Red Line Book Festival 2020

On Thursday 15 October I will take part in an event focusing on experimental writing as part of this year's Red Line Book Festival.
Held in October each year, the Red Line Book Festival takes place in various venues across South Dublin County. It is funded by South Dublin County Council and managed by South Dublin Libraries and Arts. This year's edition features a blended programme of online and offline events.
'Experimental Writing with...' is an online event also featuring Kimberly Campanello and Alice Lyons, and hosted/moderated by Gregory Betts. From the event description:
Experimental Writing has experienced a resurgence of late and the work of poets Kimberly Campanello and Christodoulos Makris, as well as novelist Alice Lyons, have been held up as part of its current re-emergence. Noted experimental poet and academic Gregory Betts will be hosting this fascinating discussion of where experimental writing is today, and where it will go next.
Start time is 6.30pm. While…

'Capital' at Irish Museum of Modern Art

On Saturday 5 September I will present a new long poem with title 'Capital' at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).
This is part of a programme of events for The People's Pavilion installation, a public outdoor space located on the museum's front lawn where people can meet safely in specially designed social distancing circles.
From the event description:
'Capital' is a polyphonic poem composed of fragments of text from unattributed reviews of establishments on Talbot Street, publicly available on Google Maps. It has its roots in Makris’s longstanding interest in the shifts in language use, communication and identity brought about by digital media, and their implication on poetic discourse.
The poem maps the street through the kind of public-private writing prevalent online (the reviews often stray into personal anecdote). Its documentary and fragmentary nature also responds to the early post-Covid conditions, our toggling between 'real' and online geogra…

'this is no longer entertainment' reviewed on PANK Magazine

A review of this is no longer entertainment appeared on PANK Magazine last week, written by Hayden Bergman - poet, translator and Books Editor at The Literary Review.
Founded in 2006 by M. Bartley Seigel and Roxane Gay, PANK Magazine is a US literary magazine "fostering access to innovative poetry and prose, publishing the brightest and most promising writers for the most adventurous readers". It is currently edited by Jessica Fischoff and Chris Campanioni with a remit to "advance the original vision of the founding editors and the rich history that’s published so many innovative voices".
In his review Bergman names some of the subject areas the book covers and writes that "it does so in an acrobatic manner, darting between poetic registers, code-switching from satire to sentiment". He considers it being marked by collisions of ideological extremes, and comments: "Makris writes in a way that takes note of the pleasures and pitfalls of extremes whil…

'framed entertainment' (Arts Council of Ireland Covid-19 Crisis Response Award)

I am pleased to announce the release of a video with title 'framed entertainment'.

Enabled through receipt of an Arts Council of Ireland Covid-19 Crisis Response Award, 'framed entertainment' presents raw footage from a private reading of a hybrid text composed of sections from my third book this is no longer entertainment interspersed with fragments of theoretical framework taken from my introductory essay 'Poetry and Cultures of Feedback'.
Conforming to full Government of Ireland lockdown restrictions (Phase One) the reading was for an audience of one and it took place on a remote beach within 2km of my home; it was filmed by a member of my immediate family on their personal device, and the video was home-edited using widely-available amateur tools.
With thanks to the Arts Council of Ireland for the award.
The Arts Council of Ireland introduced this special award in April 2020 to support Ireland-based professional artists across all disciplines in creating and di…

Carlow Writer-in-Residence programme (summer 2020)

I was pleased to be invited to the Carlow Writer-in-Residence programme, as part of which I will deliver a series of workshops over July and August 2020.
The programme is managed by the Carlow County Council Arts Office in partnership with Carlow College, and has been running for the past few years with contributions from writers and artists working across disciplines - poets, novelists, short story writers, essayists, filmmakers, dramatists, songwriters.
The workshops are administered by the residency organisers and are directed at members of writers groups in Carlow. Given ongoing restrictions associated with Covid-19 my activities will be delivered online, and in the course we will focus on language as material rather than as conveyor of meaning or message, privileging observational, appropriative, responsive and participative approaches to literary practice over notions of originality or genius.
My thanks to Sinead Dowling, Carlow Co Co Arts Officer, and Dr Derek Coyle at Carlow Coll…

'this is no longer entertainment' reviewed on Stride magazine

A review of this is no longer entertainment appeared on Stride magazine on 29 May 2020.
Stride was founded in 1982 and is edited by Rupert Loydell. It has had various incarnations over the years, most recently in an online edition, with an archive of its content between 1999 and 2015 available at As of May 2016 it is being published at
The review is by writer, performer and teacher Mark Leahy, and it is titled 'move away from blatant plagiarism' - which is itself a quote from my book. Leahy places the book in the traditions of avant-garde writing and documentary poetics (in both film and poetry) and uses numerous examples from it to illuminate context, process and intention. To this end he also references my 2017 StAnza Festival project Browsing History and the recent audio recording of extracts from this is no longer entertainment for Hotel magazine. Crucially, he also picks up on the physicality of the book as…

'this is no longer entertainment' reviewed in Poetry Ireland Review

Issue 130 of Poetry Ireland Review (April 2020) carries a review of this is no longer entertainment. Written by David Toms, the review piece is titled 'Feeding The Engines' and in it my book is considered along with books by Matt Kirkham and Natasha Cuddington.
Toms opens with a paragraph on Shoshana Zuboff's groundbreaking work The Age of Surveillance Capitalism and in particular on her use of the term 'behaviour surplus', identified as 21st century capitalism's driving force and the internet's central product - which serves as an introduction to his discussion of my book. Writing about this is no longer entertainment he argues that "the title itself is a stark warning, as strong as Zuboff's core argument" and calls the book "a sustained and at times terrifying glimpse of the world as it now exists". Later he writes: "We talk about the online and offline, although the line between one and the other - as Zuboff's work demonst…

A Leap in the Dark 13

On Friday 15 May I will present new poetry from current work-in-progress for the 13th edition of the online literary salon A Leap in the Dark - "a twice-weekly gathering best described as 'an online salon cold war bunker impro literary brains trust'."

In the words of organiser David Collard: "A lifetime ago, on 29th February, I organised a ‘A Leap in the Dark’, a Dada cabaret staged in a dilapidated former Conservative Club in Paddington. The venue was unheated but there was plenty of whisky and cocoa and the performers all blazed with a hard gemlike flame... Such gatherings are now a thing of the future, but the same loose-knit group of writers and poets and musicians and performers all want to share their work with an audience and with each other, to spread some light and possibly even joy in these dark and difficult times. Because that’s something we can do, and something we all need to do, now and in the future, until the current crisis passes, and after that…

Two poems on Berfrois

Note: With several scheduled activities postponed or cancelled outright due to COVID-19, I just wanted to place a note of thanks here to those people and organisations who have honoured or have committed to honouring our existing arrangements in whatever ways they can, or who are providing concrete, continued and true support through the commissioning of work and in other forms.

It's a deeper pleasure than ever, and maybe even a privilege, to be making and releasing new work during this time: I'm happy to report that two poems from a cycle I've been developing over the past couple of years were published on Berfrois earlier this week.

Berfrois is a literary-intellectual online magazine updated daily, published by Pendant Publishing in London and edited by Russell Bennetts. Persistently and unashamedly internationalist and wide-ranging, it is, in the words of Don Share, senior editor at Poetry (Chicago) magazine, "lightning fast, yet deeply aware".

Though these poe…

Audio from 'this is no longer entertainment' on Hotel magazine

While in Amsterdam at the beginning of the month I was asked by Hotel magazine co-editor Dominic Jaeckle to read some extracts from this is no longer entertainment for audio publication on the Hotel online archive.

Jaeckle has heard me read publicly from the book on a number of occasions, and his conception of a fundamental difference between the reading and hearing experiences, with regard to the material in this book in particular, prompted his invitation.

In a perceptive note accompanying the publication of the recording, he writes:

"The rolling composite voice on show in Makris’ this is no longer entertainment realizes a more complex relationship with polyphony than the page alone can allow. The experience of reading these texts can’t help but engineer a little bad detective work on the part of the reader; we’re accustomed to wading through a myriad of multi-authored opinions as we stroll a heavy thumb through the roll-call of comments that accompany any video, article or op-e…