In partnership with Penned in the Margins and Longbarrow Press, this reading brings together two poets whose work plays endlessly with genre, working across modes of writing and interactive media. Abi Palmer’s debut Sanatorium is part memoir, part poem, part out-of-body experience and explores the unstable narratives of chronic illness through experiences of bathing and healing in a Budapest spa, a London flat and other places in between. J.R. Carpenter is a pioneer of digital literature, with projects such as An Ocean of Static (published by Penned in the Margins in 2018) and The Gathering Cloud investigating the possibilities of poetry to a world that is networked and connected. This event will feature work from This is a Picture of Wind (now available as a book from Longbarrow Press).
Abi Palmer is an interactive artist and writer, particularly interested in the relationship between linguistic and physical communication. Experiments including poetry, immersive theatre, and sensory intervention have led to a number of one-to-one performances and installations, including ‘Alchemy’ (Winner: Best Wildcard, Saboteur Awards 2016), ‘Nobel’ (Saboteur Awards ‘Dynamite’ Commission, 2017) and ‘Aquanautica’, an underwater-themed immersive book launch/post-apocalyptic queer dystopia in collaboration with Sidekick Books.
J.R. Carpenter is a Canadian-born, UK-based artist, writer, performer, researcher, and maker of maps, zines, books, poetry, short fiction, long fiction, non-fiction, and non-linear, intertextual, hypermedia, and computer-generated narratives. Her pioneering works of digital literature have been exhibited, published, performed, and presented in journals, galleries, museums and festivals around the world. She is a winner of the CBC Quebec Writing Competition, the QWF Carte Blanche Quebec Award, the Expozine Alternative Press Award for Best English Book, the Dot Award for Digital Literature, and the New Media Writing Prize.