Tuesday, 29 May 2018

3:AM Magazine Duos #8

My collaboration with Frédéric Forte titled 'Urban Dictionary: a language' was recently published on 3:AM Magazine as part of its Duos series of collaborative poems.

Commissioned by 3:AM Magazine's poetry editor SJ Fowler for the European Poetry Festival's Camarade event, 'Urban Dictionary: a language' was composed through a cumulative harvesting of a thread of crowdsourced, sometimes problematic term definitions from urbandictionary.com - those associated with language/nationality and with a particular emphasis on France/French - written through and decontextualised into this collaborative poem.

Below is footage of Frédéric & myself performing the poem for the European Poetry Festival Camarade at the Rich Mix Arts Centre in London on 7 April 2018.

It is followed by a recording of my solo reading for the festival's opening event at Kingston's Rose Theatre on 5 April, and then footage of my collaboration with Endre Ruset - which consisted of our merging of documentary material linked to the Utøya island shooting in Norway in 2011 and the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017 - at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation for the Manchester Camarade on 13 April.

It was a real pleasure to write with Frédéric and with Endre, and more broadly to be involved in what was a vitalizing European Poetry Festival 2018. Getting the chance to hang out with some old friends from across Europe and to make many new ones was a real treat. Bring on EPF 2019!

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