Paul Hawkins: poet/artist aka Bob Modem // EACHWHAT INDUSTRIES // haul pawkins
It's all out there. But if you're curious for some reason, read on . . .
They've been interested in language and music, protest and survival for as long as we can remember, and began writing about things, making music and other noise at an early age. Last count they've moved on average every 10 months but only ever owned 1 tent, although they have been in the same city for the last 5 years, so those stats may need updating . . .
They learned to drink lying down and sleep standing up with nearly disastrous consequences. They've always written and read voraciously, but really only came to writing poetry more seriously in 2010, rehoused, and after doing time in rehab, then in a treatment centre for addiction. They've been grateful to have their work published, and to have collaborated on a range of different projects, usually based around language, art, sounds & performance. His poem Dusk in Los Quicios by the Town Hall from Contumacy was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2013. If pushed, they might describe themselves as an experimental poet/writer/performer & text artist. Maybe.
They consider themselves from a working-class background, don't have a trust fund, a credit card or any other more middle-class access to capital. However, over the years, they have exchanged their labour/time (sometimes for $$) as a protestor, driver, general builder, refuse collector, squatter, tour manager, father, co-running workshops on music/movement, retail work, musician, traveller, sound system hire, manager of an Elvis Presley impersonator, support-worker, poet, collaborator & freelance journalist, amongst other things, as well as more lately running music/sound workshops, creative writing workshops, putting on events, exhibiting their artwork & performing their work. Bob has co-run Hesterglock with partner-in-crime Sarer Scotthorne since 2013. In 2019 he founded EACHWHAT INDUSTRIES.
Paul/Bob/haul have performed/shouted/made noise/exhibited work in a lot of different places, including WOMAD Festival, The Royal Opera House, Rich Mix, The Shelley Theatre, The Hardy Tree Gallery, Boscombe Fringe Festival, Rough Trade Records, Resonance FM, The Bristol Poetry Festival, The Horse Hospital, Ars Poetica International Poetry Festival (Bratislava), SIX Gallery, Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Arts, Bristol Sanctum, Stoke Newington Literary Festival, Brighton Fringe Festival, National Poetry Library, Gato Vadio Bookshop/Artspace in Porto, Portugal, with SJ Fowler's Enemies project, at Speech Therapy, Spike Island, Bank Street Arts, the Museum of Futures & many other venues. They know there is no money in writing poetry, publishing non-mainstream difficult work, or in outsider, experimental art. Though that won't stop them.