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Paul Hawkins: poet, text artist & collaborator sometimes known as Bob Modem &/or 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.
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.
Have a look here for their published work in books/pamphlets/artist books etc
Felt - Aesthetics of Grey (Zeno Press) featuring texts by Ansgar Allen, Christopher Clifton, Daniele Pantano, Florence Lenaers, German Sierra, Imogen Reid, Katharina Ludwig, Paul Hawkins, Rachael De Moravia, Richard Webb, Rob Miller, Susanna Crossman and Tristan Foster. Edited by Christian Patracchini.
Dostoyevsky Wannabe Cities: Bristol as guest editor/contributor (Dostoyevsky Wannabe Cities)
DIISONANCE (Hesterglock Press) as curator/editor/contributor: a collaborative poem w/Emteaz Hussain
Cut Up! (Oneiros Books)
Yesterday’s Music Today (KF&S Press)
Ars Poetica 2017 International Poetry Festival Anthology (Ars Poetica 2017)
Quincunx (Tangerine Press)
Maintenant 9 (Three Rooms Press)
Noir Erasure Anthology (Silver Birch Press)
Magazines & Journals:
The Arsonist, ctrl+alt+del, Minor Literature(s), Foxhole Magazine, Queen Mob's Teahouse, The Morning Star, Outside Left, Amaryllis, Burning House Press, The Interpreters House, Wilderness House Literary Review, International Times, Museum of Alcohol, Red Pepper, Primal Urge, Wordriot, Unofficial Britain, Poets & Artists Against Rape, London Lit project, The Independent Bath Lit Festival, Stride, M58, Rising, The Fractured Nuance #4, Fit To Work: Poets Against ATOS, Reality Studio, The Poetry Bus, Boscombe Revolution, Domestic Cherry, Paper & Ink, InZine, Jack Magazine, Lit Kicks, The Chiron Review, Verba Vitae, Dead King Magazine, Hydrazine, Empty Mirror, Bear Pit, Chroma Magazine, Zarf, Adjacent Pineapple & 3:AM Magazine.
photos from Ars Poetica European Poetry Festival 2017
Contact Paul/Bob/Haul via the links below if you’d like to buy a book, ask a question, or perhaps you’d like to invite them to run a poetry workshop or read poetry at your gig/festival/party/car-park opening/or event, or to collaborate on some crazy experimental indie project with no chance whatsoever of ever making anything like even the minimum wage, let alone life-changing $$. They'll probably say yes. If you'd like to support what he does, buy a book, or some artwork or you can support him via Patreon.
There's an archived website (up to Oct 2016) here
There's an archived website (up to Oct 2016) here
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