Paul Hawkins // poet

Contumacy reviewed by Steve Willey

Big thanks to poet, organiser, independent scholar, online co-ordinator and unrepentant idealist Steve Willey who offers some words on Contumacy (Erbacce Press 2014) as part of his new Transmissions series.
what I like most about Hawkins’ work: the poems consistently point away from themselves and take you back to the world; they let you listen in, then they make you listen out, then they tell you listen up.
Read the rest of Steve’s review here

I’ll be reading from Contumacy on April 18th at The Duke of York, along with Sarer Scotthorne, Lucy Furlong and there’ll be electronica from Sheer Zed. It’s a Bristol launch night for Sarer’s latest pamphlet, The Blood House and Lucy’s new pamphlet ~clew~ (both pub. by Hesterglock Press).

Written by Paul Hawkins

March 28, 2015 at 18:40

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Bristol’s Bear Pit Zine 11 out now . . .

Written by Paul Hawkins

March 26, 2015 at 15:45

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Guest poet on Resonance FM show The News Agents

Paul was special guest on Jude Cowan-Montague’s Resonance FM show The News Agents yesterday with poet Sarer Scotthorne (they co-run Hesterglock Press). Paul talked exclusively about road protesting, Dolly Watson, the No M11 Link Road campaign, Place Waste Dissent and also read a new poem from the book, due to be published in October, this henry ford model. Jude played three poems from his last collection Contumacy that were specially recorded for her show. Sarer and Paul also performed a poem from her pamphlet The Blood House called James’s Law. You can listen to the whole show below. Many thanks to The News Agents presenter Jude and journalist Alice who interviewed Paul.

The News Agents - 21st March 2015 by Resonance Fm on Mixcloud

Written by Paul Hawkins

March 22, 2015 at 11:44

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Bristol launch for Contumacy, Bristol Spring Poetry Fest, place/waste/dissent readings and other stuff

After being published by Erbacce Press in July 2014, I’ve finally got round to sorting out a launch for my collection, Contumacy. I’m honoured to be in such good company too . . .


Sarer Scotthorne is a published poet & editor, plays with film, teaches Kung Fu & Creative Writing. Her first published collection is The Blood House. Lucy Furlong’s work has been widely published; her poetry map, Amniotic City, was reviewed in The Guardian. She was a 2014 Forward Prize poetry nominee. ~clew~ is her debut pamphlet. Bristol’s Sheer Zed will be providing soundscape electronica throughout the night.

Paul Hawkins’ Contumacy (Erbacce Press 2014) gets a Bristol launch. Writer/novelist/publisher Tony White had this to say about Contumacy, “the Crash crash-edited into resistance rhythms w/cash-in-hand concrete typography”. For more on Contumacy click here

Before this though, Sarer and I are guests on Jude Cowan-Montague’s Resonance FM show, The News Agents on Saturday March 21st at 2.30 pm. There’ll be poetry with experimental sounds, chat, news and much more on Hesterglock Press, The Blood House, place/waste/dissent, equality, Bosc:Rev4 & ~clew~. We can’t wait. Resonance FM is an eclectic London based experimental arts radio station. You can listen to Resonance FM from anywhere in the world be going to their website, here.. You can check out previous News Agents shows by clicking here.

I’m still wrestling my place/waste/dissent book to the ground for Influx Press, and I’ll be reading work from it at Bristol’s Hydra Books on May 15th, alongside George F. who is launching his new Influx Press book Total Shambles. We’ll be reading and taking part in a q & a session afterwards as part of the Influx Press curated day of events during the Stoke Newington Literary Festival on Saturday June 6th. I’m excited about place/waste/dissent being published in the autumn of this year, and to be part of a bunch of radical, site-specific and challenging writers/poets that make up Influx Press.

Here are the Influx Press events they’ve got coming up . . .

19th March | Manchester at SubRosa George F reading from Total Shambles
21st March | Coventry at The Pod, InZine Bookfair hosted by Silhouette Press Influx Press will have a stall here
30th March | London at Pages of Hackney Our ‘Crosswords’ monthly residency featuring David Whitehouse, Leone Ross and Dan Duggan reading and in discussion
23rd April | London at Common House BOOK LAUNCH of Total Shambles by George F, featuring readings, discussions on housing and occupation in London.
27th April | London at Hackney Attic George F reading from Total Shambles
4th May | London at Pages of Hackney ‘Crosswords’ featuring Sam Berkson and others TBC
9th May | London at The Radical Bookfair TBC We should have a stall here
15th May | Bristol at Hydra Bookshop George F reading from Total Shambles and Paul Hawkins reading from Place/Waste/Dissent
6th June | London at Stoke Newington Lit Fest, upstairs at the White Hart Pub. We have programmed a whole day at the White Hart featuring Test Centre, Media Diversified, Squatting and Dissent in London, Unofficial Britain and a late night literary Salon with our writers and Galley Beggar Press. More details on our blog here:
19th June | London at Hardy Tree Gallery in King’s Cross Steven Fowler’s exhibition featuring some of our writers TBC

Upcoming gigs…

Gigs in Feb – –
Feb 19th 7pm Bosc Rev Issue 3 launch @ Brick Lane Bookshop w/ Sarer Scotthorne, Linda Mannheim, Rose Drew, Myriam San Marco, Gary Budden, Lucy Furlong, Agnes Davis & Kyra Hanson

Feb 21st @ Mr. Wolf’s in Bristol w/MUSIC from Schoolboy’s Death Trio Ft. The Syllabilillists & Lloyd Starr & Spunking Octochokes + POETS Sarer Scotthorne & me.

Written by Paul Hawkins

February 6, 2015 at 17:05

‘Look Ma No Boots’ in MAINTENANT 9

Three Rooms Press are publishing Look Ma No Boots, in the Dada Journal MAINTENANT 9.

Maintenant9-cover v3

Maintenant is an annual journal that features the most significant contemporary dada writing and art from around the world. Inspired by the original Maintenant, an irreverent and risk-taking ‘zine published, edited and allegedly written by Arthur Cravan from 1913-1917, the Three Rooms Press editions aim to bring to light cutting-edge poetry and art that stems from this original spirit. Since 2005, Three Rooms Press’ Maintenant has developed an international reputation as a primary source for Dada work by well-known and emerging artists.
Issue 9 is due in June 2015.

Written by Paul Hawkins

February 1, 2015 at 09:18

erasure poem

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Written by Paul Hawkins

January 25, 2015 at 11:44

bruno neiva and me collaborating

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So text artist bruno neiva and I have been sending each other words and taking it in turns to read what the other wrote, and then using the others words as a diving board into writing a response. Sort of. We called the whole thing Servant Drone. We don’t know what it means. But what we’ve been able to do is cull 60 pieces of text into a book, which we hope someone will want to publish. We have a publisher in mind and will be submitting said manuscript at the end of this month.

We have a play around with what those words look like, as well as the order they go in.

Here’s one I made earlier…


we’ll let you know when it’s published, as we hope you might want to take a closer look and buy a copy.


Written by Paul Hawkins

January 22, 2015 at 20:21


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