Poetry and Performance


Poetry and Performance

At 7.30 pm. £5 entry, then donation for refreshments.

Events at The Room

During the exhibition Charged Atmospheres – by Alison Marchant

Sat 30 September – Sunday 12 November

at The Room – 33 Holcombe Road, London N17 9AS

Private View – Saturday 30 September – 6 pm – 9.30 pm

Further Events:

7.30 pm – Saturday 14 October

Performance Evening with Lee Triming and JoJo Taylor

Lee Triming

Lee Triming is an artist based in London.  His work often employs gestures of appropriation, repetition and reconfiguration through drawing, writing, sound and performance.  Recent works have involved ventriloquising Gertrude Stein, summoning Yoko Ono, and impersonating a Paul Thek sculpture.

Jo Jo Taylor

Jojo is a multi-disciplinary artist currently predominately working in performance, sound and film. The main focus of her research is altered states of consciousness, including hallucinations, out of body experiences, seizures, hysteria and grief. Her work attempts to magnify the sometimes bizarre nature of different events in a fragmented narrative, often possessing a dreamscape quality. Sound plays a major role in her practice. She composes melodies, acquire sounds from other sources, writes lyrics, and ‘plays’ objects and body parts.


7.30 pm Saturday  4 November: Poetry Reading with

Donald Gardner – to celebrate Donald’s Grey Suit chap-book – Early Morning

Tim Dooley – to celebrate Tim’s Eyewear publication – Weemoed

Anthony Howell – to celebrate his High Window Press publication – From Inside

Donald Gardner

London-born Donald Gardner is a poet and translator of poetry who has lived much of his life abroad. Currently he divides his time between Amsterdam and Kildare, Ireland. His first poem was published in The Paris Review in 1963 and he has been writing poetry ever since. ‘Early Morning’ is his ninth collection. Other recent books include ‘The Wolf Inside’ and ‘The Glittering Sea, both by Hearing Eye press. His selection of Remco Campert’s poetry, ‘In those Days’ (Shoestring Press, 2014) was awarded the Vondel Prize for Literary Translation.  He is a very popular reader of his own work in venues from New York to Berlin. ‘Donald Gardner’s work is light but not trivial; clear but technically subtle and eloquent. His poetry captures his images in few words: sharply, precisely.’ Leah Fritz on ‘The Wolf Inside’ (London Grip online magazine).

Tim Dooley

Tim Dooley’s new collection Weemoed (Eyewear) is a PBS Winter recommendation. He is a tutor for The Poetry School 
and a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster. He was a teacher for many years and has been an Arts Mentor for the Koestler Trust. From 2008 to 2017 he was reviews and features editor of Poetry London. He is co-editor (with Martha Kapos) of The Best of Poetry London (Carcanet, 2014). His first collection of poems, The Interrupted Dream, was published by Anvil in 1985. This was followed by the pamphlets The Secret Ministry (2001) and Tenderness (2004), both winners in the Smith/Doorstop–Poetry Business pamphlet competition. Tenderness was also a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice. Keeping Time (Salt, 2008) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was followed by Imagined Rooms (Salt, 2010). His selected poems, The Sound We Make Ourselves:Poems 1971-2016 was published
by Eyewear in 2016.

Anthony Howell

Anthony Howell is a poet and novelist whose first collection of poems, Inside the Castle was brought out in 1969. In 1986 his novel In the Company of Others was published by Marion Boyars. He has published many volumes of poetry. His Selected Poems came out from Anvil, and his Analysis of Performance Art is published by Routledge.  His poems have appeared in The New Statesman, The Spectator and The Times Literary Supplement. In 1997 he was short-listed for a Paul Hamlyn Award. Plague Lands, his versions of the poems of Fawzi Karim were a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. He has just translated the Poems of Alain-Fournier(Carcanet) with Anthony Costello and Anita Marsh. His latest book of poems is From Inside – published by the High Window Press.

Sarah Wardle

Sarah Wardle was born in London in 1969, and studied Classics at Oxford and English at Sussex, where she gained her doctorate. In 1999 she won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize, Poetry Review’s new poet of the year award. Her first book, Fields Away (Bloodaxe, 2003), was shortlisted for Forward Best First Collection, and was followed by Score! (2005), A Knowable World (2009) and Beyond (2014), all from Bloodaxe. She has been poet in residence for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, the British Council in Berlin and Transport for London at Embankment Station, and Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Royal Holloway. She is a poetry lecturer at Morley College and at Middlesex University.


About the Exhibition: Charged Atmospheres

Alison Marchant presents a selection of found archival photographs dating back to the 1970s. They depict the interiors of dilapidated stately homes and country cottages.The aged, mottled surface of the photographs echoes the walls and ceilings of the interiors. The dressing table has lost its mirror image, its reflection. While on a metaphorical level these derelict empty buildings, symbols of inherited prosperity in ruin, exist along side another suggested world of homelessness, squatting and sleeping rough.

Alison studied at The Slade School of Art UCL. International shows include The Photographers Gallery, London; Camden Arts Centre; Ffotogallery, Cardiff; Manchester Cornerhouse; Franklin Furnace, New York; and Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art. Collections include : The Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre London; Maureen Paley, London; The Third Eye Corporation, Tokyo; and Franklin Furnace at MOMA, New York.

If you are interested in poetry readings or holding a poetry event, please contact us here – or ring 0208 801 8577