playlist for First Spark Festival radio show

First Spark Saturday Feb 1st 2020

playlist and links

On air from 0930hrs

part 1

Toni Dimitrov, Backyard Rain – 10’

Sebastiane Hegarty, Photosynthesis: for water snails, diving beetle and pondweed. – 7’06”

Emmanuelle Waeckerlé, 0(nly) – 21’

Sebastiane Hegarty, on [is] off – 13’

Mark Leahy, biddys 1 – 2’30”

part 2

Sue Coulson, Under the Line at Starcross – 7’15”

Olchar E. Lindsann, three poems – 6’

Kate Donovan, Seed Dispersal II – 6’10”

People Like Us, No One is an Island – 28’

Mark Greenwood, The Seance – 10’

Kate Donovan, Seed Dispersal I – 2’

Mark Leahy, biddys 2 – 2’30”

part 3

Sue Coulson, Sound of Piers and Seas – 6’40”

Andy Cluer, THEN, NOW, THEN (Act iii) – 7’30”

Noise Laboratory, Feather – 4’

Mark Leahy, biddys 3 – 2’30”

Alice Kemp, fourteen twelve – 14’12”


Recording available on Soundcloud here.

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First Spark radio festival on Soundart

On Saturday February 1st, St. Brigid’s Day, as part of the Imbolc celebrations at Soundart Radio, I will present a selection of new works by sound, word, and music artists. First Spark is Soundart’s annual festival of radio in all its possibilities, scheduled at the Celtic festival of Imbolc, to welcome the first signs of Spring. Works will include a collage composition by People Like Us, a recording of a work from The Story of O project by Emmanuelle Waeckerle, a new recording featuring text by Mark Greenwood, a recording of a live improvisation by Olchar Lindsann, works for radio by Sue Coulson, and a new text I have written for the occasion. The broadcast can be listened to live on 102.5fm in the Totnes and Dartington area; you can also listen online at

A recording of the show is on Soundcloud at

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continuous stationary workshop day at The Met Office Innovation Lab

On Wednesday January 15th I spent the day with a number of artists and scientists looking at potential ways of working together with ‘big data’. The event was hosted by Impact Lab at the Met Office Innovation Centre in Exeter Science Park. The day was one of two organised by Milly Brown, of Plymouth College of Art, to bring artists in the region into contact and communication with scientists and researchers in partner oganisations. There were representatives from Impact Lab, from The Met Office, and from Plymouth Marine Laboratory. The day generated some very interesting conversations, and there feels to be the potential for collaborations and joint projects in the future.

The project has an instagram account @continuous_stationary and there are plans to produce a publication / report by the end of 2020.

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Wax Paper Hour(s) – Gesture

On November 29th I was a guest presenter on Marcy Saude’s Wax Paper Hours radio show on Soundart Radio. Each episode of Marcy’s show has a different theme, A Grand Gesture mixed music (vinyl and digital) and readings that engage with gesture across cultures, media and genres. The show has been uploaded to MixCloud here:

list of readings for Wax Paper Hour – Gestures

1. Sabel Gavaldón and Manuel Segade, from exhibition guide to Elements of Vogue: A Case Study in Radical Performance (2018)

2. Mark Leahy, from ‘What did he do with his hat?’ in The Graveside Orations of Carl Einstein (2019)

3. Hayley Newman, ‘Frottage in the City’ from Common (2013)

4. Anne Boyer, from ‘No’ in A Handbook of Disappointed Fate (2018)

5. Essex Hemphill, from ‘To Be Real’ in Ceremonies: Prose and Poetry (1992)

6. Trajal Harrell, from an interview in Hoochie Koochie (2017)

7. wittyy name, from The Marks We Make, a Voltron Legacy Defender fanfic on Archive of Our Own (2016)

8. Renee Gladman, two sections from Calamities (2016)

9. Mark Leahy, from Subject to Gesture (2017)    

10. Lisa Robertson, from ‘How to Colour’ in Occasional Work and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture (2003)

11. Tina Darragh, from ‘Adv. Fans – The 1968 Series’ (1993)

12. Tom Jenks, from ‘strikes’ in A Long Hard Night Troubled by Visions (2018)

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seasonal greetings

with good wishes for the winter solstice, for Jul, for Christmas, for turning of the calendar … and wishing everyone the best for 2020!

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