Dear friends, to the year upcoming! newly updated with what is confirmed, much more to come of course. All events are free and in London, unless specified otherwise. Please add the dates to your diaries.
Maintenant! – a course for the poetry school
a bi-weekly course exploring post-war & contemporary European avant-garde poetry. The course will take place at the Poetry School London office, 79-83 Lambeth Walk. 2 hour lessons – 6.45pm to 8.45, bi-weekly tuesday nights, beginning January 28th. Week 1: Oulipo / Week 2: Austrian postwar modernism / Week 3: Concrete poetry / Week 4: CoBrA / Week 5: British Poetry Revival
The Poet is a Boxer – February Wed 5th at 8pm at the Poetry Library, Southbank centre
A conceptual look at the world of boxing, with discussion, readings and screenings, all seeking to capture the profound complexities of this unique sport, featuring Italian poet Gabriele Tinti amongst others. I shall be reading from my book Fights. To rsvp email@example.com
Wrogowie: February Sat 11th at the Rich Mix Arts Centre
a Polish enemies project. 5 pairs of poets from Poland & the UK premiere original collaborations, beginning a year long engagement between contemporary Polish poetry & their British peers in collaboration & translation, featuring Marcus Slease & Grzegorz Wroblewski, Joanna Rzadowska & Francesca Lisette, Ula Chowaniec & Amy Cutler, Piotr Gwiazda & myself, Adam Zdrodowski & Philip Terry. Supported by the Polish Cultural Institute http://www.polishculture.org.uk/ & UCL SSEES http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ssees
Central St Martins showcase – February Mon 24th at St Martins Campus
February Mon 24th 2pmat St Martins Campus
A performance and then practise discussion with Dr.Diane Silverthorne as part of the Central St.Martins performance arts showcase lecture series for undergraduate students.
Annexe: introducing launch: February Wed 26th at Candid Arts Trust
Annexe presents a launch of two new pamphlets by myself and Tom Chivers, as part of their introducing series. My work will be part of my Vikings sequence, entitled the Whale Hunt.
Bill Griffiths celebration reading: March Sat 1st at 7.30pm at Goodenough college
Working with Reality street publishing and the editor of the second collected volume of Bill Griffiths poems, Alan Halsey, to present an evening launching that volume and celebrating the work of one the great vanguard poets of the late 20th century with readings from Geraldine Monk, Allen Fisher, Harry Gilonis, Robert Sheppard +. To RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org
Lyrikline - in 2014 I will be publishing a series of poets on http://www.lyrikline.org/ one of the world's biggest resources of translated poetry, attempting to redress the lack of contemporary British-based English language experimental poetry in translation in my role as UK editor. First set of poets published early March.
Translation Games – March Wed 5th at 9pm at the Poetry Library, Southbank centre
“We 'translate' things every day, from one language to another, from one action to another.
Ricarda Vidal and Jenny Chamarette, co-curators of Translation Games invite a range of artists and practitioners to 'translate' a selection of concrete poetry into live forms incorporating performance, sound, visual and digital art.” I shall be live writing on the night. To rsvp email@example.com
Fjender – March Sat 15th at the Rich Mix arts centre
Danish Enemies: 3 pairs of poets from Denmark & the UK premiere original collaborations, featuring 3 of Europe’s most innovative and exciting poetic practitioners in Morten Sondergaard, Martin Glaz Serup and Cia Rinne. Supported by the Kulturstyrelsen – Litteratur, Danish Agency for Culture http://www.kulturstyrelsen.dk/english/ with thanks to the Danish Embassy in London. http://storbritannien.um.dk/
the Wordpharmacy – March 15th to 31st at the Hardy tree gallery with a Special view reading on March Sat 22nd.
Morten Sondergaard’s utterly unique and brilliant poetry project in exhibition for the first time in London “The Wordpharmacy consist of ten medicine boxes, each representing one of the ten word classes. Each box contains a leaflet that functions as an instructional poem, guiding the reader’s ingestion of the given word class. If you lack verbs in your life or if you want to know whether you can use prepositions if you are pregnant or you are in desperate need of numerals, then help is at hand.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HvlealRgek
Hidden Door festival Camarade – March Saturday 29thth in Edinburgh
A special edition of the Camarade series for this brilliant Edinburgh arts festival. Featuring Samantha Walton, Colin Herd, Ryan Van Winkle, Iain Morrison, Graeme Smith, nick-e melville and others, with around 8 pairs of poets reading original collaborations for this event. Also the beginning of Auld Enemies, the Enemies project in Scotland.
Fjender (in Copenhagen) – April 1st-7th
The second leg of the Fjender project, I will be reading in Copenhagen alongside Morten Sondergaard, Martin Glaz Serup & others, as well as curating a short-run exhibition of my work and the Enemies project in the Danish capital. Supported by Arts Council England international development fund.
P.O.W. (Vikings) very privileged to be the penultimate issue of the Concrete poetry poster series edited by Antonio Claudio Carvalho, with Hansjorg Mayer being the very final issue. My work, Vikings, has six poems rendered into the shape of the Futhark, the first six magical letters of the elder runic alphabet. http://blutkitt.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/the-vikings-are-coming-from-pow.html
Under the Volcanoes by Grapsas press – My collaboration with Holly Pester is to be published in a boutique edition by Grapsas press edited by Alex Latter. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAbVvohKWP0
& other works to be published in following editions of:
- Gorse http://gorse.ie/ an amazing 260 pages of rarified modernist material, who were kind enough to run this profile on me http://gorse.ie/introducing-sj-fowler/
- the Wolf http://www.wolfmagazine.co.uk/ over a decade of publication, edited by James Byrne, delighted to appear in issue 30.
- the Honest Ulsterman http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Honest_Ulsterman a legendary magazine resurrected by Darran Anderson & co
- Huellkurven http://huellkurven.net/ the most exciting repository for sound art and sound poetry in Europe, out of Austria, edited by Joerg Piringer amongst others, I'm in issue 2 here http://www.huellkurven.net/magazine.php
- Annexe http://annexemagazine.com/books/annexe-introducing/ dynamic publishing and events enterprise, edited by Nick Murray, will be launching a suite of my Vikings poems in late February.
- Privileged to be involved in the second Revolve:R project, curated by Ricarda Vidal & co, it is a really beautiful publication revolutions of responsive and collaborative works between artists and poets http://ricardavidal.com/test/revolver/revolver-edition-one/
Like Starlings & the Enemies project: May Saturday 3rd (TBC)
An event between the longstanding collaborative poetry journal, founded by Caleb Klaces and its shared concerns with the Enemies project, exploring the many brilliant exchanges that have been featured so far in Like Starlings through innovative, collaborative performances.
Poetry in Collaboration: an exhibition at the Saison poetry library: May 6th - July 6th
Very proud to be co-curating the Poetry Library’s major summer exhibition with Chris McCabe, running a full two months at the Southbank centre’s Saison poetry library. “This exhibition explores the world of poetry in collaboration including poets-with-poets, poets with visual artists and poets with musicians. Drawing on the history of collaboration, from the Surrealists to the Beats, there are also contemporary collaborative works drawing upon S.J. Fowler’s Enemies project. Amongst the work on display or on the extensive reading table will be works by Andre Breton, Ian Hamilton Finlay and Sarah Lucas with Oliver Garbay.”
Vikings at the British Museum – May Fri 9th 7.30pm in the Great Court
Curating a reading with Eirikur Orn Norddahl for the special event to be held in the Great Court of the British Museum, celebrating modern interpretations of Norse culture for the exhibition Vikings: life and legend.
Kiddy Kamarade: May Sat 10th 12 noon at the Rich mix arts centre (TBC)
A unique family poetry event in collaboration with Angela Brady and Sophie Mayer, replete with a crèche for children, welcoming an exploration of children’s poetic expression and featuring short talks by poets on the impact of parenthood on their practise, and sound recording experimentation with children participating in avant garde poetry!
Fiender – May Sat 10th 7.30pm at the Rich mix arts centre
a Norwegian Enemies project, three poets from Norway, including Endre Ruset and Joanna Rzadowska, will read their own work as well as premiering original collaborations with British poets based in London. Supported by Norla http://www.norla.no/content/view/full/78 & the Norwegian Embassy in London http://www.norway.org.uk/
Prague Microfest - May 11th to 15th
A small reading of the Czech Republic, punctuated by the debut performance of the TRYIE collective at the Prague Microfest, alongside some of the finest innovative authors from around the world.
Baltic tour: June 5th to 15th
Riga, Latvia – a reading and workshops at the Totaldobze art centre curated by Kaspars Lielgalvis supported by the British Council. http://www.totaldobze.com
Vilnius, Lithuania – a performance collaboration with Gabriele Labanauskaite
Talinn, Estonia – reading and collaboration with / hosted by Ville Hytonen.
J&L Gibbons landscape architecture residency / London Festival of Architecture
Centralising a year long residency I am undertaking with the remarkable landscape architecture firm J & L Gibbons http://blutkitt.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/in-2014-residency-at-j-l-gibbons-award.html there will be an event or programme of events at the LFA 2014 http://www.londonfestivalofarchitecture.org/
Tim Atkins celebration reading: the launch of Petrarch: June Sat 28th at Goodenenough college
Crater press are launching the entire collected Petrarch poems of Tim Atkins, one of the most extraordinary poetry sequences of the last few decades, clocking in at over 400 pages. To celebrate that book's existence and the highly influential work of Tim Atkins, a myriad of poets will read from the book alongside Tim himself.
Auld Enemies – July 8th to 26th
The Enemies project in Scotland. Proud to announce a multiple date national tour of Scotland supported by Creative Scotland featuring William Letford, nick-e melville, Colin Herd, Ryan Van Winkle, Ross Sutherland and myself writing rolling original collaborations across the breadth of the country. Each leg of the tour will feature local poets, workshops and a documentary and publication will be forthcoming.
July 9th wed - Dundee
July 10th thurs - Glasgow
July 11th fri - Edinburgh
July 12th sat - Aberdeen
July 15th tues - Shetland Isles, Lerwick
July 16th wed - Shetland Isles, Unst
July 18th fri - Orkney Islands, Kirkwall
July 18th fri - Orkney Islands, Kirkwall
then that coming Saturday July 26th at the Rich Mix arts centre, the Auld Enemies project will come to London for screenings, discussion and readings.
Yes but are we Enemies? – September Sat 27th at the Rich mix arts centre
the Enemies project in Ireland confirmed beginning in London featuring original collaborations between Irish and British poets, including Christodoulos Makris, Sam Riviere, Billy Ramsell & others TBC. http://yesbutisitpoetry.blogspot.co.uk/
the TŘYIE collective – October (TBC)
A theatre based UK debut performance for the TŘYIE collective, comprising of Olga Peková, Zuzana Husárová & myself, pioneering experimental electronic literature / avant garde performance collaboration. http://tryie.tumblr.com/
Camaradefest II – Octobber Sat 25thth at the Rich Mix arts centre
A one day collaborative festival of pairs of poets producing original pieces of poetry. Hoping to hit 100 poets in 50 pairs in 2014. Here’s 2013’s fest http://blutkitt.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/camaradefest-videos.html
Vlak celebration reading – November (TBC)
A selection of readings, screenings and discussions celebrating five years of the immense VLAK journal, featuring work from contributors across it’s near thousand pages. www.vlakmagazine.com
Thanks to all those already confirmed to participate in the events, and to the Rich mix arts centre and all those who continue to support the Enemies project. More to come.