Archive for May, 2014

Pocket Litter May 2014

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Pocket Litter May 2014 guest-edited by Gregorio Fontén was published on 21st May 2014 in hard copy.

At present it is only available as a free pdf featuring work by Anamaria Briede, Gregorio Fonten, Martin Bakero, Martin Gubbins, Kurt Folch, Tomas Browne, Felipe Cussen and Montenegrofisher.

If you wish to be added to the P.L. mailing list and receive a copy of this and future pdf issues, then please email info at wfuk dot org dot uk the sobject heading “Pocket Litter May 2014”

Please also note a considerable number of those already sent have been reported as “undeliverable” and that includes one at least which has been acknowledged by the consignee. Clearly I cannot put any faith in the “undeliverable” report and shall send again in a little while. Apologies if you get it twice

FdE-WF get together – mailing list

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

I have now processed all the mailing list requests I got last night and tested them. One at least has bounced although the reason given is ambiguous.

If you gave me your address for me to put you on the address list for the workshop & if you haven’t heard then please email me on info at wfuk dot org dot uk

Or if you would like to be added now




Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Re the previous post, I havent met with Fisher and Montenegro for a few years. So, when I received the copy on 21st May from Gregorio, I went to their website – and found it blocked by Sonicwall, which describes itself as a content filtering service. I had always thought it was a cult mental masturbators society.

If we believe them they provide dynamic security for the global network. In this context, that’s bollocks. Adrian and Luna hardly threaten any global network, except pomposity

They have the site classified as “nudism” and I have asked that it be recategorised as “arts / entertainment”. We shall see


Sound Poetry Talk & Performance: A Writers Forum-Foro de Escritores meetup

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Talk at Goldsmiths College, 5.30 pm 21 May 2014

Performance at the Amersham Arms 8.30 pm 21 May 2014

Sound Practice Research invites you to an event devoted to the experimental poetry around London’s Writers Forum and Foro de Escritores in Santiago, Chile.

Ranging from concrete, visual, electronic and multimedia explorations of poetry, poets from both groups will discuss, show examples of their works and talk about the connection between the two groups. Afterwards there will be a performance by the participants.

Writers Forum is a small publisher, workshop and writers’ network established by Bob Cobbing in the fifties. It has published many books and pamphlets including works by John Cage, Allen Ginsberg, Brion Gysin, and P. J. O’Rourke, as well as a wide range of British Poetry Revival modernist poets, such as Eric Mottram, Bill Griffiths, Geraldine Monk, Maggie O’Sullivan and Sean Bonney. Currently the group is directed by Lawrence Upton.

Foro de Escritores is a Chilean literary project founded in Santiago by the the end of 2003 as a deliberate replica of the Writers Forum. The Colección Foro de Escritores has reached over a dozen of handcrafted titles so far.

This is the first time both groups have met in one event. The May issue of the Writers Forum Magazine Pocket Litter will be available at the event featuring the work of poets from Foro de Escritores.

Lawrence Upton Poet, graphic and sound artist, curator. Co-edited Word Score Utterance Choreography in verbal and visual poetry, 1998, with Bob Cobbing, with whom he made collaborative poems, especially Domestic Ambient Noise, 1994-2000. (Commentator on Cobbing. Most recently: Some commentaries on Bob, 2013) Text-sound composition usually using his own visual poems with John Levack Drever, Benedict Taylor & Tina Krekels. Recent publications wrack (2012); Memory Fictions (2012); and Unframed Pictures (2011). Second solo exhibition (“from recent projects”) September 2012, London. photo, synthesis (for solo viola) on commission to Benedict Taylor (2013), now being premiered. Convenes Writers Forum Workshop, directs Writers Forum . Visiting Research Fellow in Music, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Clive Fencott Writer, sound poet and cybertext artist who has published and performed his work since 1975. In 1974 he started attending the experimental poetry workshops organised by Bob Cobbing at the Poetry Society in London and from this developed an enduring interest in improvised vocal performance. He was a founder member, with Chris Cheek and Lawrence Upton, of the performance group JGJGJGJG. In the 1970s and 1980s he performed extensively with Bob Cobbing and with him founded both the electronic vocal group Oral Complex, with John Whiting, and the improvisation group Bird Yak, with Hugh Metcalf. In the 1990s he wrote and performed with Bill Griffiths. His interest in digital media began in the early 1980s when he collaborated with saxophonist and programmer Steve Moore on the early cybertext project The Manual of the Permanent Waver. He is fascinated by humans’ relationships with and dependences upon the symbolic.

Matthew Robertson Is a visual poet with publications from the Writers Forum. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design at Bath School of Art and Design.

Martin Gubbins Is a Chilean poet and visual and sound artist. He has published six books of poetry and visual poetry in Chile, México, England, and the US, as well as four discs of sound poetry, the last of which, Feedback, was launched in 2014 at Bandcamp. He is the founder of Chile’s Foro de Escritores, a project inspired by Bob Cobbing’s Writers Forum.

Gregorio Fontén His first visual poetry book ‘Contemplación’ was published in 2001 by Libros de la Elipse in Santiago. Since then he has been published in different anthologies and magazines in Chile, Mexico, UK and USA. His musical/sound poetry work has been described as one of ramshackle and unique songs, whose effect is hallucinatory, corrosive; both strange and beautiful. He has presented his work in different events and festival in North & South America and the UK.

Montenegrofisher (Luna Montenegro & Adrian Fisher)

montenegrofisher make visual and sound art works across the mediums of performance, installation, film, drawing and poetry. Their work has developed from ideas of ritual, transformation and the presence of the body. They live in London, UK and show in galleries, film festivals, publications, public spaces and digital formats.

Kurt Folch Has published four books of poetry: Viaje Nocturno (1996), Thera (2003), Paisaje Lunar (2009), and Líquenes (2014). Folch has collaborated with el Foro de Escritores since 2004. He has also translated William Shakespeare (The Merry Wives of Windsor), George Oppen (a selection from Oppen’s work), and Tom Raworth (Eternal Sections) into Spanish.

Martín Bakero (TBC) Poet, musician and psychotherapist (therapoet). He has presented performances, lectures, films, expositions, installations and radio programs in many locations throughout Europe and North, Central and South-America. He has experimented with combinatorics, permutation, genetics, astrobiology, quantum mechanics, sound, vision and psychics arts. He studied electro-acoustic composition in the conservatory of Paris and teaches in the University of Paris, México and Chile specialising in severe personality disorders and poetry. His research is the transformation of the symptom in art: symptomart; and the acousmantik, a way for the problem to become poem, transforming the fixed consonants into free ‘vowels’ and the lost ‘vowels’ into real optopoetrysound.


21st May 2014 17:30-19:00

Room 274 RHB

Goldsmiths, University of London

Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW


21st May 2014 20:30

Amersham Arms

388 New Cross Rd, London SE14 6TY

Free entry – Contributions (Pocket Litter Magazine will be on sale)

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FdE evening – update

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Sound Poetry – Foro de Escritores

21st of May



Room RHB274 Goldsmiths, University of London

20:30 +


Chilean poets (Gregorio Fontaine, Martin Gubbins, Martin Bakero and Andres

Andwandter UK / UK-based poets (Matthew Roberston, Lawrence Upton and Clive


Amersham Arms

388 New Cross Rd, London SE14 6TY

Free entry – Contributions requested

NB A new issue of Pocket Litter, guest-edited by Gregorio Fontaine, designed by Matthew Robinson will be on sale hard copy

Forthcoming guest at WFW

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

After the next workshop, after the events organised by Foro de Escritores in association with WFW, Writers Forum Workshop meets again on 7th June 2014 in Room 268 Goldsmiths, University of London (3:30 for 4 pm; 4 – 6 pm)

However, it is expected that normal activity of that workshop will be condensed into its first half and a bit. From perhaps 5:15 pm, it is hoped to give the floor to our guest from Toronto, W Mark Sutherland

Mark is only here for a few days. Don’t miss this opportunity of meeting him and seeing him perform

Hope to see you on 10th May and 21st May as well

Event organised by Foro de Escritores in association with Writers Forum

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Foro de Escritores of Chile are organising two linked events on May 21st May 2014, maybe around 5 pm, starting at Goldsmiths, University of London and then moving on to Amersham Arms, just up the road. Chilean poets (Gregorio Fontaine, Martin Gubbins, Martin Bakero and Andres Andwandter UK / UK-based poets (Matthew Roberston, Lawrence Upton and Clive Fencott). A rare opportunity. Details, including times, still being worked out.

Hope to see you first on 10th May 2014

Next workshop

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Writers Forum Workshop meets 10 May 2014

Meet 3:30 for 4 pm

Room RHB268 Goldsmiths College, University of London

Meeting 4 – 6

Bring work to read, preferably a set of short pieces so that you can contribute more than once if there is time

and we recommend that you bring some water because the cafe may be closed