FRIDAY 28 OCTOBER 7.30pm THE BEACON 67–68 St Mary’s Terrace, Hastings Doors open at 6.00pm for supper menu
£8.00 Winter Migrants: Poetry Performance Maggie O’Sullivan, John James Tom Pickard and Nicholas Johnson
Documentary film maker and poet Tom Pickard returns, to open the tinderbox of his new work Winter Migrants.Pickard's artistic lineage stretches back to Allen Ginsberg, the border ballads, Lindisfarne, the legendary Morden Tower - and - Basil Bunting.
Maggie O’Sullivan’s visceral vernacular (‘carnal thickness’) tills the inter-indigenous brainscape of Celtic/ Northumbrian/Welsh/ Gaelic / Scots / Irish / Anglo / Saxon… It’s not that O’Sullivan writes directly ‘in’ any one of the languages ‘of these Isles,’ but that they form a foundational ‘force field’ out of which her own distinctive language emerges, as figure set against its grounding...” –Charles Bernstein “
John James’ work is like a vigorous breath of fresh air, full of variety, humour and surprise. It has a strong sense of lyricism and energy, a striking mixture of the experimental and the immediate that brings to mind the work of Mayakovsky or the New York poets.” –Charles Bainbridge
Nicholas Johnson usually write long poems and assemblages. These include The Lard Book, a gargantuan visual book on tracing paper in a silver case. This was occasioned by the upside-down handwriting of clairvoyant NY poet Hannah Weiner and the 1996 BSE crisis. “Extraordinary poetry.” –Alice Notley