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Sounds New Poetry Festival 2012

 

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Date: 04 May 2012, 00:00

Leading poets will gather in Canterbury next month (from 4-15 May) for an international festival hosted by the University of Kent.

Sounds New Poetry 2012 is an annual celebration of the best in experimental writing from around the world. It takes place at venues across the University’s Canterbury campus and the city centre as part of the popular Sounds New contemporary music festival.

Sounds New Poetry is jointly organised by the University’s Centres for Modern Poetry and Creative Writing. Events range from a poetry writing workshop to poetry readings, poetry with music performances, a lecture on British Poetry since 1950 and an ‘open mic’ session for budding poets.

Professor David Herd, Director of the Centre for Modern Poetry said: ‘The second year of the Sounds New Poetry festival will build on the successes of the first. We're delighted to be presenting such acclaimed British and North American poets as Marianne Boruch, Steve Collis, Tony Lopez, Daljit Nagra and Michael Schmidt. It's exciting, also, that Sounds New poets will be performing with world-leading musicians including Evan Parker and the Common Objects ensemble.

‘We're grateful to the organisers of the Sounds New music festival for the chance to collaborate with them, and also to the University of Kent for supporting the programme. Even more than last year, I think, poets will be in conversation with musicians. We're all set for a very stimulating few days.’

Full programme details for the Sounds New Poetry Festival are available at the Sounds New Contemporary Music Festival website at www.sounds.new.org.uk/events.htm

Sounds New Poetry is supported by the University of Kent


LISTINGS

Tuesday 8th May

2-4pm, Eliot Upper Senior Common Room, University of Kent
Poetry Workshop: Marianne Boruch

This practical writing workshop is open to all poets and would-be poets, and will explore questions of sequence and pattern in making poetry.

Ticket Information: Free


Tuesday 8th May

5.30pm, The Old Synagogue
Poetry and the Quartet

Since T S Eliot, modern poetry has had a fascination with the form of the quartet. Celebrated poets Marianne Boruch, Daljit Nagra and Michael Schmidt will read work that explores questions of sequence and pattern, showing how poems speak to one another and emerge out of formal constraints.

Ticket Information: £5 (Full) £4 (SN Friend) £2 (Students)

Booking available from: The Marlowe Theatre: 01227 787 787, on the door and online: www.marlowetheatre.com www.soundsnew.org.uk


Tuesday 8th May

7:30pm, St. Peter’s Methodist Church
GWRTHRYCHAU CYFFREDIN (Common Objects)
Rhodri Davies Ensemble

gwrthrychau cyffredin is an ensemble of young Welsh composers and improvisers put together by harpist Rhodri Davies. Each member of the ensemble has provided a composition tonight and will perform an improvisation/instant composition also in collaboration with Sounds New poets Patricia Debney and Nancy Gaffield.

Ticket Information: £7 (Full) £6 (SN Friend) £5 (Students)

Booking available from: The Marlowe Theatre: 01227 787 787, on the door and online: www.marlowetheatre.com www.soundsnew.org.uk


Wednesday 9th May

4pm, Darwin College Lecture Theatre 1, University of Kent
Lecture: British Poetry since 1950

Esteemed poet, critic, editor and translator Michael Schmidt will present new perspectives on key figures and movements in post-war British poetry. As founding editor of PN Review and Carcanet Press, Michael Schmidt is uniquely placed to survey the changing landscape of poetry in the last 60 years. A committed internationalist by temperament, Schmidt's angle of vision is always comparative. This lecture promises to be illuminating and provocative in equal measure.

Ticket Information: £7(Full) £6 (SN Friend) £3.50 (Students)—Free to 'Powerplant' (8pm) ticket holders.

Booking available from: The Marlowe Theatre: 01227 787 787, on the door and online: www.marlowetheatre.com www.soundsnew.org.uk



Wednesday 9th May

6pm, Peter Brown Room, Darwin College, University of Kent
Reading: Found Text

Working with the idea of the found text, Steve Collis and Tony Lopez present poems that explore borrowing and appropriation in art. Like John Tavener in The Veil of the Temple, Collis and Lopez work with and through mixed sources to open the possibilities of collective expression.

Ticket Information: £7(Full) £6 (SN Friend) £3.50 (Students)—Free to 'Powerplant' (8pm) ticket holders.

Booking available from: The Marlowe Theatre: 01227 787 787, on the door and online: www.marlowetheatre.com www.soundsnew.org.uk


Thursday 10th May

7pm, Turner Contemporary, Margate
Gallery Visit

Sounds New poets exhibit work inspired by the Turner Contemporary exhibition, ‘Turner and the Elements’.

Ticket Information: Free


Monday 14th May

2.30pm-5.30pm, St Gregory’s Centre for Music
Open Mic! – Curate your own space!

A new exciting initiative where composers, sound artists, poets and performers are invited to “rent a space” for free and turn it into their own personal stage.

To participate, contact Michelle Castelletti on 01227 780 800 or e-mail michelle@soundsnew.org.uk

Ticket Information: Free

Monday 14th May

7.30pm, The Old Synagogue
Feedback

This exciting collaboration sees Sounds New poets, Simon Smith and David Herd, performing alongside two instrumentalists, pianist Sam Bailey and saxophonist Evan Parker, one of the most respected and high profile improvising musicians alive today. Mediating between these two duos will be composer and turntablist Matt Wright, who will use real-time sampling and audio processing to evoke a sense of movement through changing ambiences and environments as words, textures and sounds return and are reworked.

Ticket Information: £7(Full) £6 (SN Friend) £3.50 (Students)

Booking available from: The Marlowe Theatre: 01227 787 787, on the door and online: www.marlowetheatre.com www.soundsnew.org.uk

Contact Information

website: www.sounds.new.org.uk/events.htm

venue: Canterbury, Various locations
address:
School of English, Rutherford College, University of Kent
Canterbury
Kent
CT2 7NX
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