poetry and updates from matt martin
photos and recordings
On Thursday 6th June 2019, Lucinda Rogers, Stephen Watts, Stephen Micalef, April Fredrick and I performed John Gibbens’ long poem London Bride live on Resonance FM, accompanied by improvised music from Lalula (Armorel Weston, Kay Grant, Jim Dvorak and Otto Willberg).
At the English PEN Modern Literature Festival at Rich Mix in east London on 1st April 2017, I performed sorghum and millet, a tribute to Eritrean poet Amanuel Asrat. Many other poets also read work responding to the achievements and plights of persecuted authors around the globe. Videos of the readings are now online.
- View my performance of sorghum and millet.
- Visit a directory of all the videos and view the whole festival (recommended).
I performed a collaboration with Doug Jones at Mahu Camarade at the Hardy Tree Gallery in St Pancras on 14th July 2015. This was a reading to complement Mahu, an art project by SJ Fowler, who filmed the event. Videos of the evening are now online.
- Watch Doug and me reading our collaboration doggerland (with links to the night’s other collaborations).
During the Enemies: Contemporary Poetics Research Centre event at the Hardy Tree Gallery in St Pancras on 15th July 2013, I joined James Wilkes, SJ Fowler and Mendoza for a collaborative performance of a text by James. David Kelly’s film of the reading is online.
The private view for the exhibition Visual Poetics was held at the Saison Poetry Library on 20th March 2013. Photos of the event are now online.
- View photos of the readings.
- View photos of poets and other guests playing Liliane Lijn’s Poem Game.
Helen Babbs photographed my reading with Jon Stone, Kirsten Irving and Luke Heeley at the Royal Horticultural Society Autumn Harvest Show (4th October 2011).
The launch reading for the anthology Herbarium (22 July 2011) was filmed by SJ Fowler and the footage is now online.
On Saturday 10th July 2010, I attended a special Writers Forum workshop celebrating the 90th birthday of the inspirational poet/dancer/artist Jennifer Pike Cobbing. The venue was the Betsey Trotwood, Farringdon Road, London. Many poets performed work they had written in Jennifer’s honour. Jeff Hilson filmed the event and the footage is hosted online at Openned.
- Watch videos of all the performers in order (recommended).
- Watch my own contributions: wow and flutter (for Jennifer Pike Cobbing) and the opening passage of open parenthesis.
Reading the words of Krzysztof Kieslowski, I supplied the voiceover for film-maker Ewelina Sniatowska’s tribute to this great director and screenwriter. Ewelina’s film is online here: