I’ve uploaded a new video of me reading Arthur Rimbaud’s ‘Ma bohème’ followed by my translation of it from this book.
Click here for the video!
I’m very pleased to be one of the poets featured in Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam, edited by Todd Swift and Kim Lockwood.
I will be reading at two events to celebrate it, and it would be wonderful to see as many people as possible at both. It’s for a good cause everyone!
The first is TONIGHT, in Manchester, at the wonderful International Anthony Burgess Centre, from 7pm.
Readers are Andrew Oldham, Helen Mort, Evan Jones, Claire Trévien, Lindsey Holland, Todd Swift, Jenna Butler, Michael Egan, Victoria Smith, Paul Adrian, John Challis, John Clegg, Cath Nichols, Ryan Van Winkle, Martha Sprackland, Sarah Corbett, Kim Moore and Tom Weir.
The second is TOMORROW at 7.30pm, at the V&A Reading rooms as part of Alex MacDonald’s wonderful Selected Poems series.
Readers are Inua Ellams, Sandeep Parmar, James Byrne, Claire Trevien, Kathryn Maris, Jenna Butler, and Todd Swift.
Both of these events are free but you need to book for Selected Poems as seating is limited.
Hope to see you there!
Very pleased to announce that I’ll be reading at Aubin & Wills (Notting Hill) this coming Wednesday 14th alongside fellow Warwick alumni James Brookes, and poets Tamar Yoseloff and Luke Wright. The evening starts at 7pm and will be free. I am reliably informed that there are minced pies if you like that sort of thing, but more importantly there will be POETRY. Refreshments will be provided.
The nearest tube is Westbourne Park / Notting Hill Gate
I’m very pleased to say that a new review of my pamphlet has appeared on Book Geeks, reviewed by Ben Parker. Here are some extracts:
Though Trévien plays with form there is never any danger of experiment for experiment’s sake, and she makes good use of established templates such as the sonnet in the poems ‘Homecoming’ and ‘Entrepreneurs’. There are striking lines and images throughout this collection that affirm her lyric ability, such as “I felt the muscles / of the wallpaper harden and grow dark.” (‘The Machine’) and “The fields extend like an unshaven jaw.” (‘Beg an Dorchenn’).
Overall this is a very assured debut. The writing is skilful and as mature as that to be found in the work of many established writers. I am sure it will not be long before we see a full collection from this poet.
Dates for your diaries
.Tomorrow! I shall be reading at Modern Art Oxford as part of a collaboration between Eight Cuts Galleries and Adventures Close to Home called Lyrical Badlads. I am super excited to be reading alongside performances by Grey Children, To The Moon, Lucy Ayrton, Anna Hobson, and Dan Holloway. Tickets are £5 / £4 concession. Here is the blurb:
“Since we started telling stories we have done so to the accompaniment of rhythm and melody, from campfire drums to Patti Smith’s guitar and hip hop. Lyrical Badlads is a celebration of the fuzzy spaces where music and words continue to overlap. From the rhythms of slam poetry to musicians creating soundtracks for the written word, from soundscape backdrops to cabaret, this is storytelling as an immersive experience.”
. Monday 14th November I return to London for a reading alongside fellow Salt Modern Voices authors Lee Smith, Adrian Slatcher and JT Welsch. It will be my penultimate reading with SMV this year (the last one is in Manchester) and my first time meeting Lee, so I’m really looking forward to it. The reading will take place at The Compass, Islington, from 7.30pm. Entry is free!
. Poetry & Wine! The next Beaconsfield poetry event will take place on 23rd November 2011 at the Royal Standard of England. The four guest poets are Simon Barraclough, Dan Holloway, Laila Sumpton and Jill Wallis. I will be taking on the role of host for the evening. As usual there will be an open mic section. Everyone is welcome!
. Salt Modern Voices: Manchester. My last reading of the year as part of the SMV tour and, as far as I remember, my last poetry reading of the year in general. I shall be reading with Shaun Belcher, Angela Topping and JT Welsch at The International Anthony Burgess Foundation on 30 November 2011 from 18h30.
So, whether you live north, south or somewhere in the middle, I hope to see you at one of these!
In other news, don’t forget to come to Flea Circus this Thursday. Another Warwick alumni, Sam Gayton, will be reading from his brand new children’s book The Snow Merchant. Sam was quite the playwright during my time at Warwick and if this book is anything like his plays then you are in for a treat.