I’ve been accepted into the reproducing embrace of the latest publication from the HOAX team. It’s their issue number 5, although they’ve made such a stir in my world that it feels like their co-edited Glasgow/London free-sheet and online publishing have been in my consciousness for longer than that must mean they have been.

I find myself saying to people that HOAX’s publishing ranges between poetry and art-writing, and I find it exciting that those two halves of my recreational text intake are brought together in one place, with the prevalent and different modes of address and strategies of play from poets and artists coming into contact and subtly informing each other. The HOAX manifesto explains why this is the case, with an effectively genre-blind editing approach.

My poem takes off, in a free-floating and typographic way, Emily Dickinson’s poem which starts ‘Two Butterflies went out at Noon – ‘ and which ends rather differently after that, depending on whether you’re reading it in the Thomas H. Johnson or Ralph W. Franklin editions.

If any of you are in London on on Monday 30 March 2015, come along to the launch at Studio 1.1, where free copies will be available, while performances and fun take place. Details of the launch are on facebook here. It’s from 6–9pm and I’ll be there for the occurrence.

HOAX #5 cover

The Number Shop: artspace & studios

Spotted on facebook earlier a nice SummerhallTV video of a good artspace close to where I live on Edinburgh’s Southside. Artist Alistair Grant is the self-starter director, and he talks candidly about his motivations and tactics in wresting a pretty extraordinary empty space from the council. It’s the way many great things start!

I’ve enjoyed The Number Shop exhibitions, and it’s a definite plus having interesting spaces for artists to use in Edinburgh (as Alistair says in the video) and even better when they’re five minutes away from where you live….

Here’s the video. I recommend finding them on facebook and trying to get along to one of their openings – welcoming and civilised affairs!

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/121145636″>Alistair Grant : The Number Shop</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/summerhalltv”>arts-news</a&gt; on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>