literature & poetry

Exploring Poetry as Disruption

Part of Poetry International

Hear the work of three poets who are at the forefront of a new generation of experimentation: JR Carpenter, Iris Colomb and Nisha Ramayya.

Through live readings and discussion discover how new approaches to writing poetry are being found on the page, at the hinterlands of visual art and through digital technology.

From the Dadaists to the Mimeograph Revolution, modern poetry has continually reinvented itself – this event gives you the chance to see where the art form is heading in the 21st century.

Chaired by Chris McCabe.

JR Carpenter is an artist, writer, and researcher working across live performance, print, and digital media.

Her digital writing projects have been presented in museums and festivals around the world. ‘This is a Picture of Wind’, a weather poem for phones, won the Dot Award for Digital Literature 2015.

‘The Gathering Cloud’ won the New Media Writing Prize 2016. A print book by the same name was published by Uniformbooks in 2017. Her debut poetry collection, An Ocean of Static was highly commended for the Forward Prize 2018.

Iris Colomb’s practice explores different relationships between visual and spoken forms of text through projects often involving experimental translation and poetic book-objects.

Colomb’s pamphlet I'm Shocked came out in 2018, her chapbook just promise you won’t write was published in 2019, and her artist books have been collected by the National Poetry Library as well as Chelsea College of Art’s Special Collection.

She is the co-editor of HVTN Press and a founding member of the interdisciplinary collective No Such Thing.

Nisha Ramayya’s debut collection States of the Body Produced by Love is published in 2019. Recent publications include In Me the Juncture, poems in a special feature on contemporary British and Irish poets in Chicago Review, and Threads, a critical-creative pamphlet co-authored with Sandeep Parmar and Bhanu Kapil.

She is a member of the ‘Race & Poetry & Poetics in the UK’ research group and a lecturer in Creative Writing at Queen Mary University of London.

Chris McCabe’s work crosses artforms and genres such as poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama and visual art. He has written five collections of poetry, including The Triumph of Cancer which is a Poetry Book Society recommendation, and was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award in 2013.

His first novel Dedalus was shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize, and his latest novel Mud is a version of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth set beneath Hampstead Heath. McCabe’s non-fiction work includes In the Catacombs (2014), Cenotaph South (2016) and the forthcoming The East Edge: Nightwalks with the Dead Poets of Tower Hamlets.

He is the editor of Poems from the Edge of Extinction: An Anthology of Poetry in Endangered Languages (2019) and works as the National Poetry Librarian at Southbank Centre.

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 16+

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