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We can't wait for the NCLA/ PBS Northern Poetry Symposium on INTER/PLAY on the 2nd May in Sage Gateshead's Barbour Room. This week we're throwing a spotlight on the speakers and introducing their incredible work.

Inter/Ventions: Art and Poetry | 10:15 – 11:15

Meet the three radical artist-poets on our first panel, who are transforming the possibilities of poetry with their playful art inter/ventions, films, paint and poems.

Sophie Herxheimer is an artist and poet who trained in painting at Camberwell and Chelsea. She’s held residencies at Southbank Centre and Transport for London and exhibitions at The Whitworth, The Poetry Library and The National Portrait Gallery. She’s made several artists books, created a 300 metre tablecloth the length of Southwark Bridge, featuring hand printed food stories from a thousand Londoners; made a life size concrete poem in the shape of Mrs Beeton; and a pie big enough for seven drama students to jump out of singing, on the lawn of an old peoples’ home. Recent publications include The New Concrete, Your Candle Accompanies the Sun, and Velkom to Inklandt.

Iris Colomb is a poet, artist, curator, editor and experimental translator. Iris has presented her collaborative and interactive art-poetry performances in the UK, Austria and France; and exhibited in the UK, Ukraine and France. She was resident artist and poet at the Centre For Recent Drawing, Co-Editor of HVTN Press, and a founding member of the interdisciplinary collective ‘No Such Thing’. Recent publications include a pamphlet I’m Shocked and a chapbook Just promise you won’t write.

Alec Finlay is an artist & poet whose work crosses over a range of media and forms and considers how we relate to landscape and ecology, with a specific interest in place-awareness, hutopianism, rewilding, and wellbeing. Finlay established morning star publications in 1990. He has published over forty books and won seven Scottish Design Awards. Recent publications include gathering (2018); th’ fleety wud (2017), minnmouth (2017), A Variety of Cultures (2016), ebban an’ flowan (2015), and Global Oracle (2014).


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