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JL Williams | Book Launch
Wed 3 May 2017, 18:00 – 19:30 BST
After Economy | JL Williams
Talbot Rice Gallery
3 May 2017 6pm-7.30pm
Please join us for the launch of a new collection of poetry, After Economy, by JL Williams.
Williams has a piece in the current exhibition Between poles and tides, and you are invited to explore the show during your visit.
This event will feature a short reading by Williams, who will be accompanied by the award-winning composer and cellist, Atzi.
After Economy is an exploration of the fine line between abundance and apocalypse, an attempt to respond formally and thematically to the complexities faced by human beings living amidst political unrest and technology-driven cultural change, and an inquiry into our relationship with time.
‘For some reason, slightly unfathomable, I am reminded of a forest we visited on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido where the annual winter ice festival is held. The forest is sprayed for days by the local fire department, but not before flowers and colored lights have been hung within the branches, so when the whole forest turns to crystalline ice, the lights burn from within, the whole crystal forest glows, and when you walk there, flowers look out from the ice, arrested in full bloom. It is all so unexpected, and so extravagantly beautiful — something essential in such crystallization, and with fire in its core. Well, this vision returned to me reading your manuscript.’ Eleanor Wilner
Books by JL Williams include Condition of Fire (Shearsman, 2011), Locust and Marlin (Shearsman, 2014), Our Real Red Selves (Vagabond Poets, 2015), House of the Tragic Poet (If A Leaf Falls Press, 2016) and After Economy (Shearsman, 2017). Williams is interested in expanding dialogues through poetry across languages, perspectives and cultures and in cross-form work, visual art, dance, opera and theatre.
Published widely in journals, her poetry has been translated into Dutch, Spanish, Turkish, Polish, German, French and Greek and she has read at international poetry festivals in Scotland, Turkey, Cyprus and Canada. She wrote the libretto for a new opera, Snow, which premiered in London in Spring 2017, was a Writer-in-Residence for the British Art Show 8 and the TRG3 programme at Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh with the artist Catherine Street and plays in the poetry and music band Opul.
For more details and links to poems and recordings, please visit www.jlwilliamspoetry.co.uk.
In writing the collection I was considering whether we can maintain our humanity in the face of personal and collective trauma, mass global economic inequality, Brexit, Trump’s fake news, a growing robot work force, environmental devastation and climate chaos, automatic drive cars, a world where too many refugees can’t find homes and an internet that both connects and divides us.