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Ryoko Akama :: Will Montgomery ::

Stefan Thut :: lo wie

PolyProject 8: scripting sound

This event is the latest in the Poetics Research Centre's long-running occasional series on the relationship between scores and literary texts. The four performers have worked extensively in this field in recent years: Ryoko Akama, lo wie, Stefan Thut and the Research Centre's Will Montgomery. The compositions to be realised are lo wie's "CLOUD SCISSORS_trans", Stefan Thut's "four, four" and Akama's "proposal - six". 

Sunday 1st of October, 8pm


The Cello Factory

33-34 Cornwall Road


London SE1 8TJ

Entry £5


Ryoko Akama - electronics and objects
Will Montgomery - computer and objects
Stefan Thut - cello and objects 
lo wie - typewriter and objects


Ryoko Akama is a UK-based composer and performer whose work, ranging from text compositions to sound installations, pursues minimal, reductive, cumulative, and contemplative experiences. She directs the melange edition label and is co-editor of the independent publisher mumei.


Will Montgomery teaches contemporary poetry at Royal Holloway, University of London and makes electronic music, sound art and field recordings. He has released work on the Entr’acte, nonvisualobjects, Cathnor, Winds Measure, Organised Music from Thessaloniki and suppedaneum labels.


Stefan Thut is interested in processes and scores inviting both the performers and the audience to delve into a world. As well as conventional instrumentation, phonography as well as everyday materials serve as components of his work. His work has been performed at the Kunstraum Düsseldorf, Kid Ailack Concert Hall Tokyo, Gez-21 Saint Petersburg, University of the Basque Country Bilbao, and at Säulenhalle Landhaus Solothurn, among other locations.


lo wie is Beckett's Typist and a member of A.Typist, and organising a music composition concert series, namsan. Currently staying in London.



 :: Eley Williams :: Judith Goldman ::


Royal Holloway Poetics Research Centre

Monday September 18th

11 Bedford Square

The Bedford Room

Royal Holloway

University of London



7 pm



JUDITH GOLDMAN is the author of Vocoder (Roof, 2001), DeathStar/rico-chet (O Books, 2006). l.b.;or catenaries (Krupskaya, 2011) and agon (The Operating System, 2017). She teaches in the Poetics Program at SUNY, Buffalo and is the Poetry Features Editor for the online journal Postmodern Culture. She is currently at work on ---- Mt. [blank mount], a critical-creative project that writes through P.B. Shelley's 'Mont Blanc' and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in the context of past futures and future histories of ecological collapse, and she recently performed a collaborative digital poetics project Ice Core Modulations, at The Ammerman Centre Biennal Symposium on Arts and Technology (2016). Her scholarship focuses on contemporary poetry as "extinction sink."


ELEY WILLIAMS debut prose collection Attrib. And Other Stories (Influx Press) was chosen by Ali Smith as one of the best debut works of fiction published in 2017. Twice short-listed for the White Review Short Story Prize, works have appeared in the London Review of Books, the White Review, Ambit and the Cambridge Literary Review. Currently co-editor of fiction at online journal 3:AM Magazine, a new pamphlet of poetry Frit (Sad Press) was published in July 2017.


Poetry in Performance | PRAXIS 7


Sophie Seita in 'Les Bijoux Indiscrets, or, Paper Tigers', La MaMa Galleria. Photograph by Emmy Cathedral

Royal Holloway Poetics Research Centre

With performances by Sophie Seita with Erin Robinsong and Iris Colomb 

Friday 7 July, 7pm





Nature and Other Forms of That Matter:

HARC and the Royal Holloway Poetics Research Centre

fisherAllen Fisher, Drawing Around Black Pond

Poetry Reading

and artist’s film

David Herd * Carol Watts * Allen Fisher

6 pm Friday June 23rd

11 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3RF

Room 0-02 https://goo.gl/maps/iewCj5XtTVs


David Herd’s collections of poetry include All Just (Carcanet, 2012), Outwith (Bookthug, 2012) and Through (Carcanet 2016). His recent writings on the politics of movement have appeared in Almost Island, Los Angeles Review of Books, Parallax, and PN Review.He is Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Kent and a co-organiser of the project Refugee Tales.

David will be reading from Through. Written between 2011 and 2015, the book is an inquiry into the language of public space and human movement. Five extended poems set out to address the ways contemporary public discourse has been rendered officially hostile. What does it mean, the book asks, to inhabit a language that frames itself in such a hostile manner? How, it asks, might users of the language begin to re-occupy the terms? Considering the cost of such official hostility to human intimacy, the poems set out explore possibilities of solidarity. The picture they aim to present is of a language on a knife-edge. How, in the present moment, do we hear the term ‘through’?

Carol Watts’ poetry includes: Dockfield (Equipage, 2017), 56 a collaboration with George Szirtes (Arc, 2016), Sundog (Veer Books, 2013), Occasionals (Reality Street Editions, 2011), Wrack (Reality Street Editions, 2007). Her chapbooks include the series When blue light falls (Oystercatcher, 2008, 2010, 2012), this is red (Torque Press, 2009) and the sonnet sequences Mother Blake (2012) and brass, running (Equipage, 2006). She is the head of the school of English at the University of Sussex.

Carol will be reading from a number of her books, including her most recent publication, Dockfield (Equipage, 2017) in response to ideas of nature, ecology, landscape and the anthropocene.

We will also be screening Allen Fisher’s 2017 film ‘Y Gors Ddu: The Black Bog’ (5 mins) in which he describes his recent working process on Black Ponds a new collection of paintings, facture and gathering of drawings, paintings, in situ performances and presentations on y Waen Ddu, the Black Bog – a rare raised peat bog situated in the Brecon Beacons. The project is supported and assisted by Arts Alive Wales and BBC Wales http://www.allenfisher.co.uk

Allen Fisher is a poet, painter and art historian. He has exhibited in many shows from Tate Britain to King’s Gallery York to Hereford Museum and Art Gallery. Examples of his work are in the Tate Collection, the King’s Archive London, the Living Museum, Iceland and various British and international private collections. His last single-artist show was at the Apple Store Gallery Hereford in 2013. He has over 150 single-author publications to his name. In 2016 new publications were: Imperfect Fit: Aesthetics, Facture & Perception from the University of Alabama, Gravity as a consequence of shape and a second edition of the collected PLACE from Reality Street Editions, and a reprint of Ideas of the culture dreamed of was published by The Literary Pocket Book.

This poetry reading and film showing is part of the project Nature and Other Forms of That Matter




HARI Nature and Other Forms of that Matter

a one day symposium

‘The End of Man: a tragicomedy’ Joanna Zylinska (Goldsmiths) keynote


Joanna Zylinska

Kate Rigby (Bath Spa) – Respondent


24th June 2017 – Senate House room 261, London 11am–5 :30 pm


 A one day symposium on June 24th in Senate House  (Central London) a culmination of the project that has been running throughout the year between a number of colleagues in the departments of English and the School of Modern Languages, Literature and Cultures at Royal Holloway, University of London: Dr. Fabrizio De Donno, Prof. Redell Olsen, Dr. Will Montgomery, Dr. Danielle Sands, Prof. James Williams.

Taking as our starting point recent scientific and cultural conceptualisations such as the anthropocene, biopolitical theory and ecophilosophy this project has explored both theoretical and aesthetic responses to our changing environment from a number of practice-based, global and local perspectives. From our quite different research areas and perspectives that between us include expertise in pratice-based, philosophical, political, sociological and linguistic modes of research we have discussed a range of examples from: film, poetry, sound and the visual arts. Our discussions have ranged across instances of the Posthuman and the Postcolonial to the resonance of the term ‘field’ in contemporary and recent arts practice and considerations of the ecology of Somali piracy in Africa. (Further information about the project here  https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/harc/fellowshipsprojects/nature-and-other-forms-of-that-matter.aspx)

 On Saturday 24th of June we have invited Prof. Joanna Zylinska (Goldsmiths) to give a keynote paper entitled: ‘The End of Man: a tragicomedy’ and Prof. Kate Rigby (Bath Spa) to be the respondent. We have also invited a number of practitioners and academics from a number of other Universities to contribute to the discussion throughout the day. In the morning the existing members of the project from RHUL (see below) will each give a short presentation in response to the ideas of the project so far and also in response to Zylinska's book: Minimal Ethics for the Anthropocene http://www.openhumanitiespress.org/books/titles/minimal-ethics-for-the-anthropocene/

The day will run from 11 am – 5:30 pm in room 261 Senate House and finish with drinks in The Lamb on Conduit Street. Participation is free but numbers are limited and you need to register in advance and be able to commit to attending the entire day (11 – 5:30 pm). Please rsvp redell.olsen@rhul.ac.uk by Thursday 22nd if you would like to attend.

The previous evening (Friday June 23rd -- Bedford Square 0-02 6 pm) we will be holding a poetry reading in collaboration with the Poetics Research Centre at RHUL with the poets: Carol Watts and David Herd -- whose work resonates with some of the ideas in the project. Further information here: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/harc/events/eventsarticles/poetry-reading-david-herd-and-carol-watts.aspx


Fabrizio De Donno (RHUL) Redell Olsen (RHUL)

Will Montgomery (RHUL) Danielle Sands (RHUL) James Williams (RHUL)



Katy Bohinc

Sarah Hayden

Nisha Ramayya

e n v i r o n m e n t s

06.05.16 7pm

11 Bedford Square, London


katy bohinc image

image: Randolph Healy for cover of Exteroceptive by Sarah Hayden

Katy Bohinc is a poet, editor, publisher, astrologer and mathematician. Her book Dear Alain (Tender Buttons, 2014) was described as "a psycho-sexual thriller" by Lacanian psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster & Slavoj Zizek said it should be banished.  It's all in the form of love poems addressed to Alain Badiou, a metaphor for the relationship between poetry and philosophy.  Bohinc collaborates as Star Arkestress on Tender Buttons Press with Lee Ann Brown and recently edited the Tender Omnibus: The First 25 Years of Tender Buttons Press. She also gives talks on the astral plane and art.  She has worn her mother's red Northface jacket from the 1980's Olympics since 1998. 

Sarah Hayden's poems have been published in revues such as Scree, SteamerCleaves, Maintenant, The Internal Leg and Cutlery Review and datableed. Her chapbooks, System Without Issue (Oystercatcher Press) and Exteroceptive (Wild Honey Press) came out in 2014 and new poems are forthcoming this summer in Tripwire 10 and an IUR special issue on Irish Experimental Poetry (Edinburgh UP). She lectures in 20th & 21st c. American literature and culture at the University of Southampton and writes about modernism, poetry and art. She sometimes collaborates with visual artists on producing texts for installation or performance and is working on an artists’ book project with Angela Fulcher. Her monograph on Mina Loy and artisthood is on the way from University of New Mexico Press and she is currently writing a book,Peter Roehr—Field Pulsations, with Paul Hegarty, and plotting a future project on modernist virgins.

Nisha Ramayya is a poet and visiting lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London and Kent. She is a member of the Race & Poetry & Poetics in the UK research group (www.rapapuk.com). Her pamphlet Notes on Sanskrit (2015) is published by Oystercatcher Press; her work can be found at Datableed,Jungftak: A Journal for Prose-PoetryQuaderna: A Multilingual and Transdisciplinary Journal, and Visual Verse. Please seewww.nisharamayya.com for more information.


Gillian Wylde .

Prudence Chamberlain . 

Luke Roberts .

e n v i r o n m e n t s

11.03.16 7 pm

11 Bedford Square


Environments- Gillian Wade Prue Chamberlain Luke Roberts

Image detail Gillian Wylde, 'Inna-deno pudenda membra'

Gillian Wylde makes performance works for video and installation. Central to her practice is a critical engagement with technologies, language and mediation. Processes of appropriation, petty arrangement and post-production are constantly revisited. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally including; Transmodern Live Art Action Festival, Baltimore; Videotage, Hong Kong; Alytus Biennial, Lithuania; Tao Scene, Norway, and CCA, Gallery, Glasgow. Recent work includes: 'Enflamma Diagra' a video/sound collaboration with Neil Chapman made for 'Plague of Diagrams' ICA, London, a collaboration with James S Williams and Emily Jeremiah for 'Queer, The Space' CCC, London, 'The Nabokov Project', Shandy Hall, Coxworld and 'Inna-deno pudenda membra' an essay published by Eros Press.

Luke Roberts is a poet and the author of: False Flags (2011), Left Helicon (2014), Keep All Your Friends (2014), To My Contemporaries (2015) and the forthcoming Sorbet (2016). He is currently putting the finishing touches to a book of prose called Seditious Things: Barry MacSweeney and the Politics of Post-War British Poetry. He lives in Cumbria.

Prudence Chamberlain is Poet in Residence at Surrey University. Her first collection is forthcoming with Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, and she has a pamphlet on dirt planned for release in 2017 with Pyramid Press.

A Poetics Research Centre Event.

Curated by Redell Olsen.


praxis imgae


3.03.16, 7-9pm

Praxis is an innovative poetry and sound art series curated by Simon Pomery and Lala Thorpe of the Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, as part of the Poetics Reasearch Events at Royal Holloway. 

The inaugural PRAXIS will be held at Parasol on Thursday 3 March, 7-9pm.

Maja Jantar is a multilingual and polysonic voice artist living in Ghent, Belgium, whose work spans the fields of performance, music theatre, poetry and visual arts. A co-founder of the group Krikri, she has been giving individual and collaborative performances throughout Europe and experimenting with poetic sound works since 1995 – weaving operatic, poetic, noise, and abstract influences together to vocal sound works.


Sharon Gal - Artist, vocal experimentalist, musician, composer, and founding member of Resonance 104.4 FM. Her solo works have been released by Ash International/ Paradigm records/ Chocolate Monk / Emanem / Ecstatic Yod /American Tapes & The Tapeworm Labels, with the recent Voice Studies, on My Dance the Skull.


Steven J Fowler is a poet, artist, curator & vanguardist. He has published multiple collections of poetry and been commissioned by Tate Modern, the British Council, Tate Britain, Highlight Arts, Mercy, Penned in the Margins, the London Sinfonietta and the Wellcome Collection with Hubbub group. He is the poetry editor of 3am magazine, curator of the Enemies project, and teaches at Kingston University. Enthusiasm was published by Test Centre in 2015. 


Will Montgomery makes electronic music, sound art and field recordings. His musical pieces explore aural texture and narrative. He also constructs compositions from sequences of treated or untreated field recordings. He has released work on the Entr’acte, nonvisualobjects, Cathnor and Winds Measure labels.


Robert Hampson’s collections of poetry include: Degrees of Addiction, A Necessary Displacement, A City at War, Seaport, and C for Security. His selected poems, Assembled Fugitives, was published by Stride in 2000. He runs the Royal Holloway Poetics Research Centre with Redell Olsen, Will Montgomery, and Kristen Kreider.

Gareth Damian Martin is a writer and artist whose work combines experimental narrative structures with procedural writing and interactive design. He has performed at Penned in the Margins’ EVP Sessions and as part of Rich Mix’s Small Story / Big City programme. His condensed novel TH_READ is available fromitch.io.


Simon Pomery is a poet and musician researching a PhD in innovative poetry and thought process at Royal Holloway. He has taught interdisciplinary poetry workshops in collaboration with Parasol exhibitions since 2013. His work as Blood Music is released on Diagonal Records. His pamphlet of poems, The Stream, was published by tall-lighthouse.



Race Poetry Poetics image



7-9pm, Friday 26 February 2016 | Senate House (room 264)

Talha Ahsan
Victoria-Anne Bulley
Sandeep Parmar
Mark Mace Smith
Cathy Weedon
Michael Zand


10.30am-6.30pm, Saturday 27th February 2016 | 11 Bedford Square, London

10.30 Registration

10.45 Welcome

Robert Hampson, Nat Raha, Nisha Ramayya, Sam Solomon, Dorothy Wang

11.00 Presentations: Poetry, Archives, and Decolonisation

Clementine Burnley, Peter Middleton, Hannah Silva

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Panel Discussions: Race and Representation in UK Poetry and Publishing

Andrea Brady, Kayo Chingonyi, Karen McCarthy Woolf

14.30 Break

15.00 Presentations: Poetics of Performativity and Solidarity

Hamja Ahsan, Srishti Krishnamoorthy, Aimee Le

16.30 Break

17.00 Panel Discussions: The Whiteness of British Poetry

Robert Hampson, Sandeep Parmar, Sam Solomon, Dorothy Wang

18.00 Conclusions & Next Steps

Ongoing Workshop/ Installation

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett & Sophie Mayer

Barry Byford > Tom Hall > 

Andrew James  > Drew Milne >

Digital  . Sonic .   Textual  .   Visual
e n v i r o n m e n t s

05.02.16 7 pm

11 Bedford Square
A Poetics Research Centre Event


Digital Sonic Textual Image

Barry Byford, Tom Hall and Drew Milne will be discussing their recent digital / music / poetry collaboration: Lichen Beacons (2015) (above). They will be joined by the artist Andrew James who will be showing and discussing his recent digital environments incorporating text and image.

BARRY BYFORD has a background in electronics and creates software to automate electronic design. He is a STEM Ambassador and regular participant at Raspberry Jams. He has run workshops on GPS and Bluetooth beacons and creates work using interactive physical systems across multiple platforms including the Raspberry Pi.
TOM HALL is a Cambridge-based Australian composer, performer and musicologist with interests in both acoustic and live electronic music. Much of his music combines composed, algorithmic and improvisatory elements often using multichannel sound. Recent collaborative and practice-based research projects share digital musical notations with the audiences, incorporating principles from slow coding. Tom Hall’s musicological interests include early tape, electronic and UK computer music, and the music of Morton Feldman. Tom is a lecturer in creative music technology at Anglia Ruskin University.

ANDREW JAMES is an Artist based in London. He trained at Chelsea School of Art and at the Slade and now works between London and Siena. His solo shows include exhibitions at Entwistle, London and Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London. Selected group shows include exhibitions at: Gimpel Fils, Camden Arts Centre and Jesus College, Cambridge. Recent work uses processed digital material taken from the slow accumulation of text and drawing to produce collection of animated objects.
DREW MILNE’s recent books of poetry include: equipollence (2012), the view from Royston cave (2012), Burnt Laconics Bloom (2013), and, with John Kinsella, Reactor Red Shoes (2013). Previous books include Sheet Mettle (1994), Bench Marks (1998), The Damage: new and selected poems (2001), Mars Disarmed (2002), and Go Figure (2003). Since 1997, he has been the Judith E Wilson Lecturer in Drama & Poetry in the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge.
A Poetics Research Centre Event
curated by Redell Olsen

Lydia Wilson > Steve Willey > Azadeh Moaveni > Sophie Mayer

22.01.16 7pm
11 Bedford Square, London.

A Poetics of EngagementLydia Wilson, Iraq, 2015.

Sophie Mayer Azadeh Moaveni Steve Willey Lydia Wilson

Talks. Readings. Discussion

Friday 22 January 7pm
11 Bedford Square

A Poetics Research Centre Event

Sophie Mayer reviews international poetry in English and in translation for Shearsman Review, and was involved in the republication of Derek Jarman's poetry chapbook A FINGER IN THE FISHES MOUT (Test Centre, 2014). As an activist/ curator in both UK poetries and visual cultures, Sophie works between and across recorded, live and digital forms, with an emphasis on an intersectional feminist polyvocality that destabilises and refuses boundaries of nationality, genre and canon.

Azadeh Moaveni is a journalist, author, and lecturer in journalism at Kingston University. She has been reporting on the Middle East for over fifteen years; as a foreign correspondent for TIime magazine and the Los Angeles Times,  she has worked in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Qatar, Egypt, Turkey, Iran, and Iraq. She covered the Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon, the rise and fall of Iran’s reform movement, the regional reverberations of September 11th, the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and much that has transpired since. Her work has focused on how the lives of women and girls are impacted during times of conflict and under authoritarian regimes. She now writes widely for a range of publications, including the Guardian, the Financial Times, and the New York Times. She is the author ofLipstick Jihad, Honeymoon in Tehran, and co-author, with Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi, of Iran Awakening. She is presently working on a book about women and Islamic extremism.

Steve Willey lives in Whitechapel, London, and is the author of Elegy (Veer Press, 2013). His ongoing project Living In, has been published as 'Insufficiency' in Extraordinary Rendition: (American) Writers on Palestine (Or Books, 2015), as ‘Mirror: Flag’ in Spiral Orb Nine (2014), as ‘Signals: Letters to Palestine’ in Dear World and Everyone In It (Bloodaxe Books, 2013), and as ‘Slogans’ in Better Than Language (Ganzfeld Press, 2011). He was the Summer Resident at the University of Arizona Poetry Center (August, 2014) and is Lecturer in Creative and Critical Writing at Birkbeck, University of London. He blogs at www.stevewilley.com.

Lydia Wilson is a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, with affiliations at City University New York, the University of Cambridge and Artis International, and she edits the Cambridge Literary Review. Mostly working in the Middle East, her work is field-based and devoted to understanding the pathways to and motivations for conflict on an individual level - that is, asking why people fight. In this capacity Lydia has interviewed fighters on all sides of the conflict in Iraq, her recent article in The Nation focused on the experiences of interviewing imprisoned ISIS fighters. A book on ISIS, for a general audience, is forthcoming.

A Poetics Research Centre Event
curated by Redell Olsen

Peter Gizzi > Rachel Reupke

15.01.16 7pm
11 Bedford Square, London.

Rachel Reupke image

Rachel Reupke, Letter of Complaint, 2015

Rachel Reupke Peter Gizzi

Film. Reading. Discussion

Friday 15 January 7PM

11 Bedford Square

A Poetics Research Centre Event

Peter Gizzi is the author of six collections of poetry, including Threshold Songs and The Outernationale, as well as numerous chapbooks and artist-books. He recently published a new retrospective volume, in Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems 1987-2011. His honors include the Lavan Younger Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is currently the Judith E. Wilson Visiting Fellow in Poetry at Cambridge University. For more information: petergizzi.org.

Rachel Reupke is an artist and filmmaker based in London. Her recent project Letter of Complaint, was shown at Cubitt in 2015. Recent solo exhibitions include Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany (2015; Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle (2015) and Cell Project Space, London (2014). Her work has also recently been shown at Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China; Museum of Modern Art, Vienna, Austria; Wattis Institute, San Francisco, USA; Tate Britain, London; and the Museum of Modern Art. Warsaw, Poland. In 2014 she was nominated to the 2014 Jarman Award.

A Poetics Research Centre Event
curated by Redell Olsen


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