Bristol book launch

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A heartening and intimate book launch last night at The Arts House in Bristol. There were stunning readings from poets Sarer Scotthorne & Sam Berkson.

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It was really good to see the experimental film by John Smith & Jocelyn Pook, Blight, before I read some poetry from Place Waste Dissent.

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Big thanks to all who came, to the publishers Kit & Gary (Influx Press) and to Antonia for the great venue. It was also brilliant to catch up with some old friends from the No M11 Link Road campaign, dissenting stalwarts of the Claremont Road protests, including film-maker, photographer and contributor to the book, Julia Guest. There is a London launch of Place Waste Dissent at Brick Lane Bookshop on Dec 5. It’s free and there’ll be readings starting at 7.30 from Sarer, Lucy Furlong, George F. and Paul. Straight afterwards it’s the Influx Press Xmas drinks party. Hope to see you there.

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Back from the printers . . .

12186799_1063561560344476_921726942625968653_oPlace Waste Dissent is back from the printers. Editor, Landscape Punk and 50% of Influx Press,  Gary Budden is pictured here modelling the front cover.

It’s out on Nov 12, available from all good bookshops, direct from Influx Press or, if you leave me a message @PlayWDissent , you can order a signed copy direct from me …

Hope to see you at one of the launch events;

Nov 21 – 7.30pm at The Arts House in Bristol’s Stokes Croft  where you can hear me reading from the book, as well as poets Sam Berkson and Sarer Scotthorne doing their thing, plus a screening of Blight, and think of some questions to ask me afterwards, as Gary’s ‘chairing’ a Q & A at the end.

Then 7pm at The Brick Lane Bookshop, London on Dec 5 where Sarer Scotthorne, Lucy Furlong and George F. are reading. Both events are free. Yup, that’s right . . .  FREE. And afterwards there’s Influx Press Xmas drinking/back-slapping/schmoozing to be done at The Water Poet pub in Folgate Street.

Bring a spare tenner if you want to buy a copy of the new book too. That’s why you’re coming isn’t it? No … er, well, you never know. Always be prepared …

Come along to The Arts House in Bristol between Nov 12 and Dec 10th to see an exhibition of prints of collage/text from the book. It would be great to have a natter over a coffee, if anything takes your fancy, then you can buy a print or two as well. Copies of the book will be on sale  (when I’m around), or leave me a message on Twitter @PlayWDissent to arrange a meet-up.

If you’re in Bristol I’m reading at #sanctumbristol, including a red-eye 2 hour slot. But I can’t reveal when … suffice to say it’s a Situations UK project masterminded by Theaster Gates and involves non-stop performances at a beautiful temporary structure in the grounds of the Temple Church, Bristol. Non-stop for 24 hours a day, for 552 hours from Oct 29 to Nov 21. No headliners or opening acts. Just turn up and see who’s on. It’s really very, very good. Trust me.

See you around . . .

Nov. 21st Place Waste Dissent launch & exhibition at The Arts House, Bristol

Influx Press are launching Place Waste Dissent with a free event in Bristol on November 21st. The Arts House in Bristol’s Stokes Croft will also be hosting a month long exhibition of prints from the book, as well as the launch night.

November 12th – December 10th  – Place Waste Dissent Bristol Exhibition at The Arts House

Prints from the new experimental poetry/collage collection Place Waste Dissent (Influx Press) will be on exhibition at The Arts House (open daily between 10am – 11pm). Poetry and collage by Paul Hawkins.

Place Waste Dissent features his own photography as well as that of Julia Guest, Maureen Measure, Steve Ryan, Susan Worth, John Hawkins and Sarer Scotthorne of The No M11 link Road Campaign, Leytonstone past & present.

The Arts House, 108a, Stokes Croft Bristol BS1 3RU open daily 10am – 11pm

November 21st – Place Waste Dissent Bristol Launch Night 7.30pm free entry

Paul Hawkins
– Paul is a Bristol based poet and author of the new Influx Press title ‘Place Waste Dissent’. He co-runs Hesterglock Press and has had two previous books published, ‘Claremont Road’ & ‘Contumacy’ (Erbacce)
https://placewastedissent.wordpress.com/
@PlayWDissent @hesterglockmktg

Sarer Scotthorne
– Sarer co-runs Hesterglock Press and is author of the acclaimed collection ‘The Blood House’.
https://thebloodhouse.wordpress.com/
@thebloodhouse

Sam Berkson
– Sam is the author of ‘Life in Transit’ (Influx, 2012), ‘Dusk Steals the Daylight (Fishbar, 2013) and the recent collection ‘Settled Wanderers’ (Influx, 2015).
https://angrysampoetry.wordpress.com/
@angrysampoet

plus a screening of Blight (John Smith/Jocelyn Pook)

and an author Q & A

The Arts House, 108a, Stokes Croft Bristol BS1 3RU

There’s a Facebook event page for the launch here

You can pre-order Place Waste Dissent from Influx Press by clicking HERE