join us on 30 October:

this is no longer entertainment: a Dublin celebration

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Ó Bhéal (Cork)

I'm delighted to be returning to Ó Bhéal, Cork's long-running poetry reading series, on Monday 21 October 2019, to read from this is no longer entertainment.

Founded and directed by Paul Casey, Ó Bhéal is Cork’s weekly poetry event featuring poetry films, a poetry writing challenge, guest poets and an open-mic. Ó Bhéal has hosted fifty Monday night events per year since April 2007, featuring over 900 poets from Ireland and around the world.

My first participation in Ó Bhéal in 2010 coincided with Cork winning the all-Ireland football championship the previous day, with the official return of the team and the lively public celebrations happening during my reading almost right outside the venue, radically impacting on attendance... I'm very happy to be returning to what is always a welcoming and generous reading series.

The venue is The Long Valley Bar, Winthrop Street, and proceedings start at 8.30pm.

Friday, 11 October 2019

this is no longer entertainment: a Dublin celebration

Please join us to celebrate the publication of this is no longer entertainment!

when: Wednesday 30 October 2019, 7.30pm
where: The Vintage Room, The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

Having decided against a formal launch of this is no longer entertainment at the time of publication, I'm very pleased to be celebrating it almost exactly 6 months to the day with an event generously enriched by the participation of an exciting lineup of friends and fellow Dostoyevsky Wannabe-published or -associated authors, some of whom are reading in Dublin for the first time.

I'm delighted and honoured that Nadia de Vries, Colin Herd, Dominic Jaeckle, and Joanna Walsh will be contributing guest readings. Sounds will be courtesy of Dostoyevsky Wannabe's Invisible DJs project, and the evening will be hosted by Susan Tomaselli.

The event is kindly supported by the School of English, Dublin City University.

Nadia de Vries is a poet from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is the author of Dark Hour (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2018) and is currently finishing a new manuscript, I Failed to Swoon. Her first Dutch book, Kleinzeer, was published by Uitgeverij Pluim in 2019.

Colin Herd is a poet, fiction writer and critic. He has published several books including Glovebox (Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2013), Click & Collect (Boiler House Press, 2017) and Swamp Kiss (Red Ceilings Press, 2018) as well as articles on art and literature in publications including PN:Review and The Independent.

Dominic Jaeckle is an (occasional) writer, (weak) researcher, (amateur) editor and (poor) broadcaster. Jaeckle co-curates and edits the irregular magazine Hotel and its adjacent projects, and his writings and editorial works have been published internationally.

Joanna Walsh is the author of seven books including the digital work Her work has appeared in publications including gorse, The Stinging Fly, The Dublin Review, Granta, and many others. She is a UK Arts Foundation fellow.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Reading at Pallas Projects Gallery

On Wednesday 16 October I will be reading in an event associated with the exhibition 'The wind steals music and brings it to me' by Jonathan Mayhew at Pallas Projects (115–117 The Coombe, Dublin 8).

I was delighted to be invited by Jonathan to contribute to his exhibition. There are several parallels and points of intersection between our practices, with Jonathan consistently making use of poetry, literature, technology and theory in his work, and particularly interested in "how narrative in our Web 2.0 world has become incredibly important to our everyday lives, [and] fiction is blurred into reality."

The reading takes place at Pallas Projects Gallery and it starts at 6.30pm.

'The wind steals music and brings it to me' runs between Friday 11 October and Saturday 26 October, with a preview on Thursday 10 October, 6-8pm.

Monday, 30 September 2019

Kildare Readers Festival 2019

I'm happy to have been invited back to Kildare Readers Festival. For this year's (10th) edition I will run a workshop with title 'Persona Poetry':

"Participants will be guided by Christodoulos Makris to make use of public texts to compose poetry in the personae of a range of current figures. This is a fun and interactive workshop, with the techniques employed adaptable to writing other kinds of poetry. Participants will also create an 'exquisite corpse' (a communally composed poem). Christodoulos is acclaimed as one of the leading practitioners of experimental poetry. All levels of experience welcome."

The workshop takes place on Saturday 19 October at 2pm, at the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge, Co Kildare. Participation is free, but booking is required. You can book a place here.

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to share the poetry they produced in 'Hot Off The Press', an event directly following the workshop which will also include the Dennis O'Driscoll Literary Awards presentation. I will also be giving a short reading as part of this event.

With thanks to Kildare County Council Library and Arts Service.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Norway's European Poetry Festival: Ålesund & Bergen

I look forward to travelling to the west coast of Norway for events in Ålesund and Bergen on 17 & 18 September, part of the Nordic & European Poetry Festival.

First at 7pm on Tuesday 17 September I'll be in Ålesund reading from this is no longer entertainment in a showcase of solo readings by poets from across Europe as well as a selection of poets from Norway.

Venue: Mottaket (Nedre Strandgate 2A, 6004 Ålesund). In association with Ålesund Literary Salon. Free Entry.

Line up: Hilde Myklebust / Kaisa Aglen / SJ Fowler / Jon Ståle Ritland / Harry Man / Maja Jantar / Endre Ruset / Dan Andersen / Eli Fossdal Waage / Christodoulos Makris / Maria Malinovskaya / David Spittle.

Then the following evening Wednesday 18th (7pm start) I'll be in Bergen for an evening of poetry in pairs, where I'll present a brand new collaboration with Endre Ruset.

This takes place in Bergen Public Library (Strømgaten 6, Bergen). Again, entry is free.

Full line up: SJ Fowler & Dan Andersen / Harry Man & Fredrik Stenhjem Hagen / Maja Jantar & Erlend Nødtvedt / Christodoulos Makris & Endre Ruset / Maria Malinovskaya & Eli Fossdal Waage / David Spittle & Jon Ståle Ritland.

With big thanks to project curators & organisers Jon Ståle Ritland, SJ Fowler & Erlend Nødtvedt.

Sponsored by Stiftelsen Kjell Holm, Norsk Forfattersentrum, Ålesund Kommune, Bergen Kommune, Møre og Romsdal Fylkeskommune.

Report (20/09/2019)
An intense and beautiful couple of days on the west coast of Norway. Around 100 people gathered at Mottaket in Ålesund to witness our short solo readings which alternated between Norwegian and English. The audience was particularly attentive, with an unusually high degree of our textual and performative nuances noted and responded to, especially given that some of the material tended towards the avant-garde. I read three sections from this is no longer entertainment (the line "I see Norway is top of the happiness chart" from Section 7 serendipitously sneaking in there...) which I felt hang in the air for a little while before settling into the audience's consciousness, and by the end of the second section the thrust of the material hitting home nicely. After the event we moved to a nearby bar restaurant for the launch of the latest book by the generous and brilliant organiser of our tour, Jon Ståle Ritland. The trip to Bergen began at 1am and consisted of a 13-hour ferry ride down the coast, a magnificent and richly picturesque interlude made even better by the (mostly) clear weather and (relatively) calm sea. Most remarkable, however, was the synergy between the ten of us travelling together, a rare case of collective and individual relationships rekindling or forming, and growing in real time. So many conversations and connections made on so many things: docupoetics with Maria Malinovskaya; the peril of erstwhile friends becoming estranged following our editorial decisions with Dan Andersen; east Mediterranean politics and community trauma with Eli Fossdal Waage; family dynamics with Jon Ståle Ritland; and much more. Our collaborations in Bergen public library delivered a range of brand new material, from the straight literary to the documentary (mine with Endre Ruset was a verse-and-chorus structured piece drawing directly from the massive and publicly available document detailing the official investigation of the death of Prince in 2016), the subversive of the literary analysis trope to the cross-linguistic and the improvisatory - and closing with a collective sound poetry piece scored and directed by Maja Jantar. There was not enough time really to properly explore either place: a few hours the morning after in Bergen gave me the chance to roam the narrow streets at the foot of the hills surrounding the city, and to take the cable car to the hilltop with Maria Malinovskaya and David Spittle for a spectacular view of the city and a brief venture into the forest. Thanks to Jon Ståle in particular for arranging and for taking care of everything, and to Steven Fowler for being the ongoing catalyst for these connections.

Saturday, 29 June 2019

Poetry and Cultures of Feedback

My short essay 'Poetry and Cultures of Feedback', which discusses some of the impulses, concepts, processes and influences behind my book this is no longer entertainment, was published in The Irish Times on 9 May 2019.

Read 'Poetry and Cultures of Feedback'.

Fragments from the essay while in progress were previously presented as elements in two performative, audience-participation papers I gave at two separate conferences: Gestures (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, 15 February 2019), and Text / Sound / Performance (University College Dublin, 25 April 2019).

Thanks to Martin Doyle, Books Editor at The Irish Times, for publishing the essay.

Monday, 24 June 2019

Field Guide to Experimental Irish Literature at Irish Arts Centre, NYC

Earlier this year I contributed an excerpt from my new long poem 'Capital' (the full poem will be published in the forthcoming Dublin edition in the Dostoyevsky Wannabe Cities series of anthologies) to the Field Guide to Experimental Irish Literature, a project and exhibition by New York artist Dannielle Tegeder in the Irish Arts Center in New York City.

For this project, subtitled 'Drawing Room' and active 11 January - 7 April 2019, "Dannielle Tegeder reached out to select contemporary Irish poets, asking them to contribute a work of theirs, in some way evoking or thematically related to Ireland. Using sheets of archival paper printed with these pieces, Tegeder has begun - and will continue - responding to their words through abstract drawing and collage. The exhibition will have several different iterations, changing and evolving as new collaborations between artist and poet emerge.

"Tegeder found inspiration for this abstracted anthology of experimental Irish poetry through artists including Tristan Tzara (particularly his unrealized DadaGlobe); John Cage; poet Frank O'Hara and his collaborations with visual artists; and the 1967 MCA Chicago exhibition Pictures to be Read/Poetry to be Seen. Rather than a static exhibition, Tegeder has created a living cross-disciplinary conversation, between visual art and poetry. Tegeder's process of reaching out to writers, asking for work, and bringing viewers together in conversation about Ireland - and how it's represented through various poetic voices - are part of the exhibition itself. Drawing Room began with the display of eight works responding to Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon's "Ireland." Next, Tegeder will layer in works responding to poems by Sligo-based poet Alice Lyons and Cork-based poet Feargal Gaynor; before the exhibition's closing, it will encompass responses to the words of seven poets in total including Christodoulos Makris, Mike McCormack, Vona Groarke and Maighread Medbh."


Having discussed with Dannielle the nature and focus of her project, which promised to encompass much of what appeals to me when it comes to an experimental, cross-disciplinary collaboration, I agreed to contribute material so she can derange and reinterpret it at her pleasure. I am in anticipation to hear about and view the results of her treatment of this material. Any and all updates will be documented here and in subsequent posts as she makes them available to me.

Monday, 17 June 2019

Words Lightly Spoken (Ep. 23)

For episode 23 of Words Lightly Spoken, a weekly podcast of poetry from Ireland, I read section 5 from my book this is no longer entertainment.

This section of the book is a borderless prose piece composed of fragments from 'below-the-line' commentary on an online article from 2016 that featured testimonies by young mother refugees to the US and Europe.

Each episode of Words Lightly Spoken features one poem read by the poet, with a short introduction. Poets previously featured in the series include Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Ailbhe Darcy, Paul Perry, Paul Muldoon and Anamaría Crowe Serrano.

Words Lightly Spoken is produced by Claire Cunningham and funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. The podcast series is available on the Poetry Ireland website, on i-tunes, Spotify, and other platforms.

Monday, 10 June 2019

Poems for Patience at Galway University Hospitals

The poem 'Search Engine' from my 2015 book The Architecture of Chance was selected for exhibition as part of the 'Poems for Patience' project at Galway University Hospitals earlier this year.

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust launched 'Poems for Patience' during the Cúirt International Festival of Literature in 2004, and it has since become an annual event. Twenty poems are published in poster format to be displayed across the waiting room network of the hospitals, and poets featured have included Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Galway Kinnell and Celia de Fréine among others.

A poet reading at each year's Cúirt Festival is invited to select the poems, and in 2019 Ailbhe Darcy made the selection. My poem is accompanied by others from an eclectic range of contemporary and historical, avant-garde and literary poets, including Miriam Gamble, Marianne Moore, Trevor Joyce, Jennifer L. Knox, Aifric Mac Aodha, Muriel Rukeyser, Zaffar Kunial, and Tara Bergin.

My thanks to Ailbhe Darcy and project co-ordinator Margaret Flannery for featuring my work.

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Irish University Review (Vol 49, No. 1)

Two new poems of mine from an emerging cycle are featured in the latest issue of Irish University Review (Spring / Summer 2019) - a special issue focusing on Food, Energy, Climate, Irish Culture and World-Ecology.

The Irish University Review was founded in 1970 at University College Dublin as a journal of Irish literary criticism. Since then it has become the leading global journal of Irish literary studies. It is affiliated to the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures and it is published by Edinburgh University Press.

The current editor of Irish University Review is Emilie Pine - though the issue in question is guest-edited by Lucy Collins and Sharae Deckard.

In addition to my two poems 'doctrine' and 'the risk', Lucy Collins in her article 'If that's not a shock to the system I don't know what' offers an introduction to my work and a discerning reading of the two published poems, describing them as "poems of contemporary crisis". She writes: "In work that is at times radically experimental, and always alert to the capacity of language to remake the world, Christodoulos Makris seeks ways to break open the lyric space of the poem to alter the ways in which language operates in the public realm;" and: "Resisting post-Romantic constructions of the poet, Makris challenges the idea of language emerging from singular subjectivity, responding instead to the energies of collaboration and performance, to the trade routes of digital and material culture."

Other articles in the issue include Malcolm Sen's 'Risk and Refuge: Contemporary Precarity in Irish Fiction' (focusing particularly on recent work by Sara Baume and Mike McCormack), Gerry Smith on 'Pastoralism in the Music of Van Morrison', Trish Morgan's reflection on her practice of ecological sound art, and Treasa De Loughry in conversation with Mike McCormack. An introduction by Sharae Deckard sets the tone, outlook and ecological-cultural connections explored in the issue.

Full issue contents (with some online accessibility) here.

My thanks to the editors for the invitation to contribute, and to Lucy Collins in particular for her incisive reading of my work.