archived gigs



October 28: Bristol Festival of Literature w/erbacce press poets 7:30pm at The Phoenix Cafe, All Saints Street, Broadmead, Bristol BS1 2LZ

November 29: Berkeley Square Poetry Revue, Clifton, Bristol 7.30pm free

I’m always open to suggestions for reading/performing, running workshops, talks or to be part of a discussion panel. Have a look here for more details.

Past . . .


October 5 – 8: Place Waste Dissent Exhibition, daily 11am – 4pm free at Bank Street Arts, 32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield S1 2DS

An exhibition of my text & prints by Steve Ryan from the Influx Press book Place Waste Dissent, there will also be readings from Place Waste Dissent and film screenings of Life In The Fast Lane: The No M11 Story (dir: Neil Goodwin, Mayyasa Al-Malazi) & Blight (John Smith/Jocelyn Pook).
During the exhibition on Thursday Oct 6: 6pm – 8pm free entry – I’ll be reading from Place Waste Dissent and screening Blight, a film by John Smith with the soundtrack by Jocelyn Pook.


October 1: w/Run Logan Run, Kit Williams Fergradoe, Sarer Scotthorne, Spindle Ensemble & me w/ Rowan Evans at  The Church of St John the Baptist, Broad Street Bristol BS1 2EZ 7:30 – 11pm, £5.00 click here: limited to 50, booking essential  refreshments by Nourish Me . This event is part of the Bristol Poetry Festival.


September 24: Bristol Poetry Festival w/erbacce press poets 7:00pm at Bloom & Curll Bookshop, 72 Colston Street, Bristol. Entry: buy a book from Bloom & Curll

August 6: Enemies Project, @ Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN 01225 312084 7.00pm doors for a 7.30pm start. Entrance free


July 28: Speech Therapy @ The Chameleon Arts Cafe, 17 Angel Row, Nottingham, NG1 6HL, free 7.30pm


June 22: Riot, Resistance & The Contested Future 7:30pm an evening of spoken-word, film & discussion in response to Jimmy Cauty’s #ADPRiotTour installation with poet Sam Berkson, a short screening from Riots Reframed, Sheila Menon from #heathrow13, Jimmy Cauty, L-13‘s Steve Lowe and me at Unit 6, Imperial Works, Fountayne Road, London N15 4QL free

June 8: Satellite of Love  8.15pm The Greenbank Pub 57 Bellevue Road BS5 6DP fund raiser for Bristol Refugee Rights

May 29: SPEL alt poetry and acoustic music 8.30pm at the Bristol Fringe Cafe, 32 Princess Victoria St Bristol, free

May 11: Satellite of Love  8.15pm The Greenbank Pub 57 Bellevue Road Bristol BS5 6DP 

April 10: SPEL alt poetry and acoustic music 8.30pm at the Bristol Fringe Cafe, 32 Princess Victoria St Bristol, free

March 26: InZine #5 The Pod, Coventry CV1 4AE 12 – 5pm
Paul Hawkins + Sarer Scotthorne + Dan Duggan + Zine Fest/film/exhibition – part of Scratch the Surface Mental Health Arts Festival.

March 25: Servant Drone launch, Bloom & Curll Bookshop, 72 Colston Street Bristol BS1 5BB 6.30pm :: Paul Hawkins & Sarer Scotthorne. Made possible by the generous support of the Porto/Bristol Association and are fully free.

March 23: Page and Performance, The Cross Hands, Fishponds Bristol 8pm free

March 19: Servant Drone launch, Gato Vadio, Rua do Rosário, 281 4050-525 Porto 6pm :: bruno neiva & Paul Hawkins. Made possible by the generous support of the Porto/Bristol Association and are fully free.


March 17 – April 9:  Place Waste Dissent at End||Begin 32 City Arcade, Coventry, CV1 3HW. The highly anticipated group show of Scratch the Surface Mental Health Arts Festival, will showcase a selection of fifteen fine artists from across the UK who the Collective//Pod have worked with over the last 18 months. I’m proud to have an early draft manuscript of my Influx Press experimental poetry collage cut-up book Place Waste Dissent on exhibit. The manuscript was pasted and cut-up into a hand-made book by Clara Quinion, and I read from it at many events before the book was edited and then published in November 2015.
Free and open to all, with a toast to the artists at 5pm. The exhibition will be viewable at numerous occasions throughout the festival during both day and night time slots. All details TBA shortly. End||Begin is co-curated by Collective//Pod members professional artist Martin Green and emerging artist Colin Oddy.

March 13: SPEL alt poetry and acoustic music 8.30 at the Bristol Fringe Cafe 32 Princess Victoria St Bristol, free

Wednesday March 9: Satellite of Love w/Sarer Scotthorne/Matt Duggan/Malaika Kegode/Wendy Young/Grace Palmer/Angela Brooks/Ellie Burmistre/Helen Sheppard/Omar Makessa 8.15pm at The Greenbank Pub 57 Bellevue Road Bristol BS5 6DP

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.

Resonance FM is a groundbreaking 24/7 radio station which broadcasts on 104.4 FM to central London, DAB to Greater London, nationally on Radioplayer and live streamed to the rest of the world. Realised by a dedicated community of volunteer engineers and programme-makers, Resonance offers over 100 creative broadcast series every week featuring local and international artists, makers and experts. You can listen in here.

Nov 10 – Dec 12 Place Waste Dissent Exhibition at The Arts House, 108A Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3RU

an exhibition of art & text featured in the collection more info

Dec 5th 7.00pm Influx Press Book Launch at the Brick Lane Bookshop 166, Brick Lane, London E1 6RU more info

Join Influx Press at Brick Lane Bookshop celebrating the publication of our new title, ‘Place Waste Dissent’ by Paul Hawkins.

Reading are:

Paul Hawkins
– Paul Hawkins is a Bristol based poet and author of the new Influx Press title ‘Place Waste Dissent’. He co-runs Hesterglock Press and has had three previous books published, ‘Claremont Road’, ‘Contumacy’ (Erbacce) & ‘Servant Drone’ (KF&S) w/bruno neiva.

Sarer Scotthorne
– Sarer co-runs Hesterglock Press and is author of the acclaimed collection ‘The Blood House’.

George F
– George F is the author of the acclaimed squatting memoir ‘Total Shambles’ (Influx Press, 2015).

Lucy Furlong

The event is FREE!! 7pm Signed books on sale on the night.

Nov 21st 7.30pm Influx Press Bristol book launch at The Arts House, 108A Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3RU more info

‘Having spent three years in the early 1990s occupying properties and protesting in Claremont Road, east London, poet Paul Hawkins maps the run-off, rackets and resistance along the route of the proposed M11 Link Road. Using the voices of Dolly Watson and many others in avant-garde experimental text and lo-fi collage, he explores place, waste and dissent; the stake the Thatcher/Major Tory government was driving into the heart of the UK.’

Join us at The Arts House in Stokes Croft, Bristol celebrating the publication of ‘Place Waste Dissent’ and an accompanying month-long exhibition of art and text featured in the collection, with readings, a short film screening and a Q&A with the author.

Reading are:

Paul Hawkins
– Paul Hawkins is a Bristol based poet and author of the new Influx Press title ‘Place Waste Dissent’. He co-runs Hesterglock Press and has had three previous books published, ‘Claremont Road’, ‘Contumacy’ (Erbacce) & ‘Servant Drone’ (KF&S) w/bruno neiva.

Sarer Scotthorne
– Sarer co-runs Hesterglock Press and is author of the acclaimed collection ‘The Blood House’.

Sam Berkson
– Sam is the author of ‘Life in Transit’ (Influx, 2012), ‘Dusk Steals the Daylight (Fishbar, 2013) and the recent collection ‘Settled Wanderers’ (Influx, 2015).

The event is FREE!! 7:30pm Signed books on sale on the night

Oct 29th – Nov 21st Temple Church Bristol Sanctum

I’ll be doing five solo performances; four reading Place Waste Dissent from cover to cover and the fifth, a red-eye 2 hour marathon, reading from Claremont Road, Contumacy, Place Waste Dissent and Servant Drone.

This autumn, a remarkable structure is rising up from within the bombed out remains of Temple Church in Bristol. For 24 days, this 14th century site is being transformed into an intimate gathering place in which to hear the city like never before.

Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates was invited by Bristol arts producer, Situations, to create his first public project in the UK as part of Bristol 2015 European Green Capital.

The artist has sought out discarded and dormant materials from former places of labour and religious devotion across Bristol to build an intimate and distinctive temporary structure at Temple Church. From 6pm on Thursday 29th October, Sanctum will host a continuous programme of sound over 552 hours until Saturday 21st November, sustained by performers, musicians and bands, spoken word artists and the visiting casts of theatre productions in Bristol.

You will be able to enter Sanctum day and night, but the schedule will always remain secret. You won’t know who you are about to hear. Capacity is limited, but if you’d like to guarantee a time to visit, you can reserve an entry time here.

Oct. 27th – 30th Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe at Meyrick Hall, Bournemouth 12.00 – 4.00pm daily SIX Gallery are exhibiting prints of collage/text from my new Influx Press collection Place Waste Dissent

11224016_505804709601964_5835593654799276497_oas part of their Line & Mass series, along with other work including Matthew Shaw – Alchemical Figure, Beatriz Brooks – A Castle for the Inner Child, Adam Popli – Asian Osmosis. Performances include: Flights of the Imagination, J.U.D.I.T.H by Marja Christians and DeCoda by David Nock. FREE.

Sept 26th – Inzine Fest IV  at The Pod in Coventry with Antony Owen, Thomas MacColl, Sarer Scotthorne, Simone Estridge, Adam Steiner + more. Free 12-5.


September 5th – Vogue Fabrics, Dalston London: MAINTENANT 9: A JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY DADA WRITING AND ART UK launch

August 20th The Inspire Bar, Coventry  Hesterglock Press launch of Margaret Thatcher’s Museum by Antony Owen w/Antony Owen, Paul Hawkins & Sarer Scotthorne




June 26th – Mahu Influx at The Hardy Tree Gallery, Kings Cross, London. 7.30pm free entry

A night of eclectic readings from Influx writers and editors, taking in New York stories from Linda Mannheim, experimental squat poetry from Paul Hawkins, tales of light invading the dark by Clare Fisher, plus readings from Influx editors Kit Caless and Gary Budden.



March 21st Resonance FM guest on The News Agents show,  with Sarer Scotthorne

Feb 21st Mr Wolf’s Bristol w/Schoolboy’s Death Trio


Jan 21st The Twisted Teapot Boscombe w/ Jonny Fluffypunk, Markie Burnhope, Paul Hawkins, Myriam San Marco, Sarer Scotthorne, Julia Boore & Barbara Donne – Bosc:Rev Issue 3 launch


October 25th Camaradefest II at Rich Mix Arts Centre London: 100 poets in collaborative performances. I performed with Mali Clements;


May 31st The Saboteur Awards The Jericho Tavern Oxford

with Lucy Ayrton, Tina Sederholm, Dan Holloway, Rose Drew
Florence O’Mahoney, Emily Cleaver, Thomas McColl, Lyndsay Waller-Wilkinson, Nichola Deane, David Clarke, John Clegg, Andrew Wynn Owen, Jacqueline Saphra, Ashley Stokes, Kate Garrett, May-Lan Tan, William Thirsk-Gaskill, Tim Wells, Rowena Knight, Paul Hawkins, Kirsten Irving, Kiran Millwood-Hargrave, Jenni Pascoe, Fay Roberts & Steve Nash



May 1st The Horse Hospital, London International Launch of Cut UP! Anthology w/Anne Pigalle, A.D. Hitchin, Nina Antonia, Billy Chainsaw, Paul Hawkins & Matthew Levi Stevens

May 2 & May 3 Vita Nova Theatre, Roumelia Lane Boscombe Bournemouth performing w/Scott Lavene as Gunshot

April 25th The Hydra Bookshop, Bristol

March 28th The Hydra Bookshop, Bristol

March: Split collaboration w/Mark Lloyd

Feburary 28th SIX Gallery, Roumelia Lane, Boscombe Bournemouth: launch of Claremont Road pamphlet w/Steve Rushden, Markie Burnhope & Sarer Scotthorne

Jan 27 – Feb 1 SIX Gallery Roumelia Lane Boscombe w/Andrew McCutchion (The Sidemen) curating Unprepared Piano



December 13th – live improvised performance of Boscombe Suite Boscombe at The Friends Meeting House Boscombe BH5 1AH

September 13 & 14 – performing Flea at The Boscombe Fringe Festival, Roumelia Lane, Boscombe

August 16th – The Shelley Theatre, Boscombe Bournemouth

May 18 – Brighton Fringe Festival as a member of The Sidemen (w/ Andrew McCutchion)

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