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

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


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.

Ottawa Poetry interview . . .

More has been added to an extensive interview with Bruno Neiva and I by Chris Turnbull over at Ottawa Poetry.

Here’s an excerpt;

Q: How has living in other regions physically affected your writing? What choices have you made, writing wise, as an effect of moving/displacement/returns? Did you move while working on Servant Drone? Do you, looking back, see a shift of some sort in your writing/collaboration?

B: I didn’t move as many times as Paul. So far, I lived in the North and Centre of Portugal, Switzerland and in the North of Spain. I’m back to Portugal now, after quite some years away. Servant Drone was written when I was still living in Spain. I used to give in-company Business English classes during that period and it gave me a lot of material to work on. It’s true that every time I move home I instantly start working on new stuff. Maybe it’s the effect of new surroundings, I can’t really tell. And then there’s the memory I retain of the places I’ve been and the people I’ve met, which is sometimes presented in my work, especially in my poems, in a rather direct fashion. Memory’s a valuable tool indeed.

P: I’ve moved on average every 11 months to date, sometimes through choice, other times through having no choice; where political, economic or personal situations have dictated me packing a bag. I’ve lived the life of, at times, an itinerant traveller, mainly in the south of the UK and the south of Spain, and to a lesser degree in France and the USA. Looking back there has been nothing remotely romantic about this state of affairs; it’s been painful, exciting, depressing and baffling. I am in no doubt that it has influenced my writing; certainly in my two books, Claremont Road and in Contumacy, as well as in diaries, journals and in other creative non-fiction, as well as in Place Waste Dissent and Servant Drone. I’ve been obsessively compelled to write in order to try and make (non)sense of the twenty-first century world I/we inhabit. One of my earliest memories is falling asleep whilst studying a large map of London that was selotaped on the bedroom wall around the age of nine; the contour lines, road markings, train stations, place names, rivers etc. etc. filled my imagination and dreams, and place has personally always been the site where many frameworks of interrogation/imagination have been constructed; be they linked to memories of friends, family, events, or of politics, relationships, experience, to the huge opening up of the planet that the internet has brought about etc. A psychological/geographical terrain retains its lineage, its echo and resonance long after the lived experiences in real-time have taken place. Areas in east London I learn’t from the bedside map, travelling through them en route to other places, then squatting and living in them, and of course what photos/films/media/music I watch, listen to, read, the personal memories exist often by what is absent, what is written out of the grand narrative, of the (his) story of newspapers, journals, documentaries, books, of walks, of politics. The culturally contested sites. When I physically inhabit these places (Leyton, Leytonstone, Hackney); walk or cycle, travel by bus, train or car, the accompanying rush, or drip-drip of conscious/subconscious psycho-geography begins to leak through into my writing. This has directly influenced the multiple perspectives that are often transgressing, crossing-over, confronting each other in my work. For example;

#24 (hawkins)
Shooting Location: Airport Lounge (or privately-funded hospital foyer)
Director(s): Donna Bale
Actor(s); Charlie Uncle, Kid Tango, Dog
Editor(s): Sal Barchmann, Roger Lazerbee
Login: TTYI4545@nasr ____
Dog’s gotta booklet. Scoop salmon from the tin onto sideplated white bread. Masticate. Gums, roof of mouth, teeth popping fish spine beads. Clench-ripple throat muscles, squeeze the paste past turnstile of tonsils. Dog’s gotta bowl. Passively smoke: the sun shines tuneless blue air. I stopped, listened, repaired the cistern. Dog’s gotta boss. The washing machine? It’s full of rust. Dog’s gotta boundary.

Whilst working on Servant Drone I moved from Bournemouth to live in Bristol with my partner Sarer. On a very basic level the unfamiliarity of a new city, and a lack of personal connections there fed directly into the collaboration. A sense of movement, alienation, lack of familiarity, a physical and psychological disruption, the uncertainties, the love and joy of a new phase in a relationship, the endless possibilities seemingly squeezed in the vice of a tired, corrupt and biased political system . . .  that said, I’m not too sure specifically what shift occurred. We completed the sixty poems in Servant Drone not long afterwards and then moved onto the process of manuscript editing, which, for me, was thankfully a short and sweet experience.

Read more here

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).


Place Waste Dissent on Resonance FM

Paul was special guest on Jude Cowan-Montague’s Resonance FM show The News Agents yesterday with poet Sarer Scotthorne (they co-run Hesterglock Press). Paul talked exclusively about road protesting, Dolly Watson, the No M11 Link Road campaign, Place Waste Dissent and also read a new poem from the book, due to be published in October, this henry ford model. Jude played three poems from his last collection Contumacy that were specially recorded for her show. You can listen below.

The News Agents - 21st March 2015 by Resonance Fm on Mixcloud

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

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.