As of today, it’s official (!) I am now a part of the London Word Festival. This is due to the good Mr Tom Chivers, his publishing efforts at Penned in the Margins and all the work the London Word Festival team are putting in.
I’ll be reading/performing on Tuesday, May 3rd.
+ Luke Kennard
+ Maria Fusco
+ Ben Gwalchmai
+ MC Ross Sutherland
Vibe Live | 7.30pm | £6.50 adv/£8 doors
Acclaimed Canadian experimental poet Christian Bök makes a rare trip to the UK. Author of the bestselling Oulipian book Eunoia and the ‘pataphysical encyclopaedia Crystallography, Bök creates conceptual art and viral poetry, makes artist’s books from Rubik’s cubes and Lego bricks, and alien languages for Gene Roddenberry. Bök will perform his uncanny feats of compositional and technical skill.
Luke Kennard is a writer and performer equipped with a poetic arsenal of absurdist and satirical brilliance that deftly disarms theatre, comedy and spoken word audiences alike. Stupefying down-to-earthiness. He writes and publishes poetry and short stories and has written for the stage, taking productions to the Edinburgh Fringe. His second collection The Harbour Beyond the Movie was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection and his latest publication is the pamphlet Planet-Shaped Horse.
Maria Fusco is a writer, critic and academic working in avant-garde literature. She is Director of Art Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London and founding editor of experimental journal The Happy Hypocrite. She was the writer-in-residence at Whitechapel Gallery, London (2010) and at Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2009). Maria will be performing from her collection of short stories The Mechanical Copula: a book which tracks the
slimy path of social mobility.
“Extraordinary, outrageous, irresistible – a must for verbivores.”
– Gyles Brandreth on Bök
“Hailed as a witty wunderkind in the poetry world, 26-year-old Kennard starts with contemporary cultural slickness and moves brilliantly into the surreal. Truly, a poet to watch.”
- The Independent on Kennard (now older)
“Maria Fusco is creating a vanguard in the relationship between language and visual arts that is undoubtedly of significance, and suffused with humour, absurdity and a serious playfulness.”
– Kit Hammonds, freelance curator, Royal College of Art, London
“Ross Sutherland’s poetry approaches the epic; a kind of epic on a human scale. If he were a piece of furniture, he would be an elegant high stool that felt uncomfortable and stylish at the same time.”
- Ian McMillan, BBC Radio 3 on Ross Sutherland
- Heads Up: London Word Festival (independent.co.uk)