Servant Drone to be launched in Porto and Bristol


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.

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 ….

Servant Drone (KF&S Press) by bruno neiva & Paul Hawkins is out now . . .

Knives Forks & Spoons Press have published Servant Drone, a collaborative text of exploratory poetry from Porto & Bristol by bruno neiva and Paul Hawkins.

‘Deeply nuanced and obliquely radical, this is a book to keep in your pocket as a charm against the liquid spectres of a late capitalist Monday morning.’
Tom Jenks

Servant Drone Coverbruno and Paul were recently interviewed about their work by Chris Turnbull for Ottawa Poetry, you can read it here.

You can buy a copy from me here £8.00 + p&p worldwide

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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Contumacy reviewed by Steve Willey

Big thanks to poet, organiser, independent scholar, online co-ordinator and unrepentant idealist Steve Willey who offers some words on Contumacy (Erbacce Press 2014) as part of his new Transmissions series.

what I like most about Hawkins’ work: the poems consistently point away from themselves and take you back to the world; they let you listen in, then they make you listen out, then they tell you listen up.
Read the rest of Steve’s review here

I’ll be reading from Contumacy on April 18th at The Duke of York, along with Sarer Scotthorne, Lucy Furlong and there’ll be electronica from Sheer Zed. It’s a Bristol launch night for Sarer’s latest pamphlet, The Blood House and Lucy’s new pamphlet ~clew~ (both pub. by Hesterglock Press).


Bristol launch for Contumacy, Bristol Spring Poetry Fest, place/waste/dissent readings and other stuff

After being published by Erbacce Press in July 2014, I’ve finally got round to sorting out a launch for my collection, Contumacy. I’m honoured to be in such good company too . . .


Sarer Scotthorne is a published poet & editor, plays with film, teaches Kung Fu & Creative Writing. Her first published collection is The Blood House. Lucy Furlong’s work has been widely published; her poetry map, Amniotic City, was reviewed in The Guardian. She was a 2014 Forward Prize poetry nominee. ~clew~ is her debut pamphlet. Bristol’s Sheer Zed will be providing soundscape electronica throughout the night.

Paul Hawkins’ Contumacy (Erbacce Press 2014) gets a Bristol launch. Writer/novelist/publisher Tony White had this to say about Contumacy, “the Crash crash-edited into resistance rhythms w/cash-in-hand concrete typography”. For more on Contumacy click here

Before this though, Sarer and I are guests on Jude Cowan-Montague’s Resonance FM show, The News Agents on Saturday March 21st at 2.30 pm. There’ll be poetry with experimental sounds, chat, news and much more on Hesterglock Press, The Blood House, place/waste/dissent, equality, Bosc:Rev4 & ~clew~. We can’t wait. Resonance FM is an eclectic London based experimental arts radio station. You can listen to Resonance FM from anywhere in the world be going to their website, here.. You can check out previous News Agents shows by clicking here.

I’m still wrestling my place/waste/dissent book to the ground for Influx Press, and I’ll be reading work from it at Bristol’s Hydra Books on May 15th, alongside George F. who is launching his new Influx Press book Total Shambles. We’ll be reading and taking part in a q & a session afterwards as part of the Influx Press curated day of events during the Stoke Newington Literary Festival on Saturday June 6th. I’m excited about place/waste/dissent being published in the autumn of this year, and to be part of a bunch of radical, site-specific and challenging writers/poets that make up Influx Press.

Here are the Influx Press events they’ve got coming up . . .

19th March | Manchester at SubRosa George F reading from Total Shambles
21st March | Coventry at The Pod, InZine Bookfair hosted by Silhouette Press Influx Press will have a stall here
30th March | London at Pages of Hackney Our ‘Crosswords’ monthly residency featuring David Whitehouse, Leone Ross and Dan Duggan reading and in discussion
23rd April | London at Common House BOOK LAUNCH of Total Shambles by George F, featuring readings, discussions on housing and occupation in London.
27th April | London at Hackney Attic George F reading from Total Shambles
4th May | London at Pages of Hackney ‘Crosswords’ featuring Sam Berkson and others TBC
9th May | London at The Radical Bookfair TBC We should have a stall here
15th May | Bristol at Hydra Bookshop George F reading from Total Shambles and Paul Hawkins reading from Place/Waste/Dissent
6th June | London at Stoke Newington Lit Fest, upstairs at the White Hart Pub. We have programmed a whole day at the White Hart featuring Test Centre, Media Diversified, Squatting and Dissent in London, Unofficial Britain and a late night literary Salon with our writers and Galley Beggar Press. More details on our blog here:
19th June | London at Hardy Tree Gallery in King’s Cross Steven Fowler’s exhibition featuring some of our writers TBC

Upcoming gigs…

Gigs in Feb – –
Feb 19th 7pm Bosc Rev Issue 3 launch @ Brick Lane Bookshop w/ Sarer Scotthorne, Linda Mannheim, Rose Drew, Myriam San Marco, Gary Budden, Lucy Furlong, Agnes Davis & Kyra Hanson

Feb 21st @ Mr. Wolf’s in Bristol w/MUSIC from Schoolboy’s Death Trio Ft. The Syllabilillists & Lloyd Starr & Spunking Octochokes + POETS Sarer Scotthorne & me.

Poet-in Residence at The Bearpit

I’m proud to announce I am now the poet-in-residence at The Bearpit in Bristol; ‘a thriving public space that inspires significant change, innovation and social engagement shared within the community, inside/under the St. James Barton Roundabout in Bristol between the commercial shopping districts of Broadmead and Cabot Circus, and the now-resurgent cultural areas of Stokes Croft and St. Pauls’. Look out for creative writing workshops, performances and other exciting community projects later this year at The Bearpit; in the meantime check out Bearpit Social, Bearpit Market and Art in Bearpit… here’s some history on the site from the Bearpit Improvement Group website;

The Bearpit is a place with a long and chequered history.

The St James Barton area of Bristol previously marked the boundary of the mediaeval city. Looking back over historic maps it is obvious that the area has long been a place when many routes met, forming a large open space in that has remained a busy hub for incoming and outward traffic to this day.

This large open space provided the perfect setting for markets and from the mid-13th century the area was recognised for hosting one of Europe’s most popular trading fairs. From 1238 an annual fair held over fifteen days, was held in the space. Originally starting on July 25 (the feast day of St James) , the fair was regarded as an extremely important event both for social and economic reasons. By the 17th century the fair was so prominent that merchant ships sailing in to Bristol for it were frequently attacked by Turkish pirates in the Bristol Channel. The last fair was held in 1837, and are little more than a memory now, recalled only in street names like Horsefair and Haymarket.

During the second world war this area and its surroundings where left highly damaged. The rebuilding of the city started almost as soon as the Second World War, and St James Barton was changed forever. The area of the city was demolished in the late 1950s and in the 1960s a new plan for the site was designed and built when the future, it seemed, was all about the private

The scheme (now nicknamed “the bear pit”) formed a sunken pedestrian zone that reflected the perceived primacy of vehicles over pedestrians, with pedestrians having to walk below street level through often poorly-lit and scary subways. The Bearpit has become a kind of no man’s land between the commercial shopping districts of Broadmead and Cabot Circus, and the now-resurgent cultural areas of Stokes Croft and St. Pauls.

The area is now a widely discussed topic and groups have formed such as the Bearpit Improvement Group who are proactively working to improve and develop the area with many exciting proposals coming to light.

I’m really looking forward to this.

Review of West Side HERstory

Andie Berryman reviewed West Side HERstory, Issue 1 of a pamphlet Hesterglock Press published of writing by Bristolian Women, including Taban Yasin Othman, Katie Winifred, Maggie Collins, Jennifer Comley, Hannah Morland-Jones, Clara Quinon and Sian Rhiannon. The work came out of a series of workshops led by poet and artist Sarer Scotthorne at Bristol’s Arts West Side. Thanks Andie. You can read it here