Imtiaz Dharker, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Nick Makoha & Adam Fairhall: 21 April 2018

Free reading at the Whitworth Art Gallery 21 April 2018, 2.30-4.00. All welcome.

Imtiaz Dharker

© Ayesha Dharker Taylor

Imtiaz Dharker is a poet, artist and documentary film-maker. Awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2014, she has received the Cholmondley Award and an Honorary Doctorate from SOAS. Her collections include Postcards from god, I speak for the devil, The terrorist at my table, Leaving Fingerprints, Over the Moon and the latest, Luck Is the Hook, all published by Bloodaxe Books UK. She has had eleven solo exhibitions of drawings in India, London, New York and Hong Kong, and also scripts and directs video films, many of them for non-government organisations working in the area of shelter, education and health for women and children in India.

 

Karen McCarthy Woolf

Karen McCarthy Woolf was born in London to English and Jamaican parents. Her collection Seasonal Disturbances explores nature, the city and the sacred and is described by Warsan Shire, whose work she edited in Ten: The New Wave, as ‘a darkly humorous exploration of the human condition’. Karen’s poems are translated into Spanish, Turkish and Swedish and she has represented British writing globally, everywhere from Singapore, Mexico and the Caribbean to Sweden and the US.

 

 

Nick Makoha

Nick Makoha’s debut collection Kingdom of Gravity is shortlisted for the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection and nominated by The Guardian  as one of the best books of 2017. He won the 2015 Brunel International Poetry prize and the 2016 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for his pamphlet Resurrection. A Goldsmiths, Cave Canem & Complete Works Alumni.  His poems appeared in  The New York Times, Poetry Review, Rialto, Triquarterly Review, Boston Review, Callaloo, and Wasafiri. Find him at www.nickmakoha.com 

Nick Makoha’s first full-length collection, Kingdom of Gravity (Peepal Tree £8.99), was the 2017 debut which most excited me. Focused on Uganda during the Idi Amin dictatorship, his poetry is charged with ethical sensibility. The lines protest as they sing “the song disturbed by helicopter blades…” but they don’t simplify things: they explore, and complicate. Personal witness and artistry are one.  Carol Rumens  – The Guardian

Adam Fairhall

Adam plays jazz and free music on the piano, harmonium, accordion and organ. He has released five albums as leader or co-leader on the SLAM, Bruce’s Fingers and EfPi labels, to widespread critical acclaim (including an Album of the Year accolade by influential website Bird is the Worm for his 2012 album The Imaginary Delta). He receives frequent BBC Radio airplay, and a programme dedicated to his work was broadcast on Concertzender (Dutch radio) in 2014. He has been interviewed for The Wire and Jazzwise.

“A hugely accomplished instrumentalist” – The Wire

“Adam Fairhall is a total star” – Independent on Sunday

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Workshop with Karen McCarthy Woolf: 21 April 2018


Our next workshop is with Karen McCarthy Woolf on the 21 April 2018, 10.30-12.30 at the Whitworth Art Gallery. The fee is £20. To reserve a place please email davidborrott@btinternet.com

Karen McCarthy Woolf

Karen McCarthy Woolf was born in London to English and Jamaican parents. Her collection Seasonal Disturbances explores nature, the city and the sacred and is described by Warsan Shire, whose work she edited in Ten: The New Wave, as ‘a darkly humorous exploration of the human condition’. Karen’s poems are translated into Spanish, Turkish and Swedish and she has represented British writing globally, everywhere from Singapore, Mexico and the Caribbean to Sweden and the US.

 

 

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Anthony Rudolf and Hannah Silva, with music from the Royal Northern College of Music

Free reading at the Whitworth Art Gallery on Saturday 24 March at 2.30-4.00.

Anthony Rudolf

Anthony Rudolf was born in 1942 in London , where he still lives. He studied modern languages and social anthropology at Cambridge . He has run Menard Press since 1969. A translator of poetry from French, Russian and other languages, he is lead editor of Yves Bonnefoy’s Poems, Carcanet  2017. Carcanet brought out Rudolf’s collected poems European Hours, also in 2017. He is the author of a trilogy of memoirs, including Silent Conversations: a Reader’s Life. His critical work includes the first extended study in English of Primo Levi. Rudolf has written catalogue introductions and essays about visual artists, including R.B. Kitaj.

Hannah Silva

Hannah Silva is a playwright, poet and performer known for her innovative explorations of form, voice and language. Her solo performances layer up vocal sounds and poetry, creating sonic explorations of meaning and sense. Her latest performance Schlock! splices Fifty Shades of Grey with a novel by Kathy Acker, celebrating ‘the slipperiness of words, reinventing them so that none of them are safe’ (The Guardian). Total Man was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. She has written award winning plays for Radio 4 and Radio 3. Her poetry collection Forms of Protest (Penned in the Margins) was Highly Commended in the Forward Prizes. Her debut record Talk in a Bit will be released by Humankind in 2018 and has been featured on Radio 3’s Late Junction and in Wire magazine. 

Music from students at the Royal Northern College of Music

Septentrion Duo

Kathryn Mason harp

Alice Roberts harp

Kathryn Mason is in her final year at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, studying harp with Eira Lynn Jones. As an orchestral player, she has worked with many RNCM ensembles including the Symphony and Concert Orchestras, and her work in the New Music North West Festival 2016 and the RNCM Brand New Orchestra has included a number of world premieres of contemporary works. She is also a member of a number of chamber groups, including the RNCM Harp Ensemble, the Septentrion Duo and the Marisca Trio, and has worked with several local amateur orchestras.

Originally from Wakefield, Kathryn studied at Yorkshire Young Musicians with Rachel Jerome from 2006 to 2014. As a soloist, she has performed in a number of concerts presented by the RNCM harp department, as well as providing background music at various functions. She has performed at a number of prestigious venues, such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Palace Theatre in Manchester and Wakefield Cathedral, where she recently had the privilege of performing Handel’s Harp Concerto in Bb with the string orchestra of Wakefield Girls’ High School, from which she graduated in 2014.

Alice Roberts is 21 years old and is a third year student on the prestigious ‘Joint Course’ studying both at the RNCM and Manchester University. Prior to joining the senior college she held a music scholarship at Manchester High School for Girls and was a student at Junior RNCM, and won numerous prizes including the Warburton Music Competition which allowed her the opportunity to perform as a soloist at the Bridgewater Hall. In 2015 she was awarded a Graucob study award for further study.

Alice has a strong interest in contemporary music and in 2016 she premiered several new works for harp, including a composition for harp and chamber orchestra as part of ‘New Music North West’ and a collaborative venture involving music and dance. In June 2016 Alice became a prize winner at the University of Manchester, being awarded the Procter-Gregg Prize, an award given to the first year student who has achieved the highest overall mark in performance.

Septentrion Duo appears by kind permission of the RNCM

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Workshop with Hannah Silva: 24 March 2018

The workshop is on Saturday 24 March at 10.30-12.30 at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. The fee is £20. Please email davidborrott@btinternet.com to reserve a place and for details of how to pay.

The Workshop: Sound Like Yourself

How do we weave our poems from the air? How do we keep even the hundredth performance fresh? How do we avoid getting stuck in one persona, one tune, one cul-de-sac of delivery? How do we ensure that we mean what we say and we sound like ourselves? This session introduces a variety of techniques to help poets keep their words alive in the moment, and find the antidote to autopilot.

Hannah Silva is a playwright, poet and performer known for her innovative explorations of form, voice and language. Her solo performances layer up vocal sounds and poetry, creating sonic explorations of meaning and sense. Her latest performance Schlock! splices Fifty Shades of Grey with a novel by Kathy Acker, celebrating ‘the slipperiness of words, reinventing them so that none of them are safe’ (The Guardian). Total Man was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. She has written award winning plays for Radio 4 and Radio 3. Her poetry collection Forms of Protest (Penned in the Margins) was Highly Commended in the Forward Prizes. Her debut record Talk in a Bit will be released by Humankind in 2018 and has been featured on Radio 3’s Late Junction and in Wire magazine. 

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Poetry Discussion at Manchester Buddhist Centre: 10 February, 10.30-12.30

For those of you thinking of attending our next event with Vahni Capildeo, Rebecca Perry, John Challis and Corey Mwamba, you may be interested in Edmund Prestwich’s Poetry Discussion at the Buddhist Centre which will focus on Rebecca Perry. Please note this discussion will take place the week before the reading. Please follow the link for further details:

Poetry Discussion at the Buddhist Centre

 

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Vahni Capildeo, Rebecca Perry and John Challis, with music from Corey Mwamba: 17 February 2018

Free reading at the Whitworth Art Gallery on Saturday 17 February at 2.30-4.00.

Vahni Capildeo

Vahni Capildeo’s newest work, Venus as a Bear, is forthcoming from Carcanet in spring 2018.  Previous books include Utter (Peepal Tree, 2013), Simple Complex Shapes (Shearsman, 2015), and Measures of Expatriation (Carcanet, 2016; Forward Poetry Prize for Best Collection; T.S. Eliot Prize nomination). Her performances have       engaged with Euripides, Shakespeare, and Martin Carter. She is currently collaborating with Sophie Seita on experimental feminist theatre, and with Chris McCabe for the AHRC-funded ‘Expanded Translation’ project (University of Bangor). Recent non-fiction appears in PN Reviewadda (Commonwealth Writers) and Granta. She is a Douglas Caster Cultural fellow at the University of Leeds. (Photo credit Graeme Oxby).

Rebecca Perry

Rebecca’s first collection, Beauty/Beauty (Bloodaxe Books, 2015) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Prize for Best First Collection and the T. S. Eliot Prize, and won the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize. She was Writer Fellow at the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing in 2016 and had a pamphlet, cleanliness of rooms and walls, with If A Leaf Falls Press in 2017.

John Challis

John Challis is a recipient of a Northern Promise Award and a Pushcart Prize. His poems have appeared on BBC Radio 4, as well as in magazines including Magma, The North, Poetry London, Poetry Salzburg Review, The Rialto, and Stand. He is a Teaching Fellow at Newcastle University. The Black Cab is his first pamphlet of poems.

 

Music by Corey Mwamba

 

 

 

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Workshop with Vahni Capildeo: 17 February 2018

The workshop is on Saturday 17 February at 10.30-12.30 at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. The fee is £20.

Vahni Capildeo

Vahni Capildeo’s newest work, Venus as a Bear, is forthcoming from Carcanet in spring 2018.  Previous books include Utter (Peepal Tree, 2013), Simple Complex Shapes (Shearsman, 2015), and Measures of Expatriation (Carcanet, 2016; Forward Poetry Prize for Best Collection; T.S. Eliot Prize nomination). Her performances have       engaged with Euripides, Shakespeare, and Martin Carter. She is currently collaborating with Sophie Seita on experimental feminist theatre, and with Chris McCabe for the AHRC-funded ‘Expanded Translation’ project (University of Bangor). Recent non-fiction appears in PN Reviewadda (Commonwealth Writers) and Granta. She is a Douglas Caster Cultural fellow at the University of Leeds. (Photo credit Graeme Oxby).

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