A note on: Goldsmiths Lit Live & Graduate School Festival - May 13th 2016

Had the pleasure of reading at the impressively varied and extremely popular Lit Live series, thank to Livia Franchini, alongside poets entirely new to me, and discovering some interesting writers, after presenting on a panel for the Goldsmith Graduate Festival, on Found poetry, thanks to Kathryn Maris. Always amazing energy at Goldsmiths, the panel was a really generous conversation with Kathryn, whose work I admire, increasingly so with each exposure, and Cat Conway and Joe McCarney, who were both insightful. We talked quite broadly about found poetry, and I tried to situate my position more theoretically, with a wider scope. Then Lit Live itself, well over a hundred people came to see 10 readers, and I read my BBC Radio 3 commission and then set up one of my polyphonic choral poems. A beautiful way to meet people in this clearly tight knit scene, to ask them to read with me, surreptitiously, and to have the audience somehow implicated in what I was doing. It worked well, it seemed. A generous night overall, glad to have been part of it. 

Tapestry for the Goldsmiths prize!

http://www.gold.ac.uk/goldsmiths-prize/shortlist/tapestry/ I called it a few months back, Philip Terry's brilliant novel Tapestry has been nominated for the new, and timely, Goldsmiths prize, which is celebrating innovative fiction. Philip has been an important part of many of my events, met him at the writers forum in 2011, and his novel captures the precision in conceptual innovation that is always a hallmark of his work. So positive to hear his talents are being recognised, and I sincerely hope this spreads his work further into where it should be on the poetry scene here in England. He knowledge of, and use of, Oulipean methodologies is influential in many circles, and it could do with widerning still. This nomination is gratifying for many people who are sorely overlooked in the experimental community too, I just wish, along with Philip, the likes of Jeff Hilson, Carol Watts, Tim Atkins, Peter Jaeger et al would carry more weight with prizes and the like. One at a time! http://www.gold.ac.uk/goldsmiths-prize/