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Jen Calleja launches Serious Justice @ DIY Space, Mar 31

30 March 2016

Independent publishing house, Test Centre will host the launch of Jen Calleja‘s debut poetry collection, ‘Serious Justice’ at London’s DIY Space on March 31.

According to the short write up on Calleja’s first on Test Centre’s website —where you can now pre-order the collection — “Serious Justice is populated by characters who are ‘paralysed but able to feel’, powerless and imprisoned, but acutely alert, sensitive and aware” to the “comparatively carefree recent past, and apprehensive at the prospect of an unknown future”.

Calleja, who edits, translates from German, organises poetry readings and has had writing included in ‘The Quietus’ and Structo, will read on the evening alongside fellow London poets Jack Underwood and Maike Hale Jones.

Also present to celebrate the launch, and perhaps owing to Calleja’s often described ability to evoke music, punk and song in her words, will be Tense Men, Sarcasm and Al McKay of Melbourne band Dick Diver playing live.

See the event page for more details**

Jen Calleja, portrait. Photo Owen Richards. Courtesy the artist
Jen Calleja, portrait. Photo: Owen Richards. Courtesy the artist


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Video: Poetry Reading @ Test Centre

2 December 2013

“It’s just nice to put on poetry events,” writes Harry Burke via email, a poet, art graduate and organiser behind a title-less poetry reading at Test Centre, November 16.

As part of a month-long programme at the Stoke Newington space that ran from October 24 to November 24, Burke invited some of his favourite poets to read on the night in support of an anthology, edited by him, to launch in Spring 2014. In recognising that art and language have always been closely entwined, the project explores the multiple modes of mediation available beyond the traditional “white space” of the printed form.

As formats expand and evolve, presentation appears to have become a key focus across creatives pressing forward into a digital cultural age. Burke’s interests are no different as he aims to examine these “new poetries and new ways of presenting poetries”, across collaborations between poets and artists. Paul Kneale, Sophie Collins, Timothy Thornton, Paul Kneale, Huw Lemmey, Francesca Lisette and Diane Marie, appeared on the night, while Burke explained a bit about his thoughts on the new narratives and ways of making and expressing meaning emerging in this “shifting landscape.” **

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