EVENT TICKET: Salon A: Astrid Alben, Rose Gibbs, Sophie Herxheimer, Lucy Mercer & Jon Stone

EVENT TICKET: Salon A: Astrid Alben, Rose Gibbs, Sophie Herxheimer, Lucy Mercer & Jon Stone

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21st April

To celebrate the publication of Little Dead Rabbit, a new book by graphic desinger Zigmunds Lapsa and poet Astrid Alben, please join us for an evening of readings and performances.

Astrid Alben is a poet, editor and translator. She is the author of Ai! Ai! Pianissimo (Arc), Plainspeak and Little Dead Rabbit (Prototype), which came in out in Dutch as Klein dood konijn (PoëzieCentrum). Her translation of Anne Vegter’s Eiland berg gletsjer/Eiland mountain glacier received an English PEN Translates Award and will come out with Prototype in 2022.Alben’s poems are inventive, bizarre and dynamic, and go looking for the elastic extremities of language. She was born in the Netherlands but moved to England at a young age. Alben is the editor of the art/science Findings on… publication series published by Lars Müller Publishers and curator of art/science events that are a mixture of art, theatre and scientific experiment.

Rose Gibbs is an artist with several different strands to her practice: using the voice in participatory performances, sculpture, writing, organising and presenting talks and collaborating with others. All are interconnected and attempt to elicit thinking about gender and its role in shaping the cultural landscape where the place of women seems fragile. Through her practice she endeavours to create the kind of art world of which she would like to be a part: reconfiguring the grounds upon which participation in the cultural landscape is made possible by building networks, organising discussions and collaborating with others. She founded the community organisation Mountford Growing Community on the Mountford Estate in 2016 and launched the community cookbook that emerged from that project Tate Modern in 2019.

Sophie Herxheimer is a prolific, multi-disciplinary artist whose work has been shown at Tate Modern, the National Portrait Gallery and her local allotments, and who has held residencies from Berkeley to Liverpool to Prague. Of her poetry collections,Velkom to Inklandt (Short Books, 2017) was The Observer’s book of the month. 60 Lovers to Make and Do (Henningham Family Press, 2019) was a TLS book of the year and INDEX, Sophie’s collection of 78 collage poems came out last year as a pack of prophetic playing cards, published by Zimzalla as object no 60 in their long running series of Poetry Objects.

Lucy Mercer's debut collection Emblem (Prototype, 2022) is the Poetry Book Society Summer Choice. She was awarded the inaugural White Review Poet's Prize and teaches creative writing at Goldsmiths.
Jon Stone is a poet, researcher and small-press editor. His most recent books are Sandsnarl, published by The Emma Press and Unravelanche, published by Broken Sleep -- one of these is set in a town full of sand, the other in the midst of an icy blizzard. He has also recently published a monograph, Dual Wield: The Interplay of Poetry and Videogames. His research involves making and testing hybrids of game and poem, including poetry card games and digital ludokinetic poems.