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Helen Mort will be showcasing her acclaimed ‘A Pint for the Ghost’ . Her performance involves a sequence of eerie poems and short stories inspired by South Yorkshire legend: a night-time encounter with the ghosts of worked out mines, smoky pubs and deserted highways. The show is set in a lonely pub, after last orders, where strange characters come to introduce themselves. It was written in 2009 with support from the Escalator talent scheme and developed into a theatrical show with the help of Menagerie Theatre Company.Five times winner of the Foyle Young Poets Award, Helen Mort was writer in residence for the Wordsworth Trust. A Pint for the Ghost was published by Tall Lighthouse Press. Her first full-length collection, Division Street, will be published by Chatto in 2012. She lives in Sheffield.
Kim Moore has recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has been published in various magazines including Poetry Review, The TLS, Ambit, The Rialto, The North and Magma and has recently had reviews published in Mslexia and Poetry Review. In 2011 she won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and an Eric Gregory Award. She regularly reads for the ‘Carol Ann Duffy and Friends’ series at the Royal Exchange in Manchester and is Reviews Editor for the Cadaverine magazine. She is currently working on her first full collection
Gaia Holmes lives in Halifax and is associate lecturer in creative writing at Huddersfield University. Doctor James Graham’s Celestial Bed is published by Comma. A new collection is due from them in 2013. Gaia Holmes is a Luddenden-born poet whose work digs beneath the surface of mundane, urban life to reveal a remarkable seam of exoticism. Her carnival of characters – bingo callers, burger sellers, critical theorists – are all cast from the least expected places but, rejuvenated by Gaia’s verse, find a new voice and a new ability to captivate. Dr James Graham’s Celestial Bed marks the arrival of yet another great Yorkshire poet
The Flux Gallery is hosting an exciting line up of poets published by the famed Rack Press including Ian Parks, Angela Topping, Nick Murray and our old comrade, Ian Pople. So please come along and enjoy an evening of spirited poetry that will inevitably help to fortify your flagging spirits as the threat of winter looms. It promises to be another evening of exceptional poetry, convivial company, and God knows what. Shite and onions as James Joyce’s father was wont to exclaim. The event is free and there will be the usual refreshments and free cucumber sandwiches. What more could you possibly ask for. Liz Neyland will be mounting a small exhibition of her paintings which will act as an inspirational accompaniment to the entire evening. So please come along. Uninvited guests are particularily welcome.
Building on the success of the Northern launch of The Exiles House, at the Flux Gallery in Leeds,Ian Parks read from his new collection at the Society Club in Soho last Sunday afternoon. The atmosphere at the Society Club was very genteel and the assembled company were attentive. The event was introduced by Nick Murray of Rack Press fame who previously published a pamphlet of Ian’s entitled, A Paston Letter. Ian was on good form rendering the audience spellbound before delivering the coup de grace with a powerful reading of his showstopper, Lazarus.
Nick Murray introducing Ian at the London launch of The Exiles House at the Society Club, 12 Ingestre Place, Soho.
Ian with some mysterious Oriental ladies who magically appeared after the reading with the sole purpose of meeting the maestro and purchasing a copy of the Exiles House. After a brief flirtation with the camera they evaporated into the balmy evening air leaving in their wake a lingering sense of loss, and many unanswered questions.
The Flux Gallery in association with Waterloo Press is proud to announce the launch of the latest poetry collection by the redoutable Ian Parks entitled ‘The Exiles House’. Ian will read a selection of poems from his new collection and will be available to sign copies during the interval. So please come along and feel free to enjoy yourself. Entrance is free and the hospitality is legendary. Our resident Jazz trio, Des the Miner, will be supplying the cool ambient sounds. So no excuses, or as Mrs. Doyle would have it,’ Ah go 0n father!…you will…you will…you will.’
Ian asked me to remind you all that as the event will be taking place on Bastille Day all visitors are required to wear a revolutionary red phrygian cap and to sing the La Marseillaise with mucho gusto. To mark the solemnity of the occasion a working replica of the Halifax gibbet will be erected in the garden.
Since his emergence through the Rumoured City generation of Hull poets in 1982, Ian Parks has arisen as a major talent. Younger than they, he came to prominence just after the publication of that anthology; but the sensibility feeds into his poems about the miner’s strike where he bears telling witness and, with sinewy front-line narratives, runs a serrated edge through the picket lines, the drafted-in policeman who knocked him down. It set him up but didn’t define him. More even than Tony Harrison this poet evolved a style that took engagement, personal loss and (as The Landing Stage generously showed) a close connection to Eastern European poetry. Parks has an affinity with stripped-out politics and snow-whitened landscapes and, unusually, places human warmth within them. More unexpectedly, there’s a telling, almost mystical delivery of such moments – an alienation that recalls Swedish poets such as Ekelof and Boye. Parks is an important British poet but will be read far more widely.
The Flux Gallery Press proudly presents the launch of Looking for Larkin selected poems by the redoubtable Jules Smith on Saturday the 9th of June 2012 at 7.30 pm. The evening will kick off with a series of readings from this much anticipated collection. Copies of his latest collection will be available for purchase and if ask him very nicely he may even sign a copy for you. Our in house jazz duo/trio Des the Miner will supply the musical accompaniment and there will be the usual convivial atmosphere with a selection of nibbles and refreshments available throughout. If like me you are beginning to tire of all the all the contrived flag waving royalist nonsense this event promises to be an effective antidote that will certaintly rejuvenate the parts that the Jubille cannot reach. So please come along and enjoy yourself.
Reviews of Looking for Larkin
“In Looking for Larkin Jules Smith has the satirist’s gift for identifying the chinks in his victim’s armour, the wit to add a light touch to the proceedings, and a surrealist’s eye for the absurd. Exploring the relationship between the individual and popular culture (particularly film) or celebrating the exploits – in print and in life – of fellow poets, Smith brings a sharpened sensibility to bear. It’s good to have these poems made available under one cover and the timing, as they say, is perfect”
“Smith’s imaginative negotiations between the lyric and satirical traditions of English verse and the freedoms conferred by modernism and beyond give rise to exhilaratingly versatile and original poetry. His disarming lightness and deadpan equanimity can fluently combine seriousness of purpose and surreal comic effects in the space of single poems. By God, sir, I wish I’d written ‘Shinglers FC’”
“Jules Smith bears wide-eyed witness to the lives of others. His point of departure is filmic, the human condition framed in all its fabulist fragility; the poets, friends and family he loves glimpsed as if no one else was looking. While he peers in, his lens reflects him back to us. He rewards us with a collection that is a delicious paradox”
The Flux Gallery Press is proud to announce the launch of our much anticipitated new literary, arts and culture magazine, Endymion. Our first issue includes essays, poems, and articles by Pamela Scobie, David Cooke, Angela Topping, Ian Parks, Cathy Galvin, T.F. Griffin, Lisa Geddes, Linda Marshall and many more. We are launching this new venture on Saturday the 24th of March 2012 in association with Headingley Literature Festival 2012. The launch will begin at 7.30 pm and will include a number of readings from the writers included. Refreshments will be available and admission is absolutely free. So please come along and enjoy yourself.
The Flux Gallery in association with the Leeds underground art collective ‘The Gang of Four’ are proud to present the opening of a multi-media art installation called Factory Dreams. Using a variety of techniques derived from a number of creative disiplines they boldly explore the reification of subjective experience implicit in the commodification of mass culture.
The private viewing begins at 7.30 pm on Friday the 20th of May 2011 at the Flux Gallery, 16A Midland Road Leeds LS6 1 BQ. There will be the usual wine and nibbles so please feel free to join us for this stimulating event.
Factory Dreams is intended as a multi sensory exploration of the physical , psychological and cultural remains of the industrial and socialist heritage of Leeds. Our starting point was the old train yard at Armley Mills, an amazing forgotten treasure full of decommissioned steam engines that testify to the richness of the imagination of the craftsmen men and women who designed and worked on these wonderful machines. We visited many of the old mills that dot the landscape exploring the way in which these industrial buildings have adapted and changed with increasing globalization and the decline of the manufacturing base in the North of England. Buildings that were originally intended for a utilitarian purpose have seeped into the collective imagination and grown in symbolic stature as distinctive cultural artefacts in their own right. It is sometimes hard to envisage the global impact of the social, political and cultural changes that emerged from the English Industrial Revolution. Modernity has its roots deeply embedded is these seemingly innocuous urban environments.
This collaborative project is designed to celebrate and reignite our collective memories of this industrial past by reflecting on certain aspects of this rich heritage using a variety of media, differing approaches, and collective responses.
Kerri Butterworth’s highly innovative codex challenges our narrow conceptions of how a book should look and feel. It is a stunning blend of the ancient and the modern. The combination of subtle etched copper metal binding with parchment effect paper is reminiscent of the votive book reliquaries of the Early Middle Ages. This is a book for that special occassion. This book was launched at the recent Leeds International ContemporaryArtist’s Book Fair in Leeds University Parkinson Building, where it attracted a lot of positive attention.Individual copies will be made to order, signed and numbered by the artist for only £30.00.
‘Beneath the Surface’ is the first of a series of fine art books to be published by the Flux Gallery Press. This book was launched at the 2011 Leeds International Contemporary Artist’s Book Fair attracting a lot of interest and positive feedback. We were so pleased with the responce that we are planning a Flux Gallery stall at next years fair.
‘Beneath the Surface’ represents a new and exciting departure for the press. A series of hand made artists books is planned for the forthcoming year. Each book published will be released in a strictly limited edition of fifty copies, signed and numbered by the artist/author.
‘Beneath the Surface’ is the work of local fine art book artist, Julie Taylor, who is a founder member of the Flux Gallery Press. The combination of highly evocative abstract visualizations with classic poetry makes for a stunning marriage of image and text. Each book is hand printed on fine art cotton rag paper and hand bound using a blend of classic Western styling combined with traditional Japenese bindings . The unique book is available to purchase for the special price introductory price of £60.
Flux Gallery Press in association with Headingley Literature Festival 2011 are delighted to announce the launch of Sky Burial a new collection of poetry by Genny Rahtz. There can be no better introduction to the quality of Genny’s work than this review by Pete Didsbury.
I’ve long been an admirer of Genny Rahtz’s work and looked forward to her first full-length collection. It doesn’t disappoint. There’s an exhilarating clarity about many of these pieces, akin to that of mountain or desert air. The poems are never fashionably ‘green’. Rather, she constructs truly ecological spaces, in which personal and local minutiae are constantly viewed through the long lens of human and planetary history. Dispassionate, as they have to be, the poems constantly reach towards a hard-won generosity. Rain falls on long-dried earth, releasing volatile essences to delight (‘Petrichor’); the vast stone expanses of international railway stations fail to stifle millennia-old and inbuilt human responses (‘Deserts’); the individual sounds of the mountains are lovingly enumerated, but she will not select any ‘hierarchy of decibels’ (‘Pyrenees’). If, like me, you share her belief that ‘there’s quite an art to being here/keeping thoughts wide,/allowing the breath a rhythm’ then this is the book for you.
Peter Didsbury 2010
1982 saw the publication of the by now legendary anthology A Rumoured City, which launched the careers of ten youthful poets from Hull. On Saturday, 19th March at the Flux Gallery, you can see four of them reunited in celebration. Genny Rahtz, poet and visual artist, will be launching her collected works, Sky Burial, ably supported by Professor Ian Gregson and eminent critic Douglas Houston, and introduced by our own local hero T.F. Griffin, all of whom have produced recent new collections to great acclaim. Not to be missed!
For your delectation and delight the evening will begin with a reading by Douglas Houston, a local Welsh fire breathing dragon, closely followed , with the distinct smell of leeks lingering in our collective nostrils by Ian Gregson who, of all things, has a particular interest in the creative potential of critical theory. Really! After the break the star of the evening, our very own Genny Rahtz will read from her new collection called ‘Sky Burial’ which is the latest publication by the Flux Gallery Press. Genny will be available to sign copies of her new collection during the break. Our resident jazz band Des the Miner will also be playing. So please come along. Entry is free and refreshments will be available.