In this occasion the artist talk will be given by Copenhagen-based artist, Jack Wake-Walker, and our resident artist, Nisha Bhakoo // UK.
JACK WAKE-WALKER has been producing documentaries and art films for around seven years. His feature-length documentary The Man Who Prints Houses has been shown at a number of international festivals, as well as being broadcast on Italian television. His short poetry film Ten Thousand Things was shown at the Body Electric Festival in Colorado, and Cyclop festival in Kiev. He has frequently collaborated with poets Isobel Dixon, Simon Barraclough and Chris McCabe, and musician Oli Barrett on projects such as Shad Thames, Broken Wharf at the London Word Festival, Doppelgänger at King’s Place, and The Debris Field, a live 45-minute poetry/film experience first shown at the BFI. In 2014, Jack’s poetry film Photon– part of a new collaboration entitled Sunspots – was nominated for best film at the Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin.
NISHA BHAKOO is a UK writer/artist. She received a MA in Critical and Creative Writing at Sussex University in 2011. Since then she has toured internationally as a poet, and has been published in many literary journals including Morphrog, Poems in Which; and Ink, Sweat & Tears. She was selected for B3 Media’s Talent Lab in 2014, and was shortlisted for Cambridge University’s Jane Martin Poetry Award in 2015. She is currently an artist in residence at GlogauAIR.
For the poetry reading we will have three guest poets that will share their work with us:
CATHERINE HALES was born in Surrey, England and now lives in Berlin, where she works as a freelance translator. She studied Comparative Literature at the University of East Anglia. Her poetry and translations have been published in many print and online magazines. Her books include Hazard or fall (Shearsman Books 2010), A bestiary of so[nne][r]ts (Oystercatcher Press 2010) and Feasible stratagems (Veer Books 2013), and as translator, Berlin Fresco - Selected Poems of Norbert Hummelt (Shearsman 2010). She is also included in the Shearsman anthologies Infinite Difference (2010), edited by Carrie Etter and Sea Pie (2012), edited by Peter Hughes. Recordings of her reading are available in the Archive of the Now. Her poems have been translated into German and Czech. She was co-ordinator of the Berlin Poetry Hearings festival.
CLARE SAPONIA is a Berlin-based writer and linguist; author of The Oranges of Revolution (Smokestack Books, 2015) and Copyrighting War and other Business Sins (Olympia Publishers, 2011). Her work has featured in three anthologies: Kakania – an Anthology (Austrian Cultural Forum, 2015), The Robin Hood Book – Verse Versus Austerity (Caparison, 2012) and Emergency Verse – Poetry in Defence of the Welfare State (Caparison, 2011), as well as a wide range of literary magazines. She has performed her work at many events and venues, including The Poetry Society, Housmans Radical Booksellers, Borders Books, The Whitechapel Gallery, Keats House, Unity 101 Radio and Lit Media Reviews Online Radio.
SANNA KARTAU is a 21-year-old Estonian whose life revolves around selling counterfeit batteries, finding fresh-sounding love or sex metaphors and actively keeping horrible puns out of her writing. With fervour she participates in every open mic there is and hopes for someone in the audience to be touched by her poetry. She studies sociology and teaches debate and public speaking to high schoolers.
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