Thursday, 8 October 2015

gorse No. 4

Issue 4 of gorse is now out and available to buy directly from the website, where you can also purchase a subscription, or from selected bookshops. I'm proud and excited to be publishing in it new poetry from Philip Terry, Robert Herbert McClean, Kimberly Campanello and Patrick Chapman.

Philip Terry contributes a long prose poem with title 'Bird Notes'; Robert Herbert McClean's 'Excerpt from Pangs!' is six extracts from his eponymous debut collection just out from Test Centre; Kimberly Campanello's three visual poems are taken from MOTHERBABYHOME forthcoming from zimZalla in 2016; and Patrick Chapman's 14-part sequence 'The Film of My Death' channels Alfred Hitchcock and Paris - his seventh book of poetry Slow Clocks of Decay is due out from Salmon next year.

gorse No. 4 also features fiction by Adrian Duncan, Paul Kavanagh, Thomas McNally, Hugh Fulham-McQuillan, Ian Parkinson, Pierre Senges (in translation by Jacob Siefring), and Jona Xhepa; essays by Alice Butler, Daniella Cascella, Dominique Cleary, Orla Fitzpatrick, Christopher Higgs, Barry Sheils, Suzanne Walsh and Adrian Nathan West; and two interviews: Luis Chitarroni by Andrew Gallix, and Lee Rourke by Liam Jones. Susan Tomaselli's editorial, 'Wonder is Really Nothing', takes Alice in Wonderland and dream-writing as its starting point and follows it down the rabbit hole to find Joyce, Duchamp, Burroughs & Gysin, Švankmajer, Hitchcock and much more. The cover design, as ever, is from Niall McCormack. The first 150 copies are individually numbered.

We will be celebrating the launch of gorse No. 4 at The Liquor Rooms, Wellington Quay, Dublin 2, at 7pm on Wednesday 21 October 2015, with readings from the issue by Dominque Cleary, Orla Fitzpatrick, Suzanne Walsh, Jona Xhepa & more, plus music by Gar Cox. Join us.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

collaboration event at Poets Live, Paris

On Tuesday 6 October I'll be returning to Poets Live, the excellent reading series presenting anglophone poetry to Paris audiences, to perform from my 3-year long and ongoing collaboration with Kimberly Campanello.

Beginning with the material we prepared for the 2013 edition of Camaradefest at the recently-reprieved Rich Mix arts centre, Kimberly and I have been conducting a correspondence through poems sent by snail-mail from and to various locations, our conversation revolving around items intended for public exhibition.

In addition to our collaboration we will also read from our own work.

The current Poets Live venue is Berkeley Books of Paris, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris (Métro: Odéon) and start time is 7.30pm. Admission is free.

Earlier this year I provided an introduction to Kimberly's work for her entry on the Irish section of Poetry International.

Friday, 7 August 2015

psí víno magazine

My long poem 'Prime Time' from The Architecture of Chance was published in issue 72 of Prague's psí víno magazine, in a Czech translation by David Koranda.

psí víno is a quarterly journal of poetry and criticism founded in 1997. Its current editors "strive to confront Czech literary scene with the current trends from abroad (especially from the English speaking countries, Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe, and Scandinavia), and to give voice to the contemporary phenomena at the edges of literature (experimental literature, digital literature, uncreative writing, text art etc)."

'Prime Time' is the record of my live transcription of all advertising broadcast on Ireland's state TV channel RTÉ1 on Friday 28 February 2014 between 6pm and 11pm. David translated the resulting text into Czech, and performed it with me at the Prague Microfestival in May.

A taster of the issue - also featuring work by Petr Borkovec, Frank Smith, Juliana Spahr and Rike Scheffler, as well as Charles Reznikoff, among others - is available on ISSUU.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Ways of Writing: essay in Trumpet 4

My essay encompassing a discussion of the cross-stream: ways of writing project within a larger discussion of my curatorial activities and compositional interests appears in the latest issue of Trumpet, Poetry Ireland's quarterly pamphlet of poetry, reviews and essays. Future issues of Trumpet will include articles by poets who participated in cross-stream based on their presentations for the project.

My thanks to Poetry Ireland's Paul Lenehan for his interest. Issue 4 of Trumpet also features reviews of new books by Dylan Brennan, Angela Carr and Victoria Kennefick among others, as well as poems by Kim Moore, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh and more.

Trumpet costs €2.00 per issue and is available individually from bookshops or directly from Poetry Ireland through subscription.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Caves, Bears & Pages at The Ink Factory

Cave Writings in partnership with The Bohemyth and Belleville Park Pages are hosting an event they call "possibly the most impressive celebration of contemporary writing in Ireland this year". Taking place at The Ink Factory in Dublin (15 Wellington Quay, D2) on Tuesday 9 June, 'Caves, Bears and Pages' will feature readings from 12 writers selected between the three hosts. I'm very happy to have been invited by The Pages to take part, and I look forward to reading alongside some exciting people like Ronan Murphy and Dimitra Xidous. This is a free event, with a start time of 8.30pm. BYOB.

Monday, 25 May 2015

'Remaking it New' at Writers' Week, Listowel

Remaking it New: a discussion in association with gorse literary journal
part of Listowel Writers' Week 2015

gorse identifies with the 'golden age' of literary Irish publishing, but the journal is not nostalgic for the past. Rather it is excited by what's happening in the here, the now and the future of writing. Inspiration comes from multifarious sources - the internet, Twitter, translation, the self - and this event, an inclusive and lively discussion interspersed with readings and with scope for audience participation, will showcase some of these ideas through writers associated with gorse and whose work blurs the lines between genres.

Featuring essayist and novelist Rob Doyle (Here Are the Young Men), writer and illustrator Joanna Walsh (Dalkey Archive's Best European Fiction, #ReadWomen2014), poet and gorse poetry editor Christodoulos Makris (Yes But Are We Enemies, The Architecture of Chance).

Presented and moderated by gorse founder and editor Susan Tomaselli.

Date: Friday 29th May 2015
Time: 2pm
Admission: Full €10  Concession: €8 (Book Here)
Venue: Listowel Arms Ballroom, The Arms Hotel, Listowel, Co Kerry

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Prague Microfestival 2015

I'm excited to be taking part in this year's (7th) edition of the Prague Microfestival, an international festival of innovative, intermedia and translocal poetry, taking place 18-20 May 2015:

"PMF’s aim is twofold: to invigorate the Czech literary scene with up-to-date creative impulses from abroad (so far, those have been linguistically experimental poetry, intermedia writing, conceptual poetry, poetry performance and poetry collective) and to put Prague back on the map of global avant-garde capitals." Read more about the festival, including its history, here.

I'll be taking part in two events, both on Tuesday 19 May:

1/ Being Translocal: Writing In-Between Spaces (tranzitdisplay, entry free / vstupné zdarma, language / jazyk: ENG): The writers Louis Armand (Prague), Christodoulos Makris (Dublin), Philip Hammial (Sydney) and Donna Stonecipher (Berlin) discuss writing in-between the national literatures, i.e. writing as a translocal writer. Moderated by David Vichnar and Olga Pek.
Start time: 16.00

2/ Conceptual Music and Text Night (Theatre NOD, entry 80 Kč, language: CZ & ENG): The second PMF night will start off with the Australian avant-gardist Philip Hammial and a reading incorporating a live mass-collaboration Twitter poem by the Ireland-based Cypriot Christodoulos Makris. The second half of the evening comprises a unique series of verbal compositions, classical singing and experimental music by Samuel Vriezen from Netherlands and Ian Mikyska from Prague, two composers who will be accompanied by the improvisation collective Startocluster. The composition "A House for Hanne Darboven," with text by Louis Armand, will be performed as a homage to the German conceptual artist. The night wraps up with indie-folk by TEVE.
Start time: 19.00

The full programme and accompanying events include some amazing writers and artists from Europe and beyond. Massive thanks to festival director Olga Pek for the invitation, and to her organising team. Thanks also to the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for supporting my participation.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

The Architecture of Chance reviewed by Máighréad Medbh

In a post entitled 'Architectonics', writer and poet Máighréad Medbh considers The Architecture of Chance from multiple perspectives, discussing it against writers as disparate as Italo Calvino, Anaïs Nin, Clive James, Steven Pinker, Deleuze & Guattari and others.

The review includes several quotable extracts: "The Architecture of Chance is a cultural panorama;" or "... glows with a clear, intense, subtly reliable light;" or even "Whenever I hear or read Christodoulos Makris, I'm struck by the absence of the kind of emotional hooks that are so often demanded by an audience." But to appreciate the depth of its engagement with the book it needs to be read in its entirety.

I'm grateful to Máighréad Medbh for her interest in my work, for her attention and close reading of the book.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Interview on The Literateur

In advance of my participation in Prague Microfestival 2015 later this month (details soon) I was interviewed by Martin Šinal for The Literateur.

The Literateur is "an online literary magazine featuring interviews with luminaries of the literary world, articles, reviews and exciting new creative works." Previous interview subjects include Eimear McBride & Lee Rourke, Rachel Kushner, Deborah Levy, Keston Sutherland and Zadie Smith among others.

Martin's well-researched and probing questions allowed me to expand on many aspects of my practice, and elicited my thoughts on various subjects including conceptualism, intermedia and translocal writing, and the function of contemporary poetry.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

European Literature Night 2015: In Spoken Word

I'll be reading at this event, part of the London edition of European Literature Night 2015, taking place in the British Library on Wednesday 13 May. With thanks to all organising partners, especially Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions and the Cyprus High Commission in London.

Hosted by Ava Vidal with Baloji, Xavier Baumaxa, Christodoulos Makris, Joelle Taylor and Kārlis Vērdiņš

In the British Library, Entrance Hall
On Wednesday 13 May 2015 from 19.00-20.30

Telling the stories of the continent through the universal rhythm of poetry, a host of Europe’s most vibrant poets and spoken word artists gather together for one night only to share their work. Wide-ranging in theme and style, criss-crossing the local and the global, the personal and the public, there is something for everyone to enjoy, as well as the underlying music of the words which connects us all.

13 May 2015, 19:00 - 20:45
Entrance Hall
The British Library
96 Euston Road

Tickets: £10.00 / £8.00 / £7.00 - Book Here