poetry and updates from matt martin
Wednesday 6th March 2019: At Contraband Live, performed work from the late John Gibbens’ long poem ‘London Bride’, alongside fellow readers Lucinda Rogers, Stephen Micalef, Stephen Watts and David Ashford, with musical accompaniment by Lalula (Armorel Weston and Kay Grant on vocals, Jim Dvorak on trumpet and Otto Willberg on double bass). The evening also featured book launches by Paul Ingram and Adrian Clarke. At The Crown Tavern, 43 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0EG.
Tuesday 5th March 2019: Performed at Poem Brut, an event celebrating intersections of poetry and visual art. Also featuring Patrick Cosgrove, Lisa Kiew, Bob Tsukada Bright, Ellen Wiles, mjb (Mark Jackson), Martin Wakefield, SJ Fowler, Simon Tyrell, Mandy Ure, John Hughes, Sara Upstone and Jo Addison. At the Museum of Futures, 117 Brighton Road, Surbiton KT6 5NJ.
Saturday 2 March 2019: Read at A Few Words – An Afternoon of Poetry and Painting, a poetic celebration of painter Gyan Sharma. Also featured Azad Ashim Sharma, Kashif Sharma Patel, Pratyusha, Katy Lewis Hood, Kat Sinclair, Nehaal Bajwa, Ash Sharma and Armorel Weston. At Asylum Studios, Bentwaters Park, Rendlesham, Suffolk IP12 2TW.
Friday 15th February 2019: Presented the paper ‘dancehall business in the dark’: Reggae Soundscape as Threat and Redemption in Kamau Brathwaite’s Trench Town Rock during the 6th Global Reggae Conference – Reggae Innovation and Sound System Culture II. At the Senate Building, University Place, University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica.
Sunday 16th December 2018: Read at WordFilmWord #2, a poetry and multimedia event running as part of the North by Northeast series. Also featured poetry, film and performance by Ghazal Mosadeq, Iris Colomb, mmmmmfilms (Luna Montenegro, Adrian Fisher and Gines Olivares), Eta Dahlia, mjb, Jonathan Catherall, Hassan Vawda and Genevieve Tester. At One Hoe Street Gallery, 1 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London E17 4SD.
Tuesday 4th December 2018: Led a reading group session on Amos Tutuola’s novel The Palm-Wine Drinkard, hosted by the Avant-Garde Study Group at Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HX.
Various dates, October and November 2018: Led Poetry against Slavery, a guided tour exploring how poetry has inspired resistance to the oppression of African, Caribbean and Black British people. Part of Black History Month (October) and the Being Human Festival (November). At the Museum of London Docklands, No. 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL.
Friday 23rd November 2018: Read at Babelsprech Eurovision Poetry, alongside Livia Franchini, Kostya Tsolákis, Tatiana Faia, Olga Kolesnikova, Silje Ree, SJ Fowler, Calliope Michail, Stephen Watts, Juana Adcock, Kirsten Irving, Peter Jaeger and Russell Bennetts. At Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX.
Saturday 3rd November 2018: Gave the talk ‘‘Me atell him in Hinglish voice’: Code-switching by London-based Poets from the Caribbean’ during Languages of London, a family festival at the Museum of London Docklands, No. 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL.
Friday 26th October 2018: Presented the paper ‘Inventing New Ancestors: Kamau Brathwaite at the Poetry of the Americas Conference’ at Legacies of Colonialism, a conference organised by Race and Poetry and Poetics in the UK (RAPAPUK). At Queen’s College, Cambridge CB3 9ET.
Sunday 2nd September 2018: Presented the paper ‘‘The way in which we learn to sing’: Stuart Hall’s ‘West Indians in Britain’ 50 Years Later’ during Memory and Performance in African-Atlantic Futures, a three-day conference at Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds, Moorland Road, Leeds LS6 1AN.
Monday 20th August 2018: Co-organised (with Robert Hampson and Steve Willey) Bill’s Big Birthday Bash: An Evening of Readings in Celebration of Bill Griffiths to mark the 70th birthday of the late poet Bill Griffiths (1948-2007). The event featured poetry and talks by Mendoza, Peter Manson, Geraldine Monk, Alan Halsey and John Seed, all responding to Griffiths’ legacy. In the Keynes Library, School of Arts, Birkbeck University of London, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD.
Thursday 5th July 2018: Presented the paper ”More dialec dan we!’: Caribbean Perspectives on Medieval England as a Creole Society’ at the Society for Caribbean Studies 42nd Annual Conference, at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 5DR.
Friday 22nd June 2018: Presented the paper ”Sogbo is the protector of flags’: International and Interracial Solidarity in the Poetry of Bill Griffiths’ at The Working-Class Avant-Garde, a symposium at the Keyworth Centre, London Southbank University, Keyworth Street, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 6NG.
Thursday 14th June 2018: Read at Sounds from the Hill, an evening of poetry and song from performers based in the Gipsy Hill area of south London. also featuring Armorel Weston, TA Wright, Francesca La Nave, m, Brother G and The Trouble, Paul Terence Carney and Nick Aldridge. At the Gipsy Hill Tavern, 79 Gipsy Hill, London SE19 1QH.
Thursday 7th June 2018: Presented the paper ”this is people-midden’: Exclusionary Violence in the Prison Collaborations of Bill Griffiths and Delvan Ricardo MacIntosh’ during Of Survival and Struggle: Creative and Critical Responses to Structural and Long-term Violence in the Public Sphere, a one-day colloquium at Queen Mary University of London, 327 Mile End Road, London E1 4NS.
Tuesday 29th May 2018: Led a reading group session on Aimé Césaire’s Cahier d’un retour au pays natal / Notebook of a Return to My Native Land, hosted by the Avant-Garde Study Group at the School of Arts, Birkbeck University of London, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD.
Tuesday 24th April 2018: Read at the London launch for ecopoet Helen Moore’s collections INTACT and The Disinherited. also featuring poetry from Stephen Watts and Mario Petrucci, plus music by Armorel Weston. At the Dog House pub, 293 Kennington Road, London SE11 6BY.
Sunday 15th April 2018: Read at the Collusion Microfestival, also featuring poetry by Jonathan Mann, Wayne Clements and Jah-Mir Early; poetry-film by Jordanna Greaves; and music by the bands Leika and ALSO. At Grow, 98c Main Yard, Wallis Road, Hackney Wick, London E9 5LN.
Tuesday 27th February 2018: Read from David Miller‘s Spiritual Letters as part of the poetry series Contraband Live, with David himself, keyboardist Steve Torrance and violinist/soprano April Fredrick. plus more poetry from Fran Lock, Gavin Selerie and Karen Sandhu. at The Crown Tavern, 43 clerkenwell green, london ec1r 0eg.
Saturday 11th November 2017: Performed with Iris Colomb and Aimee Le at the Small Publishers’ Fair in Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, bloomsbury, london wc1r 4rl.
Saturday 8th July 2017: Featured reader at Writers Forum Workshop – New Series, a regular meeting where poets share experimental work. at The Barley Mow pub, 127 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BX.
Friday 21st April 2017: Presented the paper ‘After Reading ‘Not Reading ‘After”: Tony Lopez and the Ethics of Holocaust Poetry’ as part of Violence, Cruelty, Avant-Garde, a one-day conference at the University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RH.
Saturday 1st April 2017: Performed a tribute to Eritrean poet Amanuel Asrat at the English PEN Modern Literature Festival. Other performers were Luke Kennard, Nisha Ramayya, Susie Campbell, Lavinia Singer, SJ Fowler, Mischa Foster Poole, Chloe Spicer, Kate Wakeling, Denise Riley, Hannah Silva, Rebecca Tamas, John Hall, Carol Watts, Owen Vince, Peter Philpott, Camilla Nelson, Zoë Skoulding, Sasha Dugdale, Simon Pomery, Sandeep Parmar, Tom Jenks, Nathan Jones, Chrissy Williams, Tony White, Larry Lynch, Matthew Welton, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett and Vahni Capildeo. At Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.
Tuesday 7th February 2017: Read from the Collected Poems of the late James Harvey, alongside Edward Carey, David Miller, Keith Jebb, Antony John and Juliet Troy, as part of a Veer Books Launch. At Iklektik Art Lab, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, Waterloo SE1 7LG.
Saturday 5th November 2016: Performed at the Small Publishers Fair (an annual celebration of books by contemporary artists, poets, writers and book designers) alongside Astra Papachristodoulou. At Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1R 4RL.
Wednesday 29th June 2016: Read at the poetry series Capital Letters alongside Jen Calleja, Simon Barraclough and Miguel Cullen. At St Margaret’s House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PL.
Saturday 4th June 2016: Presented my paper ‘’as if they was alive & hungry’: Voices of the London Poor in Henry Mayhew and John Seed’ as part of The London Intercollegiate Network for Comparative Studies 6th Annual Graduate Student Conference in Comparative Literature. at Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX.
Monday 18th April 2016: Presented my paper ‘Calibanisms: Disruptive Spelling in the Poetry of Kamau Brathwaite’ as part of Flaws, a graduate conference at the University of Cambridge’s English Faculty building.
Friday 15th April 2016: Performed in collaboration with artist Claudia Juhre at Drawing Breath, an innovative event where poets read while visual artists simultaneously created live works in response. Hosted by Zorro Maplestone and curated by Iris Colomb. other poets were Andrew Wells, Becky Moses, Daisy T-G, Eley Williams, Ella Frears, Francis Byrne, Lisa Luxx, Patrick Cash and SJ Fowler; other visual artists were Aurélie Freoua, Helen Wyatt, James Edgar, Paola Pinna, Sarah Dawson, Sebastian T Sjöstrand, Sheena Calvert, Spike Zephaniah Stephenson and ZEEL. At Ziferblat, 388 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT. An exhibition of visual works created during the event then ran at the same venue, Friday 29th April – Thursday 5th May 2016.
Wednesday 24th February 2016: Performed at the The Blue Bus reading series alongside poet Cristina Viti and a musical ensemble comprising David Miller, Rod Boucher and Armorel Weston. At The Lamb pub, 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1N 3LZ.
Saturday 7th November 2015: Performed at the Small Publishers Fair (an annual celebration of books by contemporary artists, poets, writers and book designers) alongside Tommy Allen, Caitlin Bahrey, Sarah Dawson, JD Howse and Chloe Proctor. At Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1R 4RL.
Friday 6th November: Performed at the Memorial Event for John Gibbens, a poet, songwriter, musician and good friend. Other performers included Armorel Weston, Juliet Troy, Rod Boucher, David Miller, Stephen Watts, Cristina Viti, Laurie Duggan, Hugh Metcalfe, Helen Moore, Sibyl Madrigal, Isaac Kronik and Aidan Andrew Dunn. At the Old School Rooms next to Clapton Park URC Round Chapel, 2 Powerscroft Road, Hackney, London E5 0PU.
Tuesday 16th June 2015: Performed at The Blue Bus reading series, alongside Cathy Weedon, Wayne Clements, Laurie Duggan, Antony John and Johan de Wit. At The Lamb pub, 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1N 3LZ.
Sunday 14th June 2015: Performed in collaboration with Doug Jones at Mahu Camarade, a reading to complement Mahu, an art project by SJ Fowler. Other duos who participated: Caroline Alice Lopez and Ana Seferovic; Sarah Dawson and Lucy Furlong; Alice Kate and Kate Wakeling; Cathy Dreyer and L’Abri Tipton; Ghazal Mosadeq and Albert Pellicer. At the Hardy Tree Gallery, 119 Pancras Road, London NW1 1UN0.
Wednesday 19th November 2014: Performed with Marcus Slease, Adam Zdrodowski and Gareth Dickson at Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2AB.
Tuesday 28th October 2014: Performed at The Blue Bus reading series, alongside Keith Jebb and John Phillips. At The Lamb pub, 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1N 3LZ.
Thursday 12th December 2013: Performed at the POLYply reading series, alongside Tom Bamford, Geraldine Bhoyroo, Adrian Clarke, Paul Ingram, Antony John, Doug Jones, Robert Kiely, Peter Philpott, Philip Terry and Johan de Wit. At The Centre for Creative Collaboration, 16 Acton Street, London WC1Z 9NG.
Friday 26th August 2013: Organised a poetry reading at Man&Eve art gallery, 119-120 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7AE, forming part of the finissage event for the exhibition On the (im)possibility of a pure praise poem, which comprised works by Dom Sylvester Houédard (a.k.a. dsh) plus contemporary artists. The poets Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Wayne Clements, Harry Gilonis, David Miller and ‘mmmmm‘ (Adrian Fisher and Luna Montenegro) responded to Houédard’s work.
Tuesday 18th June 2013: Performed at The Blue Bus reading series, alongside Nicolas Spicer, Sarah Kelly and SJ Fowler. At The Lamb pub, 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1N 3LZ.
Monday 29th april – late May 2013: Work featured in Wall of Miracles, an outdoor installation of nature poetry by more than 50 writers. at The Wall (Reed Hall / Wellness and Medical Centre), Streatham campus, University of Exeter, Devon. Curated by XEgesis, a collective comprising Jaime Robles, Mike Rose-Steel and SMSteele.
Tuesday 12th February – Sunday 5th May 2013: Work featured in the exhibition Visual Poetics at the Saison Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX. Curated by David Miller and Chris McCabe.
Wednesday 20th March 2013: Reading at the private view of the exhibition Visual Poetics. Other readers: Victoria Bean, Paula Claire, Wayne Clements, Stephen Emmerson, John Gibbens, Giles Goodland, John Hall, Alan Halsey, Sophie Herxheimer, Gad Hollander, Julie Johnstone, Sarah Kelly, Liliane Lijn, Tony Lopez, Gavin Selerie. At the Saison Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX.
Thursday 27th September 2012: Performed at the Xing the Line reading series, alongside Emma Bennett and Richard Price. At The Apple Tree pub, 45 Mount Pleasant, London WC1X 0AE.
Thursday 19th July 2012: Memorial Reading for James Harvey (1966-2012) – poet, scientist, friend. other readers and performers: Carol Watts, Edward Carey, Elizabeth McCraken, Will Rowe, Jeff Hilson, Holly Pester, Gavin Selerie, James Wilkes, Mendoza, Antony John, David Miller, Juliet Troy, Keith Jebb, Stephen Mooney, John Gibbens, The Children, Michael Zand, Justin Katko, Stephen Emmerson, Peter Philpott, SJ Fowler and Elizabeth Guthrie. At the Keynes Library, Birkbeck Centre for Poetics, School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD.
Tuesday 1st May 2012: Reading with Peter Philpott at the Enchanted Labyrinth event series in Bishops Stortford, as part of the Stortfest music festival. Also featured music from Anna Scott, Bella Chipperfield and Michael Davidson, video by Nick Crofts and visual art by Lorna Blishen and Leaf Vigurs. At Coffee Corner, 49–53 South Street, Bishops Stortford CM23 3AG.
Saturday 30th March 2012: Participated in a free artfair of visual poetry at Maintenant Poetry: A Celebration of Contemporary Avant Garde Poetry. At the Rich Mix arts centre on Bethnal Green Road, east London E1 6LA.
Tuesday 4th October 2011: Reading with Jon Stone, Kirsten Irving and Luke Heeley at the Royal Horticultural Society Autumn Harvest Show. At Lindley Hall, Elverton Street, Westminster, London SW1P 2QW.
Wednesday 10th August 2011: Herbs – Words – Wilderness, a lunchtime celebration of urban nature writing, also featuring poets Isobel Dixon, Chris McCabe, James Wilkes and Chrissy Williams, gardening writer Helen Babbs (launching her book My Garden, the City and Me: Rooftop Adventures in the Wilds of London) and folk music from Monooka. At the Urban Physic Garden, 100 Union Street, Southwark, London SE1 0NL.
Friday 22 July 2011: Launch reading for the anthology Herbarium (ed. James Wilkes, Capsule Press 2011), featuring Chris McCabe, David Caddy, Liz Adams, Marcus Slease, Philip Terry, Steve Willey, Michael Zand, Kirsten Irving, Emily Hasler, Chris Page, Luke Heeley, John Clegg, Fabian Macpherson, Amy Cutler, Jeff Hilson, James Harvey, Claire Wilcox, Peter Philpott, Luke Rosier, Simon Barraclough, Laura Forman, Tim Cresswell, Nat Raha, Keith Jebb, Antony John, Holly Hopkins, James Wilkes, Jon Stone, SJ Fowler, Tessa Whitehouse, Mendoza, Wayne Clements, Jon Shaw, Edmund Hardy and Tamarin Norwood. At the Urban Physic Garden, 100 Union Street, Southwark, London SE1 0NL.
Tuesday 19th April 2011: Reading with SJ Fowler (launching his book Red Museum) and Paul Holman. Part of The Blue Bus series at The Lamb pub, 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1N 3LZ.