June 23: Bank Street Arts, Sheffield diisonance performances. Many thanks to Mark van Klaveren of 612Media for filming and editing, to SIX Project Space and Bank Street Arts. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Linda Kemp is based in Sheffield. Publications include Lease Prise Redux (Materials, 2016), two chapbooks, Blueprint (2015) and Immunological (2014), and an album, speaking towards (2015), with enjoy your homes press; website.
Roy McFarlane was born in Birmingham and now living in the Black Country. He has held the role of Birmingham Poet Laureate and Starbuck Poet in Residence. His writing has appeared in magazines, Under the Radar, The Reader, The Cannon's Mouth and The Undertow Review. His poems have been included in anthologies, Out of Bounds (Bloodaxe 2012) and he's the co-editor and writer for Celebrate Wha? (Smokestack 2011). He's also written a play For the Love of Auset which premiered at The Drum, Birmingham, June 2007 and his short story Conversation with an Ant has also been published in Original Skin. He's presently performer in residence for Warwickshire Poetry Voices and his debut collection Beginning with your last breath was published by Nine Arches Press in September 2016. More on Roy's website
Rowan Evans is a poet, composer and producer and studied at Cambridge and Bristol Universities. He received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2015 and is the author of returnsongs (Wide Range Chapbooks, 2012), freak red (Projective Industries, 2015) and ODE RHIZOME MOUNTAIN SONG (Moot Press, 2016). Rowan composes and produces music for performance, theatre, film and other media and is artistic co-director of the interdisciplinary performance collaboration Fen. He co-edits Moot Press and co-curates the ANATHEMA reading series. For more info, go to Rowan's website.
Leire Barrera is completing a PhD at Birkbeck College, University of London entitled ‘Spain and British Decadence, 1880-1920.’ She has catalogued the ‘Fernández Giménez Collection’ (Colorado, USA), with 2,200 items belonging to the Spanish art critic and diplomat José Fernández Giménez (1832-1903), an intimate friend of Vernon Lee. In 2016 she co-organised the BAVS-funded "Forgotten Geographies in the Fin de Siècle" conference and in 2015 was invited to organize a series of seminars on Anglo-Spanish artistic relations at Colorado State University as a visiting scholar. She also co-edits Girasol Press, an Anglo-Spanish publishing endeavour.
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Emteaz Hussain is a playwright and performance poet. Her acclaimed first play, SWEET CIDER, was produced by Tamasha Theatre Company at the Arcola Theatre in 2008 and was published in 2013 in the anthology ‘Plays for Today by Women’ by Aurora Metro Books. BLOOD, her second full length play for Tamasha, toured nationally in March 2015; dates included Belgrade Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Nottingham Playhouse and Soho Theatre London. In 2014, she was commissioned by Clean Break under their Writers On Attachment scheme. In 2015, she wrote OUTSIDERS for Pilot Theatre as part of an EC Culture project called Boomerang; the production went on national tour. In their 4 star review, LondonTheatre1 said “This is a beautiful and very welcome hour of theatre.” Also, she took part in the IWrite feature film scheme run by Creative England. In 2016 she wrote a monologue for BBC Writersroom scheme ‘The Break’ which was broadcast on BBC3 Online. She is under commission to the Royal Court Theatre for a play about the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal and is on the BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017. As a performance poet she has performed nationally and internationally and has toured with Transglobal Underground, Fundamental, Hustlers HC and as a backing poet with the Benjamin Zephaniah band. Emteaz works extensively as a workshop practitioner in both statutory and community settings, specialising in pupil referral units.
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Paul Hawkins - erm, that's me ... more here
Dan Eltringham is a poet, academic and editor. His poetry and translations have appeared in journals including Colorado Review, E-Ratio, Datableed, Blackbox Manifold, The Goose, The Clearing, Intercapillary Space and Alba Londres 6: Contemporary Mexican Poetry. A chapbook, Ithaca, was published by Dow House Press in 2014. He co-edits Girasol Press and co-runs Electric Arc Furnace, a new poetry readings series in Sheffield. Hesterglock published his debut collection, Cairn Almanac earlier in 2017. More info at his website.
Seni Seneviratne is a writer, poet, performer, singer and creative artist born and raised in Leeds, Yorkshire and of English and Sri Lankan heritage. Her work as a poet and live artist has been praised particularly for the unique talent of engaging an audience through poetry and song. Her poetry is published internationally. She has given readings, performances and workshops in UK, US, Canada, South Africa, Egypt and Kuwait. She currently works as a freelance writer, mentor, trainer and creative consultant. More info at Seni's website.
Sarer Scotthorne "I have written poetry all of my life and was encouraged by various friends and associates to take it up more seriously when I was forty-four. I am now a published poet with an MA in Creative Writing. I teach writing and martial arts and have collaborated with some wonderful writers. My political views are very important to me and the way I write. I co-run and am Submissions Editor for Hesterglock Press, run a women’s writing group and have edited a very popular anthology called Westside Herstory. Teaching martial arts for Wutan Chinese Martial Arts has been a really major part of my daily existence, so I was delighted to collaborate with Albert Zang (film maker) and Tony Salinas (micro-tonal composer) to create a film and poetry pamphlet, Semblance, which is about being a female martial-artist and the relationship I have with two of my swords." More at Sarer's website.
Miggy Angel is the author of the poetry collection, Grime Kerbstone Psalms, published by Celandor books. He organises and comperes the monthly poetry event, Speech Therapy, and also facilitates a weekly writer’s workshop for writers accessing the addiction project where he works as a drugs worker. As well as his first published collection, he has poems published in 3am Magazine, Kill Author, Zouch Magazine, and elsewhere. Miggy Angel was born and raised in South London and lived to tell the tale. He is now resident of Nottingham, England. More at Miggy's website
George Askwith & Janine Ellul are writers/poets who participated in a collaborative / innovative poetry workshop run by Paul Hawkins & Rowan Evans. They were invited to perform their new work in the evening.
diisonance (Hesterglock Press 2017) published as a ltd. edition paperback & pdf buy
September 1 - 30: diisonance exhibition St. Margarets House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PL
Sept 8: diisonance book launch - The Gallery Cafe, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green London E2 9PL
Sept 29: innovative & collaborative poetry in dialogue w/ Hesterglock Press / CapLet - reading will be Jonathan Mann & Paul Hawkins, Jude Cowan Montague & Matti Spence, Iris Colomb & Amy McAulay + improvised sounds from The Happy Couple
at The Gallery Cafe, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green London E2 9PL
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