King’s Underground: Eric Mottram and spheres of contexts

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Poetry readings, film and conversation celebrating the life of Eric Mottram and his contemporaries.

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King’s College London Archives presents the second of three events, marking the contribution to literature of the scholar, critic and poet Eric Mottram (1924-1995) and celebrating poetry from the 1960s to the present day.

The event consists of two days of presentations, conversations, films, recordings and readings from poetry inspired by Mottram and his circle. Twelve daytime presentations from the USA, Charles Bernstein and Pierre Joris, and from the UK, Paul Buck, Allen Fisher, Wendy Mulford, Redell Olsen, Maggie O’Sullivan and Colin Still.

More than 35 poets presented and nine poets performing, with films on Jerome Rothenberg, Allen Ginsberg and Frank O’Hara, followed by the music of John Kenny and his choir. the event will be crowned on Saturday evening with five readings by Rowan Evans, David Herd, Briony Hughes, Mendoza and Karen Sandhu.

King’s College London Archives & Research Collections houses the archive of Professor Eric Mottram. For more information and to use the collection, visit: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/library/archivespec/archives/access

The new exhibition hosted by Foyle Special Collections is entitled Eternal graffiti: British and American avant-garde poetry. For further information, please visit: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/library/archivespec/exhibitions/maughan

Please note that spaces for this event are limited

Photographs and film will be taken during the event; they may feature in our publications or on the King’s website and those of partner organisations. If you do not wish to be included in any of these images, please opt out by contacting archives@kcl.ac.uk.

DAY ONE: FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER

09.30 - Introductions

09.45 - Allen Fisher presents his own work and work by or about Bill Butler, Ed Dorn, Bill Griffiths, Barry MacSweeney, Eric Mottram, Charles Olson and Denise Riley.

11.15 - Wendy Mulford presents her own work and work by Lyndon Davies with his participation.

12.30 - Lunch and visit to an event-related exhibition titled 'Eternal graffiti: British and American avant-garde poetry', hosted by Foyle Special Collections at King’s College London, Maughan Library, Chancery Lane (10 minutes’ walk).

14.15 - Maggie O’Sullivan presents her own work and work by or about Charles Bernstein, Bob Cobbing, Robert Duncan, Bill Griffiths, Tom Leonard, and Tom Raworth. Included will be a conversation with Charles Bernstein about the work in the Out of Everywhere and reading from some of the work by poets in that anthology.

15.45 - Colin Still presents twenty minutes of footage relating to Jerome Rothenberg’s work (with a short introduction).

16.05 - Charles Bernstein, Pierre Joris, and Maggie O’Sullivan in conversation on the work of Jerome Rothenberg.

16.20 - Coffee break

16.30 - Colin Still presents ‘No More To Say & Nothing to Weep For’, a 55 minute film on Allen Ginsberg.

DAY TWO: SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER

09.30 - Introductions

09.45 - Pierre Joris presents his own work and work by or about Basil Bunting, Ken Irby, Robert Kelly, Thomas Meyer, Eric Mottram, Muriel Rukeyser, and Jonathan Williams.

11.15 - Redell Olsen presents her own work and work by Allen Fisher

12.30 - Colin Still presents ‘How Terrible Orange Is/& Life’, a 25 minute film on Frank O’Hara.

13.00 - Lunch

14.00 - Paul Buck presents his work in relation to Curtains, and work by Ulli Freer with his participation.

15.45 - Charles Bernstein presents his own work and work by or about Amiri Baraka, Robert Creeley, Barbara Guest, Susan Howe, Eric Mottram, and Maggie O’Sullivan.

17.00 - Conclusion and an announcement of the evening's proceedings.

17.10 - John Kenny will conclude the daytime events with his choir: a music performance with poetry by Eric Mottram.

19.30 - Evening poetry readings from Rowan Evans, David Herd, Briony Hughes, Mendoza and Karen Sandhu

21.00 - End of event

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