SOUNDOUT! in Berlin. Longlisted for Emily Dickinson

I’m really delighted that SOUNDOUT! (a live literature festival based in Berlin) have long-listed my ‘Subject Index’ performance for their May festival. This is the piece where I read all of Emily Dickinson’s poems over several days, in quasi-isolation, while making a mind-map of their apparent connections to each other and to her life. I presented it at Forest Centre+ last year, and am now hoping to develop it further in Berlin in May.

I’ve made it onto this long-list, out of 106 entries from 33 countries. I wait to find out if I actually get selected for inclusion, but I’m hopeful. The recognition is a confidence boost either way! And proof that Emily Dickinson’s work carries a charge even into non English-speaking countries. Not that that proof was needed – to me she’s clearly in the roots of much contemporary culture.

Read a little bit about SOUNDOUT! here: http://lettretage.de/Lettretagebuch/category/soundout/  (in German, but should autotranslate)

 

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First reading of the year ’10 Red’ Wednesday 5th February 2014

Delighted to have been invited back by that notorious Lazarus, Kevin Cadwallender, to read at his poetry-night-with-a-twist 10 Red on Wednedsay.

It’s a crazy idea for a regular night, involving no doubt huge administrative wranglings and perpetual persuasions to bring together ten different poets to each read from their work for ten minutes apiece.

Last time I read, I loved the resulting mix/clash of registers that ensued from the form. An evening so constrained, it’s the very villanelle of the poetry calendar.

More details here.