#Anathema 5


Experimental poetry & performance at the Arnolfini, Bristol

diisonance :: Steve Ryan/paul hawkins


paul hawkins and artist Steve Ryan have been working on a collaborative prote(s)xt art project called dissonance, in part a response to paul’s book Place Waste Dissent published by Influx Press in 2015.


Driven forward by scary monsters, haunted by the notion of chaos, London artist Steve Ryan’s work tries to pin down the slippery essence of ’the stuff’. Peripatetic by design, he’s recently experienced the joy of being tethered which has grounded him long enough to start production of a project over 30 years in the making, and with a bit of luck it will be finished in a little less time, but probably not. Some of steve’s photography featured in Place Waste Dissent

June 21 – 24 diisonance exhibition at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield

Diisonance is a collaboration. Part of a jigsaw, the genesis of which is shared experiences; Steve and paul met in the early nineties squatting in Claremont Road, east London at the height of anti-road protests, poll-tax riots and other dissent. They’ve tried to piece together the past from the future, making sense of the ghosts that stay with them and the trust they offer one another helps clarify the feelings of confusion and love for their entwined topics; faltering, broken and rebuilt many times over. paul has written extensively on his experiences of squatting/protesting against the building of the M11 Link Road through east London, most recently in Place Waste Dissent (Influx Press 2015), which ‘plots the run-off, rackets and 90’s resistance to the proposed M11 Link Road; text experiments and collage from Claremont Road to Cameron. Memory traces re-surface the A12’ which features Steve’s photography. In Diisonance Steve’s starting point is a 21st century response to the collage/text of Place Waste Dissent and/or/with further memory travels. paul tries to look to the future in responding to Steve’s response to paul’s response(s), peacing the past from the future.

Friday June 23 – workshop & performances


All new work generated around diisonance events will be published in a book by Hesterglock Press.

September 1 – 30 diisonance exhibition/events at  St. Margarets House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PL​  more details tba

The Originals book launches

Jude Cowan Montague launched The Originals at the Venice Biennale last week, with the help of Julian Firth and others.

Jude is also reading from The Originals at the following venues;

May 19 – The Albion Beatnik Bookshop with Alan Buckley, Jenny Lewis and Jude Cowan Montague, with improvised piano interludes from Henry Blyth. Doors at 7.00 for a 7.30 start, £5.00 entry.

May 26 – Scaledown at The King and Queen, 1 Foley Street, London W1W 6DL 7.00pm to 11pm

There is a further date in Paris, details tbc.

Cairn Almanac out today

“Questioning time from the “Knowledge Quarter”: how we measure it, how we (don’t) believe in the seasons, how we live with weather in the era of climate change.”

Harriet Tarlo on Cairn Almanac.

Today we’re proud to publish Cairn Almanac by Dan Eltringham.

Follow this link for more info, to buy a copy, which includes a free colour pdf of Cairn Almanac.

#ANATHEMA 4 May 19

Open Call slots are now all taken.

Open Call to experimental / innovative poets, writers, interdisciplinary / collaborative artists for a limited number of 5 min. slots for May 19th

Anathema particularly welcome

* work from artists/writers/poets of colour

* work from a women’s / feminist perspective

* work from poets/writers/artists of all genders, sexual orientations and dis/abilities

email anathema poetry at gmail dot com for more details

N.B. No neoliberal capitalism. No homophobia, transphobia, racism or misogyny




To book the last Open Call performer slot for #ANATHEMA 3 email us: anathemapoetry at gmail dot com

Billy Mills, whose recent collection The City Itself we published this month is reading at the Prague Microfestival May 18 – 21 at Skautský Institut, along with Michal Ajvaz | Thomas Antonic | Louis Armand | Sean Bonney | Mary Caponegro | Daniela Cascella | Vladimir Đurišić | Michael Fischer | Thor Garcia | Sophie Malleret | Joshua Mensch | Billy Mills | Ken Nash | Roland Reichen | Phil Shoenfelt | Božena Správcová | Olga Stehlíková | Catherine Walsh.

Prague Microfestival (PMF) is an annual festival of the arts, combining contemporary writing with art, film, and performance. Their website is here.

Billy is also reading/launchingThe City Itself at the SoundEye Festival in Cork, Ireland July 6 – 9. Founded in 1997, SoundEye is an annual festival of poetry dedicated to the exploration of innovative writing. With a focus on the legacies of modernism, translation, and the relationship between writing, performance and the visual arts, the festival features a range of Irish and international readers. SoundEye is organised by Trevor Joyce, James Cummins, Sarah Hayden, Fergal Gaynor and Rachel Warriner. Soundeye Festival website.