May 14, 2013

The Other Room

The Other Room is putting on an extra, one-off event at The Town Hall Tavern, 20 Tib Lane, Manchester, M2 4JA on Saturday, 18th May, 5 pm start. The readers are derek beaulieu, Tom Jenks and Holly Pester. Details of all three readers are below and previews of each will appear on The Other Room site ( in the coming weeks.

derek beaulieu is an internationally-recognized text artist, conceptual writer and literary critic. He is the author or editor of 15 books, the most recent of which are Writing Surfaces: The Selected Fiction of John Riddell (co-edited with Lori Emerson) and Please, No more poetry: the selected poetry of derek beaulieu (edited by Kit Dobson) both of which are published by Wilfrid Laurier Unversity press. He is the publisher of the acclaimed smallpresses housepress (1997–2004) and no press (2005–present) and is the visual poetry editor at UBUWeb. Beaulieu has exhibited his work across Canada, the United States and Europe and currently teaches at the Alberta College of Art + Design and Mount Royal University.

Tom Jenks co-organises The Other Room and administers the avant objects imprint zimZalla. He has produced and performed four collaborations with Chris McCabe for SJ Fowler’s Camarade project, the most recent of which, I Boris, is a contemporary re-working of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi. Recent publications include a p.o.w. broadside slugs/snails. A 100 poem sequence with accompanying visuals, streak artefacts, is forthcoming from Department Press. He has published two collections with if p then q (A Priori and *) and his third, items, a 1000 fragment verbivocovisual sequence, is being launched at this event. He is a PhD student at Edge Hill University, where he is researching digital technology and innovative poetry.

Holly Pester is a London-based sound poet and researcher. Her work experiments in frequencies of speech, song and articulated noise. She has performed at text, art and poetry events including the Prague MicroFestival (2012); Text Festival (2011); Serpentine Poetry Marathon (2009), and was a writer in residence at this year’s dOCUMENTA 13. She has just completed a practice-base PhD in Sound Poetics at Birkbeck, University of London. Holly Pester’s collection, Hoofs, was released with if p then q press in 2011. More at

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