Diverse Deeds & VVeeriters Vrum - 16th December

Diverse Deeds: Café Oto, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL. Angela Gardner + the voice of Harry Godwin + Mendoza + Nat Raha. Doors 7.30.

Also Veer Books launch and Writers Forum celebration: The Council Room, Birkbeck College Main Building, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX. Maggie O'Sullivan + Johan de Wit + Jennifer Cobbing + Lawrence Upton + Adrian Clarke. Roods 7.30.


TALKSTALKSTALKS, Ryan Omonde and Becky Cremin: How To Talk. Curated by Professor Robert Hampson, 7.30 in room B29, Birkbeck College main building, Malet Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 7HX. Free entry, all welcome.

Two poetry readings - 1st December

Alan Wearne and Janet Sutherland making cause with the Shearsman Reading Series: Swedenborg Hall, Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, WC1A 2TH.

Erin Moure dressed up as Sophie Robinson & Caroline Bergvall dressed up as Francesca Lisette making cause with Diverse Deeds: Café Oto, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL.

5th December - K barré 2 (Paris)

Christophe Marchand-Kiss & Heike Fiedler
Texting VoiceFloor

Aux Chiffons
90 rue Marcadet (métro Marcadet)
Paris 18e

A 19 heures 30
Samedi 5 décembre 2009

Not to be confused with Ka-Bar.

3rd December - Back Room Poets

Words for the Winter Solstice

Art Jericho
6 King Street Oxford OX2 6DF
Thursday 3rd December 2009 at 7 p.m. for 7:30 p.m.
Free entry

Back Room Poets presents a pre-Christmas reading of wintry poems by members in the warm and welcoming environment of the Art Jericho gallery (http://artjericho.com).

We are happy to announce that we will be able to feature Vahni Capildeo, author of the recently published volume Undraining Sea, as a guest reader (http://www.eggboxpublishing.com/articles/show/17).

Mulled wine and accompaniments will be served. (The gallery will be open from 7 p.m. onwards. The reading itself will begin at 7:30 p.m.)

29th November -- Goode

Chris Goode's _The History of Airports: Selected texts for performance 1995-2009_ will be launched at a special event this Sunday, November 29th, at Stoke Newington International Airport. The event will feature readings from the book by collaborators past and present (and, hopefully, future); followed by a screening of Johan Grimonprez's extraordinary documentary _dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y_, which continues the airport theme by attempting a sort of political history of the second half of the twentieth century through its international airjacking incidents.

The readers / performers for the event will be: Harry Gilonis, Chris Goode, Sebastien Lawson, Jonny Liron, Tom Lyall, Finlay Robertson, Theron U. Schmidt, Rajni Shah, Davina Silver and Jamie Wood.

The reading starts at 8pm (doors 7.30) and costs just £5. (LEAN UPSTREAM season ticket holders are very cordially reminded that this event is not covered by their season tickets. Sorry.) Free wine, up to a point; once that runs out, BYOB.

Venue: Stoke Newington International Airport, Unit F, 1-15 Leswin
Place, Stoke Newington, London N16 7NJ
Tickets on door only
Venue web site: http://www.stkinternational.co.uk

Please come if you can -- bring a friend -- forward this email or redistribute the data as munificently as you wish -- & help us celebrate the end of the LEAN UPSTREAM season with maximal joyousness.

3rd December - Xing the Line

Chlorine Reading November 2009

Monday 30th November

Poetry from:

Luska Mengham
Richard Parker
Steve Willey
Robert Rowland Smith

at The Hope, Queen's Road, Brighton, BN1 3WA.
£3 concessions, £5 waged.
Arrive 7.30pm for 8pm start.

+ magazines, books & DJing from Richard Parker/ special guest.


TALKSTALKSTALKS - Alison Croggon (Wed 11th November 2009)
Wednesday 11th November 2009

7:30 pm, Room B29, Birkbeck College Main Building, Malet Street.
The TALKSTALKSTALKS series runs periodically on Wednesdays at Birkbeck, and is curated by Professor Robert Hampson at RHUL.

The Centre welcomes Alison Croggon, 'Rewriting The Black Monk: texts in space'.

Alison will be talking about her work in the theatre and her collaboration with actors, amongst other things.

Sponsored by the Austraailiaian Council for the Arts.

Free Entry, All Welcome

10th November - Desperate for Love

Tuesday 10th November
8pm at Komedia Studio Bar
Gardner Street

WITH: Elizabeth-Jane Burnett / Josh Stanley / Sean Bonney

PLUS: Steph from Born Bad playing perfect records, Fraser at the bar making drinks, Lisa on the door, little candles on the tables, merch, and a free little chapbook for the first 50 of you through the door.

All for: 3pound50

21st November - Positive Action


Start Time: Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 7:30pm
Location: The Victoria, Mile End

The U-Turn project is a Bethnal Green based charity that is both under exposed and under funded. Its main aim is to help and work with “vulnerable and hard to reach women of all ages who have been trapped in the cycle of prostitution, drug addiction, physical abuse and homelessness from a young age”. U-Turn offers them “an opportunity to self-determine their future in their own communities”. Their main mission is to “support women who have suffered cruelty and abuse and encourage them to make sustainable changes in their lives.” U-Turn helps to try and change these forgotten women’s lives around.


Performing on the night will be a seminal mixture of bands and POETS:

All the way from Manchester http://www.myspace.com/vilevilecreatures

London via Oxford http://www.myspace.com/peaceandbitches

(her blog) http://darkmucus.blogspot.com/2008/12/from-naturalised-state-of-emergency.html
(co-run press) http://ytcommunication.blogspot.com/

London http://www.myspace.com/trashkit

(a poem) http://www.signalsmagazine.co.uk/5/lisette.htm
(her Brighton based reading series) http://chlorine-readings.blogspot.com/

Brighton http://www.myspace.com/lalavasquezband



6th November - O Vienna, & other ideas

Jonny Liron performing Chris Goode's 'O Vienna', plus poetry from Caroline Bergvall & Marianne Morris, music from Dominic Lash & Tom James Scott
Date: Friday, November 6, 2009

Time: 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Location: Court Room, Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial St, London E1 6AB
Part of LEAN UPSTREAM, a month-long season of work by London-based writer, director and performer Chris Goode, who has been described by The Guardian as "one of the most exciting talents working in Britain today."
Everything you need to know is here: http://www.leanupstream.info/
For info on the O Vienna event, click the link to the right of the main page for artist information, booking information, venue information, etc. etc. and a mixtape of various performance-sounding-thingz.

5th November - Crossing the Line


Alan Halsey & Gavin Selerie. Collectively 120 years old. Be very afraid.

Thursday November 5, 7.30. The Leather Exchange, Leathermarket Street, London Bridge. £5, £3.

No fireworks. Bring own toffee apples.

7th November - La Langoustine Est Morte

Dear Patient and Steady Followers of the Undead Crustacean,

Yes, we had a hiatus whilst running around pursuing other ends and means to ends...but we would like you ALL to join us for a fresh La Langoustine Est Morte on November 7th, 2009 at a NEW venue...with some NEW Nrg

We shall be showcasing some genre busting scene-sters such as the inimitable Caroline Bergvall, plus we are thrilled to have Mr. Gerard Rudolf's intense vibe all the way from South Africa by way of Newcastle launching his debut collection, and none other than Marquis Andreas Von Grant promoter of GlitterBeast, and other stellar nights in London, renegade, painter and man of words and Mr. Tommy Peeps whose political views are: Sto je muskarac bez brkova? (What is a man without a moustache?)

This is the venue website: http://www.thecamdeneye.co.uk/

This is their address:

The Camden Eye
2 Kentish Town Road
London NW1 9NX

COME ONE COME ALL! Don't worry there will be an official reminder..this is the unofficial one....but REMEMBER DO NOT SHOW UP AT THE POETRY CAFE, CUZ WE WONT BE DERE, innit?

xoxo La Langoustine Est Morte

Chlorine October 2009

Chlorine: Augmenting the Dram

Chlorine Readings Presents the Egg Box Showcase, featuring:


@ The Hope, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3WA.

£5 waged, £3 concessions.
Arrive 7.30pm for 8pm start.

Egg Box books will also be available to buy at the reading.

9th October - Joyce / Howe & Grubbs

FRIDAY, 9 OCTOBER, 7.30 pm
Sigdwick Avenue, Cambridge.

Poet Trevor Joyce will read from his work. After an interval, there will be a performance by Susan Howe and David Grubbs.

Trevor Joyce’s books of poetry and translations include with the first dream of fire they hunt the cold (2001); What’s in Store (2007); and Courts of Air and Earth (2009). He is the incoming Judith E Wilson Poetry Fellow and will be resident in Cambridge for the academic year 2009-2010.

Susan Howe’s books of poetry include Europe of Trusts: Selected Poems (1990), Frame Structures: Early Poems 1974-1979 (1996) and The Midnight (2003). David Grubbs is a former member of the post-rock group Gastr Del Sol whose subsequent career is notable both for his acclaimed solo records and his collaborations with artists and writers. Collaborations between Howe and Grubbs feature on two CDs: Thiefth (featuring the poems Thorow and Melville’s Marginalia) and Songs of the Labadie Tract.

Entrance is free. All welcome.

This event is sponsored by the Judith E Wilson Fund, Faculty of English. Enquiries to Drew Milne.

30th September - Loose & Manson


International Translation Day, Wednesday, September 30th 2009, 6.30 pm
Irish Writers’ Centre, 19 Parnell Sq., Dublin 1

All welcome, admission free, wine reception!

Gerry Loose and Peter Manson
Poetry and / in Translation

To celebrate International Translation Day 2009, and to mark the launch of the new issue of Translation Ireland, we invite you to a reading by two Glasgow-based poets Gerry Loose and Peter Manson, both featured in the new issue of the journal. Gerry Loose will read his sequence of haiku translations while Peter will read from his new translation of Mallarmé’s ‘L'après-midi d'un favne’. Both will also read from their own works.

20th October - The Blue Bus

The Blue Bus is pleased to present a reading by Jeremy Hilton, Ric Hool and Maurice Scully at The Lamb, 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1, in the upstairs room, on Tuesday 20th October, 7.30. This is the thirty-first in THE BLUE BUS series. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions).

Maurice Scully was born in Dublin (in 1952). Many books over the years; most recent include: Humming (Shearsman), Doing the Same in English (Dedalus Press), Tig (Shearsman), Sonata (Reality Street Editions), and a chapbook, Work (Oystercatcher Press). He lives in Dublin.

Ric Hool is from Cullercoats, near Newcastle, but has lived in Wales for 20 years. He has published 4 collections of poetry, most recent, No Nothing, this year.  Academi (Welsh Academy) poet for South Bank Global Poetry initiative.  Has promoted the poetry readings at Hen & Chicks, Abergavenny for 16 years.

Jeremy Hilton has published 12 collections since the early 1970s, mostly with the small presses, most recently - Shadow Engineering (Galloping Dog Press, 1991) (from which he will read tonight), Earthbound (Phlebas Press, 1999), Slipstream (Edizione Ripostes, 2003), Lighting Up Time (Troubadour Publishing, 2006). He has written three unpublished novels, and in the last 12 months has been composing music - a woodwind trio is currently with a music publisher. For the last 14 years he has been editor and publisher of the poetry magazine, Fire.

The Blue Bus will feature Frances Presley and Simon Smith in a reading on the 17th November. The Bus will then remain in the depot during December, but will be running again from January 2010. Future participants will include Tim Atkins, Rob Holloway, Antony Johns, Paula Claire, Philip Kuhn, Tim Allen and Nat Raha, amongst others.

24th September - Diverse Deeds

"[...] Can I draw your attention to the first of the Diverse Deeds poetry and music performances, on September 24, with two poets of outstanding quality and interest who really should need no further introduction to this list, Sean Bonney and John James, and music from Grapefruits (an acoustic improv duo spun off from Bleeding Heart Narrative, who were my favourite musicians from the Sundays at the Oto events).

Diverse Deeds take place at Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8 3DL; doors open (well, actually they're open all day, but I'm sure you know what I mean) at 7.30, event starts at 8.00, and business will be done by 10.00, giving time for those (like me!) with journeys out of London to make it before the dreaded last train. Entry on door at £6 (or £4 usual concessions).

Further details on Diverse Deeds MySpace and Facebook Group, or on Cafe Oto Events page.

Best wishes

Peter Philpott"

6th August - Xing the Line

Thursday August 6, 7.30 pm.

The Leather Exchange, 15 Leathermarket Street, London Bridge, SE1 3HN. £5, £3.

It's the Dog Days again, "when the seas boil, wine turns sour, dogs grow mad, and all creatures become languid, causing to man burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies." What better way to celebrate than with Alan Hay, Nat Raha & Johan de Wit?

XING THE LINE - "Amiam: che'l Sol si muore e poi rinasce"

Consider the environment. Please don't print this blog post unless you really need to.

18th August - The Blue Bus

The Blue Bus is pleased to present a reading by Laurie Duggan, Angela Gardner and Elizabeth James at The Lamb, 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1, in the upstairs room, on Tuesday 18th August, 7.30. This is the twenty-ninth in THE BLUE BUS series. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions).

Elizabeth James’ publications include 'Neither the One Nor the Other', written in collaboration with Frances Presley (Form Books, 1999, and reprinted in Frances's collection 'Paravane' (Salt, 2004)), and ‘Base to Carry’ (Barque Press, 2004). Her poems have been anthologised in 'The Reality Street Book of Sonnets', edited by Jeff Hilson (2008), and her sequence 'The Animation Shop' was published as a insert booklet for the CD 'Reality Fandango' by Adam Bohman and Roger Smith (Emanem, 2007). '2 Rengas', long poems written in collaboration with Peter Manson, appeared in 'RENGA+' (Reality Street, 2002).

Angela Gardner was born in Wales and now lives in Australia. Her first book, ‘Parts of Speech (Selected Poetry)’, was published by University of Queensland Press in 2007. Her latest book, ‘Views of the Hudson’, will be officially launched by Shearsman in October – but she’ll be giving a sneak preview of it at The Blue Bus. Angela is a partner in light-trap press, which publishes the on-line poetry journal foam:e (www.foame.org) as well as fine press publications of collaborations between printmakers and poets. She is a practising visual artist with works in national and international public collections.

Laurie Duggan moved to Faversham from Australia in 2006. His most recent books are ‘Compared to What: Selected Poems 1971-2003’ (2005), a new edition of the documentary poem ‘The Ash Range’ (2005) and ‘Crab & Winkle’ (2009) - all of these published by Shearsman. He adds these pertinent facts: he has recently been seen in the vicinity of The Lamb; and he owns some art works by Angela Gardner.

Future Blue Bus events will include Vahni Capildeo, Lesley Mckenna and David Miller (15th September), Jeremy Hilton, Ric Hool and Maurice Scully (20th October) and Frances Presley and tbc (17th November).

17th August - Chlorine Returns: Choke Potential


Spark plug adolescence smelting the bombast out, aka:

NICK LEE (guitar)
+ DJ Richard Parker

@ The Hope, Queens' Road Brighton.

£5 waged, £3 concessions.
Arrive 7.30pm for 8pm start.

11th July - Scenery Chewer

Wet Ink and Scenery Chewer Present ‘Every Day A Battle’




Place: Mosaic Rooms (226 Cromwell Road London SW5 0SW)

Time: Saturday 11th July from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm.

£5 – All proceeds to go to charity.

9th June - cheek, Hardingham and Milne

Special Performance Event

Judith E Wilson Drama Studio,Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, 9 West Road, Cambridge.

Tuesday 9th June, 8 pm.
Free entry. All welcome.

Cris cheek performs . . . live reading live writing: "monday morning quarter-backing "on" and "off" gods commons"

Jeremy Hardingham performs "Wittgenstein's Face"

Drew Milne performs "Glam Fuzz Dirt Scan" [In which Johnson's dictionary bites the dust:part of the Bent Circuit Noise Project]

Also TONIGHT, 4 June, cris cheek is at Crossing the Line at The Leathermarket Exchange in London.

15th June - Chlorine Reading: "Chlorine the Third"


Chain-gang avant prosody for your pleasure.

@ The Hope, Queens' Road, Brighton.
8pm start.
Entry: £3 concessions/ £5 waged.

16th May - Satellites Talking

Yes indeedy, Satellites Talking is next Saturday ~ 16th May ~ upstairs at The Betsey Trotwood. The nearest tube is Farringdon and it's all kicking off at 7:30pm...

There will be poetry, live music, DJ sets, dancing, candles, cupcakes, comedy, drinking and now there are 5 confirmed acts!

Performing will be ~
Salena Godden// Nathan Penlington// Jude Cowan// Richard Tyrone Jones// Burgess the Rhymer...

We hope to see you all there!

Mary and Vicky ~ Satellites Talking

10th May - Disposable Venus Bits

21st May - City State launch

City State showcases the work of twenty-seven London writers between the ages of 16 and 36. From hyperlinked walks of Battersea bombsites and guerilla gardening projects to jagged urban lyrics and dark hymns to the East End, City State presents a confident, entertaining and truly diverse snapshot of the best new poetry from London.

Jay Bernard, Caroline Bird, Ben Borek, Siddhartha Bose, Tom Chivers, Swithun Cooper, Alex Davies, Inua Ellams, Laura Forman, Christopher Horton, Wayne Holloway-Smith, Kirsten Irving, Annie Katchinska, Amy Key, Chris McCabe, Marianne Munk, Holly Pester, Heather Phillipson, Nick Potamitis, Imogen Robertson, Jacob Sam La Rose, Ashna Sarkar, Jon Stone, Barnaby Tidman, Ahren Warner, James Wilkes, Steve Willey

* * *

Join us at East End boozer The Market Trader to celebrate the launch of City State, with readings by the poets, and an opportunity to buy the book.

For more info see http://www.pennedinthemargins.co.uk/

The Market Trader
50 Middlesex Street
London E1 7EX

Free entry / All welcome

Readers on the night:

Amy Key
Jacob Sam-La Rose
Jon Stone
Jow Lindsay probably
Kirsten Irving
Ashna Sarkar
Chris Horton
Nick Potamitis
Wayne Holloway-Smith
Laura Forman
Chris McCabe
Siddhartha Bose

11th May - Chlorine Reading: 'Spliced Auch'

Poets Reading Poetry!!! Featuring


+ Richard Parker DJing.

Monday 11th May, 8-11 pm.
Upstairs @ The Hope, Queen's Road, Brighton.
Entry £5 waged, £3 concessions.

7th May - Xing the Line

Star of screen and stage, Richard Parker


Tzar of skean and rage, Gareth Farmer

Reading at

The Leather Exchange, 15 Leathermarket Street, London Bridge, SE1 3HN

Charles Bernstein - 7th May

You are invited to The Judith E Wilson Poetry Lecture

by Charles Bernstein

a poetry reading / performance / talk, entitled

On Election Day (for Emma)

7 May 2009, 5.00 pm - Little Hall, Sigdwick Site, Sidgwick Avenue

Free entry. All welcome.


In conjunction with the lecture the following events will be taking place in the Judith E Wilson Drama Studio, Faculty of English. Free entry. All welcome.

Thursday 7 May 2009, 2 -4.00 pm.
The poetry of Charles Bernstein: talks and discussion

Allen Fisher, 'Readdressing Constructivism and Conceptual Art: aspects of work factured by Charles Bernstein'.

David Nowell-Smith, 'Slurring the / unslurrable ; Satire and Subject in "The Lives Of The Toll Takers"'.

Redell Olsen, 'Absorbing Dysraphism; strings attached: a reading of Charles Bernstein'.

Voiceworks - April 30th / May 7th

Details of the Voiceworks 2009 collaborations between the CPRC Birkbeck and Guildhall School of Music and Drama:

Voiceworks 2009

There will be a performance of the Voiceworks 2009 compositions this week at 13:00 on Thursday April 30th in the Music Hall in the main School building of Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Silk Street Entrance).

This is the third year of this collaboration between CPRC Birkbeck poets and Guildhall composers, singers and musicians.

The concert is free, and there is no need to book tickets - just turn up.

[There will be a second performance in the Wigmore Hall on Thursday May 7th, at 18:00 for 45 minutes - this will also be free to attend, but will require that tickets be booked in advance (this is very simple to do, and again, costs nothing).

See: http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk/whats-on/productions/voiceworks-23314

Perdika Poets - 28th April

Just to let you know that Perdika Poets will be reading at: Trinity College, Cambridge this Tuesday, April 28 at 8 pm. The venue is the Old Combination Room. Admission is free, and wine (also free) will be available in the interval. This year we shall be launching a very exciting first collection, The Small Stones, by the young Jersey poet Tomas Weber. (Perdika subscribers will be receiving their copy shortly). Mario Petrucci will read from his extraordinary i tulips sequence, as well as from his vivid and playful versions of Sappho. Jacqui Rowe will read from her forthcoming collection of Apollinaire translations, and Nick Potamitis and Peter Brennan will present highlights from their Perdika publications. We very much hope that you will be able to attend!

Patted Raw - 24th April

24 April (tonight - at least!)
at 8 pm

Grasp Press Reading Graphic - 28th April

Next Tuesday 28th, friends. Now with Juicy Improv MINDMESH.

Dimosthenis Agrafiotis - 28th April

CPRC reading/film showing/performance/talk at Birkbeck College on Tuesday coming (28th April):

Dimosthenis Agrafiotis

• Reading
• Performance
• Video Presentations: '“24” Pideo–Voetry', 'Α/Ω', & 'Calligraphein'
• Lecture - 'Poetics of the letter and the letter of poetics'

With the participation of Michail Palaiologou (composer from the University of Guildhall, http://www.mpal.org.uk/) and musicians.

Tuesday, April 28th 2009 @ 19.30-21.00 in Room 629,
Malet Street building, Birkbeck College, London WC1E 7HX

[Nearest Tubes: Russell Sq,Euston, Euston Sq, Warren Str]
(see map alink at: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps/interactive)
All welcome - free entry - refreshments will be provided

Andrea Brady & Carol Watts - 30th April / 17th May

Andrea Brady
at Parasol Unit on Tuesday 30 April at 7pm:
14 Wharf Road
London N1 7RW

Andrea Brady & Carol Watts + music
at Cafe Oto in Dalston on Sunday 17 May at 3pm:
18-22 Ashwin St
London E8 3DL

Grasp Press Reading in Brighton - 28th April

Chlorine Readings are proud to present
A Grasp Press Reading in Brighton
Featuring Keston Sutherland, Timothy Thornton, Luke Roberts and Francesca Lisette.

Tuesday 28th April, 8pm start
@ The Hope, Queens Road Brighton.
Entry £5 waged, £3 concessions.



Satellites Talking

Hello all!

Just a wee reminder that it is one week until the beautiful wonderland adventure that is Satellites Talking - March of the Mad Hatter!

Saturday 21st March @ The Betsey Trotwood (upstairs), 56 Farringdon Road, 7:30pm..


--> Tim Clare
--> Christopher Horton
--> Dirty Dwellings
--> Jasmine Ann Cooray
--> Gabi Garbutt and the Bread Stealers

PLUS! Serving up the same Mad Tea-Party treats as usual; a trestle table of good music, drinking and dancing between the above...

Come on, you know you're curious...and perhaps even curiouser!

11th March

John Wilkinson
Peter Manson

Wednesday 11th March,
5.30 pm.

Free entry. All welcome.

Room GR05 (Ground Floor) of the English Faculty Building, University of Cambridge, 9 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP.

Enquries to:
Drew Milne
Faculty of English, University of Cambridge

John Wilkinson is Research Professor at the University of Notre Dame where he teaches literature and creative writing, having worked in UK mental health services for three decades. He has been a Fulbright Scholar at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, and Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Fellow at the National Humanities Center. The Guardian described his recent book of poetry, "Lake Shore Drive" (Salt 2006), as “multiplex, visionary, ragged, and exceedingly strange because exceedingly true to reality”. Among his recent publications are "The Lyric Touch: Essays on the Poetry of Excess" (Salt, 2006) and "Down to
Earth" (Salt, 2008).

Peter Manson lives in Glasgow. His books include "Between Cup and Lip" (Miami University Press, Ohio 2008), "For the Good of Liars" (Barque Press, London 2006), "Adjunct: an Undigest" (Edinburgh Review 2005) and "Before and After Mallarmé" (Survivors' Press, Glasgow 2005). He was the 2005-6 Judith E. Wilson Visiting Fellow in Poetry at Girton College,
Cambridge. His website, "Freebase Accordion", is at www.petermanson.com. Some audio and video can be found on www.archiveofthenow.com and www.youtube.com

This reading is supported by the Judith E Wilson Fund, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge.

Xing the Line Special

Thursday 5th March, 7.30 pm

Tim Atkins
Sean Bonney
Harry Gilonis
Jeff Hilson
Frances Kruk,
Ben Watson
Steve Willey
Michael J Weller
Johan de Wit
Others TBA


As many of you know, Paul spent the Xmas period banged up in Belmarsh Maximum Security Prison. We thought we’d raise him some cash to make up for his dismal ordeal! There’ll also be a bookstall the proceeds of which will go to Paul. Please bring anything you want to sell!

The Leather Exchange, 15 Leathermarket Street, London Bridge, SE1 3HN

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Admission: £5

Poetry by David Chaloner at Parasol Unit

The Parasol Unit Readings Series continues on Thursday, 19 March at 7 pm with a reading by David Chaloner.

David Chaloner is one of the most distinguished poets at work today. He was born in rural Cheshire in 1944, and Manchester provided the cultural and social context for his early writing, which appeared in the Penguin anthology Children of Albion, among others. In the late sixties he founded One, a magazine for new writing. He has lived in London since the early seventies, and continues to publish prolifically. His Collected Poems (Salt) appeared in 2005, and his most recent book is Beyond These Lines (Equipage, 2007). Peter Riley has praised Chaloner’s work as “a poetry which draws its discourse from the central history of poetry in English by being an ever-new thing, the script of here and now by its very freshness.”

Parasol Unit is located at 14 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW, between Old Street and Angel tube stations. More information at www.parasol-unit.org.

The Parasol Unit Readings Series is organized by Barry Schwabsky. The readings are free to the public. The next reading after David Chaloner’s will be by Andrea Brady, on Thursday, 30 April.

Egnep's Tour

Mike Weller's forthcoming readings:

Wednesday 4th March
Klinker South, Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road, Nunhead SE14

Thursday 5th March
XING THE LINE (benefit for Paul Sutton)
15 Leathermarket St., London SE1 3HN

Sunday 15th March
Sundays at the Oto
Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St., Dalston E8

Klinker North, Cross Keys, 126 York Way N1

Tuesday 21st April
The Blue Bus (with Jow Lindsay)
The Lamb, 94 Lamb’s Conduit St., London WC1

Entrance fees vary.

All events begin around 8pm, except for Sundays at the Oto, at 3pm.

Cambridge readings


Kettle's Yard
Wednesdays in March, 1.15-1.45pm

Four contemporary poets read the works of four 20th century poets, each intimately connected with artists exhibited in the house. Free of charge.

4 March J.H. Prynne responding to Ezra Pound

11 March Leo Mellor responding to David Jones

18 March Melanie Challenger responding to Adrian Stokes

25 March Ian Patterson responding to W. S. Graham

For entrance please come to the black door on the small courtyard opposite the gallery entrance from 1 pm on the day of the reading.

La Langoustine est Morte

WHERE: Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Tube: Covent Garden
WHEN: MARCH 7th 2009 7:30

We have quite a linguistic adventure lined up for March. Cristina Viti & Stephen Watts will be reading from their new book Mountain Language/Lingua di montagna is a bilingual prose poem tracing the course of a deep journey into land, language and memory. Stephen Watts's original English text, considering aspects of his family's roots in the Italian Alps, has been translated by Cristina Viti into one of the Italian languages it ultimately came from.

We also have Michael Zand who likes to cross-pollinate languages and is originally from Iran, the resplendent AnnMarie Eldon also with a new book out who likes to slice and dice the words and then sprinkle them with pizazzazzazzz, and a dash of humour for good measure with Stephanie Leal ... Step right up!

Desperate for Love Reading in BRIGHTON

Tuesday 3rd March, 8pm

  • Sean Bonney
  • Wolfy Jones
  • Jon Slade

Komedia, 44-47 Gardner St, Brighton BN1 1UN




the TALKSTALKSTALKS series resumes this Wednesday, 18 February 2009, at Birkbeck College, 7:30-9:00pm (room: Clore 102 - details below), with:

Stephen Mooney - Discontinuous Visuality - Brakhage's 'just seeing', and
Background Temporality in contemporary poetics

"Stan Brakhage has offered viewers of his films an expanded sense of what the camera can achieve. His influential development of theories of 'hypnogogic vision' and 'moving visual thinking' complicate the ways in which viewers of his films experience the visual. What is presented on the screen often reflects a discontinuous sense of the camera as eye that relates to physical aspects of seeing, and that engages with the viewer's own sense of the visual. [Stephen Mooney's] paper seeks to show ways in which Stan Brakhage's 'just seeing' is useful, in an expository way, in the contextualisation of some of the poetic techniques and strategies used in contemporary poetry in relation to the formulation, and manifestation, of complex temporal structures that invoke a sense of 'background temporality', or sense of temporal engagement that informs the poem, and the performance of the poem. [He] will demonstrate ways in which these poetries can engage with forms of discontinuous visuality, visuality that is fractured and multiply activated, particularly in terms of its temporal operation. Specifically [he] will look at some examples from the poetry of Lee Harwood, Bruce Andrews and Joan Retallack."

*** NB This and the other TALKS in this term's program will take place in Room 102 in the Clore Management Centre, *not* as of yore the Council Room - the Clore Management Centre is in Torrington Square, a 2 minute walk from the main Birkbeck building - see


> http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps

for the exact location...

Shearsman Reading Series - Tuesday Evenings

Venue: Swedenborg Hall, Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH. There is no admission fee.

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Forthcoming dates are as follows.
All events start at 7:30 pm.

Tuesday 3 March 2009
philip kuhn and Robert Sheppard

Tuesday 31 March 2009
Erín Moure (reading her translations of Chus Pato)
and Lisa Samuels

Thursday 16 April 2009
Martin Anderson and Claire Crowther

Tuesday 5 May 2009
Anne Blonstein and others tbc

Tuesday 2 June 2009
Kenny Knight and others tbc

Openned - 25th March - The Foundry

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Alan Halsey launch (updated with plusplus)

You are invited to the launch of:
Lives of the Poets by ALAN HALSEY

Wednesday 11th February 2009.
7.00-9.00 pm, The Council Room, Birkbeck Main Building, Torrington Square, WC1.
There will be a reading from 7.30 - 8.00.
Wine will be served. All Welcome.

Lives of the Poets is published by Five Seasons Press, February 2009 (£25)

>>> AND

³POETRY WALES²/"The Wolf" launch at the Wheatsheaf pub, W1T 1DG. James Byrne, Sandeep Parmar, Zoë Skoulding, all on for 15 minutes each.

(((One could thus sprint from Birkbeck west-ish along Store Street, across the Tott. Court Road and straight on until you meet Charlotte Street, left into same, straight along down Rathbone Place, to the Wheatsheaf, a mock-Tudor jobbie on the left halfway down that short street, with its own road entry and catch most, possibly all, of the first half.)))

The second half - approx. 9:00-9:45 - will include Harry Gilonis and Carol Watts; and Niall McDevitt singing his own settings of Dylan Thomas poems.

As far as I know both events are free. Wheatsheaf beer commended.

Crossing the Line

Thursday 5th February, 7.30 pm. Francesca Beasley & Antony John. The Leather Exchange, 15 Leathermarket Street, London Bridge, SE1 3HN. £5 / £3 conc.

Anyone who heard Francesca Beasley read last year at Openned will want to hear more. She was also one of the 'voices' in last week's UK premiere of Zukofsky's "A"-24 at Sussex University. She may still have green hair.

Antony John is a regular at Writers Forum and had work published recently in Veer Off. His work uses collaged found text as "a structural device that implicitly/glances and gestures, but are trapped/bullet hard, covered with a thin rime."

Yes indeed. See you there.

The Blue Bus

Tuesday 3rd February, 7.30pm

James Harvey
James Hately (Comedy)
David Miller & Ken White (Music)
Sharon Morris
St. Andrew’s, Short Street, Waterloo, London SE1 (upstairs hall)

Admissions: £5 / £3 conc.

Keston S & Simon J in Feb


The Dial Society are pleased to announce that


will be reading in the Erasmus Room of Queens' College on Friday 13th February 7.30-9pm.


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Some Jan / Feb readings

Fri Jan 16th, 7pm: Paul Griffiths launches Let Me Tell You, Calder Bookshop, 51 The Cut, SE1 8LF
Sun Jan 18th, 3pm: Frances Presley & Gavin Selerie + musicians, Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston E8 3DL
Tues Jan 20th, 7.30pm: Geraldine Monk & Jeff Hilson, The Blue Bus, The Lamb, 94 Lamb's Conduit St, WC1
Weds Feb 4th, 7pm: Richard Barrett, Patricia Farrell & Lucy Harvest, The Other Room, Old Abbey Inn, Manchester
Weds Feb 11th, 7pm for 7.30: Alan Halsey launches Lives of the Poets, The Council Room, Birkbeck College, Torrington Sq., WC1
Tues Feb 17th, 7.30: Allen Fisher & Johan de Wit, The Blue Bus.