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

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.

New Books

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Place Waste Dissent (Influx Press) avant-garde experimental text collage

I’ve a ltd. number of signed copies available £9.99 + p&p worldwide BUY

Reviews

‘. . . the book is stamped with left-field credentials: Gee Vaucheresque monochrome montages of photos, police documents, agitprop fliers and eviction notices circumscribe and blend into the verse itself . . .’
Peter Boughton in Minor Literatures

‘. . . the jagged edges of Hawkins’ verse collages express heated moments of collision and confusion during the opposition to evictions which turned out to be a foretaste of the kind of Neo-Liberal urban enclosure that blights London today . . . ‘ Stephen E. Hunt for International Times

‘ . . . it is the strength of the presentation that gives this book its edge. It is performance art on the page, an installation with time as the third dimension rather than space . . . ‘
Jackie Law at Never Imitate

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Place Waste Dissent reviews

Recently there have been some great reviews of Place Waste Dissent;

‘. . . the book is stamped with left-field credentials: Gee Vaucheresque monochrome montages of photos, police documents, agitprop fliers and eviction notices circumscribe and blend into the verse itself . . .’
Peter Boughton in Minor Literatures

‘. . . the jagged edges of Hawkins’ verse collages express heated moments of collision and confusion during the opposition to evictions which turned out to be a foretaste of the kind of Neo-Liberal urban enclosure that blights London today . . . ‘ Stephen E. Hunt for International Times

‘ . . . it is the strength of the presentation that gives this book its edge. It is performance art on the page, an installation with time as the third dimension rather than space . . . ‘ 
Jackie Law at Never Imitate

Joe Ambrose on Place Waste Dissent

Arts agitator, writer and film-maker Joe Ambrose on Place Waste Dissent;

‘I first met Paul Hawkins a fair long time ago and one night over dinner in my Islington flat he told me all about his squatting adventures and life on the road in Spain. Back then he had it in mind to write the book – below – which has just come out commemorating the squatting on London’s Claremont Road, now just a memory because the place got knocked down to make way for a motorway.

I was having dinner with a few friends the other night when my copy of the book arrived in its jiffy bag and I showed it to them and they read it while we were dining. They thought it was wonderful and we talked about how books exist to immortalize what we think feel or do while we’re around. Be that the affairs of a community or an individual or a people or just a handful of folks.

All these years later Paul has gotten his book out – it’s a herculean task to get any book out – and it couldn’t be a better job. Now go out and buy it.’

 

 

Place Waste Dissent out Nov. 12th on Influx Press

Pre-order a copy by clicking here

Reading from Place Waste Dissent at InZine Fest IV Sept. 26th @ The Pod, Coventry

Glad to be reading some poems from Place Waste Dissent at the InZine Fest IV on SATURDAY September 26th at The Pod, Coventry 12-5pm alongside Hesterglock Press partner-in-crime poet Sarer Scotthorne, Antony R Owen, Simone Estridge, Adam Steiner, Tom McColl, James Grady & Aysar Ghassan, all lovingly choreographed by Silhouette Press with another legendary Pod Cafe Tapas Takeover, masses of ‘zines/pamphlets/small presses/publishers & graphic novellists. Supported by Collective://Pod and CCC.

Place Waste Dissent – pantomime horse accused of direct action

I’ve been looking through the archive of photographs of film maker/photographer Julia Guest in Bristol last week. Julia has kindly given me access to a real treasure trove of images from life in Claremont Road, and the No M11 Link Road campaign; there are many stunning images that I will be using in Place Waste Dissent, with her kind permission.

In fact the next phase of the book is about to start. I’m awaiting feedback and input from my Influx Press editor, Gary Budden, before making any final edits on the manuscript, before starting the process of putting text/image together for typesetting. I’ve a huge archive of images to work with, as well as upwards of 120 pages of text. The next phase in the project is going to be challenging and exciting.

I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve been able to read from the manuscript at a number of venues in London and Bristol, as well as take part in some Q & A sessions with other Influx Press writers/poets afterwards. This has been invaluable in gauging how the poems feel when read; how they roll around the head and out of my mouth is so very different to reading them at home to myself, or to my partner Sarer. There’s plenty of work stiil to do . . . and, I have to admit, I’m really looking forward to the books publication October time this year. Gary & Kit Caless at Influx have been amazing to work with; their boundless energy, enthusiasm and resourcefulness has been inspiring to the shaping of the book. We have some exciting plans for launchiing Place Waste Dissent this autumn.

Here’s a  photo from Julia’s archive from 1996 involving a pantomime horse.

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Stoke Newington Literary Festival

I read from my upcoming collection Place Waste Dissent at Squatting London, an event organised by my publisher Influx Press at Stoke Newington Literary Festival last Saturday. Partner-in-crime and Influx Press writer George F. read from his excellent Total Shambles memoir as well.  We’re becoming a bit of a double-act. Then Gary Budden chaired a Q & A session. It was a great event. Sarer took some pics . Thanks to all who were there, especially Sarer Scotthorne & Kit Caless/Gary Budden @influxpress.

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Place Waste Dissent poems in Foxhole magazine

Many thanks to Foxhole Magazine for including some of my exploratory poetry/collage work from my forthcoming experimental book Place Waste Dissent (Influx Press 2015).

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Foxhole is an independently funded arts and culture magazine that aims to highlight and promote new and existing talent in the fields of writing, design, illustration and photography as well as covering creative endeavours and areas of alternative culture deserving of a wider audience. Issue One is out now . . .