene, her own concerts reflect all of these elements. At the age of thirteen, she premiered 'Raadsels' by Louis Andriessen in the Concertgebouw for the opening of the Holland Festival 2005, and has gone on to perform internationally as a soloist, chamber music player and band member. She has worked extensively with modern music luminaries such as Christian Wolff, Alvin Lucier, Gunther Schuller, Chaya Czernowin, Garth Knox and George Benjamin. Recent performances include a collaboration in Florence with Georg Friedrich Haas and concerts in Brussels and London with avant-garde rock legend John Cale. You can hear her on New World Records as a soloist on Burr van Nostrand’s Voyage in a White City, and on Tzadik Records with Anthony Coleman. She completed her Bachelor of Music at the New England Conservatory in Boston with James Buswell and Nicholas Kitchen, and previously studied with Lex Korff de Gidts (Conservatory of Amsterdam). At graduation she was awarded the John Cage Award for her contribution to new music. Diamanda received her Masters of Music from the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, studying with Vera Beths. She was awarded the Nicolai Prize for the most special exceptional recital. Current projects include the editing and premiering of a new series of violin studies by Garth Knox, and a duo with pianist Helena Basilova focusing on early 20th century Eastern European repertoire. As a founder of Splendor - a collective of 50 musicians, composers, and stage artists who transformed an old bathhouse in the heart of Amsterdam into a local cultural paradise - she plays and hosts concerts regularly. Diamanda plays on an Andreas Grütter bow (2015) and an Andranik Gaybaryan violin (2014), purchased with the generous support of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and the Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrumentenfonds.

Alice Lyons, a poet and cross-disciplinary artist, was born in Paterson, NJ and has lived in Roscommon and Sligo since 1998. Her third collection of poetry is The Breadbasket of Europe (Veer Books, London, 2016). Lyons’s poems have appeared in publications such as Tygodnik Powszcheny (Kraków) and Poetry (Chicago), as poetry films, public artworks and in gallery contexts. Among the honours she has received are a Radcliffe Fellowship in Poetry & New Media, Harvard University; the Patrick Kavanagh Award for Poetry; the inaugural Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary from Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill; and an IFTA (Irish Film and Television Award) nomination for The Polish Language, a poetry film she co-directed with animator Orla Mc Hardy.

Born in 1975, Cracow, ​Justyn Hunia has ​been active as book translator specializing in the humanities​. He has ​translated, among others, Zygmunt Bauman and VS Naipaul,​ and is​ currently​ working on​ essays by Zadie Smith. F​or the last 10 years​ he​ been filming the life of ​his​ grandmother in a wooden cottage in a remote hilly and forested corner of ​Southeast ​Poland with an eye to making a documentary​.

Benjamin Dwyer has given concerts worldwide and has appeared as soloist with all the Irish orchestras, the Neubrandenburg Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany), the Santos Symphony Orchestra (Brazil), VOX21, the Vogler String Quartet (Germany) and the Callino String Quartet (UK). He is the guitarist in Barry Guy’s Blue Shroud Band, which headed the bill at the Krakow Autumn Jazz Festival in 2014 and 2016. Dwyer is a founder member of Coterminous—a multi-disciplinary ensemble of musicians, dancers and filmmakers. Recent CD recordings include Twelve Études (Gamelan Records, 2008), Irish Guitar Works (El Cortijo, 2012), Scenes from Crow (Diatribe Records, 2014) and Umbilical (Diatribe Records, 2017). The Alchemia Sessions Live from the Autumn Jazz Krakow 2014 (4-CD set) for Notwo Records and Barry Guy—The Blue Shroud on Intakt Records were both released in 2016. A new CD of contemporary Irish music will be released on Farpoint Records this year. Dwyer is an elected member of Aosdána and an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London (ARAM). He earned a PhD in Composition from Queen’s University (Belfast) and is currently Professor of Music at Middlesex University, London.

Jonathan C. Creasy is a Dublin-based poet, essayist, publisher and musician. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he studied under jazz greats Peter Erskine and Jeff Hamilton, and later under Charlie Haden at CalArts. Creasy has recorded at Interscope/Geffen Records and Capitol Studios in Hollywood. For the last decade he has lived and worked in Ireland, where he founded and runs New Dublin Press, an award-winning independent publisher. In 2016, Dalkey Archive Press published Creasy’s book of poems and essays The Black Mountain Letters, and he was Writer-in- Residence with the Lannan Foundation. He holds a PhD in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.

Nick Roth is a saxophonist, composer, producer and educator. His work seeks the liberation of improvisation from composition, the poetic syntax of philosophical enquiry, and the function of music as translative epistemology. Engaging in conversation with mathematical biologists, astrophysicists, canopy ecologists and hydrologists, his compositions interrogate the inherence of meaning in musical form, whilst simultaneously subsumed by an insatiable appetite for literature, exploring the symbiotic resonance of language as sound and text. A curious predisposition and a steadfast refusal to accept the existence of boundaries between the real and the imaginary has led to collaborations with an array of international performers, composers, choreographers, visual artists, poets, sculptors, directors, festivals and ensembles. In 2017 he was artist-in-residence at the European Space Agency (ESTEC) and dlr LexIcon, and in 2015 at the California Academy of Sciences and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). He is artistic director of the Yurodny Ensemble, a founding member of the Water Project, and a partner at Diatribe Records, Ireland’s leading independent record label for new music. His work is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre and the Association of Irish Composers.

Joanna Walsh is an award-winning UK-based writer. Her latest book is Worlds From The Word's End, published by And Other Stories. In 2018 Break.up will be published by Semiotext(e) and Tuskar Rock. Her writing has appeared in many journals and anthologies including Granta Magazine, gorse journal, The Dublin Review, The Stinging Fly and The Dalkey Archive's Best European Fiction. She was awarded the UK Arts Foundation 2017 Fellowship for Literature. She edits at online literary journals 3:AM Magazine and Catapult.co, writes literary and cultural criticism for an number of publications including The Times Literary Supplement and The Guardian, and runs @read_women.


Phonica acknowledges generous funding support from Dublin City Council, Poetry Ireland, and Arts Council England.





Thursday, 1 March 2018

Browsing History (zimZalla, 2018)

My poetry object Browsing History, a 16-postcard set in snug cellophane, is out today on zimZalla avant objects.
















zimZalla is a Manchester-based publishing project releasing literary objects. It is administered by Tom Jenks.

Browsing History documents my output as Digital Poet in Residence at the 2017 edition of StAnza, Scotland's International Poetry Festival taking place in St Andrews. Released on the first anniversary of the start of my residency, it represents object 046 on the zimZalla list.

For more on my residency project and the publication of Browsing History, read my article on the StAnza Festival website, also published today.

To view a free sample, and to order a copy, go to the object page on the zimZalla website.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

'Listen and Surprise' for Poetry Day Ireland 2018

My mass collaboration Twitter widget poem 'Chances Are' which has been running continuously since 8 August 2014 on 3:AM Magazine, and its translation into page poetry published in The Architecture of Chance, comprise one of the choices in the 'Listen and Surprise' competition project run by Fingal Libraries as part of Poetry Day Ireland 2018.

Conceived by Máighréad Medbh, 'Listen and Surprise' invites responses to one of eleven poems in any of four formats: image, video, sound, or text. The deadline for entries is 31 March 2018, and contributions will go live on a dedicated tumblr page on 26 April 2018.

Full project details.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

European Review of Poetry, Books and Culture

My essay 'Shedding Poetry's National Baggage' was published in the European Review of Poetry, Books and Culture (Versopolis) last week.

The European Review of Poetry, Books and Culture is an online literary journal funded by the European Union, aiming to create an anglophone publication platform with a focus on continental Europe and the world beyond.

Commissioned by SJ Fowler, new Executive Editor of the Review, my essay takes the form of eight fragments cumulatively examining relationships between poetry and nation(alism) on various levels, and with references to personal experiences and to writers, poets & artists, current and historical, with an internationalist outlook.

The essay was originally conceived in late 2014 in response to an invitation towards a Europe-wide anthology, now seemingly abandoned, of pieces on trans-local writing. I began re-editing it in early 2017, and presented a version of it at the Language & Migration symposium in NUI Galway last September.

My thanks to Steven Fowler for publishing this more definitive version in the European Review of Poetry, Books and Culture.



presenting at NUI Galway (photo: Sarah Clancy)

Sunday, 17 December 2017

SAH Journal Vol 3 No 2

I have two new poems made of fragments from unauthored commentary on media articles relating to 1/ terrorism and 2/ refugees in the latest issue of SAH Journal.

Studies in Arts and Humanities (SAH) is an open-access magazine published both in print and online, based in the library at Dublin Business School. It is an interdisciplinary academic collaboration whose concern is with social, political and cultural practices in the context of mapping transformations in contemporary society. SAH’s contributors oppose forging disciplinary limits in an attempt to establish experimental spaces for critical dialogue.

Vol 3 No 2 of SAH Journal focuses on the theme of 'Minorities'. It also includes poetry from Nithy Kasa, Jennifer Matthews and Nita Mishra, as well as articles on endangered languages, Māori rights in New Zealand, the Roma and Irish Travelling communities, and more.

My thanks to Patrick Chapman for the invitation to contribute to the issue.