Archive for May, 2011

Some variations on a theme of Bob

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

The exhibition of works by Bob Cobbing, Some variations on a theme of Bob at Space Studios in London, has now closed after a little over 6 weeks and is in temporary storage. The idea has been to see if it is possible to stage it or something like it somewhere else. It seemed such a waste, after all the work that I and others put into it, to not make more use of the material by enabling others to see it.

I am pleased to say that this morning, even as we were organising the vehicle to move the items out, agreement in principle was reached to show it elsewhere in UK later this year.

I shall not publish the details yet because nothing is on paper and little is determined; while it seems to me that a bare minimum of courtesy requires that I say “So I shall tell my readers and colleagues?” and the other says “Yes”

I have little or no doubt that we shall get to that point and that the exhibition will take place, enabling others to see it. Furthermore, this is, I hope, not the only gallery to say yes to showing Some variations on a theme of Bob. At least one other venue is actively considering the possibility.

More as soon as possible.

Lawrence Upton

Pocket Litter after the second issue

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Pocket Litter magazine is now open to submissions for Issue 3 from anyone who has participated in a wf workshop this calendar year. The deadline for submissions is 28th May 2011.
This is, of course, an experiment to see if there is a long term place in what we do for a frequent unpretentious magazine; and to see if it is sustainable in terms of individuals’ output and in terms of wf resources. And, if we do continue with it, how many issues we want per year.
To conduct the experiment, we need data. Hence the rapid publication. We can resource 5 issues.
It is suggested that we try for around 5 issues over the summer and then discuss it informally. That discussion need not take long and need distract us from the main work of the workshop. If the answers to my questions become clear beforehand, so much the better! But we need to be sure we take account of what all participants think.
Here is the projected schedule:
Pocket Litter 3: deadline 28th May 2011 publication 4th June 2011
Pocket Litter 4: deadline 18th June 2011 publication 25th June 2011
Pocket Litter 5: deadline 9th July 2011 publication 16th July 2011
and, in case we need it, a further issue may be projected:
Pocket Litter 6: deadline 20th Aug 2011 publication 3rd Sep 2011
(Notice the deadline for PL6 is 2 weeks ahead.)
All of this can be changed or revised.

Last and next workshop

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

A very fine workshop on 7th May 2011 with variety in form, content and genre. And we launched Pocket Letter 2.

There are three more workshops left in the scheduled 2010 / 2011 season. The next is 4th June 2011.

Workshop 7th May 2011

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

The next workshop is Saturday 7th May 2011. Email reminders went out to regulars on our list a few days ago.

All supporting our aims are welcome.

We meet, as usual, at The Betsey Trotwood at 3:30 pm for a 4 o’clock start. If you are late anyway, better to come in than not; but that half an hour is useful for unexpected delays, recovering from travel stress and having a chat and settling down. Do, please, use it, if you can.

Bring lots of work please. We have a number of notified absences due to holidays and work and performances. So there should be enough time! And do please come if you possibly can. There’s no point otherwise.

If you have a number of things, bring them all, especially if you are unsure of them or haven’t finished them. It’s a workshop and you don’t have to achieve a polished performance.

We hope to publish the second issue of our magazine Pocket Litter which is open to submission from all who attend the workshop.

NB The deadline for the third issue is 28th May 2011; and it is to be hoped that more proposed contributions will be submitted this time.


Performance at Space, 30th April 2011

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

At the start of the week, Andrew Spragg wrote on a listserv:

“I was at Space Studios [30th April 2011 […]. It was a splendid performance, with Jennifer Pike Cobbing performing extracts from ABC in Sound, alternating with Lawrence Upton & Benedict Taylor’s performance of a later version of the same [Third ABC in Sound]. It was a great demonstration of the breadth of Cobbing’s work, and Lawrence spoke afterwards about a number of the poems on display in a manner that managed to be both informative and personal.

The exhibition itself runs until the end of the week, I’d definitely recommend people try to see it if they haven’t already”

Quoted with Mr Spragg’s permission

Stocks of ABC in Sound are getting very low and that is the most important and urgent printing job that we have. It will be done as soon as we have enough funding or… as soon as someone offers to subsidise it.

The Third ABC in Sound has been out of print for a decade; and that too is important and urgent to get back into print. It may be possible to make a short run if we can get access to a photocopier in good enough condition; or perhaps an ink jet edition can be managed in the late summer. Ideally, it would be another perfect bound print job; but that requires funds up front.