“In this cross-disciplinary event, Poet in the City and Aurora Orchestra uncover the story of a ground-breaking new technology that will enable us to remember more than ever before. Through the world premieres of electrically-charged new music and poetry, they explore the question: what happens when matter, music, and language are placed under pressure?
Inspired by this question, composer Martin Suckling and poet Frances Leviston have created electrically-charged new works that draw on the memory of two great artistic forbearers, Franz Schubert and Emily Dickinson. Suckling explores the idea of music under pressure by echoing, distorting, and crystallising fragments of Schubert’s sublime String Quintet. Leviston references the voltage of Dickinson’s densely packed poems and wonders how Dickinson might have responded to this advance in technology. Experimental physicist Stuart Parkin, one of the pioneers spearheading this new technology, joins Suckling and Leviston to present his reflections.
Commissioned by Bio Nano Consulting Ltd for the dissemination of PETMEM (Piezoelectronic Transduction Memory Device), a European Commission-funded project which brings together universities, research institutions and companies to explore low-voltage memory technologies.”
The performance is on Friday 12 January 2018 at 7:30pm at Kings Place. See the Kings Place website for more information and tickets.
I was commissioned earlier this year to work with the composer Martin Suckling to produce new poems (me) and new music (him) in response to research being conducted by the PETMEM project into piezoelectric memory technology for computing. No idea what that means? Listen to the programme, where Stuart Parkin explains it very brilliantly, Martin and I talk a bit about our work, and then the new pieces are read and played by principals from the Aurora Orchestra.
She knelt in the middle of the slope. A centimetre of snow, still falling, lay on top of the hard-pack like a handful of feathers on a rock. It had been pretty at first, but now the wind was picking up…
I’ve written a new short story for BBC Radio 4, called “About the Mountain”, which will be broadcast today, Friday 10th June, at 15.45. Tune in then, or go here to the BBC iPlayer to listen later on.
I’m delighted to be reading at Humboldt University in Berlin on Tuesday 14th June 2016. The event is co-organised by the Centre for British Studies and Literary Field Kaleidoscope, and is open to everyone. It begins at 5pm at the Centre for British Studies, Mohrenstrasse 60, 10117 Berlin. Visit this page for more information.
Having been long-listed for the International Dylan Thomas Prize back in January, Disinformation has now made it on to the final shortlist of six books, alongside wonderful work by Claire-Louise Bennett, Sunjeev Sahota and others. I’m delighted. There will be a showcase reading in London on 12th May (more on that soon), and the winner of the £30,000 prize will be announced in Swansea on May 14th. To read about the prize and the shortlist, visit http://www.swansea.ac.uk/dylan-thomas-prize/2016-shortlist/.
Looking forward very much to reading with Colette Bryce at the dlr Mountains to Sea Book Festival in Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, on Saturday 12 March. The reading begins at 4.30pm at the dlr Lexicon. I’ll also be teaching a workshop on the Sunday morning at 10.30am. More information can be found on the festival website.
I will be reading from “Broderie Anglaise” and discussing the art of the short story with Kirsty Gunn, Helen Simpson and Claire Armitstead at the St Hilda’s College Writers’ Day at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival on Saturday 9 April. The event starts at 2pm. For more details, visit the festival website here.