The Verb | BBC Radio 3 | 13/04/18

I created an audio work especially for this episode of The Verb on BBC Radio 3. The programme theme was ‘pitching your work’. Against the ideally efficient, productive rhetoric of the sales pitch, I wanted to sound out indecisiveness, inarticulacy and dis-eloquence: the stumbling grace of ‘kind of’ ‘sort of’ and ‘like yeah yeah yeah’.

You can listen again here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09yhgnf

Weisslich vol. 9 | London and Manchester, 13-14/01/17

Image credit: Dimitri Djuric, 2017.

Accent, a vocal score for two speakers: one British, one from New Zealand. Created and performed with composer Antonia Barnett-McIntosh.

Performed at WEISSLICH Vol. 9: concert series featuring brand new experimental music and performance from the US and UK. Events took place in Manchester (The Wonder Inn) and London (STYX).

Read Louis d’Heudieres’ essay on the collaboration between Antonia and myself here.

 

WE ARE | Voices of Urgency at FIAC | Paris | 22/10/15

WE ARE | a short play by Holly Pester and Emma Bennett

Introduced by the inimitable Alex Cecchetti. Followed by a reading from the wonderful Dorothea Lasky.

Filmed at the Chapelle des Petits-Augustins at the Beaux-Arts de Paris, 22nd October 2015 for Voices of Urgency, a cycle of seminars and discussions relating to poetry and the social sciences. Presented by FIAC, in association with the École nationale supérieur des beaux-arts de Paris and the Maison de la Poésie. Devised and orchestrated by Alex Cecchetti, Voices of Urgency invites the public to four events where poetry lies at the heart of the discussion, in direct confrontation with art and other forms of contemporary thought.

For this night, we were asked to talk and write around the phrase ‘we are’, so we wrote a short play about ethics, comedy and female friendship.

VIRGIL’S BIRTHDAY | Poetry, Performance and Speech | X Marks the Bokship | 15/10/15

I’ll be performing a new thing, voice thing, shouting etc., at this –

Emma Bennett

Shiv Kotecha

Becky La M’eh’rr

& introduction and guidance from Holly Pester

Thursday 15th October 2015, 7-9pm
at X Marks the Bökship

A poet never before hosted in the UK, a travelling artist who may not be fully named, and a performer fresh from a 24hour journey. Join us in celebrating the comedy of their spoken words and their divine proximity.

Shiv Kotecha is a New York poet and the author of EXTRIGUE (Make Now Books 2015), OUTFITS (Troll Thread, 2012) and PAINT THE ROCK (Troll Thread, 2011). Other work can be found at Gauss PDF and elsewhere online. He completes tasks for Collective Task and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at NYU. Instagram @heyguyhere

Emma Bennett is a performance artist and theorist of (stand-up)comedy, and researching for a PhD in Performance Studies at Queen Mary’s, University of London. She has presented her textual, video and performance work in a variety of contexts across the UK and Europe.

Becky La M’eh’rr is an artist and writer currently based in a small Canadian town. She has published and performed her texts and left piles of her books in Berlin, China, London, New York, Vancouver, Vienna, and probably a few other places that she’s forgotten either through deliberate effort or error.

Refracted Light | Poetry Reading at the Wellcome Collection | 02/05/15

Saturday 2nd May, 16.00-16.45

The Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London. More details here.

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Over more than 20 years, the American poet Jackson Mac Low composed his ‘Light Poems’, using a chart of 288 words for light. Twenty contemporary poets have responded to this chart, creating their own works, which will be performed here for the first time and published in an anthology available on the day.

Poetry by Tim Atkins, Emma Bennett, Patrick Coyle, Sarah Crewe, Amy Cutler, Inua Ellams, Stephen Emmerson, SJ Fowler, Edmund Hardy, Colin Herd, Dorothy Lehane, Sophie Mayer, Chris McCabe, Mendoza, Tamarin Norwood, Redell Olsen, Holly Pester, Nat Raha, Philip Terry and James Wilkes.

Produced and edited by James Wilkes. With thanks to Anne Tardos.

(Image: Light by Stephen Emmerson. Photo courtesy of the artist.)

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