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Openned Reading, Wednesday 27 October 2010, 7:30pm

New Openned Reading series! At a new venue after some bastard closed the Foundry.

Date Wednesday 27th October
Time 7.30pm
Location Corsica Studios
Tube Elephant & Castle
Admission Free

See the event on Facebook
See the event at Openned.com

Readings from

  • Tim Atkins
  • Allen Fisher
  • Sarah Kelly
  • Jonny Liron
  • Nat Raha

A simultaneous reading from

  • Prudence Chamberlain*
  • Jennifer Cooke
  • Joanna Humphreys*
  • Anna Lawrence*
  • Jow Lindsay
  • Peter Philpott
  • Rachel Porcheret*
  • Posie Rider
  • Carol Watts
  • Tessa Whitehouse

Readers marked with * are RHUL Poetic Practice students

More TBA

Upcoming Openned Event, October 2009

Openned have scheduled another reading event which will, as usual, take place at the Foundry, London.

The rest of the event is not so usual, and will form a benefit event for the Lajee Centre, Bethlehem.  Details below are from Openned’s Facebook event for the evening, and describe the plans as they currently stand.  Anyone who is interested in this event should check Openned’s website and ought to subscribe to them on Twitter:



From the Openned’s Facebook event:

Openned is a poetry reading series. www.openned.com

The information about the next Openned is as follows:

I recently came back from a 2 week trip to the West Bank organised by Lajee Center. Lajee means refugee in Arabic.

The center is a non-profit registered Palestinian NGO working with refugee children and youth in Aida Refugee Camp, near Bethlehem, Palestine.

The Lajee Centre in Bethlehem is a Palestinian led centre for refugee children that focuses on project-based work, encouraging children to develop their personal skills and overcome the fear and disruption caused by the constant presence of the illegal Israeli occupation.

The people of the camp, 4,500 to 5000 strong, live along the apartheid wall, surrounded by Israeli Defence Forces in watchtowers and are in constant danger of administrative detention (meaning a Palestinian can be held for 6 months without charge) and shootings by the IDF.

The occupation effects everyone within the camp, but Lajee focuses more on the children of the camp (50 per cent of the Camps population) who will be the future builders of a Palestinian state; from photography projects, courses on human rights and politics, activism to drama therapy.

A group of volunteers has, over the last two weeks, been building a playground for the children of the centre.

The children have nowhere to play in the camp as the wall (illegal nder international law) divides them from all the green spaces, which have been annexed to Israel.

The person who owns the land won’t give us the land, or even reduce the price, meaning we need to raise a large amount of money to help buy it; 200,000 euros, to be precise.

With 34 international volunteers in 2009 working on the project, and with your help the figure isn’t as daunting as it sounds.

Openned’s part in this effort (www.openned.com) will be to hold a benefit reading for the center to try to raise money for the project.

The provisonal plan is to start a night at 7:15 p.m, and to split the night into three sections, with the middle section of the night being given over to describing the land project in detail and to talk about our experiences in the camp and in the Westbank.

We will project some of the childrens photographic work
and some of our own photographs. There will be many books on sale. We will also read some diary/blog enteries made out there and some poetry that was written while in the camp.

Before this and after we will have a big poetry reading 10 to 20 poets each reading for about 3 minuites each.

The event will be held inside a photographic exhibition of life in Palestine going on at the Foundry at the same time.

Poets to be announced, flyer to come, details of where one can make online donations is to come.

If anyone wants to donate some books to sell at the night there will be a proper book table at which we will sell them, all profits going to the center.

Openned Press

I’m late, I know, but please, please. I’m playing major catchup and barely know where to start (pointers, please??) with what’s been going down recently.

But this I do know: Openned have a couple of FREE publications up lately, both of which are more than worthy of more than a mention. But, I’m afraid, a mention is all they are getting for now.

Sean Bonney: the Commons II

Alex Davies: LONDON§TONE

Get em before they run out of electropaper and binarybinding glues.

Next Openned Event, Wednesday 27 May 2009

Well, I’m back in Phoenix, and have only just got over the jet lag and the already above-100º heat. Blog posting has been slow as a result and will continue to be so for the coming week, after which my insurmountable pile of “to do” will perhaps be less, umm, insurmountable.

In the meantime, scoff on this from the sticky on Openned’s website:

The next Openned night takes place at 7.15pm on Wednesday 27th May. Confirmed readers: Rebecca Cremin, Johanna Linsley, Ryan Ormonde, Michelle Naka Pierce, Chris Pusateri, Sophie Robinson, Catherine Wagner. Join the Facebook event. Openned nights are held at The Foundry in London, UK. Click here for a map. Admission is always free.

Yes, that’s right. It’s another Openned evening. Remember? Just like your mother used to make. You ought to go, it’ll make you feel warm, safe and perhaps even a bit sexy. I can’t go cos I’m too far away, unfortunately.

Disposable Venus Bits – Video

Thank you to everyone who came to the Foundry on Sunday, I had a blast. Hope you did too. Thanks to Steve Willey, there is a rather wonderful video of the event in full at Openned.


Special thanks to Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Steve Willey and Geneviève Beth Grady for making it such a great event. At some point very soon I’ll post up my remixes of Ideas on Oedipal Bitstreams which I made especially for the event

Also potentially of interest, if you dug any of the music which was playing throughout the performance, the track listing was as follows:

  • Mascara Snowed — Elizabeth-Jane Burnett
  • It’s All Blooming Now Mt. Heart Attack — Liars
  • Sometime Around Midnight — The Airborne Toxic Event
  • Love Will Tear Us Apart — Joy Division
  • Drain Cosmetics — Serena Maneesh

Recurring Poetry, Recursive Readings

There is an interesting mini-debate on the Openned website, sprouting from one of its blog posts via that posts comments. The original post makes reference to 3 examples of poets currently self-publishing longer works serially on their blogs. Though surely many more examples exist of such instalment writing, there are not likely many examples as good as the ones cited here.

Of particular interest in the subsequent discussions (which are here), the comment that blog posts outside of the ‘poems proper’ actually form part of the wider reading of these poems — something which will surely be lost when finally published in its own context in a bound book. For sure, in the blog context, the composite texts arrive in a chronology which invites digressions, interruptions, as part of an ongoing reading process.

But this also hits on something of arguable importance — that the blog format itself is a medium which ought not to be ignored, and which carries with it unique elements stemming from a dynamic organisational structure which can be quite interesting for a reader.

To offer a simple example (and Sean Bonney’s The Commons will be the text to which I’ll refer), the present-to-past chronology of blog archives is designed in direct relation to the navigational strategies and ‘use values’ of blogging as system. I.e. the assumption is that the most recent post is the content demanded by the user, and therefore should be towards the top of the page for convenience. This is the opposite order to a regular journal, or a manuscript which a poet might write. All this is very obvious and needn’t be dwelled upon in great detail, but the point here is that one person following The Commons from the very first post right through to now will have a vastly different reading experience to someone encountering Sean’s blog for the very first time and browsing through reverse-chronologically. Pointedly, for a work which seems to thrive in its relation to the ‘outside’, being in a (to me) dynamic with a social political context, there is an important difference too between reading a work and being fed a work, across time, in separate chunks which leave one’s experiences between them as composite influences on subsequent instalments. But this is not so media-specific.

Publishing dates, feasibly removed from the actual date of writing, form another archival grouping. Again, a month’s worth of The Commons presents a new form of holistic reading.

Perhaps a more intriguing example is if one uses the search function to filter content based on certain vocabulary. If, for example, I type the word “voice” into Sean’s blog, I get several phases of The Commons containing that word, followed by Notes on Baudelaire. All extracts are joined together by an arbitrary string, but this facility alone in this medium makes viable — to my mind — such arbitrary systems as valid reading practices. And perhaps it’s not as arbitrary as it might at first seem; I chose “voice” because it seemed, to me, to be one of the pertinent pieces of vocabulary which seem to thread through the work. Trying the word “small” I get some sections of The Commons, again some Notes on Baudelaire, and a selection of tunes. Using such vocabulary as a reading catalyst offers a kind of vocal-thematic structure, which, whether intended or not, binds fragments both inside and outside of the work.

Intention is quite another thing, of course, and it’s quite possible that none of these poets Steve mentions are concerned with the above. Blogs are, too, simply a way of archiving the progression of a piece of work, or simply housing it. That said, I personally find it vital to consider how the structural and dynamic aspects of such archival system do and should inform and transform readings.