Friday, 28 December 2018

The Tangerine Issue 7

Section 69 from my forthcoming book this is no longer entertainment: A Documentary Poem (due out with Dostoyevsky Wannabe in March 2019) is excerpted in issue 7 of The Tangerine.

A thrice-yearly journal of new writing based in Belfast, The Tangerine includes features, reportage, commentary, fiction, poetry, illustration and photography. It is concerned with "things being various" (as per Louis MacNeice) and "seeks to provide a space for a plurality of voices: for new creative work, thoughtful discussion, and critical engagement with culture and politics in Belfast and beyond."

My contribution to the issue is the last section from the book to be excerpted prior to publication; the text makes reference to Marcel Duchamp's works and ideas, and includes tangential and occasionally unrelated discussion fragments.

My thanks to poetry editor Caitlin Newby and the extended editorial team at The Tangerine for giving space to my work. Other contributors to issue 7 (available at £9 + delivery) include Stephen Connolly, Suzanne Walsh, Darragh McCausland, Roisín O'Donnell, Megan Nolan and Ian Sansom.

Monday, 10 December 2018

Irish Poetry Reading Archive

A while ago I recorded six poems from my 2015 book The Architecture of Chance for the Irish Poetry Reading Archive, an initiative of University College Dublin (UCD) Library Special Collections, with footage now uploaded to the Special Collections YouTube channel. These recordings, along with handwritten manuscripts of some of these poems that I made specially for the reading, will form part of the collection's digital archive.

The Irish Poetry Reading Archive is a central repository that holds recordings of Irish poets and writers reading their work and giving a brief overview of the context and circumstances that influenced the writing of the poems. The collection aims to capture and preserve the contemporary poetry landscape in Ireland, and includes established and emerging poets, performance and avant-garde poets, English and Irish language poets, and diaspora poets. Recordings began in April 2014, and the archive was launched in December 2015 by the Minister of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The collection is an ongoing project.

Poetry recordings are hosted initially on the UCD Special Collections YouTube Channel; then twice a year, along with handwritten manuscripts, they are batch uploaded onto the UCD Digital Library Irish Poetry Reading Collection, where preservation and free access are assured. An A-Z list of poets recorded to date and other news are available on the Irish Poetry Reading Archive Online Guide.

My thanks to Lucy Collins at UCD School of English, Drama and Film, and Ursula Byrne at UCD Library, for inviting me to contribute to the archive.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

gorse No. 10 on The RTÉ Book Show

I was a guest on Sunday's (18 November) RTÉ Book Show on RTÉ Radio 1, where I spoke about gorse No. 10 as part of an episode presented by Sara Baume and dedicated to artists' books.

Other guests on Sunday's edition were David Crowley of the National College of Art and Design, Jamie Murphy of The Salvage Press, Katie Blackwood of the National Irish Visual Archive Library, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios director Cliodhna Shaffrey, and artist Alan Phelan.

You can read a full description of the episode on the show's website, where you can also listen back to it. Or you can do so on SoundCloud:

It was a pleasure to speak with Sara about the issue. Thanks to producer Regan Hutchins and to series producer Zoë Comyns.

gorse No. 10 is now available to purchase directly from the gorse website for as long as stocks last. A detailed description of the issue can be found here.

Monday, 5 November 2018

Reading at Maynooth University

This coming Wednesday 7 November I'll be reading in the Arts and Humanities Institute at Maynooth University (Room 1.33, 1st floor, Iontas Building) in an event introducing myself and Paul Lynch as Writers-in-Residence for 2018-19. We start at 4pm and the event is free and open to the public.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Phonica: Nine

Phonica: Nine

Monday 12 November 2018
Boys School, Smock Alley Theatre
Admission: €8.00 / €6.00

Adrian Crowley
Ed Devane
Máighréad Medbh
Julie Morrissy
Rouzbeh Rashidi
Judith Ring

Phonica is a multidisciplinary performance series rooted in Word and Sound, with an emphasis on multiformity and the experimental. Conceived, directed, programmed and hosted by Christodoulos Makris and Olesya ZdorovetskaPhonica aims to explore compositional and performative ideas and to encourage a melting pot of audiences and artists from across artforms.

Phonica: Nine will feature performances and presentations from a range of exceptional, groundbreaking and award-winning writers, musicians and artists, in the realms of dramatic spoken word performance, experimental electronic music, avant-garde filmmaking, electroacoustic musique concréte, multimedia field research-based poetry, and improvisational spatial sounds w/ drones.

Featured Artists:

Adrian Crowley is a songwriter, singer, composer, writer and recording artist. Originally from Galway he is now based in Dublin. October 2017, saw the worldwide release of his eighth album, Dark Eyed Messenger, produced by and featuring Thomas Bartlett aka Doveman. The album was recorded in New York in Bartlett’s studio in under a week. and follows 2014’s Some Blue Morning, both released on the legendary Scottish label Chemikal Underground Records. Previous albums include I See Three Birds Flying (2012), Season of the Sparks (2009) and Long Distance Swimmer (2007) - all of which were nominated for The Choice Music Prize, with Season Of The Sparks winning the the prestigious award for Irish album of the year in 2010. Since recording with Steve Albini in 2001, Crowley has toured extensively in the USA and Europe, received attention from The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Les Inrockuptibles, Mojo, and recorded radio sessions for New York’s WNYC, WFMU and BBC 6 Music. 2018 has seen Crowley touring across Europe playing venues such as La Botanique in Brussels and churches and venues through out Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain & Portugal, This year he also appeared at La Philharmonie in Paris, Festival Printemps de Bourges, End Of The Road Festival in England and The Lincoln Centre in New York. The latter was in the context of a live film score for the 1920s lost classic 'The Four Horsemen of The Apocalypse' with a group of five musician/composers invited by The New York Film Festival. Crowley is also involved in film and recently enjoyed his debut role as screenwriter, working with Irish director Niall McCann on the latter’s new feature film entitled 'The Science of Ghosts', which saw its world premiere in February 2018 at The Dublin International Film Festival, and was screened at Galway Film Fléadh and Cork’s IndieCork film festival. The experimental documentary which centres around Crowley as the principal character will be appearing at film festivals throughout 2018. On occasion he works with Crash Ensemble, Ireland’s foremost contemporary ensemble, and they premiered new work together at Explore The North Festival in The Netherlands and The National Concert Hall, Dublin. He was recently artist in residence at Centre Cultural Irlandais in Paris. and is currently working on his ninth studio album.

Ed Devane is an Irish multidisciplinary artist working primarily with sound. His work encompasses electronic music production, musical instrument design and manufacture, educational workshop facilitation and interactive sound installation. He is a member of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and has been funded by the Irish Arts Council, Culture Ireland and Limerick City of Culture Visual Arts Legacy Program. As a musician, he has released music under his own name on labels such as Touchin' Bass and Mantrap Recordings, and as Withering Zithering on Acre Recordings and Farpoint Records. He is currently working on new beat driven material (techno / electro / industrial) after a long hiatus in experimental improvisation land. Ed has completed a number of bespoke instrument commissions for a growing list of clients around the world. Through designing and making these custom instruments Ed has explored a variety of traditional and modern building techniques including wood turning and carving, CNC milling, casting and 3D printing. These commissions have led to larger installation commissions that have been interacted with in IMMA, SARC, RCC Letterkenny and MusicTown Dublin. He has given workshops at Edinburgh International Science Festival, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Hunt Musuem Limerick, National Craft Gallery Kilkenny, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios Dublin and many other art centres in Ireland.

Máighréad Medbh has published seven books of poetry and a mixed-genre work (Savage Solitude, Dedalus Press, 2013). She has also written for radio, and three novels are online as ebooks. After the publication of her first book, The Making of a Pagan (Blackstaff, 1990) she became known for dramatic performances and has performed widely in Ireland, Europe and the US. Composition focus is generally on methods of embodiment - the movement towards and from the text. Her latest book, Parvit of Agelast: A Fantasy in Verse (Arlen House, 2016), was shortlisted for the Pigott Prize 2017. Currently she’s interested in essays (she publishes a monthly essay-blog on her website), mixed genre, poem-strings and verse novels, and has begun work towards a creative-critical PhD in experimental literature in DCU.

Julie Morrissy is an Irish poet, critic, activist, and scholar. In 2016 she was named one of Ireland's "Rising Generation" poets by Poetry Ireland. Her chapbook I Am Where (2015) is published by Eyewear, and was shortlisted for Best Poetry Pamphlet in the Saboteur Awards, UK. Her debut collection Where, the Mile End is forthcoming in 2019 with BookThug, Canada. She has performed her work internationally, most recently at O, Miami Festival, Book Week Scotland, and the Toronto International Festival of Authors.

Rouzbeh Rashidi is an Iranian-Irish filmmaker. He has been making films since 2000, at which time he founded the Experimental Film Society in Tehran. He has always worked completely away from  mainstream conceptions of filmmaking, striving to escape the stereotypes of conventional storytelling. Instead, he roots his cinematic style in a poetic interaction of image and sound. He generally eschews scriptwriting, seeing the process of making moving images as exploration rather than illustration. His work is deeply engaged with film history. 'Homo Sapiens Project' is the distillation and, in some ways the culmination, of Rashidi’s experimental film practice. Initiated in 2011, it is an ongoing series of films that provides a ‘laboratory’ for experimenting with cinematic forms, and fully explores the potential of filmmaking as an integral and ongoing part of daily life, as enabled by today’s digital technology. Rashidi has collaborated with a large selection of artists from all over the world. He moved to Ireland in 2004 and currently lives and works in Dublin.

Judith Ring is a composer/musician/producer and all round music lover based in Dublin. She has been writing music for the past 20 years and has been greatly inspired by living in such places as Berlin, London, York, Paris and Dublin. Her music stems from the electro-acoustic world and its core technique is based on the practices of musique concrète. Over the years this has expanded and been influenced by more improvised and instrumental territories derived from a deep exploration of instrumental timbre through collaborative projects with a large number of musicians. Current works underway include a multi-media music-theatre piece based on a text by writer/composer Michael Gallen partly funded by an Opera bursary from the Arts Council and a set of cello pieces for cellist Martin Johnson to be recorded and performed in 2019. In October 2014 her debut cd entitled What Was was released on Ergodos records to great acclaim. This was funded by the Music Network recording scheme. In 2017 she self-released an EP of songs using poems by Roderick Ford called The Ring Lieder. She performs as a member of Clang Sayne and Silver Kites on a regular basis. She has written pieces for Concorde ensemble, Crash Ensemble, Percusemble, Trio Scordatura, Tryst, University of York chamber orchestra, and Bradyworks (Canada). She has also written a large number of solo/duo with/without tape for Martin and Adele Johnson, Michelle O’Rourke (voice), Kate Ellis (cello), Garth Knox (viola), Natasha Lohan (voice), Paul Roe (bass clarinet), Laura Moody (Cello), Damien Harron (percussion), Elisabeth Smalt (adapted viola), Malachy Robinson (double bass), Andre Leroux (tenor sax) and Rolf Hind (piano). Her pieces have been performed worldwide. She has a PhD in composition from the University of York and Masters in Music and Media Technologies from Trinity College Dublin. Judith is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland and the Association of Irish Composers.

Phonica acknowledges generous funding support from Dublin City Council and Poetry Ireland.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Kildare Readers Festival 2018

On the evening of Saturday 13 October I'll be at The Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge, Co Kildare, as part of Kildare Readers Festival 2018.

Running over two weeks across various public library venues, but with most of the major events concentrated at The Riverbank over the weekend 12-14 October, this is the 9th edition of the festival, produced by Kidare County Libraries and Arts Service.

For this event, fellow Maynooth University Writer-in-Residence Paul Lynch and I will be in a moderated conversation with Edel Coffey Margaret Scott, discussing the residency programme and our own work. We start at 8pm. Tickets are free but booking is required.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Writer-in-Residence at Maynooth University

I am delighted to have been appointed Writer-in-Residence at Maynooth University for the academic year 2018-19.

Supported by Maynooth University and Kildare Library and Arts Services, the residency is based at The Department of English at NUI Maynooth and it's designed to "provide students and the broader community with the opportunity to engage with writers of distinction, as well as providing the writers with time to advance their current project(s)." As part of the residency I will arrange and host a programme of public events at various points through the year in association with the University and Kildare Library and Arts.

There are two residency posts offered each year, with the novelist Paul Lynch my co-appointee for 2018-19. Previous Maynooth University Writers-in-Residence include Rob Doyle, Sarah Maria Griffin, and Joanna Walsh.

The announcement was made in June but I am only beginning my residency this week, and I look forward to working with everyone towards an exciting period of engagement. A couple of early associated public events are reading/discussion sessions with Paul Lynch and myself scheduled for 13 October and 7 November. Details on those coming up.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Culture Night 2018 at Irish Writers Centre

On Culture Night 2018 (Friday 21 September) I will read a new piece commissioned by the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin as part of its 'Writers Soapbox' session.

Now in its 13th year, Culture Night is a one-night, all-Ireland celebration of the arts, heritage and culture, where venues and public spaces across the island open their doors to host a programme of free entertainment.

Responding to the theme "I go from room to room / around the house / looking for something, / and, to be honest, I won’t know / what it is / till I find it" (taken from a Macdara Woods poem, and set by the centre's Kate Cunningham) I composed a new poem out of the subject titles of IMDb user reviews of the 2001 Richard Linklater film Tape - selected, rearranged and lightly-edited to effect a fitful shifting of opinion from one extreme to another. The poem relates to current global political personalities and conditions.

Also delivering a Soapbox reading on Friday will be Yemi Azamosa, Caelainn Hogan, Aifric Mac Aodha, and Manus Boyle Tobin. We start at 7.30pm. The IWC's full Culture Night programme begins at 5.30pm, with the Soapbox being followed by a publisher showcase featuring Cois Life and Skein Press.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Space, Place, Obligation

'Space, Place, Obligation' is a one-day interdisciplinary conference organised by Niamh Campbell, hosted by the Department of English at Maynooth University, and supported & funded by the Irish Research Council, featuring presentations and conversations about art and Irishness with a number of writers, artists, academics, and cultural producers working in Ireland today.

As part of 'Space, Place, Obligation' I will be in conversation with Niamh Campbell on themes around my essay 'Shedding Poetry's National Baggage' and my writing practice.

Saturday 15 September 2018
9am to 6pm
Iontas Building, Maynooth University

Plenaries: Dr Garrett Carr, Queen's University Belfast; Dr Catherine Morris, NUI Galway.
Dr Julie Bates, Kevin Breathneach, Sean Borodale, Seán Ó Dálaigh, Nathan O'Donnell, Paul Gaffney, Laura Fitzgerald, Katie Watchorn, Rouzbeh Rashidi, Mollie King, Kerry Guinan, Kate Heffernan, Selina Guinness, and Christodoulos Makris.

Registration through Eventbrite.

From the conference brief:

"The degree to which, if at all, we address Ireland and concomitant ideas of Irishness, of belonging, of exile, out outsider status and insider status, as oppositional, as black sheep or members of a tradition, differs from artist to artist and project to project. Gender effects this; ethnicity effects this; experience effects this.

"Do you belong? Have you ever belonged? Do you want to belong? What does belonging consist in?"

Sunday, 9 September 2018

gorse No. 10

I'm very excited and proud to announce the release of gorse No. 10.

Curated and edited by myself, this special issue of gorse is a limited edition, mixed-media book-in-a-box featuring specially-commissioned contemporary responses to 'the readymade' in literature from writers, poets, artists and translators based across Europe and North America.

Published on the centenary + 1 of Marcel Duchamp's 'Fountain' (though recent research supports the likelihood that the creator of the original artwork was Baroness Elsa Von Freytag-Loringhoven) the issue stands as an exploration of Duchamp's artistic gesture as it pertains to the social/political/technological conditions, writing processes and publishing practices prevailing in the early 21st century.

There are 13 separate contributions presented in a range of media:

'Greenwash' by Rachael Allen
Six business cards with short poems made using text taken from the 'environmental policy' sections on six separate corporations' websites.

'Sticker Shock' by Jenni B Baker
A sticker sheet with six stickers situating a series of tweets beginning with "I am shocked by your..." in the format of a traditional warning sign.

'Handmade Readymade Souvenirs' by Sara Baume
Nine postcards in the 'accordion' format, each featuring an image of a hand-made miniature figurine based on Duchamp's readymades, with individual titles and description of material on the back, along with a short explanatory text.

'A Jury of your Peers' by Derek Beaulieu
A pair of beer mats with two found image poems - photographs of ceiling tiles in a Berlin apartment, modestly photoshopped - on one side, and explanatory text on the reverse.

'Marcel Ascending' by Gregory Betts
Newsprint with all three New York Times obituaries of Duchamp, reversed.

'the same old stones' by Colin Graham
Mail art & poetry, comprising a sealed envelope (contents include a postcard and a letter/poem using text from a memoir of Gustav Mahler written by Nathalie Bauer-Lechner) addressed to the editor, with specially-made postmark and stamp.

'Emergency in Favour of Twice' by John Holten
16-page pamphlet with new fiction using art history and references, as well as a chess diagram.

'Selected Chess Games of Marcel Duchamp' by Tom Jenks
20-page pamphlet featuring an oblique documentation of some of Duchamp's chess games.

'ONSTAGE' by Bruno Neiva
Small format, 31-page artist's flip book, with text appropriated from FLUXUS performance scores.

'the old lawnmower club' by Holly Pester
Double-sided crisp white card with a poem composed out of a vintage lawnmower manual combined with found text from various modern and historical abortion care pamphlets.

'Drama Queens' by Nick Thurston
Eight-page folded-down double-sided poster with narrative prose composed through appropriation of fan fiction featuring aspiring Hollywood actor Nick Thurston, bridged by passages written by the author Nick Thurston.

'Bloemen van Vis (Flowers of Fish)' by Lies Van Gasse (trans. Rosalind Buck)
Seven full colour pages printed on double-sided plates containing a graphic poem in Flemish with embedded translations into English.

‘Editorial, or, Why a bag of rubbish is not just a load of garbage’ by Christodoulos Makris
Folded down information leaflet of the type found in medicine packaging, containing the full ‘below-the-line’ commentary on an article about conceptual art by Olivia Laing published in the online edition of The Guardian, arranged in descending order of number of recommendations.

Production was a long collaborative effort that involved many people, and which was co-ordinated by Susan Tomaselli and myself. Cover design is by Niall McCormack, who also designed several of the individual elements within the box. Colin Graham produced his contribution in its entirety. Jenni Baker and John Holten designed and arranged production of their pieces by Jakprints and FUK Graphic Design Studio respectively, while the contributions by Tom Jenks, Bruno Neiva and Nick Thurston were designed by the writers/artists themselves. Additional production was courtesy of Damn Fine Print and

The issue is published in 100 numbered copies, with each copy priced at €40.00. It will be exclusively available from the gorse website very shortly, and for as long as stocks last.

gorse No. 10 was launched in Temple Bar Gallery + Studios in Dublin on the evening Wednesday 29 August, with introductions & readings from Gregory Betts, Colin Graham and myself, and with a screening of a short video of Lies Van Gasse and Rosalind Buck's contribution.