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Inhabiting Distances at the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale

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Two poems from my second book The Architecture of Chance,  as well as an excerpt from my as yet unpublished long poem 'Capital' , are featured in Anachoresis: Upon Inhabiting Distances , an anthology accompanying the Cyprus entry at the 17th Architecture Biennale in Venice. The Cyprus Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia "addresses the spatial experiences that occur when inhabiting distances becomes a paradigm for the development of new socialities. The notion of anachoresis, as explicated by Roland Barthes in  How to Live Together , denotes an abrupt departure into spaces of atypical and idiorrhythmic manifestations of cohabitation." I was pleased and honoured to be informed that The Architecture of Chance - and in particular the poems 'Territorial' and 'public-private' (composed in collaboration with James Wilkes) as well as the title poem - formed a key reference text during the curators' discussi

Documentary Poetics reprise: a film

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My experimental poetry film 'Documentary Poetics reprise', commissioned by Máighréad Medbh for the Fingal Libraries Culture Night 2021 programme, premiered on 17 September. Part of the digital event 'Oblique Techniques: Poetry of Present-Absent Place', my film appeared alongside contributions by Alice Lyons and Catherine Walsh and with short introductions from Máighréad Medbh . The brief was to make a home video of no longer than twenty minutes presenting (an aspect of) our own practice, with the unifying concept of "a notion of the contemporary as coupled with shifts in perception and concepts of space". Responding to a short list of phrases compiled by Medbh and taken from our recent books, was an additional option or constraint. From the event description: Fingal Libraries present three poets whose work explores the contemporary world in unusual ways. Documenting the moment in its various forms - public, private, elemental, intellectual, abstract and materi

States of Flux: Ways of Writing Poetry at Kildare Readers Festival 2021

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I'm delighted to be working with Kildare Readers Festival once again this year. Please join us for States of Flux: Ways of Writing Poetry , an event devised, programmed and hosted by myself, and premiering on Vimeo on 6 October 2021: In an event deviating from the usual reading and panel discussion format, three contemporary poets give short talks on their writing process. Join Ellen Dillon , Kit Fryatt and Dimitra Xidous as they each present one of their recent poems and discuss inspirations, raw material and references, drafts and rewrites, practical and publication concerns, its place within their overall work and interests, and other elements framing their compositional decisions. Linked by fresh and innovative approaches to making poetry, and by operating in modes of linguistic, cultural, formal, and other states of flux, these three poets promise to provoke rich cross-commentary towards elucidating and demystifying aspects of contemporary poetic practice. Devised, programm

Critical Bastards 17: Lies

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Two new poems of mine are included in issue 17 of Critical Bastards magazine, published last month and revolving around the theme of 'Lies'. Critical Bastards is an interdisciplinary arts magazine that has been operating out of Ireland since 2011. It's currently edited by Lily Cahill, Dorothy Hunter, Deborah Madden, and Sara O'Brien. Themes for past issues have included 'Bilocation', 'Expectation and Disappointment in Art' - as well as the all-audio issue 'Work' which included my performance piece 'Work Sharing' . Issue 17: Lies aims to "explore the lie as strategy, as means of disruption, as method. It [...] questions the reliability of what is produced through art and writing. Can a lie function differently in these contexts? Do the parameters of truth, fact and fiction shift? How might various realities and unrealities assume form, collide and co-exist?" In response to the brief my two poems printed in the issue - 'Di

Joseph M. Hassett Creativity Bursary (Poetry) 2021-22 at University College Dublin

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I'm honoured to be awarded the inaugural Joseph M. Hassett Creativity Bursary (Poetry) for 2021-22 at UCD College of Arts and Humanities. Full details in the University's press release  (text below): --- We are delighted to announce that the poet Christodoulos Makris has been awarded the inaugural Joseph M. Hassett Creativity Bursary (Poetry) 2021-22.  Starting 1 September 2021, Christodoulos Makris will work with the RTÉ Radio Scripts Collection in the UCD Archives . He intends to work with ephemera held in the archive relating to historical programming on RTÉ Radio to compose poetic text(s) through juxtaposition (parataxis) as a response to communication motifs and other undercurrents in relations between public and private at the level of institution, and to propose extrapolations across time into our current moment. Makris is the first recipient of the Joseph M. Hassett Creativity Bursary , which for 2021-22 is dedicated to poetry. Worth €5,000, it is funded by the College

Phonica Season on Hotel Magazine

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I recently had the opportunity to programme a season of mixed media publications for Hotel magazine (London) expanding on selected performances from across our nine Phonica events (Dublin, January 2016 - November 2018). These publications appeared at regular intervals between April and August 2021, and the season is now complete. Phonica is a Dublin-based performance series rooted in Word and Sound, with an emphasis on multiformity and the experimental. Directed, programmed and hosted by myself and Olesya Zdorovetska , Phonica aims to explore compositional and performative ideas and to encourage a melting pot of audiences and artists from across artforms and borders. It has been in receipt of financial and operational support from the Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council, Poetry Ireland and Smock Alley Theatre, as well as a range of international partners. The full Phonica history is documented here . After nine iterations, activities were interrupted due to a number of facto

Belfield Literary Review No. 1

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The inaugural issue of Belfield Literary Review , co-published by University College Dublin (UCD) and Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), is now out and it includes my original poem 'Hoax'. Belfield Literary Review has grown out of the creative writing community at UCD and it is edited by Paul Perry. As Perry writes in his editorial, the journal "aims to represent the excellence of its activities and outreaches in creativity," and it is "particularly interested in the interface between critical and creative work, hybrid texts, and the experimental." Issue 1 - titled 'New TransAtlantic Dialogues' - is guest-edited by Gregory Betts and Lucy Collins, and consists of work from a fusion of Irish, Canadian and Indigenous writers predominantly working in the avant-garde, and who participated in the combined conferences The Writer's Voice and text / sound / performance  convened at UCD in April 2019. My poem 'Hoax' was originally written in re

Cyphers 91

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A new poem of mine with title 'it begins with Eileen' was published in issue 91 of Cyphers , released at the beginning of May 2021. Founded in 1975 by Leland Bardwell, Pearse Hutchinson, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Macdara Woods, Cyphers is one of Ireland's longest-established literary magazines , publishing poetry, prose, graphics and reviews. It's currently edited by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin  with assistance from Léan Ní Chuilleanáin and Natasha Cuddington. Cyphers was one of the first poetry magazines I encountered when I moved from London to Dublin in 2001 so the invitation to contribute was very welcome. 'it begins with Eileen' relates to 'languages on the street' as one of the issue's loose framing concerns, and it's taken from my recent cycle of poems responding to aspects of digital gesture and performativity. There was a modest online launch on the evening of 19 May featuring readings from Luke Morgan, Nell Regan, Simon Ó Faoláin, Mary Mo

Arvon at Home: Live Guest Reading

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On Wednesday 16 June I'll be reading for the Arvon Foundation's 'Arvon at Home' series of weekly online Live Guest Readings. Arvon has been the UK's home of creative writing for over 50 years, offering residential courses and retreats led by acclaimed writers. Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions it has created an online programme of activities called 'Arvon at Home'  offering Writing Weeks, Masterclasses, Live Guest Readings and other sessions. The Live Guest Readings take place every Wednesday evening, when a guest reads from their work and answers questions live and in person online. Kindly invited in the context of the 'Hybrid Writing'  course led by Roy Claire Potter and Joanna Walsh (14-18 June) I will read some recent poetry and also for the first time from a new work in progress. The event starts at 7.15pm (UK / Ireland time) and will include a Q&A session. Tickets cost £5.00 and are bookable through the Arvon website (participan

'Poets Talk Politics' at The University of Porto

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On Wednesday 26 May I will be discussing my book this is no longer entertainment in the second instalment of 'Poets Talk Politics', a series of events run by The University of Porto's Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa (ILCML) . 'Poets Talk Politics' is an online series organised by João Guimarães where poets are invited to read from their work and talk about political topics related to it with researchers and academics from The University of Porto and elsewhere. The series is livestreamed on Facebook - and in this session I will be talking with Guimarães and his colleagues Elina Siltanen (University of Eastern Finland), Daae Jung (SUNY Buffalo) and Lígia Bernardino (ILCML). In the second session of our series, Makris will read some poems from his latest book and talk to us about the political implications of social media, from which much of the material that the author appropriates and recontextualizes in his work comes. We will discuss, among ot