Tuesday, 6 September 2011

2 x Anthony Burgess Foundation events

PN Review: a celebration
September 8, 5:30 pm

Free, no booking required

PN Review, the highly-respected journal of new poems in English and in translation, interviews, news, essays, reviews and reports from around the world, has reached its 200th edition. We're delighted to welcome Carcanet Press for an evening of discussion, debate, provocation and poetry to celebrate this magnificent milestone. Including Patrick McGuinness, Booker-prize longlisted author, lecturing on Donald Davie and the editing of PN Review; a discussion about poetry magazine publishing now and in the future, chaired by John McAuliffe (Manchester Review) and featuring panel members Rory Waterman (New Walk), Carol Rumens (Guardian) and James Byrne (The Wolf); and poetry readings by Tara Bergin and Jeffrey Wainwright. Drinks at 5.30pm for 6pm lecture.

Performance: poetry, dance, sound and installation

September 25, 4:00 pm

Free, no booking required

A new collaborative work by Gavin Osborn, Jennifer-Lynn Crawford and Lisa Gorton, tracery web of movements tracery weaves dance, sound, text and installation art together to explore relationships between art forms, performers, spaces and audiences. Each performance will begin with an introduction to ideas behind the work and end with a Q&A with the performers. Rehearsals can be observed from 2pm before the event starts at 4pm.

Poetry: Other Room 28

September 26, 7:00 pm

Free; booking advised

We're delighted to welcome The Other Room, who present Phil Hall, Vanessa Place, and Alan Halsey and Mick Beck performing poems by Hugo Ball.

Vanessa Place writes poetry, prose and art criticism; she is also a criminal lawyer and co-director of Les Figues Press. Her most recent work is available in French as Exposé des Faits, and in English as Statement of Facts, Statement of the Case, and Argument (Blanc Press 2010-2011). A work of non-fiction, The Guilt Project: Rape, Morality and Law, was published by Other Press in 2010 and Notes on Conceptualisms, with Robert M. Fitterman, by Ugly Duckling Press in 2009.

Phil Hall is a Canadian poet whose work has been nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize (2006) & the Governor General's Award (2001). His most recent books of poems are The Little Seamstress (2010) and Killdeer (2011). Over the years, he has collected two decks of playing cards from single random cards found on the streets.

Alan Halsey and Mick Beck will perform their arrangements of the sound poems Hugo Ball wrote for the Cabaret Voltaire in 1916. In all his work Halsey's 'strategy is to subvert our expectations of poetry, to make us look at the moon from the dark side' (Ian Seed). Beck's uninhibited versatile tenor sax and his pioneering work with the under-used bassoon add a startling emotional dimension to Ball's 'verse without words'.


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