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poetry and updates from matt martin

Reading at Temporary Spaces, 29th January 2020

On Wednesday 29th January I’m performing at the opening event for Temporary Spaces This visual poetry exhibition explores the themes of object and time, and features my poem destroying angel alongside an abundance of work by other poets and artists. Also performing at the event are exhibition contributors Astra Papachristodouou, Sarah Dawson, Michelle Penn, Simon Tyrell and Claire Collison, with more TBC. There will also be the launch of an exhibition catalogue from Pamenar Press, anthologising poetry from the exhibition. The exhibition (which runs until Saturday 22 February) and the event are at the Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9BX. Performances start from 7.30pm; free entry, with £3 suggested donation.

Reading at Yaldebaoth, 25th January 2020

On Saturday 25th January I’m reading at Yaldebaoth, an event featuring readings and performances by Stewart Home, Bridget Penney, Paul Holman, Chloe Aridjis, Johnny Pulp, Jacqueline Ennis-Cole, Simon Pomery and Martin Wakefield, plus visual art by Richard Marshall. It’s at The Kenton Pub, 38 Kenton Road, Homerton, London E9 7AB. 8pm start.

destroying angel in the Temporary Spaces exhibition, 20th January – 22nd February 2020

From Monday 20th January to Saturday 22nd February, my mushroom-based work destroying angel will be on display in Temporary Spaces, an exhibition of visual poetry exploring the themes of object and time. The exhibition is a collaboration between Astra Papachristodoulou’s Poem Atlas project and Nic Stringer’s Corrupted Poetry series. The exhibition also features visual poems by Nic, Astra, Sarah Dawson, Stephen Emmerson, Simon Tyrell, Silre Ree, Claire Collison, James Knight, Paul Hawkins, Michelle Penn and Stephen Mooney. It’s at the Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9BX. The venue is open 11am-10pm on Monday and Wednesday-Saturday, and 11am-11pm on Tuesdays (parts of the exhibition may be in use for events at times during the run).
Temporary Spaces poster

Presenting at the Launch of Greg Thomas’s Border Blurs, 5th December 2019

On Thursday 5th December, I’m presenting a short paper entitled Ports in a Storm: Bill Griffiths’ Forming Four Dock Poems as part of the launch event for Greg Thomas’s Border Blurs: Concrete Poetry in England and Scotland (Liverpool University Press), an important book about interactions between Scottish and English concrete poets in the 1950s and 1960s. Also presenting are Steve Willey, Bronac Ferran, Nicola Simpson, Rebecca Kosic and Greg Thomas himself. The venue is Room B13, School of Arts, Birkbeck University of London, 43 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0PD. 6pm start, wrapping up for 9pm. The event is free but bookable.


Presenting at artBLAB, 16th November 2019

On Saturday 16th November, I’ll be contributing to artBLAB, a monthly evening of talks by poets, artists and designers. I will discuss and read from recent poetry that I’ve been writing in the dialect of my native Yorkshire. Also presenting their practice are visual artist Marco Oggian, drag artist Taxi Rank and art theorist I-Chien Tang. The venue is the Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9BX. 7pm start, £5 suggested donation on the door.


attercop in Long Poem Magazine Issue 22

My poem attercop is in the newly published, 22nd issue of Long Poem Magazine, which is now available to order online – £10.50 within the UK, or £17 overseas (both prices include postage and packaging).


the dotted line now available from Gang Press

The chapbook of my long, conceptual poem the dotted line is now available to order from Gang Press. With hand-painted covers by mjb. Price £3.

the dotted line covers

Reading at the launch of Long Poem Magazine Issue 22, 4th November 2019

On Monday 4th November, I’m reading at the launch event for issue 22 of Long Poem Magazine, which features my poem attercop. Also performing their work from the magazine are Anna Robinson, Tim Dooley, Lucy Sixsmith, Terence Dooley, David Sollors, Joan Michelson, Gregory Woods, John Greening, Ian Seed and Alasdair Paterson. The event takes place at the Barbican Library, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City of London EC2Y 8DS. Doors 6pm, readings 6.30pm. Free entry, refreshments available.

Launching the dotted line at Guillotine 8, 29th October 2019

On Tuesday 29th October, I’ll be reading to launch my chapbook the dotted line, a long, conceptual poem issued by Gang Press with hand-painted covers by mjb. This will take place at the eighth iteration of the reading series Guillotine, which will also feature readings by the excellent poets Fran Lock and Stephen Mooney. It’s at The Beehive pub, Stoneleigh Road, Tottenham, London N17 9BQ; nearest stations are Bruce Grove, Seven Sisters and Tottenham Hale). 7.15pm start. Recommended £4 contribution on the door, or less for those on low incomes.

Guillotine 8

Collaborating with Ghazal Mosadeq at the Torriano Camarade, 14th July 2019

On Sunday 14th July, I’m reading a new collaboration with the poet Ghazal Mosadeq as part of the Torriano Camarade, an evening of poetic collaborations that also features Russell Bennetts & Calliope Michail, Astra Papachristodoulou & Maria Sledmere, Han Smith & Kirsten Irving, SJ Fowler & Harry Man, Molly Bergin & Jennah Fletcher, Joe Turrent & Eshaan Akbar, Fabian Peake & Dominic Jaeckle, David Berridge & Ryan Ormonde, Mischa Foster Poole & Amy Cutler, and Lavinia Singer & Kate Wakeling. This event also sees the launch of Greatest Hits II: The Selected Collaborations of SJ Fowler and Harry Man (Kingston University Press). There will also be an open mic session to begin the evening. The venue is the Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX. Doors 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Recommended £5 contribution on the door, going towards the upkeep of the Meeting House.