I have a piece of short fiction out now in an anthology from Dostoyevsky Wannabe. The piece, ‘Yesterday’s Not Here’, responded to a call for fiction inspired by the work of Pete Shelley.
Love Bites is a anthology of fiction inspired by Pete Shelley and Buzzcocks. The collection consists of both short-fiction and even shorter flash-fiction in keeping with the immediacy and brevity of the 3-minute pop song and the one-note guitar solo.
Contributors include Emma Bolland, Tom Jenks, Luke Kennard, Maeve Haughey among others.
From 21st September I will spend 2 weeks in Glasgow working with Rosanna Irvine on developing new work. We have time and space to work on extending the performance piece Material+Transition which we presented as part of Breath Pieces, at Tramway in June last year.
Material+Transition works with the material possibilities of sound prior to the emergence of language using a compositional structure that involves deep listening, progressive, embedded transitions and ‘melding’ of sounds – so displacing the individual voice. We will take this approach to develop compositional methods for working also with gesture and towards language, to create ‘some variations’ that seek always to exceed the dualism of two: the binary of you and me.
Through the second week we will be at The Workroom in Tramway, and we plan to share some of the outcomes of our working on Friday 4th October at 6.00pm.
On Wednesday September 11th, in the Clore Studio of South London Gallery, a number of contributors will present an evening of readings celebrating the launch of The Graveside Orations of Carl Einstein. Published by Ma Bibliothèque, the book collates contributions by artists, poets, critics, and philosophers speculating on a speech given by political radical Carl Einstein at a memorial for Rosa Luxemburg in 1919. Readers on the evening will include: Pil Galia Kollectiv, Rebekah Georgiou-Tolley, Dale Holmes, Sarah Wood, Alison J.Carr, Sharon Kivland, Mark Leahy and others. Places can be reserved via this LINK.
I have written a review of a new publication of collected writings by Dick Higgins which is now online at theInternational Times. Intermedia, Fluxus and the Something Else Press, edited by Stephen Clay and Ken Friedman, collects a number of essays, manifestos, catalogue texts, and other critical writings by Higgins in one well-designed and produced volume. Higgins’ writing were important to me when I began learning about hybrid and performative modes of poetry, so it was exciting to receive a volume that brought these diverse texts together.
An essay of mine contextualising my performance ‘his voice’ has just been published online in the latest issue of the journal Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures. Edited by Anne Karhio and Álvaro Seiça, the issue gathers proceedings of the Other Codes / Cóid Eile conference held at NUI Galway in the Summer of 2017.
From the Abstract:
Taking a route through voice and utterance and audience, by way of the body, this essay offers a contextualisation of Mark Leahy’s performance work “his voice” (2015). Following a brief overview of theorisations of “voice” and of “utterance”, the essay draws on discussions across linguistics, music and technology. Into this is folded a consideration of the processes and concerns at work within Leahy’s performance practice. […] In “his voice” the material spoken in the performance is a transposition of a sequence of tweets, harvested live from Twitter. This splitting or splicing of utterance, body and voice, is discussed, and the essay considers how it raises questions for understanding relations of the digital and utterance.
The essay can be read online at: