The European Camarade at Burgess Foundation

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
Poet SJ Fowler.
Poet and European Camarade organiser SJ Fowler.

The European Camarade at International Anthony Burgess Foundation (IABF), Manchester 13 April 2019 Entrance is free

The European Camarade is back, bringing together “some of the finest modern poets of the thriving Manchester scene” and a number of their counterparts visiting from across Europe. Part of the European Poetry Festival, this unique now annual event showcases performances by collaborative pairs of writers of brand-new work made especially. The European Poetry Festival sees nine events in the space of a fortnight (4-15 April) and unites over 70 of Europe’s most innovative and dynamic literary and avant-garde poets. The Manchester leg is the penultimate prior to a trip to Dublin, and following a date in fellow UNESCO City of Literature Norwich plus a six-venue stint in London.

This special one-off at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation sees 12 duets of writers taking to the stage, including tour organiser SJ Fowler, teamed with long-time co-creator Tom Jenks, latterly of much-missed The Other Room reading series and appearing at Altrincham Word Fest in May. Another organiser of The Other Room experimental poetry reading series and creative writing lecturer at the University of Salford, Scott Thurston is back, teamed up with Romanian curator, critic and poet Simona Nastac, while Ted Hughes Award shortlistee Harry Man also returns, this time round working with Latvian poet Krisjanis Zelgis.

The European Poetry Festival unites over 70 of Europe’s most innovative and dynamic literary and avant-garde poets

Also hailing from Latvia, poet and short story writer Inga Pizane is in the Rainy City for a second year, presenting new work with German-born Martin Kratz, Project Manager for the exciting work-in-progress that is Manchester Poetry Library at Man Met University, who are supporting the European Camarade. Also Manchester based, Southern Cemetery Writer-in-Residence (among other things; watch this space for upcoming events) Tania Hershman has been working alongside Christodoulos Makris, editor of gorse literary magazine and popping over from Ireland.

One-third of the No Matter team (who’ve just won funding to commission new work from the likes of Anne Boyer, Bhanu Kapi, Jade Montserrat, Verity Spott and Lisa Robertson) Nell Osborne has teamed up with Vilde Valerie Bjerke Torset, a Spanish-Norwegian poet, actor and artist based in London, while another third, Jazmine Linklater (also of Carcanet) is collaborating with CT Literature Editor Sarah-Clare Conlon for the event. The week before, Sarah-Clare is also appearing at Peter Barlow’s Cigarette, back at Waterstone’s, alongside Sub-Voicive poetry reading series co-founder Gilbert Adair, Veer-published Patricia Farrell (on the 16th working with repeat European Camarade collaborator Robert Sheppard) and Glasgow University’s Colin Herd (for the European Camarade reading with Norway’s Morten Langeland).

Also of Glasgow University, Maria Sledmere is producing a piece with her German counterpart Sophie-Carolin Wagner, Norwegian poet Endre Ruset is back for another year and teams up with The Poetry Society-commended Tom Weir, and University of Leeds Poetry Centre’s Kimberly Campanello is back, this time with Léonce Lunette of Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main, in Germany.

COPY FROM 1/10/21

The unique annual European Camarade is back, bringing together some of the finest modern poets of the thriving Manchester scene with writers from across Europe to create brand-new work especially for the night. In 2021, the European Camarade is supported by Manchester Poetry Library – the North West’s first public poetry library, based at Man Met University – and is curated by the library’s project manager, German-born Martin Kratz, alongside European Poetry Festival organiser SJ Fowler.

The Camarade format asks pairs of poets, many of whom have never met before, to produce new collaborative works for the night of the reading, with no criteria other than a time limit.

The European Camarade forms part of the wider European Poetry Festival, and follows up four events already organised in the great outdoors around and about London during July. A further eleven events (ranging from a showcase of Latvian poetry to an evening of Swiss writing) take place during November in London with another Camarade taking place in fellow UNESCO City of Literature Dublin. The Camarade format asks pairs of poets, many of whom have never met before, to produce new collaborative works for the night of the reading, with no criteria other than a time limit. The blurb states: “This non-determinate curatorial model creates innate innovation and explorations of the possibilities around live poetry and performance. Moreover, it creates friendships and communities. These events are rapid fire and energised but fundamentally serious and complex in the work they often produce.”

This special one-off at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation sees various duets of writers taking to the stage; previous performers have included Kimberly Campanello, one of the contributors to Simon Armitage’s A Poetic Declaration project, being aired for the first time in September at the Ripples Of Hope Festival at HOME. Tour organiser SJ Fowler is reprising his long-time collaboration with zimZalla press’s Tom Jenks, latterly of much-missed The Other Room experimental poetry reading series. Tom’s TOR co-organisers are also taking part: James Davies teams up with sound artist Matt Dalby, while creative writing lecturer at the University of Salford Scott Thurston will be performing alongside Athens-born poet and translator Callie Michail.

Scott’s former student Lydia Unsworth, now based in the Netherlands (and with a new pamphlet, cement terraces, out with New Mills-based Red Ceilings Press) has collaborated with Creative Tourist‘s very own Literature Editor Sarah-Clare Conlon for the event. Previously Sarah-Clare has read alongside Jazmine Linklater, one-third of the No Matter organising line-up, part of the team at Manchester-based independent poetry publishing house Carcanet Press and creative writing workshop facilitator at the Northern Lights Writers’ Conference. For the 2021 Manchester leg of the European Camarade, Jazmine is collaborating with Sally Barrett, whose husband Richard Barrett – co-organiser of another regular reading series Peter Barlow’s Cigarette – is working with Glasgow University’s Colin Herd.

Camarade regulars back for 2021 include Veer-published Patricia Farrell, working with Michael Egan, and her usual collaborator Robert Sheppard, Emeritus Professor of Poetry and Poetics at Edge Hill University, while David Spittle, Stephen Sunderland and Ailsa Holland complete the line-up announced at this stage – more names are to be added.

The European Camarade at International Anthony Burgess Foundation (IABF), Manchester 13 April 2019 Entrance is free

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