Servant Drone Bristol performance

Bristol launch for Servant Drone

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As bruno was unable to travel to Bristol last Friday, Paul and poet Sarer Scotthorne read nearly all of Servant Drone, Sarer reading bruno’s text. We read at the Bloom & Curll Bookshop to a lively crowd, well supported by Bristol/Porto Association members. Liz Gamlin, the BPA chairwoman introduced the readings, and the event was filmed by Jason (Bloom & Curll).

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It was an intimate, improvised reading to which Sarer really pushed bruno’s poems into new dimensions. The Buddha Box made another successful appearance.

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Many thanks to all who attended and improvised with us. Cheers to Jason for letting us loose in the Bloom & Curll Bookshop. There will be film footage to follow.

PORTO: Servant Drone launch at Gato Vadio

IMAG0155bruno neiva and I had a fantastic launch and improvised collaborative reading for Servant Drone night at Gato Vadio on Saturday 19th March. The event was filmed and will be available in the near future. We read the whole of the experimental text book with a break in the middle and took questions afterwards.

IMAG0162IMAG0164The audience were receptive, engaging and generous in their feedback, and took part in the performance with gusto! It was one of the best poetry readings I’ve ever taken part in and both bruno and I were very happy with the evening and with Bristol Porto Association for their support.

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Gato Vadio is renown in Portugal as being an important cultural landmark for its promotion and support of experimental and radical arts, including cinema, poetry, writing and art. Xerox/experimental poet/artist Cesar Figueiredo and lsobel, who run the bookshop/gallery/performance space were gracious and generous hosts and this was the first time they had had a launch and reading of experimental work given in English. The shop is a well-known stockist of experimental literature and art, much of which is rare and hard to get hold of in Portugal.

We were given a stirring introduction by Rui Torres, who is Associate Professor at University Fernando Pessoa, Portugal. He is the Director of the academic journal Cibertextualidades, and member of several editorial boards and scientific committees of other Journals in the field of electronic literature. He is an author of digital poetry, having his poems published in several Anthologies (ELC2, ELMCIP) and CD-ROMs. He was the Principal Investigator of the project PO.EX’70-80 (funded by the Portuguese Science Foundation and the European Union), and is the coordinator of the resulting Digital Archive of Portuguese Experimental Poetry (www.po-ex.net), a member of CELL-Consortium on Electronic Literature. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Literature Organization. It was an honour to meet him and the three of us talked up plans for collaborative work.

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CARNEVIL

Tony White’s Piece of Paper Press publishes number 30

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The thirtieth title from Piece of Paper Press is CARNEVIL by Los Angeles-based artist Steven Hull, which has been produced in a limited edition of 200 numbered copies.

In 2014 Hull made the Circus of Death for actor Jack Black’s Festival Supreme at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The dark and humorous circus—described by the LA Times as an ‘an art installation like no other [an] artist-designed theme park’—included a spooky train ride that carried passengers through artist-made fantastical worlds such as The Iceberg of Torment, Monster Windmill and Marionette Castle. The circus also featured a handmade monster merry-go-round, creepy puppet shows, large-scale video projections, sculptures and freak-show characters. The selected drawings in CARNEVIL were made in preparation for Circus of Death, and have been re-imagined for this book.

‘Psychologically prickly … its raucous abundance here mostly mixes incoherent chaos with psychedelic fun … The cacophony of opposing artistic…

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Slam poetry is a genre. Or how to avoid slam clichés…

Sam Berkson on Slam poet cliche’s and how (maybe) to avoid them . . .

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I saw someone share Canadian poet Chris Gilpin’s blog from last year arguing that we need to avoid “adopting the term ‘slam poet’”. Slam poetry, he says, is not a ‘genre’. It’s a way of running an open mic and it’s an international movement, emerging historically with the aim of freeing poetry from the “elite cultural gatekeepers”. It is excellent critique and I hope it is read far and wide by young poets who engage in live performance. Gilpin complains:

“Aspiring slam participants (and apparently even those who have no interest in participating) … copy the most obvious elements of performance cliché—yelling, speed, tones of distress, waving their arms—believing that they are correctly recreating a cool, new poetic style. In this way, the idea of slam poetry has crushed a great deal of artistic self-expression, encouraging poets to conform to something they can’t even define.”

The fact that he can…

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Place Waste Dissent/Semblance on Resonance FM

You can listen again to Sarer Scotthorne and I talking poetry, climate change, feminism, martial arts, dissent and Place Waste Dissent amongst other things on The News Agents show with Alice Walker from Saturday 27th Feb . . .

Border Territory: Place Waste Dissent

Mike James reviews Place Waste Dissent for The Contemporary Small Press.

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Place Waste Dissent by Paul Hawkins, Influx Press 2015

Alice Nutter – I believe of Chumbawamba fame – asserts in the foreword to Paul Hawkins’ Place Waste Dissent that, it ‘is a book that takes the aesthetics of poetry as seriously as the occupation and protests that inspired its writing.’ The collection situates itself amongst the residents, the protesters and the housing occupiers – if these are not the same people – of the M11 link road protests of the early 1990s. In Hawkins’ work, words fight for space – and on occasion lose – against the images of police officers, residents, stilt walkers and emptied streets, which form each page’s backdrop. That is not to say Hawkins’ poetry does not ‘drive’ Place Waste Dissent, but that the poems, like those Hawkins writes of, must contest for their own space.

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Servant Drone book launches

Servant Drone launches

Servant Drone (KF&S Press 2015) will be launched in 2016 with free readings of the whole text by bruno & me in Porto and myself in Bristol on the following dates;

Saturday March 19: Gato Vadio Rua do rosário, 281 4050-525 Porto 8pm
Friday March 25: Bloom & Curll Bookshop, 72 Colston Street Bristol BS1 5BB 6.30pm

Signed copies will be on sale.

These events have been made possible by the generous support of the Porto/Bristol Association.

Impressions poem at Visual Verse

Visual Verse: An Anthology of Art and Words. One image, one hour, 50-500 words.
Visual Verse supply a compelling image and invite writers – published or unpublished – to submit a piece in response. There is a catch: you must write it within one hour and it must be between 50 and 500 words.

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Steve Spence reviews Place Waste Dissent for Stride

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Steve Spence has reviewed new work by Sean Bonney, Rod Mengham and myself at Stride Magazine.

‘There’s also a sense of collaboration, both in the making of this book, and in its subject of resistance to heavy-handed authority, which combines a collective with an anarchistic outlook. This is social history presented pictorially and in fragmentary texts, outside of the official record and in opposition to it. The Occupy movement is presented in relation to a culture of surveillance and imposed order. It’s a neatly produced archive which is challenging and disordered, fragmentary and filled with movement, noise and a variety of street music. Well worth searching out.’

Read it in full here.

 

Huck Magazine: Place Waste Dissent interview

Writer & photographer Josh GD interviewed me for HUCK Magazine. HUCK is a global magazine exploring the many facets of radical culture, be it surf, skate, snow, music, art, activism, pop culture, the environment and the world beyond. ‘Paul’s latest book Place Waste Dissent, is a meshing of poetry, investigative journalism, and zine-style collage, featuring photos from the area, the protests, and of the people who lived on Claremont Road. Published by the London-based Influx Press, the book pushes at the boundaries of genre, telling the gritty east London story through the eyes of the residents.’

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Josh and HUCK have done a great job, filling the article with pages from Place Waste Dissent. You can read the article in full here.

Buy a copy of Place Waste Dissent here

Tony White interviewed me about Place Waste Dissent for The Quietus

London author Tony White interviewed me for The Quietus about my recent Influx Press book, Place Waste Dissent.

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‘I loved Hawkins’ book. The lo-fi, analogue, cut and paste of word and image is richly redolent of that early ’90s squat and crusty culture. As I mention in the article, this was a scene that I also quickly turned around in my own fiction, writing a deliberately PWD_page124 loose and libidinised version of the M11 protests in what became my debut novel, the ‘avant-pulp’ Road Rage! which was published in 1997. Paul Hawkins has taken rather longer in reporting from Claremont Road, but in doing so he has perhaps been truer to hw-wounded-nat-4w the troubled textures of the time, and both more generous and more critical than I had cared to be with my own more immediate fictional responses.’

We cover a lot of ground, from the background to the book, old friends from Claremont Road, dissent, politics, poetry, local residents including film-makers John Smith (Blight, in collaboration with composer Jocelyn Pook) and Ian Bourn, (Housewatch) who produced on the No M11 Link Road protests and the impact the 6-lane A12 that was eventually built, right up to the present day.

Tony has an archived flyer for Ian’s Housewatch film performances on his website which I’ve duplicated here.

You can read the interview in full on The Quietus site here.

I have limited signed copies of Place Waste Dissent for sale, click here if you’d like to buy one.

Place Waste Dissent is also for sale on the Influx Press website at £9.99

RESONANCE+FM

Saturday Feb 27th on Resonance FM

Saturday Feb 27: Resonance FM The News Agents 2:30pm – 3:30pm

I’ll be on The News Agents show on eclectic arts radio Resonance FM again talking about radical housing, squatting, protest as well as reading from my recent Influx Press book Place Waste Dissent. I’ll be there with poet Sarer Scotthorne, who will be reading from her forthcoming Erbacce Press pamphlet Semblance.

Resonance is a groundbreaking 24/7 radio station which broadcasts on 104.4 FM to central London, DAB to Greater London, nationally on Radioplayer and live streamed to the rest of the world. Realised by a dedicated community of volunteer engineers and programme-makers, Resonance offers over 100 creative broadcast series every week featuring local and international artists, makers and experts. You can listen in here.

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