Place Waste Dissent live at #sanctumbristol

Andrew Neil Hayes filmed me reading from Place Waste Dissent at #Sanctumbristol on Friday November 6th. Sanctum hosts a continuous programme of sound over 552 hours, sustained by performers, musicians and bands in a temporary structure within the shell of Temple Church, Bristol. Sanctum is Theaster Gates’ first public project in the UK, produced by Situations, as part of Bristol 2015 European Green Capital. Big thanks to Sanctum and Andrew Neil Hayes.

Place Waste Dissent is available from Influx Press price £9.99 + p&p worldwide here

There are more on the VIDEO page.


#sanctumbristol Gospel Blues

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Just got in from a 4 am 2 hour reading & discussion about Place Waste Dissent . . .  met some lovely people in pre-dawn ghostly atmosphere at Sanctum, Temple Church, Bristol. Beautiful gospel-blues played by Chasing Whiskey rang out before I read too ….

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 . . .

Place Waste Dissent at #sanctumbristol

I’m reading the whole of my new avant-garde experimental text & collage book Place Waste Dissent over four performances at Sanctum, a project by Theaster Gates and Situations. Sanctum will host a continuous programme of sound over 552 hours, sustained by performers, musicians and bands, spoken word artists and the visiting casts of theatre productions in Bristol. More info on visiting and artists performing here.

IMG_0482 IMG_0485 IMG_0486Sanctum is American artist Theaster Gates’ first major public project in the UK. Renowned for his socially-engaged practice, Gates’ artistic methodology is built on the principle of reactivation and collaboration. For the first time in 75 years, a new congregation will gather, within a chamber created from reclaimed materials.

“The work is asking questions about how materials accumulate, how a place accumulates; how time is actually something that is not as linear as we imagine…”

Place Waste Dissent is out via Influx Press on Nov 12th. Pre-order here.

Launch events in Bristol & London. Exhibition in Bristol. More events tbc.