A note on : European Poetry Night Norwich 2017

As part of three days of European poetry celebrations last week I had the pleasure of accompanying four Scandinavians poets to Norwich, to read at an event I organised, which also drew in local Europeans, in the camarade model, in pairs. The night was brilliant, full of energy and warmth. I met lots of poets new to me, and reconnected with many friends. We had a grand turnout thanks to the Nordlit seminar on translation which had been taking place that day, hosted by those who had kindly hosted us, Writers Centre Norwich and the International Litcase Showcase. http://www.theenemiesproject.com/norwich

I collaborated for the fourth time with Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir. We’ve only known each other for just over a year, but our collaborative magic feels many years deep. We put on a kind of Eurovision Poetry Contest, or hosted something to that effect. As ever, Asta’s rare energy and invention told, it was a weirdly beautiful piece of poetry theatre.

We were shown great hospitality too, with Dan, Endre, Martin, Asta and I taken to dinner, and then out on the town for many hours after the event. Always wonderful people to work with, Jonathan Morley, Sam Ruddock and everyone involved made sure the beginning of EPN was memorable.

A note on: Rich Mix 10 Year Anniversary Camarade - May 2nd

Lovely to be invited to present a Camarade event, where poets write new collaborations in pairs, to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Rich Mix as part of the festival of events and general festivities put on for the occasion. I owe Rich Mix so much, and without it, there'd be no Camarade and Enemies project I think. The event was wonderful, with 10 new works, all of which complimented in their difference and compelled in different ways. Great to get such a nice audience too, on a rainy bank holiday Monday at 6pm. A grand birthday for us all. All the videos www.theenemiesproject.com/richmixcamarade

A note on: The Norwich Camarade at Writers Centre Norwich - Dec 10th 2015

I couldn't have had a better time visiting Writer's Centre Norwich to organise and curate a Camarade featuring poets living in the area. Jonathan Morley and Philip Langeskov of UEA helped put it all together and it was grand to discover lots of young new poets from the creative writing program there, alongside some very well known poets associated with the city, and those leaning towards the more experimental who often aren't. It was a perfect mix, to show that difference in mode compliments, and that we are all speaking the same language with different accents. 

We ended up drawing in 130 people to watch, on a cold, raining thursday night in Norwich and everyone seem very happy. An utterly stressless and joyful evening for me, another very pleasing experience travelling with Camarade. All the ten performances from twenty poets available here www.theenemiesproject.com/norwichcamarade

Interrobang bookfair Camarade videos

A deliightful time was had curating a wee Camarade, 7 pairs, 14 poets, for Nick Murray's Interrobang bookfair. Videos below

Camaradefest II - the videos

Camaradefest, in its second incarnation, was extraordinary. A collective generosity permeated throughout the day, made it feel fresh and easy and I'm very much glad we did it. 100 poets, hundreds upon hundreds watching throughout the day. It was busy and full of exchange and the poetry was fantastic.  Still processing, more on this later. Here's the videos, yours to enjoy.
Ross Sutherland & Thomas Bunstead https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSfp_P2wB5w
John Clegg & Holly Corfield Carr https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuL3kMUCI6M
Sarah Dawson & Robin Boothroyd https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58JLMgIxRO4
Jonah Wilberg & Lucy Furlong https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rHChB8cTJY
Vera Chok & Sophie Herxheimer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdJYSwlciNg
Paul Hawkins & Mali Clements https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM3AlEVbqis
Angus Sinclair & Laura Elliott https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCbVgf0Pcfw
George Szirtes & Carol Watts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlIBnKsGFUo
Mike Saunders & Emilia Weber https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3XPPcYSQ4A
Tamar Yoseloff & Claire Crowther https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENbSrOlgBxk
Andy Spragg & Emma Hammond https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkwJ7CbBuuU
Alan Halsey & Geraldine Monk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydgyFD5sv0s
Tim Allen & Richard Barrett https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v825a2R7yIQ
Prudence Chamberlain & Eley Williams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNRA4TDSEvM
Hannah Silva & Andra Simons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIKR-YM1SkU
James Byrne & Sandeep Parmar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSCVJBizFTg
Vicky Sparrow & Dave Spittle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vOqM7Sdeiw
Agnes Lehoczky & Astrid Alben https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yi46d4s6vD0
Francine Elena & Emily Hasler https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aT0Y68Do3BI
Ollie Evans & Becky Varley Winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df-6ErFrzXw
Rebecca Tamas & Martin Jackson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9e6ZPVujMM
Sarah Kelly & Seekers of Lice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHazjqVrKSQ
Jow Lindsay & Anne Laure Coxam https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_KgpEhXFWc
James Wilkes & Ariadne Radi Cor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glPqBljn4iM
Sophie Collins & Livia Franchini https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haBN_nHCqKU
Nikolai Duffy & Rhys Trimble https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrltmSLikyk
Ryan Van Winkle & Ghazal Mosadeq https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4UYVkYypUw
Calum Rodger & Anthony Autumn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k9t_pUykBg
Cristine Brache & Holly Childs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9QLUlMq5CQ
Lila Matsumoto & Samantha Walton https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX5mQzy020o
James Davies & Philip Terry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z67_iVlMSmA
Nathan Jones & Christodoulos Makris https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtIFvHzvCQs
Zuzana Husarova & Olga Pek https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zC1CEhq9oGA
David Berridge & Stephen Emmerson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxKhFGoIWQw
Alison Gibb & Kimberley Campanello https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcUWdWHaQBE
Sean Bonney & nick-e melville https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gBRH1iQ8ds
Sam Riviere & Crispin Best https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZfKMgNFdJg
Holly Pester & Emma Bennett Camaradefest II - Holly Pester & Emma Bennett

Camaradefest : October 25th : the full lineup

Camaradefest
100 poets. 50 pairs. one day.
october saturday 25th
the rich mix arts centre : main space
12 noon til late : free entry
Starting at 12 noon and running all day, Camaradefest will present 50 brand new collaborative works involving 100 poets working in pairs. A unique one day festival of collaborative poetry. There will a book table to browse and chat with the poets, & lengthy intermissions between each of the five sessions in which to do so. Please come, stay the day and find below the remarkable lineup of poets, writers and textual artists. Everything is free to attend, bring friends, spread the word.http://weareenemies.com/camaradefestii.html
12noon
John Clegg & Holly Corfield Carr
Nick Murray & Aki Schilz
Sarah Dawson & Robin Boothroyd
Jonah Wilberg & Lucy Furlong
Vera Chok & Sophie Herxheimer
Jon Stone & Harry Wooler
Paul Hawkins & TBA
Cali Dux & Simon Pomery
Angus Sinclair & Laura Elliott
Ross Sutherland & TBA
2pm
George Szirtes & Carol Watts
Gareth Rees & Gary Budden
Robert Kiely & Doug Jones
Mike Saunders & Emilia Weber
Tamar Yoseloff & Claire Crowther
Andy Spragg & Emma Hammond
Alan Halsey & Geraldine Monk
Nia Davies & Sarah Howe
Tim Allen & Richard Barrett
Prudence Chamberlain & Eley Williams
4pm
Hannah Silva & Andra Symons
Harry Man & Kirsten Irving
Vicky Sparrow & Dave Spittle
Agnes Lehoczky & Astrid Alben
Isobel Dixon & Claire Trevien
Edmund Hardy & Amy Cutler
Ollie Evans & Becky Varley Winter
Rebecca Tamas & Martin Jackson
Sarah Kelly & TBA
Jow Lindsay & Anne Laure Coxam
7pm
Colin Herd & Iain Morrison
Marcus Slease & JT Welsch
James Wilkes & Ariadne Radi Cor
Billy Ramsell & TBA
Sophie Collins & Livia Franchini
Nikolai Duffy & Rhys Trimble
Ryan Van Winkle & TBA
Calum Rodger & Anthony Autumn
Cristine Brache & Holly Childs
Lila Matsumoto & Samantha Walton
9pm
James Davies & Philip Terry
Nathan Jones & Christodoulos Makris
Zuzana Husarova & Olga Pek
Alison Gibb & Kimberley Campanello
Sean Bonney & nick-e melville
Luke Allan & Graeme Smith
Sam Riviere & Crispin Best
James Byrne & Sandeep Parmar
Tim Atkins & Jeff Hilson
Holly Pester & Emma Bennett