Saturday, 1 March 2014

pharmapoetica shortlisted for the ted hughes award

I'm really pleased that Pharmapoetica has been shortlisted for the 2014 Ted Hughes Award. The shortlist is full of fascinating projects with a real focus on sound, performance and multimedia. Huge thanks to my brilliant collaborator - artist, bookmaker and medical herbalist - Maria Vlotides. She is an exceptional talent. I am also really grateful to Mario Petrucci for his beautifully written introduction to the book.

I have blogged about the process of writing the poems for Pharmapoetica on 'poems for sale' here. The project began life as a medical cabinet of poems which will be displayed as an art object in various venues.

The medical cabinet of poems

Maria and I have performed the texts from Pharmapoetica on a number of occasions, including at the Small Publishers Fair at Conway Hall in November last year. There will be an exhibition of Pharmapoetica at The Poetry Cafe in the Spring and we will also be running a workshop based on the project at Chelsea Physic Garden on National Poetry Day.
 
You can read a review of Pharmapoetica on Sabotage here

You can listen to a podcast about Pharmapoetica on the Londonist here

The book, printed in an edition of 500 copies, can be bought on the Pedestrian Publishing website here
                                                 
Pharmapoetica, the book

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