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Final performance: poetryartexchange

3rd June 2017 @ 12:00 - 16:00

On June 3rd, we’re delighted to welcome once again the poets from the poetryartexchange for an afternoon of performance, readings and exhibition to close the exhibition.

poetryartexchange is a unique cross-cultural collaboration between nine British and Romanian poets. Each poet submitted two poems, read each other’s work, and created another two poems in response. The University of Bucharest has published a book of the project, and we will be hosting an exhibition and sound installation to bring the words to life.

Five poets from the project (Margento, Stephen Watts, Claire Booker, John Riley, Steve Rushton) will perform and/or read their poems and discuss relationships between poetry and art. All are welcome to listen, join in discussions and read poems on the subject of art and/or poetry if they wish.

Programme :

Noon to 1pm – introductions and 10 minute readings from each of the poetryartexchangepoets

1-2pm – Steve Rushton, Claire Booker and John Riley will read their poetry, talk about relationships between their poetry and other art forms, and invite questions

2-2.30pm – break

2.30-3.10pm – Margento and Stephen Watts perform their poetry, talk about relationships between their poetry and other art forms, and invite questions.

3.10pm to close – open discussion and readings, where anyone can contribute to the event by joining in discussions and/or reading their own or chosen poetry.

Poet biographies

Steve Rushton

Steve Rushton

Steve Rushton studied art at Kingston Polytechnic, exhibited regularly in England during the 1980s, studied art history at The Courtauld Institute and Birkbeck in the 1990s, and became an art and design history lecturer and arts curriculum area leader. He returned to art and started writing poetry in 2004, exhibiting regularly in London. His first chapbook collection Burning a Paper Plate—Towards a New Art was published by erbacce-press in 2015. His poetry has been published in Romania, Poland and England. A poetry single Sweet Sex Education Teacher from Chichester was published by Not Your Average Type in 2012.

John Riley 

John Riley

John Riley is a writer. He has written, taught and broadcast on film, music and film music. His book “Shostakovich: a Life in Film” was excellently reviewed in many journals including The Times Higher Educational Supplement, The Moscow Times and the East-West Journal. He has curated film seasons for the Barbican and the BFI, and the South Bank Centre commissioned him to write, produce and direct the multi- media show ‘Shostakovich: My Life at the Movies’ which was premiered by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and narrated by Simon Russell Beale, before being produced by the Komische Oper, Berlin. He has appeared on and made programmes for BBC Radios 3 and 4 and the World Service, and Resonance 104.4fm.
Claire Booker
Claire Booker
Claire Booker is based in south London. Her stage plays have been performed in France, Germany, Spain, Romania, Australia, America and the UK. She was nominated for a MacAllan Writer’s Guild of Great Britain award for her radio play, The Devil and Stepashka, which was broadcast on BBC Radio Four. She was also nominated for the Arts Council’s John Whitting Award for her play ‘Irish Roulette.’ She is currently associate writer with Goblin Baby Theatre Company.
Claire’s poems have been published in a range of literary magazines including: Ambit, the Interpreter’s House, Magma, the North, Poetry News, Poetry Salzburg Review, the Rialto and the New Welsh Review. She blogs at www.bookerplays.wordpress.com. She recently published Later There Will Be Postcards a poetry pamphlet
MARGENTO (Chris Tănăsescu) is a Romanian poet, performer, and translator who has performed, lectured, and released books in the US, SE Asia, Australia, and Europe. His pen-name is also the name of his multimedia crossartform band that won a number of major awards including the Romanian Gold Disc in 2008 and The Fringiest Event Award, Buxton Fringe, UK, 2005. As recent recipient of a SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) grant he will continue to develop his Graph Poem project and other related graph theory and computational applications in poetry at an academic level as an Adjunct Professor in the Computer Science Department at University of Ottawa—together with Prof. Diana Inkpen and her students—a project that will involve many other poets and academics in North America and worldwide. MARGENTO is Asymptote Romania Editor-at-Large.

Stephen Watts

Stephen Watts

Stephen Watts is a poet, editor & translator. His own most recent books include ‘Gramsci & Caruso’(2004), ‘Mountain Language/Lingua di montagna’(2008), ‘Jour-ney Across Breath/Tragitto nel respiro’(2011) & ‘Ancient Sunlight’(2014). Recent co-translations include book of modern Kurdish poetry & volumes by Ziba Karbassi, Meta Kušar, Adnan al-Sayegh & A.N. Stencl (from Farsi, Slovenian, Arabic & Yiddish) & a book of Amarjit Chandan’s poetry. He has read internationally, in Syria(2010), in Romania(May & September 2013) & in Monza, Milan & Ravenna (2014) & has worked in schools & hospitals as a writer on issues of well-being & creativity. He has also curated many bilingual readings at exhibitions (including Nolde, Miro, Arshile Gorky, Guttuso & Francisco Toledo). His poetry has been translated into Italian, Czech, Slovenian, Arabic, Bengali, Persian & Romanian. Ongoing work includes collaborations with Claudiu Komartin & Golan Haji & forthcoming books include ‘The Language Of It’ & a prose work ‘Republic Of Dogs/Republic Of Birds’. He has lived in Whitechapel for the past thirty years.


3rd June 2017
12:00 - 16:00
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