Upcoming Events, Readings, and Performances

Unwriting Lispector – Book, notebook & looped video projection. Emma Bolland, 2014

March 6 — April 5 2019
#Interrupteur artist-writer in residence, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Sheffield
See residency page for ongoing updates on FREE public events, readings and performances as part of the residency.

1 May 2019 6.30 pm: FREE
Centre for Poetry and Poetics, Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, entrance on Gell Street, S3 7QY
Readings from Peter Riley, Angelina D’Roza, Rob Hindle, and Emma Bolland.
Peter Riley has published numerous collections and pamphlets, He is also the current poetry editor of the Fortnightly Review and a recipient of the Cholmondeley Award in 2012 for ‘achievement and distinction in poetry. His new collection Truth, Justice, and the Companionship of Owls is forthcoming from Longbarrow Press. Poet Angelina D’Roza‘s debut collection Envies the Birds (2016) was published by Longbarrow Press, and her forthcoming pamphlet Correspondencies is forthcoming from them this spring. Rob Hindle is a poet and educator whose most recent collection The Grail Roads (Longbarrow Press, 2018) was ‘book of the year’ in The New European. Emma Bolland is an artist and writer who works experimentally with literatures, translations, script and screenwriting, installation, performance, and the moving image.  Their recent publication Over, In, and Under (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2019) is a collection of ‘hybrid’ writings that employ psychoanalytic tropes to explore the problematics and ambiguities of an expanded understanding of translation—between languages and language codes, and between modes of writing, reading and speaking.


Sunday 3 March 2019
22nd International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ
Readings: BananaramaArt Writing
3–3:15pm, Wall of Ts, Ground Floor
Emma Bolland, Louise Finney, and Rachel Smith will be reading excerpts from their collaborative publication and playing pop on a cheap CD player – poetic, fictional and deliberately under-rehearsed. Three Bananarama songs were used as the starting point for a writing experiment produced under conceptual pop conditions. BananaramaArt Writing (2019) is published by Gordian Projects.

Artists’ Performance: Sh! ffLight! (a score)
3:30–3:40pm, Wall of Ts, Ground Floor
Emma Bolland and Helen Clarke present their collaborative ‘art writing / zaum poem’ text performance. A response to the exhibition Shape Of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art, the score condenses the durational experience of moving through the exhibition into a short text, typeset to indicate a reproducible performance for two voices. Sh! ffLight! (a score) was written for, and first performed at Writing Photographs; Tate Modern, 2018. published by Gordian Projects.

12 December 7.30 pm
No Matter at The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE
Readings and performances from Emma Bolland, Nia Davies, and Rebecca Tamás. Nia Davies’s collections include of poems All fours (Bloodaxe Books, 2017). She is editor of the international quarterly magazine Poetry Wales. Rebecca Tamás‘s most recent pamphlet is Savage (Clinic Press, 2017). Rebecca was the winner of the 2016 Manchester Poetry Prize, and currently teaches creative writing and literature at Goldsmiths University and The University of East Anglia. Her first full collection, WITCH, will be published in 2019.

10 November 3–3.30 pm
Small Publishers, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
The Gordian Projects Showcase: Helen Clarke and I will be discussing and performing our new Gordian pamphlet Sh! Flight!, an art writing / zaum poem collaborative score, and Imogen Reid will be reading from her new Gordian pamphlet publication Losing Track.

13 November 11–12.30 am
Experimental Audio Description at Leeds City Art Gallery, The Headrow, LS1 3AA
Emma Bolland, Matthew Bellwood, Vickie Orton, Peadar O’Dea, and Terry Simpson. Live performances of experimental audio descriptions to works in Leeds City Art Gallery’s permanent collection. Commissioned and curated by Gill Crawshaw. Blind and partially sighted people are particularly welcome at this event, which is free and open to all – sighted and visually impaired people, disabled and non-disabled people.
Places at the event are limited: please book here.

26 October 6–9pm
ibecamewhatisaw, Leeds

I will be performing a new text, ‘Möbius; or, the Poor Wee Monster’, commissioned by the musician and artist Kevin Lycett for his new solo exhibition in Leeds. Kevin is a founder member of the seminal punk band The Mekons, performing with both the current and original (Mekons 77) line-ups. The text performs a forgetting of in intervention into Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus (1818). Places at the event are limited. If you are interested in coming, please email via the contact me page and I will send venue details.

13 October 11am–5pm
Writing Photographs, Tate Modern, London
‘Writing Photographs will bring together artists, writers, curators and researchers, to present and discuss photography as an expanded practice. Building on London College of Communication’s reputation for research into conceptual photography, the day aims to counter traditional notions of image and text, adding a contemporary understanding of Writing Photographs through inter-medial constellations’.
As part of the day’s programme, the artist writer Helen Clarke and I will be performing our new collaborative art writing / zaum poem text Sh! fLight!, our response to the Tate Modern’s current exhibition Shape of Light: 100 years of photography and abstract art.

7 October 4–6pm
Shady Dealings with Language. The Magic City, 11 Halifax Road, Todmorden, West Yorkshire.
Emma Bolland, Alan Cunningham, Mira Mattar.
Shady Dealings with Language is a performance and publishing project programmed by artist writer Claire Potter. Alan Cunningham is a London based writer whose publications include Count from Zero to One Hundred (Penned in the Margins, 2013) Sovereign Invalid (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2018), and New Green Fool (coming 2019 from Gorse Editions). Mira Mattar is a London based writer and editor whose publications include ‘Never the Blade’, in Liberating the Canon, (Dostoyevsky Wannabe 2018). I will be reading extracts from Over, in, and Under (Forthcoming February 2019 from Dostoyevsky Wannabe), a novella length prose-poem experimental translation of Freud’s 1899 essay ‘Über Dekkerinnerungen’ (Screen memories).