Thursday, 9 February 2017

Reading at Neoterismoi Toumazou, Nicosia

On Thursday 16 February I'll be reading in Nicosia for only the second time, and for the first since 2012. I'm especially happy that the event is co-organised by two of my favourite organisations/spaces in the town: Moufflon Bookshop & Neoterismoi Toumazou Art Space.

"Neoterismoi Toumazou and Moufflon Bookshop are excited to host Christodoulos Makris for a reading in Cyprus. The poet will present mostly unpublished material from his current work-in-progress. The content of this work is based on anonymous or pseudonymous writing found on the 'bottom half' of the Internet."

Details here. Thanks to Ruth Keshishian and Maria Toumazou for making it happen.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

gorse No. 7

Literature is the question minus the answer.

gorse No. 7 is now out. Themed around the concept of 'codes', its cover art is as ever by Niall McCormack, and each copy comes with a 'one-time pad' for its decoding. The issue features essays from Scott Esposito, Jonathan Gibbs, John Z Komurki, Shona McCombes, and Pierre Senges (translated by Jacob Siefring); fiction from Chris Beausang, Owen Booth, Celine Fox, Anthony McGuinness, and CD Rose; Irish writing from Colm Breathnach & Liam Mac Cóil; and an interview with Alan Moore by Pádraig Ó Méalóid.

I'm very happy to be publishing poetry from Cork-based Sheila Mannix in the form of 'Burning Boat', a long hybrid poem; three new poems, including a triptych, by Michael Naghten Shanks (Dublin); four poems by Brooklyn-based Chris Campanioni from his project 'The Internet is for Real'; and four visual erasure poems by John Rodzvilla (Boston, MA).

Susan Tomaselli's editorial 'Falsing (After Marconi)' is a meditation on coding and transmission through "radio and otherworldly broadcasts," in which, in addition to Marconi, there are mentions or quotes from Tom McCarthy, Brion Gysin, Tacita Dean, WG Sebald's Rings of Saturn, and Finnegan's Wake.

You can order issue 7 from the gorse shop. It will soon also be available from our stockists.

In the meantime, join us to celebrate the launch of gorse No. 7 on Wednesday 11 January in The Liquor Rooms (5 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2) with readings from Chris Beausang, Anthony McGuinness, Sheila Mannix, and Michael Naghten Shanks. 7pm start, and admission is free.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

if we keep drawing cartoons (If A Leaf Falls Press)

My limited edition pamphlet if we keep drawing cartoons was published by If a Leaf Falls Press earlier this month.

If a Leaf Falls Press is a micropress run from Edinburgh by Sam Riviere, and publishes poetry with an emphasis on appropriative and arbitrary writing processes. Now in its Second Season, the press has since its inception in 2015 published simple, elegant pamphlets with work by some exciting writers and artists including Emily Berry, Crispin Best, nick-e melville, Maria Fusco, Rachael Allen and Sam Riviere himself. My thanks to Sam for inviting me to join this distinguished list.

if we keep drawing cartoons is published in an edition of 36. It comprises ten untitled sections/extracts from the book-length work (in progress) I've been occupied with since mid-2014.

As is the case with most of its titles, the press sold out of if we keep drawing cartoons very quickly.
If a Leaf Falls Press publications are archived at The Poetry Library London and Edinburgh College of Art.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Featured Writer in Icarus Magazine (Vol 67, No. 1)

I'm very happy to have new work, as Featured Writer, in the latest issue (Vol 67, No. 1) of Icarus Magazine.

Icarus is a student magazine based at Trinity College Dublin. It is Ireland's longest running literary journal, still a print publication but with extended online versions of each issue. Founded in 1950 by Alec Reid, it has appeared three times a year since and publishes writing mainly by students, staff and alumni of the University. Former Icarus editors include Iain Sinclair, Maurice Scully, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, David Wheatley, Selina Guinness and Sue Rainsford, while some notable former contributors are Seamus Heaney, Louis MacNeice, Eavan Boland, Sinéad Morrissey, Justin Quinn, Thom Gunn, Colm Tóibín, Vona Groarke, Desmond Hogan and Kevin Barry.

My contribution 'Five Poems' consists of five extracts from my ongoing book-length work concerned with among other things the concept of reading as a creative process.

My thanks to current editors Will Fleming and Leo Dunsker for their interest in my work.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Critical Bastards issue 13

My performance piece 'Work Sharing' appears in the all-audio issue 13 of Critical Bastards magazine.

Critical Bastards is a creative art criticism magazine that engages with contemporary visual art, publishes writing by artists, and is committed to creating conversations between all parts of the island of Ireland. Past contributors include Dennis McNulty, Rebecca O'Dwyer, Jan Carson, Sarah Pierce, Maria Fusco and Adrian Duncan among many others.

cover13Commissioned by Critical Bastards co-editor Jennie Taylor, and performed and recorded in the morning of 5 October 2016, 'Work Sharing' is one of nine creative responses to the word 'Work' featured in issue 13. The other contributors are Sue Rainsford, Michelle Hall, Fiona Gannon, Renèe Helèna Browne, Jonathan Mayhew, RchlTrsRs: Re: Fwd: Re: Work, Rebecca Dunne & Eoghan McIntyre, and James Merrigan.

My thanks to editors Lily Cahill, Deborah Madden, Jennie Taylor and Suzanne Walsh. The issue was launched on Wednesday 23 November 2016 in Studio 6, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, with performances from Sue Rainsford and myself.

Monday, 7 November 2016

'The Rising Generation' at Dublin Book Festival 2016

On Saturday 12 November I'll be reading along with Jane Clarke, Julie Morrissy and Ciaran O'Rourke in the Boys' School, Smock Alley Theatre, as part of Poetry Ireland's 'The Rising Generation' event at Dublin Book Festival 2016. DBF is this year celebrating its 10th anniversary.

"Since its release in April 2016, writers featured in the critically acclaimed ‘The Rising Generation’ issue of Poetry Ireland Review have been invited to read at international festivals and book fairs in Dublin, London and Edinburgh. Now four more of the 36 new-generation poets featured in the Review – Jane Clarke, Christodoulos Makris, Julie Morrissy and Ciaran O’Rourke – will read their work at Dublin Book Festival at a relaxed Saturday event with music from Sive."

Saturday 12 November
3.30pm - 5.00pm
Boys' School, Smock Alley Theatre
Free Entry - Booking Required


Also as part of Dublin Book Festival, on Sunday 13 November Susan Tomaselli will represent gorse at the event 'Magazines and their Makers' (1.30pm, €7 / €5 concessions) in Smock Alley's Main Theatre. This will be followed by 'The Magazine Social' (3pm, free entry) in The Workman's Club, with readings from contributors to the participating journals.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Phonica: Four

The fourth edition of Phonica takes place on Wednesday 19 October, and we're excited to be joined by Martín Bakero, Susan Connolly, John KearnsNeil Ó Lochlainn, Elizabeth Hilliard and David Lacey for a set of performances and presentations traversing the realms of sound poetry, electronic music, visual poetry, improvisation, and more.

about Phonica

Phonica: Four
Wednesday 19 October 2016
Jack Nealons, 165 Capel Street, Dublin 1
8pm start
admission free

Martín Bakero has presented performances, lectures, films, expositions, installations and radio programs in many locations throughout Europe and North, Central and South America. He has experimented with combinatorial, permutation, genetic, astrobiology, quantum mechanics, sound, vision and psychics arts. He studied electroacoustic composition at the conservatory of Paris and has taught in the Universities of Paris, México and Chile specialising in severe personality disorders and sound poetry. He created the pneumatic and electropneumatic poetry, he’s working now in “Acousemantic” poetry. Recently he made creative sound residences and performances in Avatar (Québec), National center for arts (México) and Proposta (Barcelona). He’s member of LaBoRaToiRe , Motor Nightingale, Buzos Tácticos, M’Other, Futures Primitives, Mutiques and pnEUmAtIkOs, where he works with other artistes, scientists, mystics in different rehearsals about the bounds between poetry, music, vision and reality. He created the festival Festina Lente and the Laboratory of electropneumatic poetry (Laboratoire d’electropoésie acousmantique) in Paris. All these fields that he explores allow him to give birth to transversal and unprecedented performances. In his shows, he drives a trance where the breath becomes alive. He uses especially poems moving, projected on his body, on his collaborators and screens. He also specializes his voice in multiphony, modified in live by acousmantic filters. He explores the boundaries between sound, sense, senses, nonsense, smell, vision, action, hallucination, gesture in poetry, always seeking the opening of the limits of poetry and news realities.

Susan Connolly lives in Drogheda, Co. Louth. Her first full-length collection For the Stranger was published by Dedalus Press in 1993. She was awarded the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry in 2001. In the same year she received a Publications Grant from the Heritage Council of Ireland for A Salmon in the Pool, a literary and place-names map of the river Boyne from source to sea. Collaborations with writer and photographer Anne-Marie Moroney include Stone and Tree Sheltering Water (1998), Race to the Sea (1999), Ogham: Ancestors Remembered in Stone (2000) and Winterlight (2002). Her poems have been published in journals and magazines throughout Ireland and the U.K, are included in the Field Day Anthology Vol IV, Voices and Poetry of Ireland and Windharp: Poems of Ireland since 1916, and have been broadcast on The RTÉ Poetry Programme. Her second collection Forest Music was published by Shearsman Books in 2009. Shearsman also published her chapbook The Sun-Artist: a book of pattern poems in 2013, and her third book Bridge of the Ford, a collection of visual poetry, in June 2016.

John Kearns has published poetry in a variety of publications and his long poem 'begs dull' was selected for inclusion in the recent Irish edition of Viersomes (Veer Press, London). He is currently working on a volume loosely addressing hoarding. He has worked extensively as a translator from Polish and edited the journal Translation Ireland for 10 years. He also edited the collection Translator and Interpreter Training: Issues, Methods, Debates (London, Continuum: 2008). He holds a PhD from DCU and worked for several years in academia. He is particularly interested in issues relating to mental health and is currently training as a psychotherapist.

Neil Ó Lochlainn is a double bassist, traditional flute player and composer from Ireland. He has studied at the Cork School of Music, the Banff Centre, the S.I.M (school for improvisational music) workshop, New York and the Brhaddhvani Institute, Chennai. He is a founding member of Ensemble Ériu (TG4 Gradam Ceoil recipients 2015) and in 2015 he formed Cuar, a group which combines improvisation, chamber music and irish traditional music. From 2012-2015 he perfomed regularly with the late jazz guitar master Louis Stewart.

Elizabeth Hilliard is a soprano from Dublin. She sings a wide range of repertoire, bringing a dramatic quality and emotional intensity to her performances. She combines pinpoint accuracy and razorsharp musicianship with her passion and relish for performing music by living composers. Elizabeth is a co-director (with David Bremner) of Béal, a production company committed to exploring the relationship between sung and spoken word.  The pair have brought international figures such as Robert Ashley, Tom Johnson, Jennifer Walshe and Christopher Fox to Dublin. In October 2016, Divine Arts Record are releasing ‘Sea to the West’ Elizabeth’s debut disc, featuring works for soprano plus electronics by Mulvey, Bremner, Fox and Buckley. She also features on Mulvey’s CD Akanos released on the Navona Records Label.  From December 2015 to March 2016 she was musician in residence at dlrLexIcon supported by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Current projects include: Don’t Walk - a 45-minute piece from video-artist Mihai Cucu and composer Gráinne Mulvey, for guitar, cello, soprano, electronics and video; Béal 2016: Inappropriate Moments - directing ensembÉal in performances of vocal ensemble music by Jennifer Walshe; Logical Fallacies - a 45 minute work for viola and soprano by David Bremner, performed with Andreea Banciu.

David Lacey is a musician from Dublin, working at the intersection between improvisation and composition. He uses percussion, objects, cassettes and crude electronics, as well as making studio constructions. He has been featured on releases from labels such as Another Timbre, Confront, Copy for your Records, Fort Evil Fruit & Room Temperature. Alongside composers Rob Casey and Conal Ryan, he co-curates the concert series ‘Reception’.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Art & Writing | #1: IMPRINT

Art & Writing, organised by Paper Visual Art and gorse journals, is a series of conversations between practitioners who work at the intersection of writing and the visual arts.

This autumn, three events will take place in Dublin, bringing together artists and writers to present and discuss their work, and exploring the overlaps.

I'll be taking part in the first event - details below. My thanks to Paper Visual Art for the invitation.


Thursday 29 September 2016
Studio 6, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
Dublin 2
6.30 p.m.

Participants: Christodoulos Makris, Dennis McNulty, and Nick Thurston
Moderator: Jessica Foley

All welcome. No booking required.

Monday, 22 August 2016

gorse No. 6

Issue 6 of gorse is now out.

It features original essays from Dylan Brennan, Liam Cagney, Dominique Cleary, Lauren Elkin, Oliver Farry, Daniel Fraser, Thomas McNally and Joanna Walsh; new fiction from Gavin Corbett, Lauren de Sa Naylor, John Holten, Bridget Penney and David Rose; an interview with Geoff Dyer by Rob Doyle; and an Irish language section (edited by new Irish language editor Aifric Mac Aodha) with work from Simon Ó Faoláin & Colm Ó Ceallacháin.

Poetry in gorse No. 6 comes from long-time contributor SJ Fowler in the form of 'Estates', four cross-referencing, border-hopping poems; recent work from Aodán McCardle representing reflections on a year's worth of language use and images encountered on various media; four new pieces by Julie Morrissy taken from a book-length work-in-progress; and three original poems in the Galician by Chus Pato, accompanied by translations from Keith Payne.

Susan Tomaselli's editorial 'Je est un autre' revolves around Borges and notions of identity. It includes an extract - a translation of a sentence from a short story by Borges - from artist Katie Holten's book About Trees, which is itself written in trees - a new typeface Holten made especially for the project.

The cover image is once again by award-winning designer Niall McCormack.

gorse No. 6 is available to order directly from our web shop.


Please join us for the issue launch on Thursday 25 August in The Liquor Rooms (5 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2) with readings by Dominique Cleary, Gavin Corbett and Julie Morrissy. Start time is 7pm and admission is free.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Poetry Ireland Review 118: The Rising Generation

I was pleased to be invited by current editor Vona Groarke to contribute to a special issue of Poetry Ireland Review titled 'The Rising Generation'.

Much like The Poetry Book Society UK’s  Next Generation Poets, which is published once a decade, Poetry Ireland Review 118: The Rising Generation (April 2016) aims to offer "the most comprehensive, insightful and enjoyable overview of what we can expect of Irish poetry in the coming times." To this end, Groarke selected thirty-six poets who published a first book or pamphlet in the past five years, with each poet represented by two pages of new poetry and their responses to a wide-ranging and generally light-spirited questionnaire.

My poetry contribution consists of two excerpts ('trying to cook breakfast...' and 'In '87 Huey Lewis...') from a book-length work-in-progress composed using appropriative processes.

Groarke writes in her editorial: "I also acknowledge, as anthologists must, that in time this selection may look fusty or airy; that I may have gotten it all wrong, (there, I’ve said it), and that in twenty-five years, the poets who will have made a difference are not those featured here. It’s possible, but I doubt it. I believe there’s good and exciting work here, work that will continue to be honoured and enjoyed in all its many shades."

The list of 'The Rising Generation' poets includes several friends and people I've worked with in one form or another, as well as one or two names new to me:

Graham Allen, Tara Bergin, Dylan Brennan, Sarah Clancy, Jane Clarke, Adam Crothers, Paula Cunningham, Ailbhe Darcy, Martin Dyar, Elaine Gaston, Eleanor Hooker, Caoilinn Hughes, Andrew Jamison, Victoria Kennefick, Marcus Mac Conghail, Robert Herbert McClean, Afric McGlinchey, Jim Maguire, Christodoulos Makris, Geraldine Mitchell, Julie Morrissy, Emma Must, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Mary Noonan, Rebecca O'Connor, Ciarán O'Rourke, Michelle O'Sullivan, Breda Wall Ryan, Stephen Sexton, Michael Naghten Shanks, Róisín Tierney, Jessica Traynor, Eoghan Walls, Adam White, Adam Wyeth.

Poetry Ireland Review 118: The Rising Generation is available to order directly from Poetry Ireland.