Camaradefest. The highlight of the year, event wise. Hundreds in attendance, nearly 80 poets reading, 40 original poetic commissions so many highlights, but James Davies & Philip Terry

& an amazing podcast of the day by Ryan Van Winkle


Camaradefest, held a few weeks back at the Rich mix arts centre, was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the first year of the Enemies project and of all the events I’ve run. Thanks to the nearly 80 poets who contributed to the day, and to the hundreds who came in over the 8 hours we were going. It was an effortless enterprise because people were so generous and I’m most proud of the fact that everyone seemed to feel the atmosphere of exchange and of community. Videos below:


David Berridge & Mary Paterson

Kirsty Irving & Jon Stone

Jeff Hilson & Fabian MacPherson

Edmund Hardy & James Wilkes

Giles Goodland & Alistair Noon

Marek Kazmierski & Wioletta Grzegorzewska

Matt Dalby & Steven Waling

Tom Chivers & Ross Sutherland

Marcus Slease & Claire Potter

Mendoza & Nat Raha

Pascal O'Laughlin & Scott Thurston

Ghazal Mosadeq & Ricardo Marques

Andy Spragg & Joe Kennedy

Robert Hampson & Chris Gutkind

Julia Bird & Sarah Hesketh

Bea Colley & Francine Elena

Jon Stone & Nia Davies

Stephen Watts & Will Rowe

Zoe Skoulding & Ondrej Buddeus

Oli Hazzard & Caleb Klaces

Tim Atkins & Jessica Pujol I Duran

Ryan Van Winkle & William Letford

Jack Underwood & Alex MacDonald

Joanna Rzadkowska & Kristen Kreider

Stephen Connolly & Manuela Moser

Sophie Collins & Rachael Allen

Sarah Kelly & Gabriele Lebanauskaite

Deborah Pearson & Tamarin Norwood
Ollie Evans & Robert Kiely

Nathan Jones & Sam Skinner

Christodoulos Makris & Kim Campanello

Reza Mohammedi & Ana Seferovic

James Byrne & Sandeep Parmar

Chris McCabe & Tom Jenks


Camaradefest I

One of the best things I've put on, without a doubt, it was a grand success. Primarily because, all day long, from 2pm until 10.30pm, the atmosphere was uniformly friendly, warm and cohesive - people felt welcomed in sharing their work, they were able to meet others without artificiality and their was a sense of things being offered, rather than performed. Without trying to curate anything, never putting a word in about content, and without trying to force any aesthetic or spirit, the feeling of welcome and cohesion was present from the off and undoubtedly met with the 37 brilliant pieces of collaborative poetry, that were accentuated because of the generosity of attendees. I feel like I did achieve something with this event, and what that is is fleeting and impermeable, but all the more resonant and real because of that transience. I showed how much good work there is out there in the UK and beyond (Afghanistan, Serbia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Czech Republic etc... all had presence), and how many good poets who are good people, who will work together, will step outside of their comfort zones through the auspices of collaboration. Of the 74 poets, so so many were remarkable, too many to explicate, but watching Holly Pester and Emma Bennett, Ryan Van Winkle and Billy Letford, Sam Riviere and Joe Dunthorne, James Davies and Philip Terry it was clear the few hundreds in attendance felt as I did, that we were witnessing something special, with all the power of a movement and a time, without any of the didactic limitation and definition. More to come on this, videos of everything, when I return from Mexico.