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Poetry and Cultures of Feedback

Monday, 22 April 2019

text / sound / performance at UCD

Organised by Gregory Betts - poet, scholar, editor, and 2018-19 Craig Dobbin professor of Canadian Studies at University College Dublin (UCD) - and taking place at UCD and associated spaces over three days 25-27 April 2019, TEXT / SOUND / PERFORMANCE: Making in Canadian Space is a highly ambitious conference and gathering of scholars, students, writers, and community partners.

There's a keynote address and masterclass workshop on each of the three pillars of the conference, alongside academic and creative panels, roundtables, and performances. A masterclass on digitization and archival practices is also being offered, in collaboration with the Irish Poetry Reading Archive (UCD) and the SpokenWeb Project (Concordia). Other forms of nontraditional engagement, including performances, thematic unconference-style discussions, and exhibitions, will supplement the panels, classes, and plenary talks. The conference will feature papers and presentations that expand, trouble, decentralize, destabilize, or interrogate literary practices and performance. Canadian and Indigenous authors and scholars will be in dialogue with Irish authors and scholars about the legacies of experimentation and decolonization.

I'm pleased to be involved in TEXT / SOUND / PERFORMANCE in a number of ways, details of some of which are still being finalised:
  • On Thursday 25 April I will present a reprise of my performative paper 'Poetry and Cultures of Feedback', which relates to concepts informing my (imminent!) book this is no longer entertainment, originally delivered at the Gestures conference in Manchester in February 2019. This is as part of a panel with title 'a lone - Transcultural Practice', also featuring presentations by Catherine Graham & Kathleen McCracken, and Natasha Cuddington, and chaired by Lucy Collins of UCD.
  • On Friday 26 April, as part of the Riverrun Reading at Poetry Ireland at 8pm, Gregory Betts, Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, Julie Morrissy and I are set to perform our four-way, four-part collaborative poem 'Transcription Factor', written in response to 'Hox', Barry O'Halpin's original sound composition for the conference - which will itself be performed as part of the conference's keynote performance the previous evening with Lina Andonovska (amplified bass flute) and Matthew Jacobson (drum kit).
  • Also on Saturday 27th I'm among a small number of participating poets scheduled to record reading a page of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake for Gavan Kennedy's grand project Finnegan Wakes: The Film. The ambition being to shoot a complete film version of Finnegans Wake to celebrate the work while also making it accessible on an emotional level through a sonic treatment.
Full conference lineup, schedule and registration details on the conference website. Compliments to Gregory, whom I've got to know over this past year and whose drive and generosity I have come to experience from close quarters, for putting this amazing programme together.

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