Murder Your Darlings series #3 an erasure of The Blood Choir by T. Liardet

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author: Haul Pawkins

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an erasure of The Blood Choir by T. Liardet (only words with the letter B or C remain)

#3 in an ongoing series of whole poetry collection erasures

Influx Press statement: independent publishing in the Brexit era

Influx Press, publishers of my recent book Place Waste Dissent, have issued a statement: thoughts on independent publishing in the Brexit era that I fully support and invite you to read in full. Influx Press is an independent publisher founded by Gary Budden and Kit Caless. They publish stories from the margins of culture, specific geographical spaces and sites of resistance that remain under explored in mainstream literature.  There’s an excerpt here;

Regardless of how you think our political parties should progress, we are sure we can all agree that the most pressing issue we face as writers, publishers and cultural producers is protecting and fighting for the cosmopolitan, heterogeneous and inclusive future of the UK. We must fight for the margins, with the unheard, and alongside those who want the same fundamentally plural society we have managed to create in large parts of this country. We must continue to forge cultural relationships with Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia. We must challenge cultural fascism at every turn.

Influx Press promises to do this not only by publishing the voices of those who are under threat from racist violence and xenophobia, but by amplifying others who publish these voices too. This is not the time for competition, but for solidarity.

Read it in full here

Riot, Resistance & The Contested Future // Claremont Road & a Chieftan Tank — file under: experimental protest poetry // text // collage

Last Wednesday night fellow Influx Press author & poet Angry Sam Berkson and I put together a night of spoken word, film and discussion in Tottenham, as a response to Jimmy Cauty’s #ADPRiotTour art installation, which is on tour this year to sites of UK riot and resistance. The Aftermath Dislocation Principle (ADP) is a […]

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Riot, Resistance & The Contested Future – 22 June Tottenham, London

I’m really looking forward to an evening of film, spoken word & discussion featuring poet Sam Berkson, film-maker Fahim Alam, myself and another guest speaker TBA, in response to Jimmy Cauty‘s #ADPRiotTour installation, which is hosted by Styx, 5, Ashley Rd, Tottenham London N17 9LJ between June 21 & 23. IMAG0632_1Riot, Resistance & The Contested Future is FREE, starts at 7:00 pm at Unit 6, Imperial Works, Fountayne Road, London. N15 4QL.

Sam Berkson, aka ‘Angry Sam’, has been hosting and promoting live poetry events with Hammer & Tongue for ten years. He has won slams, performed in three continents and published two books of poetry with Influx Press. His debut, ‘Life in Transit’ was described as “a highlight of 2012” by cultural theorist Mark Fisher. He followed this with a commission for Fishbar photogallery of poems written around Dalston’s Ridley Road market, composing the text of Lorenzo Vitturi’s award winning photobook, Dalston Anatomy.
His most recent collection, Settled Wanderers, records his experience living on the Western Saharan refugee camps and contains the first English translations of Saharawi poetry. Poet Chris Searle, writing in the journal Race & Class, said that the “poems carry a particular kind of powerful witness in their lyrical solidarity. They are narratives of empathy with the lives of people he encountered.”
“I have always found Sam’s dedication to poetry inspiring. He has the rare gift of being informed and intelligent without being condescending. He is a good poet, a poet in the true sense of the word.” – Kate Tempest, poet

Fahim Alam is the maker of the acclaimed documentry Riots Reframed, which is a feature-length documentary which reframes England’s 2011 riots through voices of resistance – threading these perspectives together using moody instrumentals, dramatic monologue and raw spoken word. This hard-hitting film is unique both in its scope and the journey that produced it. The idea was conceived soon after Fahim, was released from prison on bail, after being arrested for taking part in riots. With virtually no knowledge of filming and editing, he set out to make an independent and complex documentary. Most of it was filmed whilst Fahim wore an ankle-tag and was subject to a strict curfew as he awaited trial for the charge of ‘violent disorder’.
The documentary takes the viewer through a journey that begins in Tottenham and spirals out to a detailed look at the role of police, power, racism, government, prison, war, resistance and more.
Although the voices base their analysis around the riots, the scope of Riots Reframed is much wider and stands in its own right as a poetic but fierce challenge to the system we live under and the suffering it produces. The result is a radical social commentary grounded in knowledge and art, that synthesises a number of voices, from prominent social, cultural and political analysts, to prisoners still recovering from time inside.
Riots Reframed is simultaneously engaging and informative; and importantly, a challenge to the media institutions that serve the narrative of the power structure. http://riotsreframed.com/

And me, reading & ranting from Place Waste Dissent, with another guest speaker to be announced. There’s a facebook event page, if you’re into that sort of thing. It’s free.

Joe Ambrose on Place Waste Dissent — Place Waste Dissent: experimental collage/text/protest

Arts agitator, writer, film-maker & old mate 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 […]

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new dates

June 8: Satellite of Love  8.15pm The Greenbank Pub 57 Bellevue Road BS5 6DP fund raiser for Bristol Refugee Rights

June 22: venue tbc, Tottenham, London

August 6: Enemies Project, Bath

October 5 – 8: Place Waste Dissent Exhibition 11am – 4pm Bank Street Arts, 32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield S1 2DS

An exhibition of my text & prints by Steve Ryan from my Influx Press book Place Waste Dissent. There will also be:
readings from Place Waste Dissent
film screenings of Life In The Fast Lane: The No M11 Story (dir: Neil Goodwin, Mayyasa Al-Malazi) & Blight (John Smith/Jocelyn Pook)
and improvised sound/poetry

more details to follow

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author: Haul Pawkins

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an erasure of The Dead Sea Poems by S. Armitage

#2 in an ongoing series of whole poetry collection erasures

 

Servant Drone book review in latest issue of Yellowfield

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Nice review of mine & bruno’s Servant Drone book in the latest issue of the legendary YELLOWFIELD magazine. Big thanks to Mathew and Eric. If you like what you read here, you can get hold of a signed copy from me by emailing hesterglock at gmail dot com.

Servant Drone live in Porto

Here is the whole video of me & bruno reading our collaborative text Servant Drone at Gato Vadio, Porto, Portugal on 19th March 2016. 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 lsabel, 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.

Dead Ink Magazine Issue 2

Thanks to Penny Elliott for including some collage/text from Place Waste Dissent in Issue 2 of Dead King Magazine.

‘We prioritise and showcase the work of writers who have experienced or continue to experience precariousness. Dead King is a home for a wide range of work, we accept poetry, prose, flash fiction, artwork, and non-fiction writing.’

Also featured are Anna Walsh, Erik Kennedy, Sally Beets, Valentina Cano, Alwina Hermann, Ana Prundaru, Sophie Essex and more.

Read Issue 2 in full here

Place Waste Dissent online at M58

There are three text/collage pages from Place Waste Dissent up on M58  today, you can view them here.

Copies of Place Waste Dissent are available from Influx Press.

Further Reading

‘Pretty Messy, Fairly Trashed’ – Paul Hawkins Interviewed by Tony White

– The Quietus

Poet Paul Hawkins raises the ghosts of East London’s “No M11” squat protests’

 Huck Magazine

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Art/text from Place Waste Dissent (Influx Press 2015); Guerilla Firm (Hawkins/Clements)

Be-bop-a-lu-la Mrs. Pearson
compliments of the day to you
GCHQ and all that Russian jazz

he picks a path
between paper interruptions
office-delegates
punch chunks of shakespeare
punch chunks of Shakespeare
upon the backs of the women
as polygons set red with light
and the sex, incarnadine or rectory

poolside Ian D-S tongues the gravy
mouth plus food equals eat

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Paul Hawkins

I’m a Bristol based poet with (some have said) a chameleon-like past . . . musician, squatter, tour manager, freelance journalist, gardener, publisher, improvisor, collaborator and a manager of an Elvis Presley impersonator. I studied the art of sleeping standing up & drinking lying down with nearly disastarous consequences. I read wherever/whenever I can. If you’re that way inclined, there is plenty of old and new news in the archive on the left hand side. Fotor_146040374721171

“Fire sermons and authentic retrievals for a battleground on the edge of the liminal, delivered with spirit and spite and sting. True witness.”
Iain Sinclair on Place Waste Dissent (Influx Press)

“Brilliant collaborative poetry collection (of which there are far too few) taking on a necessary issue in necessarily disjunctive ways.” SJ Fowler on Servant Drone

Books: Claremont Road (erbacce press 2013) £5.95 // Contumacy (erbacce press 2014) £8.99 // Place Waste Dissent (Influx Press 2015) £9.99 // Servant Drone w/bruno neiva (Knives Forks and Spoons Press 2015) £8.00. chef_5You can buy a copies from me or the publisher. BTW I get a bit more cash if you buy books from me at readings or by contacting me at the email address below. I currently collaborate/experiment with Portugese text artist/poet bruno neiva under the guise of Servant Drone.

Other things to read . . . Pretty Messy, Fairly Trashed writer Tony White interviewed me for The Quietus. Some book reviews; Thivija Sabanathan at Book Smoke. George Jackson in Ambit Magazine. Peter Boughton at Minor Literatures. Stephen E. Hunt for International Times. Mike James for The Contemporary Small Press, Billy Mills for Sabotage Reviews. Steve Willey at Transmissions. Huck Magazine : Josh Gabert-Doyon interviewed me. bruno and I were interviewed by Chris Turnbull at Ottawa Poetry. There are some films of me reading if you’re into that sort of thing.

Contact me if you’d like me to run a poetry workshop, read poetry at your launch/gig/festival/party/experimental car-park opening etc, write you a poem, be your poet-in-residence, give me money or if you’ve got any questions . . .

email: hesterglock at gmail dot com
twitter: @Hesterglockmktg – – – where you’ll find any news, info on readings etc

 

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erbacce-press poets reading at Bristol Poetry Festival

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Sarer Scotthorne & Paul Hawkins reading #17 from Servant Drone

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Thanks to Richard Pople for the photo of Sarer, Liz (Chair of the Bristol Oporto Association) and me at the launch of Servant Drone at the Bloom and Curll Bookshop, Bristol.

#10 from Servant Drone: Paul Hawkins and Sarer Scotthorne

Servant Drone; a collaborative poetry project by bruno neiva and Paul Hawkins, published by Alec Newman‘s Knives Forks and Spoons Press. #10 read by Paul and Sarer Scotthorne (reading bruno’s text) at the Bristol launch, Bloom and Curll Books March 25. Paul is reading his text, with Sarer Scotthorne reading bruno’s text. Cover artwork by Barbara Mesquita. With special thanks to Sarer Scotthorne for reading bruno’s text and enabling the launch to have a collaborative edge and to the BOA for their generous support.

bruno and Paul are currently working on new collaborative venture.

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.

bruno also had work on exhibition at Gato Vadio;

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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.”

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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.

Impressions

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.

Ambit Magazine reviews Place Waste Dissent

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Place Waste Dissent is poetry, collage, artist’s book, historical document, political tract. It draws a straight line of folk art from the ‘green man’ of pagan mythology to the DIY zine culture that it emerges from. The book-as-object tells you that it’s different the moment you see it, with heavy black edged pages, thick to cope with the weight of ink poured into each sheet. Strips of cut-out text are pasted over photographs of the protest. The result is an absolute mass of information coming at you.’

George Jackson reviewed my new book Place Waste Dissent for Ambit Magazine. Read it in full here.

Servant Drone to be launched in Porto and Bristol

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Servant Drone (KF&S Press) will be launched with a reading of the whole text by authors bruno & Paul in Porto and in Bristol on the following dates;

Saturday March 19: Gato Vadio, Rua do rosário, 281 4050-525 Porto – 8pm – free entry

Saturday March 26: The Arts House, 108a Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3RU – 8pm – free entry

On March 26 between 4pm – 6pm bruno & Paul will be running a workshop at The Arts House on collaborative writing. Participants will be invited to read their collaborative work at the book launch in the evening.

Signed copies will be on sale.

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

Servant Drone makes SJ Fowler’s 3:AM MAGAZINE Top Reads of 2015

‘Brilliant collaborative poetry collection (of which there are far too few) taking on a necessary issue in necessarily disjunctive ways.’

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We made the 3:AM MAGAZINE Top Reads of 2015 list for Steven J. Fowler. It’s exciting to be alongside the stellar company of;

Tom Jenks, Spruce (Blart Books)

One of most overlooked poets in the UK, doing the work conceptualism should be doing, getting to the heart of uniquely British ennui through splicing methodology and jet black humour.

Sandeep Parmar, Eidolon (Shearsman Books)

High modernism powerfully maintained and redeployed by one of the most interesting poets crossing the American / UK scene.

Tom Chivers, Dark Islands (Test Centre)

One of the clearest voices in British poetry in his finest work to date, beautiful rendered, written and designed.

Emma Hammond, The Story of No (Penned in the Margins)

Powerful for it’s immediacy, incredibly sophisticated for it’s lack of pretension in the face of profoundly personal poetry. Amazing book.

Christodoulos Makris, The Architecture of Chance (wurm press)

This is the future of a poetry which reflects our world of language without dispensing with the expressionistic skill of interpreting that language. Found text lies with lyrical poetry, a thorough achievement to balance them to such effect.

Peter Jaeger, A Field Guide to Lost Things (If P Then Q press)

Clever, resonant and profound, as all of Peter Jaeger’s works are, a fine example of the possibilities of contextual, process-orientated thinking getting to the heart of contemporary poetry.

Michael Thomas Taren, Eunuchs (Ugly Duckling Presse)

Best possible example of what is possible in contemporary American poetics of my generation. Excessive, authentic, ambitious.

Rebecca Perry, Beauty/Beauty (Bloodaxe Books)

Reflective and observational in the most well conceived way, a clear poetic experience as a book, it accumulates and resonates as a collection.

Lee Harwood, The Orchid Boat (Enitharmon Press)

The last work by one of the most interesting poets in the English language in the latter half of the 20th century, a typically beautiful book.

Bruno Neiva & Paul Hawkins, Servant Drone (Knives Forks and Spoons Press)

Brilliant collaborative poetry collection (of which there are far too few) taking on a necessary issue in necessarily disjunctive ways.

Thanks Steve and 3:AM MAGAZINE. You can buy a copy by clicking here.

New Books

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 book launches

We had a packed-out, emotional launch last night at the wonderful Brick Lane Bookshop for Place Waste Dissent – many thanks to Danial Kramb and the bookshop, Gary Budden, Kit Caless, Influx Press, Sarer Scotthorne, George F., Lucy Furlong and all who came, including old friends from the No M11 Link Road and Claremont Road days; Richard Leighton, John Ling, Michelle Butcher and Steve Ryan (whose photographs feature in Place Waste Dissent).

 

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.’

 

 

Poems in Yesterday’s Music Today (KF&S) anthology

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I’ve poems in this new anthology published by Knives Forks and Spoons Press very recently. Contributors are Rosella Angwin, Sue Birchenough
Elizabeth Burns, M.C. Caseley, Mike Ferguson, David Hart, Paul Hawkins
Sarah James, Norman Jope, Jimmy Juniper, David Kennedy, John Lees,
Rupert M. Loydell, Stephen C. Middleton, Ester Muchawsky-Schnapper,
Sheila E. Murphy, Mario Petrucci, Jay Ramsay, Angela Topping & Robert Sheppard.

It’s been reviewed for Stride Magazine here by Charlie Bayliss, and by David Erdos over at International Times.

It’s eleven quid and you can buy a copy here.

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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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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.

 

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#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 ….

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