St John Sessions Oct 1st tickets

October 1st 19:30 - an evening of avant-garde poetry & musical performance by acts from Bristol's underground scene at The Church of St John The Baptist, Bristol Oct RUN LOGAN RUN / SPINDLE ENSEMBLE / KIT WILMANS FEGRADOE / Poetry & martial art by: SARER SCOTTHORNE / Poet PAUL HAWKINS / Live visuals by: LLOYD … Continue reading St John Sessions Oct 1st tickets

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Enemies Project

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuV7r6-IN5Y I very much enjoyed collaborating and performing The Single Market with Lucy English for the Enemies Project SW Poetry Tour in Bath, run by SJ Fowler & Camilla Nelson. The Enemies Project continues to be a powerful catalyst in generating new collaborative work, performances, partnerships and audiences, pushing the boundaries of experimental & collaborative … Continue reading Enemies Project

SW Enemies Tour – Bath August 6

Enemies Project: collaboration and performance 6th August: Bath - Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution 7pm doors for a 7.30pm start. Entrance free. http://www.brlsi.org/ 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN. 01225 312084 Camilla Nelson & SJ Fowler JR Carpenter & Annabel Banks John Hall & Matti Spence Matthew Robertson & Andres Anwandter Carrie Etter & Claire Crowther Fay Stevens … Continue reading SW Enemies Tour – Bath August 6

Speech Therapy Thurs 28th July Featuring Poet Paul Hawkins Reading From His Book ‘Place Waste Dissent’

Reading from Place Waste Dissent at Speech Therapy, Nottingham this Thursday

Speech Therapy

Join us for the final Speech Therapy before the Summer break – featuring headline guest Paul Hawkins reading from his Influx Press release ‘Place Waste Dissent’ – this is an event not to be missed!

The evening starts at 8pm – arrive 7.30 to sign up for the open mic – hosted by Miggy Angel.

Really hope that the Speech Therapy crew mobilise for this one – come out and send off the Summer, and support Paul Hawkins who is travelling up from Bristol to read for us – let’s show this wonderful poet some Speech Therapy love!

See you there guys! xx

The Chameleon Arts Cafe, 17 Angel Row, Nottingham NG1 6HL

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Riot, Resistance & The Contested Future – 22 June Tottenham, London

I'm really looking forward to an evening of film, spoken word & discussion featuring poet Sam Berkson, film-maker Fahim Alam, myself and another guest speaker TBA, in response to Jimmy Cauty's #ADPRiotTour installation, which is hosted by Styx, 5, Ashley Rd, Tottenham London N17 9LJ between June 21 & 23. Riot, Resistance & The Contested … Continue reading Riot, Resistance & The Contested Future – 22 June Tottenham, London

Guerilla Firm

Art/text from Place Waste Dissent (Influx Press 2015); Guerilla Firm (Hawkins/Clements) Be-bop-a-lu-la Mrs. Pearson compliments of the day to you GCHQ and all that Russian jazz he picks a path between paper interruptions office-delegates punch chunks of shakespeare punch chunks of Shakespeare upon the backs of the women as polygons set red with light and … Continue reading Guerilla Firm

Dead Ink Magazine Issue 2

Thanks to Penny Elliott for including some collage/text from Place Waste Dissent in Issue 2 of Dead King Magazine. 'We prioritise and showcase the work of writers who have experienced or continue to experience precariousness. Dead King is a home for a wide range of work, we accept poetry, prose, flash fiction, artwork, and non-fiction … Continue reading Dead Ink Magazine Issue 2

Paul Hawkins

I'm a Bristol based poet with (some have said) a chameleon-like past . . . musician, squatter, tour manager, freelance journalist, gardener, publisher, improvisor, collaborator and a manager of an Elvis Presley impersonator. I studied the art of sleeping standing up & drinking lying down with nearly disastarous consequences. I read wherever/whenever I can. If … Continue reading Paul Hawkins

PORTO: Servant Drone launch at Gato Vadio

bruno neiva and I had a fantastic launch and improvised collaborative reading for Servant Drone night at Gato Vadio on Saturday 19th March. The event was filmed and will be available in the near future. We read the whole of the experimental text book with a break in the middle and took questions afterwards. The … Continue reading PORTO: Servant Drone launch at Gato Vadio

CARNEVIL

Tony White’s Piece of Paper Press publishes number 30

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The thirtieth title from Piece of Paper Press is CARNEVIL by Los Angeles-based artist Steven Hull, which has been produced in a limited edition of 200 numbered copies.

In 2014 Hull made the Circus of Death for actor Jack Black’s Festival Supreme at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The dark and humorous circus—described by the LA Times as an ‘an art installation like no other [an] artist-designed theme park’—included a spooky train ride that carried passengers through artist-made fantastical worlds such as The Iceberg of Torment, Monster Windmill and Marionette Castle. The circus also featured a handmade monster merry-go-round, creepy puppet shows, large-scale video projections, sculptures and freak-show characters. The selected drawings in CARNEVIL were made in preparation for Circus of Death, and have been re-imagined for this book.

‘Psychologically prickly … its raucous abundance here mostly mixes incoherent chaos with psychedelic fun … The cacophony of opposing artistic…

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Slam poetry is a genre. Or how to avoid slam clichés…

Sam Berkson on Slam poet cliche’s and how (maybe) to avoid them . . .

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I saw someone share Canadian poet Chris Gilpin’s blog from last year arguing that we need to avoid “adopting the term ‘slam poet’”. Slam poetry, he says, is not a ‘genre’. It’s a way of running an open mic and it’s an international movement, emerging historically with the aim of freeing poetry from the “elite cultural gatekeepers”. It is excellent critique and I hope it is read far and wide by young poets who engage in live performance. Gilpin complains:

“Aspiring slam participants (and apparently even those who have no interest in participating) … copy the most obvious elements of performance cliché—yelling, speed, tones of distress, waving their arms—believing that they are correctly recreating a cool, new poetic style. In this way, the idea of slam poetry has crushed a great deal of artistic self-expression, encouraging poets to conform to something they can’t even define.”

The fact that he can…

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Border Territory: Place Waste Dissent

Mike James reviews Place Waste Dissent for The Contemporary Small Press.

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Place Waste Dissent by Paul Hawkins, Influx Press 2015

Alice Nutter – I believe of Chumbawamba fame – asserts in the foreword to Paul Hawkins’ Place Waste Dissent that, it ‘is a book that takes the aesthetics of poetry as seriously as the occupation and protests that inspired its writing.’ The collection situates itself amongst the residents, the protesters and the housing occupiers – if these are not the same people – of the M11 link road protests of the early 1990s. In Hawkins’ work, words fight for space – and on occasion lose – against the images of police officers, residents, stilt walkers and emptied streets, which form each page’s backdrop. That is not to say Hawkins’ poetry does not ‘drive’ Place Waste Dissent, but that the poems, like those Hawkins writes of, must contest for their own space.

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Impressions poem at Visual Verse

Visual Verse: An Anthology of Art and Words. One image, one hour, 50-500 words. Visual Verse supply a compelling image and invite writers – published or unpublished – to submit a piece in response. There is a catch: you must write it within one hour and it must be between 50 and 500 words. Impressions

Steve Spence reviews Place Waste Dissent for Stride

Steve Spence has reviewed new work by Sean Bonney, Rod Mengham and myself at Stride Magazine. 'There's also a sense of collaboration, both in the making of this book, and in its subject of resistance to heavy-handed authority, which combines a collective with an anarchistic outlook. This is social history presented pictorially and in fragmentary … Continue reading Steve Spence reviews Place Waste Dissent for Stride

Saturday Feb 27th on Resonance FM

Saturday Feb 27: Resonance FM The News Agents 2:30pm - 3:30pm I'll be on The News Agents show on eclectic arts radio Resonance FM again talking about radical housing, squatting, protest as well as reading from my recent Influx Press book Place Waste Dissent. I'll be there with poet Sarer Scotthorne, who will be reading … Continue reading Saturday Feb 27th on Resonance FM

Ambit Magazine reviews Place Waste Dissent

'Place Waste Dissent is poetry, collage, artist’s book, historical document, political tract. It draws a straight line of folk art from the ‘green man’ of pagan mythology to the DIY zine culture that it emerges from. The book-as-object tells you that it’s different the moment you see it, with heavy black edged pages, thick to … Continue reading Ambit Magazine reviews Place Waste Dissent

New Books

NEW books >> Place Waste Dissent (Influx Press) avant-garde experimental text collage I've a ltd. number of signed copies available £9.99 + p&p worldwide BUY Reviews '. . . the book is stamped with left-field credentials: Gee Vaucheresque monochrome montages of photos, police documents, agitprop fliers and eviction notices circumscribe and blend into the verse … Continue reading New Books

Poems in Yesterday’s Music Today (KF&S) anthology

I've poems in this new anthology published by Knives Forks and Spoons Press very recently. Contributors are Rosella Angwin, Sue Birchenough Elizabeth Burns, M.C. Caseley, Mike Ferguson, David Hart, Paul Hawkins Sarah James, Norman Jope, Jimmy Juniper, David Kennedy, John Lees, Rupert M. Loydell, Stephen C. Middleton, Ester Muchawsky-Schnapper, Sheila E. Murphy, Mario Petrucci, Jay … Continue reading Poems in Yesterday’s Music Today (KF&S) anthology

Place Waste Dissent live at #sanctumbristol

Andrew Neil Hayes filmed me reading from Place Waste Dissent at #Sanctumbristol on Friday November 6th. Sanctum hosts a continuous programme of sound over 552 hours, sustained by performers, musicians and bands in a temporary structure within the shell of Temple Church, Bristol. Sanctum is Theaster Gates' first public project in the UK, produced by Situations, … Continue reading Place Waste Dissent live at #sanctumbristol

#sanctumbristol Gospel Blues

Just got in from a 4 am 2 hour reading & discussion about Place Waste Dissent . . .  met some lovely people in pre-dawn ghostly atmosphere at Sanctum, Temple Church, Bristol. Beautiful gospel-blues played by Chasing Whiskey rang out before I read too ....

Back from the printers . . .

Place Waste Dissent is back from the printers. Editor, Landscape Punk and 50% of Influx Press,  Gary Budden is pictured here modelling the front cover. It's out on Nov 12, available from all good bookshops, direct from Influx Press or, if you leave me a message @PlayWDissent , you can order a signed copy direct … Continue reading Back from the printers . . .

Place Waste Dissent at #sanctumbristol

I'm reading the whole of my new avant-garde experimental text & collage book Place Waste Dissent over four performances at Sanctum, a project by Theaster Gates and Situations. Sanctum will host a continuous programme of sound over 552 hours, sustained by performers, musicians and bands, spoken word artists and the visiting casts of theatre productions … Continue reading Place Waste Dissent at #sanctumbristol

Nov. 21st Place Waste Dissent launch & exhibition at The Arts House, Bristol

Influx Press are launching Place Waste Dissent with a free event in Bristol on November 21st. The Arts House in Bristol's Stokes Croft will also be hosting a month long exhibition of prints from the book, as well as the launch night. November 12th - December 10th  - Place Waste Dissent Bristol Exhibition at The … Continue reading Nov. 21st Place Waste Dissent launch & exhibition at The Arts House, Bristol

Place Waste Dissent collage/text part of SIX Gallery exhibition in Bournemouth

Some collage/text art from Place Waste Dissent (Influx Press) will be exhibited by SIX in their Line & Mass series at Meyrick Hall Oct. 27th - 30th, part of the Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe. They ran a great gallery in the heart of Boscombe, exhibiting some great work. I held the launch for a pamphlet … Continue reading Place Waste Dissent collage/text part of SIX Gallery exhibition in Bournemouth

pre-order Place Waste Dissent at Influx Press

You can now pre-order Place Waste Dissent at publishers Influx Press from today here It's out on Nov. 12th. There will be a launch event in London and Bristol, details to be announced shortly ...

A Ten Question Interview With The Artist…Paul Hawkins.

Your One Phone Call asked me 10 questions …

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Why do you write?

I don’t altogether know, it’s way of trying to make sense of the world I guess; a bit like having a compulsion to playing one-armed bandits, fruit machines, but with words spinning on the reels.

What books do you read?

All sorts, but mostly creative non-fiction. Recently I’ve been dipping into Savage Messiah by Laura Oldfield-Ford, not suitable for domestic sublimation by Jennifer Cooke, Happiness by Sean Bonney, Luxury of the Dispossessed by Dan Duggan, Bad Vibes by Luke Haines, Chelsea Hotel Manhattan by Joe Ambrose, charlieunclenorfolktango by Tony White, Outside Looking On by Chimene Suleyman, Place by Allen Fisher, Forms of Protest by Hannah Silva, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy by Gabrielle Coleman, various texts by Iain Sinclair, Enthusiasm by SJ Fowler.

What inspires you?

Memory, place, my children, Sarer Scotthorne, Media Diversified, journeys, collaboration.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer and…

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26/6 reading at SJ Fowler’s Mahu – Influx residency

SJ Fowler & Sarer Scotthorne @ Mahu - Influx l - r Kit Caless, Linda Mannheim & Gary Budden Good to be reading in such company - Claire Fisher, Linda Mannheim, Kit Caless and Gary Budden of Influx Press at London's Hardy Tree Gallery, generously invited by SJ Fowler as part of his Mahu exhibition; … Continue reading 26/6 reading at SJ Fowler’s Mahu – Influx residency

The Acorn – 10

The Acorn – 10

An environmental activist confronts a riot policeman securing a construction site in the Sivens forest, as clearing has started in preparation of the Sivens dam construction, on September 9, 2014 near Gaillac, in the Tarn region. Although the construction of the dam would help supply water to nearby farms, it would remove a 13 hectares long reservoir of biodiversity. Proponents of the dam - including the FDSEA (Departemental Federation of syndicated farmers) - deemed necessary to secure water supplies for farmers. Opponents - backed by French Europe Ecologie Les Verts (EELV) green party member of the European Parliament - are moved by the disappearance of a wetland sheltering 94 protected species and therefore denounce the projected irrigated agricultural model. AFP PHOTO / REMY GABALDA
An environmental activist confronts a riot policeman securing a construction site in the Sivens forest, as clearing has started in preparation of the Sivens dam construction, on September 9, 2014 near Gaillac, in the Tarn region. Although the construction of the dam would help supply water to nearby farms, it would remove a 13 hectares long reservoir of biodiversity. Proponents of the dam – including the FDSEA (Departemental Federation of syndicated farmers) – deemed necessary to secure water supplies for farmers. Opponents – backed by French Europe Ecologie Les Verts (EELV) green party member of the European Parliament – are moved by the disappearance of a wetland sheltering 94 protected species and therefore denounce the projected irrigated agricultural model. AFP PHOTO / REMY GABALDA

Government plans to enact a ‘domestic extremism’ law, announced in the Queen’s Speech, threaten to make thought criminals of all who challenge the established order. At risk are campaigners, protestors, journalists and all who dissent from Britain’s neoliberal corporatocracy, writes Donnachadh McCarthy of Occupy Democracy in an article in The Ecologist.

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Number 10

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In this issue:

  1. Growing revolt on UK streets
  2. Spirited resistance to G7 capitalists
  3. Fracking liars are targeted
  4. Fighting capitalism’s domination of our lives
  5. Nasa people fight for “the liberation of Mother Earth”
  6. Technology out of control
  7. Acorninfo

1. Growing revolt on UK streets

brightondemo Saturday’s protest in Brighton

A growing mood of angry defiance of the capitalist system has been in evidence on the streets of the UK in recent weeks.

The latest instance took place in Brighton on Saturday June 6, where a large anti-austerity protest in the city culminated in the storming of the former Barclays bank at Preston Circus.

Brightonsquat1 Occupied – the former Barclays Bank at Preston Circus

A new radical alternative community space is being created there – “a space for organising actions to challenge all recent and ongoing political events”. The wish list includes camping stoves, cutlery, cups, plates, bowls, pans…

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Mahu: Influx Friday 26th June London

Mahu: Influx Press - Friday June 26th 2015 - 7pm At the Hardy Tree gallery - 7pm - Free Entry 119 Pancras Road. London, UK. NW1 1UN0 / email steven@sjfowlerpoetry.com for further details A night of eclectic readings from Influx writers and editors, taking in New York stories from Linda Mannheim, experimental squat poetry from Paul Hawkins, … Continue reading Mahu: Influx Friday 26th June London

Stoke Newington Literary Festival (ii)

Bruce Coker on the Influx Press event Squatting London, part of The Stoke Newington Literary Festival 6/6/15.

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On Saturday evening I attended a session on squatting in London, hosted by the estimable Influx Press and featuring writer and activist ‘Furious’ George F and poet Paul Hawkins, who together combined passion, humour and rage in roughly equal proportions.

Each, they reveal, came to squatting for similar reasons — necessity, primarily, as seems to have been the case for most of us who’ve ended up living that way down the years — though via very different routes. Hawkins, despite being a veteran of the often-lamented and invariably misunderstood 90s scene, rejects the very notion of nostalgia. And the relevance of his experiences of twenty or thirty years ago is palpable in the sections he recites from Claremont Road as well as those in his most recent collection, Place Waste Dissent.

George F could hardly have presented a greater contrast to Hawkins’ calm, restrained delivery. A force of nature…

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Roadblock

Thanks to all who came along to hear me and George F. reading during the Stoke Newington Literary Festival at the Influx Press Squatting London Event. As always, it was great to perform with George and to have Gary Budden chairing a provacative Q & A session afterwards. Big gloves to Sarer Scotthorne for the … Continue reading Roadblock