Camaradefest. The highlight of the year, event wise. Hundreds in attendance, nearly 80 poets reading, 40 original poetic commissions http://blutkitt.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/camaradefest-videos.html so many highlights, but James Davies & Philip Terry http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hP1ODIUA_E

& an amazing podcast of the day by Ryan Van Winkle http://culturelaser.podomatic.com/entry/2013-10-31T23_49_26-07_00

 

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:

Intro http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QmNNcm94BQ

David Berridge & Mary Paterson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mrclkspq9Qw

Kirsty Irving & Jon Stone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPKcsFcI4y0

Jeff Hilson & Fabian MacPherson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1PYYhcq-Zw

Edmund Hardy & James Wilkes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDC6dS6zfZY

Giles Goodland & Alistair Noon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrefAF4J1uo

Marek Kazmierski & Wioletta Grzegorzewska http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imZoQ4_rNSM

Matt Dalby & Steven Waling http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJp3qb9qwuk

Tom Chivers & Ross Sutherland http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izlD0UZDdOA

Marcus Slease & Claire Potter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ek_yMooKRak

Mendoza & Nat Raha http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3M9CBZqEaY

Pascal O'Laughlin & Scott Thurston http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmcA4QxSzWU

Ghazal Mosadeq & Ricardo Marques http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2gUeIE2GMk

Andy Spragg & Joe Kennedy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSYRJvLqozw

Robert Hampson & Chris Gutkind http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DZh_DAf8Zo

Julia Bird & Sarah Hesketh http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqaD5-P2QVE

Bea Colley & Francine Elena http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_3F7YkiOfU

Jon Stone & Nia Davies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mUy6hf0AoQ

Stephen Watts & Will Rowe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKIdsBCfyNo

Zoe Skoulding & Ondrej Buddeus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQQQKOSg7QU

Oli Hazzard & Caleb Klaces http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85IpC6xR41Q

Tim Atkins & Jessica Pujol I Duran http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi5mW7fgqOA

Ryan Van Winkle & William Letford http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSoTQi4qTog

Jack Underwood & Alex MacDonald http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdawazLHK-g

Joanna Rzadkowska & Kristen Kreider http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEoggpGj27U

Stephen Connolly & Manuela Moser http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6KeoU2de2A

Sophie Collins & Rachael Allen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW4DTRewcBo

Sarah Kelly & Gabriele Lebanauskaite http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRUzHWCfHyw

Deborah Pearson & Tamarin Norwood http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_5mD4-D95o
Ollie Evans & Robert Kiely http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yneW0Td-gI

Nathan Jones & Sam Skinner http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJiwOlbJaYg

Christodoulos Makris & Kim Campanello http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BneTYOum46g

Reza Mohammedi & Ana Seferovic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oF8ginmZPyM

James Byrne & Sandeep Parmar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAJ7GF1yTig

Chris McCabe & Tom Jenks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTMF84LdjNo

 

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.