20 May 2020 / 18:00 to 21:00

NIGHT & REFUGE – Live Writing Room by Caroline Bergvall

Photo by Thierry Bal


Caroline Bergvall & Sonic Atlas present:
A collaborative poem writing event
via Zoom (a link will be sent to the participants on the day of the event)
Recommended Age 14+

Free event, tickets via Eventbrite

A unique opportunity to witness the creation of a collaborative poem between five different UK-based poets of very different practices and reputations.

Following a brief set by Bergvall, the poets will be exploring themes of the night, of seeking refuge, and share their processes. This collaborative process is inspired by the tradition of Renga – an ancient and strict rule-bound Japanese form of collective writing.

The writing process, its developments and the conversations between the poets will be visible throughout on a Shared Writing Desk.

The Live Writing Room has been developed by visual artist Mays Albeik who will act as the event’s Desk Manager. Sound mixing by Jamie Hamilton.

The conversations and the developing lines of the poem will be recorded by the project’s sound artist Jamie Hamilton. He will be editing and recomposing these for the next event: Berlin Poetry Festival, 9 June.

Poets filmed by project’s cinematographer Andrew Delaney.

Vahni Capildeo is a Trinidadian Scottish writer working on their eighth full-length book (their fourth from Carcanet Press). Recent collaborations include with Andre Bagoo, linked to Capildeo’s Light Site (Periplum, forthcoming 2020). Capildeo is Writer in Residence at the University of York and a Seamus Heaney Centre fellow at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Will Harris is a poet and critic from London. He has had work published in The Guardian, The White Review, the TLS, and the LRB. He was the co-editor of the Spring 2020 issue of The Poetry Review. His debut collection RENDANG (Granta) is the Poetry Book Society Choice for Spring.

Leo Boix is a Latinx bilingual poet born in Argentina who lives and works in the UK. Boix has been included in many anthologies, such as Ten: Poets of the New Generation (Bloodaxe) and Un Nuevo Sol: British Latinx Writers (flipped eye). He is a fellow of The Complete Works Program and the recipient of the Keats-Shelley Prize 2019. Boix debut collection will be published by Chatto & Windus (Penguin/Random House) in 2021.

Nisha Ramayya grew up in Glasgow and is currently based in London. Her debut collection States of the Body Produced by Love (2019) is published by Ignota Books. Other publications include ‘Notes on a Means without End’ (2020) in Poetry Review; In Me the Juncture (2019) published by Sad Press; Threads (2018), a critical-creative pamphlet co-authored with Sandeep Parmar and Bhanu Kapil, published by clinic.

Caroline Bergvall – (Host-poet of the event) French-Norwegian Anglophonic poet, sound artist, and writer, who works across art forms, media and languages. Recent book project: Alisoun Sings (Nightboat Books, NY, 2019). Awarded a Cholmondeley Award for her book and project Drift (2017).

Date & Time: 20 May – 6 pm BST for 3 hours.

The event will close with a short reading by the poets.
Part of Festival of Hope by Versopolis.

This event was made possible with funding from Arts Council England and support from Cement Fields and Counterpoints Arts.

20 May 2020
18:00 to 21:00