Our next event will be a Thursday Late featuring poets Matthew Welton and Luke Kennard with music from MICHAELBRAILEY. The venue is the Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6ER, time 7.00-8.30.
This is a free event open to all and there’s no need to book.
Luke Kennard is a poet and novelist who lives and works in Birmingham. His first book, The Solex Brothers, won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2005. His second, The Harbour Beyond the Movie made him the youngest writer to be shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2007. He has also published two chapbooks, Planet Shaped Horse (Nine Arches, 2011) and The Necropolis Boat (Holdfire Press, 2012) which won the Poetry Book Society’s Autumn pamphlet choice in 2012. His 5th collection of poems, Cain, was published by Penned in the Margins in 2016. His literary criticism has appeared in the TLS, Poetry London and The National. He has a PhD in English from the University of Exeter and lectures at the University of Birmingham. In 2014 he was named one of the Next Generation Poets by the Poetry Book Society in their once per-decade list. His first novel, The Transition, was published by 4th Estate in 2017
Matthew Welton was born in Nottingham, lives in Nottingham and lectures in creative writing at the University of Nottingham. His writing practice includes collaborations with musicians, visual artists and other writers. His interest in poetry has to do with explorations of the sounds of words and the possibilities of repetition. He has published three books with Carcanet: The Book of Matthew (2003), ‘We needed coffee but…’ (2009) and The Number Poems (2016). Recognition includes an Eric Gregory Award, the Jerwood-Aldeburgh Prize, second place in the Arvon Poetry Competition 2002 and a Poetry Book Society recommendation
MICHAELBRAILEY is a producer, composer and vocalist from Exeter, UK, currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Larry Goves, under scholarship and as a recipient of the RNCM’s Grindon/Dearden Prize For Composition (2016). He is also the curator of VIRTUALLYREALITY, an event series dedicated to the championing and commissioning of new electronic and acoustic music from composers and producers alike.
His vast musical output has been recognised by organisations and individuals including the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, regarding him as Principal Composer in 2014, Seattle-based record label Hush Hush Records with the releases ‘Pericardial’ (2014) and ‘Weekend’ (2016), pioneering independent radio station KEXP, Los Angeles-based producer Kastle with the THUMP-supported 2016 single ‘The Future’, and by the London-based record label Nonclassical as a DJ and remixer.
MICHAELBRAILEY’s signature electronic sound is highly personal, mixing intimate, digitally-degraded piano lines with distorted, panoramic synths, whilst delicate ASMR-like jitters and fragile falsetto lyrics glisten on top, and smouldering bass – kicks, groans and cataclysms – move beneath.
His concert music usually features acoustic instruments and often incorporates electronic sound or uses technology to inhibit, extend or mediate soloistic performance and ensemble interaction. It has been performed by ensembles such as the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and The Aurora Orchestra in venues across the UK. These include the Royal Festival Hall, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Sage Gateshead, Whitworth Art Gallery, The Royal College of Music and Birmingham Symphony Hall, as well as part of the New Music North West Festival 2015 at The Royal Northern College of Music.