Materials Reading Series

This is a reading series of poetry. It is in Cambridge. In its original incarnation, two readers read every two weeks. On occasion there was a single reader. Now more intermittent, but still present. Scroll down for details.

List of Readers (Chronological Order)

[ 2013 ]

  1. Reitha Pattison / Luke Roberts 
  2. Nick Potamitis
  3. Frances Kruk / Caitlín Doherty
  4. Ryan Dobran
[ 2014 ]
  1. Justin Katko
  2. Danny Hayward / Christina Chalmers
  3. Laura Kilbride / David Grundy
  4. Meg Foulkes / Stuart Calton
  5. Lisa Jeschke / Tom Allen
  6. Dell Olsen / Judith Goldman
  7. Ian Heames
[ 2015 ]
  1. Paper Nautilus / Materials # 4 Launch Event
  2. Danny Hayward
[ 2016 ]
  1. Anne Boyer / Lisa Jeschke & Lucy Beynon / David Grundy
  2. [Poetry Performance Series] Gizem Okulu / Naomi Weber / Rosa Van Hensbergen
[2017]
  1. [Poetry Performance Series] Stuart Calton / John DeWitt / Caitlín Doherty / Imogen Cassels
  2. [Poetry Performance Series] Lisa Jeschke & Lucy Beynon / Verity Spott / Linda Kemp / Paige Smeaton

Details of Readings (Reverse Chronological Order)

POETRY PERFORMANCE SERIES # 3: JESCHKE / BEYNON~~SPOTT~~KEMP~~SMEATON





























LISA JESCHKE & LUCY BEYNON
Have made theatre together since 2007, in Cambridge, London, Berlin, etc. Some of it has been published, including David Cameron (Shit Valley Press, 2015).

VERITY SPOTT
Is a poet and musician based in Brighton, and the author of Trans* Manifestos (Shit Valley, 2016) Gideon (Barque Press, 2014), Balconette (Veer Books, 2014), Dear Nothing and No One In It and Effort to No (Iodine, 2013). She runs Iodine press and Horseplay. Click Away Close Door Say has just been published by Contraband Books, and another book of lyric poems, written with Tim Thornton, is due from Face Press. Verity is also editing the poetry of Arlen Riley Wilson.

LINDA KEMP
Is a poet and musician based in Sheffield. Her book Lease Prise Redux was published by Materials last year. She is the founder of the DIY publishing press and record label enjoy your homes press.

PAIGE SMEATON
Is a poet based in Cambridge. She has worked with the poet Vahni Capildeo on Perfomance Art Events ‘The Bacchae’, ‘Maenads of Necessity’ and ‘Azure Noise’. Work appears in Botch magazine.


Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, English Faculty, University of Cambridge
Friday 3rd March 2017, 7.30pm
Book table

Email Rosa Van Hensbergen, Janani Ambikapathy, David Grundy (rv252@cam.ac.ukja555@cam.ac.ukdmg37@cam.ac.uk) 



POETRY PERFORMANCE SERIES # 2: STUART CALTON ~~ CAITLÍN DOHERTY ~~ JOHN DE WITT ~~ IMOGEN CASSELS
Friday 10th February 2017


























The second reading in the Poetry Performance Series (PPS) features two visiting poets – Stuart Calton, from Manchester, and John De Witt, from Paris – alongside Cambridge’s Imogen Cassels and Caitlín Doherty. There will also be a book table.

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STUART CALTON

Stuart Calton is the author of the following books: Blepharospasms (2016), Live at Late Dilated Ileum (2015), The Torn Instructions for No Trebuchet (2013), Three Reveries (2010), The Corn Mother (2006), The Bench Graft (2004), United Snap Up (2004), and Sheep Walk Cut (2003). As a musician, he is the incomparable dictophonist TFH Drenching. His book Wimpy and André has just been released from MATERIALS press and will be on-sale on the night. A poem in ten sections, setting forth the interrelations between protagonists Wimpy, Climpy, Sandy and André, in a potentially infinite selection of mixed scenarios. Amongst other sounds, the poem includes the sounds of a car alarm, the thin barking of a radically rationalised trick poultice, a shout, a voice, silence, static, galloping and The Lark Ascending played triple-speed nine octaves up like rain on a steel bin-lid over a rave synth line.

“Just too big. Firstly way too big. And then just right.”

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CAITLÍN DOHERTY

Caitlín Doherty is the author of O (Foule Press, 2012) and Satellites (Tipped Press, 2012).
About the latter, China Miéville has written in the Guardian:

“Doherty, an outstanding young poet, uses our orbital trash, the bric-a-brac of communication tech and a deflating space race as a hook for her interrogations. Even a familiar notion is reinvigorated: the pathos of the first dog in space is not a subject previously untouched, but in her eulogy to Laika, Doherty marries cool rigour and generosity without sentimentality, and if you can get to the end without tearing up you’re stronger than I.”

Doherty is also the poetry editor of the journal Salvage, and her new book, Our Party, is forthcoming from Critical Documents.

“could you plan on my improvement
could it be wagered thus
a silk drape and a massage of the air
a yankee candle and the Tory grandee
unlabouring harmony
ah”

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JOHN DE WITT

John DeWitt was born in Mexico City, later moved to Nashville, and now lives in Paris. He is the author of Ends (Tipped Press, 2011), and Visceral Apocrypha (Shit Valley, 2013) and co-wrote, with Rosa Van Hensbergen, as Bill Ding, Buildings (Tipped Press, 2012).

“Nevermind spirits, it was motherfucker(!)
Motherfucker how could you have me at the end of my legs

He shook his fist at the chairs, at the light, maybe even at the flowers in the garden
as motherfucker has such a small mouth for the world
and such a ponytail floating in the wind

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IMOGEN CASSELS

Imogen Cassels is from Sheffield and reads English at Cambridge. She was a Young Poet on the Underground in 2015, and in 2016 was a winner of the Poetry Business New Poets Prize. Her poems have appeared in Blackbox Manifold, The Literateur, Ambit, and the LondonMagazine.
“Somewhere they are watching rockets bombing
with fireless grace. Somewhere we end up
fucking in our sleep, and are disturbed by waking.”

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Friday 10th February [2017], 7.30pm.
Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, English Faculty Building, Cambridge.

Email David Grundy (dmg37@cam.ac.uk <mailto:dmg37@cam.ac.uk>), Rosa Van Hensbergen (rv252@cam.ac.uk <mailto:rv252@cam.ac.uk>) or Janani Ambikapathy (ja555@cam.ac.uk <mailto:ja555@cam.ac.uk>) for further details.




POETRY PERFORMANCE SERIES # 1: GIZEM OKULU ~~ NAOMI WEBER ~~ ROSA VAN HENSBERGEN
Saturday 26th November 2016




























The first reading in a new series will feature three poets reading from their work. There will also be a book table.

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GIZEM OKULU
Is a poet who has published poems in Datableed, Intercapillary Space, &c. and is studying for a Ph.D at Royal Holloway. With Edmund Hardy, she organises the reading series TENT in London. Her book MESMER is forthcoming from MATERIALS.

“The subject identifies itself with a holograph. It vanishes somewhat embarrassed. It has got no personal identities, no national insurance number. The subject is non-existent.”

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NAOMI WEBER
Is a poet who has published poems in Datableed, No Money, &c. Her book VERY LONELY ANIMALS is just out from MATERIALS (copies will be available on the night), and she has another one forthcoming from Tim Thornton and Verity Spott’s The Winter Olympics Press.

“This world we love and keep our love in keeps
Tearing our hands
The shreds around nails dragging behind
Looking around for gazes to meet
Digging bone to neighbourly flesh
God help me I am trying to be kind
But what other worlds have you given us
To serve, says a secret prayer”

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ROSA VAN HENSBERGEN
Is a poet and performer and the author of Inebriate Debris (Punch Press, 2011), Some New Growth at the Temple or Lobe (Critical Documents, 2013), Lights Out to Love in HD (Materials, 2015), and In Accident and Emergence: For Disasters of the Head and Heart and Hemisphere (Veer Books, 2015).

“with delight and torrent
through the hulls
the corridors
tearing on
to the boiling point
between us
BLEVE”

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Saturday 26th November [2016], 7.30pm.
Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, English Faculty Building, Cambridge.
Email David Grundy (dmg37@cam.ac.uk), Rosa Van Hensbergen (rv252@cam.ac.uk) or Janani Ambikapathy (ja555@cam.ac.uk) for further details.

[14] ANNE BOYER / LISA JESCHKE & LUCY BEYNON / DAVID GRUNDY
Friday 8th July 2016
















POETRY
!!! Anne Boyer reading in Cambridge !!!

POETRY
David Grundy

PERFORMANCE
Lisa Jeschke & Lucy Beynon, The Tragedy of Theresa May

7.00 for a 7.30pm start
Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, English Faculty, Sidgwick Site, Cambridge
Free drink

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ANNE BOYER
Anne Boyer is Kansas City-based. Her publications include The Romance of Happy Workers (2006) and My Common Heart (2011). Her most recent book, Garments Against Women (2015), has been described by The New York Times as a 'sad, beautiful, passionate book that registers the political economy of literature and of life itself.'

DAVID GRUNDY
David Grundy's publications include The Problem, the Questions, The Poem (2014), Whatever You Think the Good Home (2014) and To the Reader (2016). 'with no catch to hold / what floods through the door'.

LISA JESCHKE & LUCY BEYNON
The Tragedy of Theresa May is a sequel to David Cameron (2013).


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BOOK TABLE
New material, including: BREXIT // BORDERS KILL, a magazine; MARIGOLD & CABLE, by Peter Gizzi, a chapbook; FOR LECTURES, by David Grundy, a chapbook; DERELICT SOLILOQUIES, by Jeremy Hardingham, a chapbook; and MORE.


[13] DANNY HAYWARD [Launch of Pragmatic Sanction’]
Saturday 24th October 2015




























The thirteenth reading in the Materials Reading Series will take place on Saturday 24th October in the Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, English Faculty, University of Cambridge, 7 for 7.30pm. This is the launch event for DANNY HAYWARD’s book ‘Pragmatic Sanction’.

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Danny Hayward is the author of ‘People’ (Mountain Press, 2013) and ‘Two Essays: Best and Worst in Poetry / Perfect Capitalism’ (Veer, 2012). His essays include ‘Adventures in the Sausage Factory: A Cursory Overview of UK University Struggles, November 2010 - July 2011’ and ‘John Maynard Nothing’ in Mute (2012), and ‘The Essential Standpoint of Man: An Autopsy, in Three Parts’ in World Picture Journal 6 (2011).
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‘Pragmatic Sanction’ is A Long Dramatic Monologue about recent developments in population control and work enforcement, done up as a chase sequence involving a mysterious booming sound, a side-scrolling pig’s head, and a lucky number seven, and featuring an extended cameo by the brain structure primarily responsible for coordinating stress response in humans and other animals.

“The conclusion is theoretically wrong. But before that, in the run-up to it, on the road to hell with the first door that exits from a pipe protruding upwards in the vicinity of the third door leading onwards into a highway with a person standing in it, call it me or you.”

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Copies of the book will be on sale.

[12] LAUNCH EVENT: THE PAPER NAUTILUS & MATERIALS 
Friday 6th February 2015



























*Friday 6th February, Judith E Wilson Drama Studio, prompt 7.30 pm start*

A joint launch event for the fourth issues of The Paper Nautilus (eds. Kilbride / Van Hensbergen) and MATERIALS (eds. Jeschke / Grundy). This new issue of TPN is a translation issue, featuring translations of, among others, Clarice Lispector, Friederike Mayröcker, Sophie Podolski, Anne Portugal, Amelia Rosselli and Monique Wittig. The new issue of MATERIALS is subtitled ‘Economic Ophelia’ and features work from Rob Halpern, Kevin Killian, Nina Power, Connie Scozzaro, Cathy Wagner and others.

The night will feature performances, poetry readings, lectures and presentations
in fitting and unfitting arrangements by the following:

·         Lucy Beynon
·         Eleanor Careless
·         Gareth Farmer
·         Rosa Van Hensbergen
·         Lisa Jeschke
·         Laura Kilbride
·         Hannah Proctor
·         Will Stuart
·         Marina Vishmidt
·         Naomi Weber
·         + potentially others TBC


[11] TIMOTHY THORNTON / IAN HEAMES
Saturday 15th November 2014








































The eleventh reading in the Materials Reading Series will take place on Saturday 15th November at the Barbara White Room, Newnham College, Cambridge, 7.30 for 8pm. TIMOTHY THORNTON from Brighton will read alongside IAN HEAMES from Cambridge.

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Timothy Thornton is the author of 'Now Vulgate' (Grass Press, 2008), 'PESTREGIMENT' (Grasp Press, 2009) and 'Jocund Day' (Mountain Press, 2011). He is a poet, musician and composer (currently working on a chamber opera based on The Tempest), and a former editor of Grasp Press. "hold on we’ll spit some mass, more one-ply, bulkhead-broach some mass, spit up, spray, spit off"

Ian Heames is a poet and print-maker and has written 'Bad Flowers' ((c)_(c) press, 2009), '[PAREIDOLIA]-BACKMASK' ((c)_(c) press, 2010), 'Out of Villon' ((c)_(c) press, 2011), 'Gloss to Carriers' (Critical Documents, 2011) 'Banners over Terminal Highway' ((c)_(c) press, 2012), 'Array One' (Critical Documents, 2012), 'To' (Iodine, 2013), 'A.I. in Daylight' (Materials, 2014), and two recent books of Sonnets (with Jonty Tiplady) (Face Press, 2014). He runs Face (formerly (c)_(c)) Press."just when I thought / I was perfect / I find this big weird mistake"

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There will be a book table containing books. BYOB


[10] DELL OLSEN / JUDITH GOLDMAN
Thursday 23rd October 2014




The first MATERIALS reading this term, and the tenth in the series overall, will take place on Thursday 23rd October at the Judith E.Wilson Drama Studio, English Faculty Basement, Cambridge, 7.30 for 8pm. DELL OLSEN will read alongside the visiting American poet JUDITH GOLDMAN, who is in town for one month only.

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Dell Olsen’s publications include ‘Book of the Fur’ (2000), ‘Secure Portable Space’ (2004) and ‘punk faun’ (2012). “designed for everyday life but mostly out of range / between various small fires nightly on TV a dog”.

Judith Goldman has published ‘Vocodor’ (2001), ‘Deathstars/rico-chet’ (2006) and ‘The Disposessions’ (2009). “I died of a chief delight. fare thee well, crackpot.”

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Copies of work by the poets and various other small-press material will be available on a book-table on the night. BYOB.

[9] LISA JESCHKE / TOM ALLEN
Thursday 15th May 2014











The ninth reading in the Materials Reading series will feature readings from LISA JESCHKE and TOM ALLEN.

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LISA JESCHKE is co-organiser of the Materials Reading Series, and author of ‘Dead Cheap’ (forthcoming from ©_©, 2014).

“One by one by one by two / If it’s not us, then it’s you.” “The dead are the cheap made plastic ash”

TOM ALLEN currently resides in Berlin. A joint book of essays is scheduled for publication as a Materials Critical Edition in 2014.

“We drink cheap. / We pay rent.”

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Angevin Room, Queens’ College, Cambridge, Thursday 15th May, 7.30 for 8pm. BYOB.

[8] MEG FOULKES / STUART CALTON
Friday 7th March 2014



The eighth reading in the Materials Reading series will feature readings from MEG FOULKES and STUART CALTON.

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MEG FOULKES is the author of 'Poems' (Rank Xerox, 2004) and 'Sylvester's Crown and Other Poems' (Arehouse, 2005).

"Bring on the fanfare, success / Writes poems of determined luck / So pleased, so incurably pleased / To be known still."

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STUART CALTON is the author of 'Sheep Walk Cut', 'The Bench Graft' (both Barque Press, 2004), 'United Snap-Up' (Fenland Hi-Brow Press, 2004), 'The Corn Mother' (Barque Press, 2006), and 'Three Reveries' (Barque Press, 2010). His most recent book is 'The Torn Instructions for No Trebuchet' (Barque Press, 2013), which he will read on this occasion.

"still forever I / hate this fucking system and I wanted our life / better to realize the true generality and make its / really-existing untruth external in our / particular.”

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Armitage Room (FF), Queens' College, Cambridge, Friday 7th March, 7.30 for 8pm. BYOB.


[7] LAURA KILBRIDE / DAVID GRUNDY
Thursday 20th February 2014



The seventh reading in the Materials Reading Series will take place on Thursday, 20 February, in the Armitage Room (FF) at Queens’ College, Cambridge, 7.30 for 8pm.

Laura Kilbride has published Errata (tipped press, 2011). A long poem, In The Square, is forthcoming from Punch press. She co-edits the Paper Nautilus Magazine. 'what should one do with the corpse of a man / going out like a god skinned alive by the eyes / of a crowd in the square where the air seems thin'.

David Grundy has published Austerity Measures (Department, 2013) and co-edits MATERIALS. 'but as FIRE / as incendiary device / You take this then / You take this star / this red star / here, into your hand / you take it & you go'.

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This will also be the LAUNCH for MATERIALS 3 ::: 150 pages of poetry, prose, translations, essays by Verity Spott, A.L. Snijders/Lydia Davis, Jonathan Redhorse, Will Stuart, Evi Heinz, Jessica Laser, Tom Allen, Francis Crot, Frances Kruk, Orlando Reade, Rich Owens, Ken Fox, Michael Tencer, Toby Huttner, Roíbéard Csengeri, Ian Heames, Fred Goodwin, Will Rowe, Caitlin Dohetry, Justin Katko, Luke Roberts, Ryan Dobran & more. Soon publically available online.


BYOB.


[6] DANNY HAYWARD / CHRISTINA CHALMERS
Thursday 6th February 2014



This is the sixth reading in the Materials Reading Series.

Christina Chalmers has recently published Work Songs (Shit Valley, 2013). 'i am of this time-slot of this place of employment of this plot of land of / this landowner of this capital but i want to be of you'

Danny Hayward has recently published People (Mountain Press, 2013). 'These days it is much harder to find markets / for meat, you think, while climbing through an airvent;'

6 Feb, Armitage Room (FF) at Queens’ College, Cambridge, 7.30 for 8pm.

BYOB.


[5] JUSTIN KATKO
Thursday 23rd January 2014


The next reading in the Materials Reading Series will take place on Thursday, 23 January, in the Armitage Room (FF) at Queens’ College, Cambridge, 7.30 for 8pm. An EXTENSIVE SOLO READING! Justin Katko will read from Songs for One Occasion (Critical Documents, 2012), and new work. --- 'COMRADE! Before / Us! The deep time!'

BYOB


[4] RYAN DOBRAN
Thursday 28th November 2013



The fourth reading in the Materials Reading Series will take place on Thursday, 28th November, in the Armitage Room (FF) at Queens’ College, Cambridge, 7.30 for 8pm.

There will be one reader, RYAN DOBRAN, previously of the University of Cambridge, and on this occasion on a visit from the United States of America. Dobran has published various books of poetry, most recently REMOTE CARBON: TEN POEMS (Cambridge: Critical Documents, 2013), as well as SHOUTS FROM OK GLAMOUR (Brighton & London: Barque Press, 2013), CONFECTION (Cambridge: ©_© Press, 2011), DING DING (Cambridge: Critical Documents, 2010) and YOUR GUILT IS A MIRACLE (London: Bad Press, 2008).

He is an editor of the journal GLOSSATOR: PRACTICE AND THEORY OF THE COMMENTARY, and is currently working on a project editing the correspondence of Charles Olson and J.H. Prynne.

"Democratic keytar."

All welcome. 


[3] CAITLÍN DOHERTY / FRANCES KRUK

Thursday 14th November 2013




The third reading in the Materials Reading Series will take place on Thursday, 14th November, in the Armitage Room (FF) at Queens’ College, Cambridge, 7.30 for 8pm.

Caitlín Doherty was scheduled to read on the 31st October, but was indisposed on that occasion, so will read on this date instead. She is the author of O (Cambridge: Foule Press, 2012) and SATELLITES (Tokyo: Tipped Press, 2012) and has a book forthcoming from Critical Documents. "An inter-galactic stargate opens. Titan falls through it."

Frances Kruk is the author of A Discourse on Vegetation & Motion (Cambridge: Critical Documents, 2008), DOWN YOU GO OR NÉGATION de BRUIT APRÈS DANIELLE COLLOBERT (Scarborough, ME: Punch Press, 2011) and DWARF SURGE (London: yt communication, 2013). "he cannot have your face he / cannot have your face"

All welcome.

(Bring your own drink.)


[2] CAITLÍN DOHERTY / NICK POTAMITIS
Thursday 31st October 2013





The second reading in the Materials Reading Series will take place on Thursday, the 31st October, in the Armitage Room at Queens’ College, Cambridge, at 7.30 for 8pm. 

Caitlín Doherty is the author of O (Cambridge: Foule Press, 2012) and SATELLITES (Tokyo: Tipped Press, 2012) and has a book forthcoming from Critical Documents. “An inter-galactic stargate opens. Titan falls through it.”

Nick Potamitis is the author of THE BOOK OF NIGHT TERRORS (Cambridge: Salt, 2010) and the forthcoming JUBILATE AJAX (Cambridge: Mountain, 2014). “despite / his being only an archetype, the philologist still / finds fault with the tableware.”


[1] REITHA PATTISON / LUKE ROBERTS
Thursday 17th October 2013



























This is the first reading. The first two readers will be Reitha Pattison and Luke Roberts, THIS Thursday, the 17th October, at 7.30 for 8p.m. in the Armitage Room (FF) at Queens' College. Ask the porters for directions &c. Email David Grundy (dmg37@cam.ac.uk) and Lisa Jeschke (ljj28@cam.ac.uk) for further information & / or clarification.

Reitha Pattison is the author of SOME FABLES (Cambridge: Grasp, 2011) and the recent A DROLL KINGDOM (Scarborough, ME: Punch Press, 2013), as well as a co-editor of the Collected Poems of Ed Dorn (London: Carcanet, 2012) “The undersong of / the ‘economic cosmos’ is heard in / the meadow where the herbicides / work swift harm for a margin like / inharmonic blue prairie fires.”

Luke Roberts is the author of FALSE FLAGS (Cambridge: Mountain, 2011) and has a new book forthcoming from Equipage. “There is a car inside my stomach. / You are centuries late.”