Poetry: Five Bodies


Inspired by moments of unknowingness, invention and imagination, Five Bodies brings together some of the most outstanding British and international poets to share experiences of contemporary poetry.

The series welcomes unexpected ideas, experimental drifts and multiple voices following a long-standing tradition in poetry writing that melds perceiving, sensing, feeling and knowing as knowledge-making practices. Five Bodies asks how language invites communion with the sensorial, social, and political bodies and considers ways of relating to one another in the digital space.

With contributions by Nottingham-based poets, Sarah Jackson, Linda Kemp, Lila Matsumoto and Vicky Sparrow, along with new readings by Mirene Arsanios, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, J. R. Carpenter, Jesse Darling, Rowan Evans, James Goodwin, Johanna Hedva, Bhanu Kapil, Donika Kelly, Maureen M. Mclane, Sandeep Parmar, Nisha Ramayya, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Ariana Reines, Himali Singh Soin and Simone White.

Five Bodies is collaboratively developed with the Critical Poetics research group at Nottingham Trent University. Its sibling Five Bodies workshop expands on the work of one poet through creative-critical engagement, hybrid methodologies and experimental thinking.

Online. Free. This event will be livestreamed on Youtube.


6.30-7pm: Rowan Evans
7-7.20pm: Vicky Sparrow
7.20-7.40pm: J. R. Carpenter
7.45pm-8.30pm: Dialogue

Chair: Jack Thacker

About the event

Online. Free. Live Stream.
You can access this event through this webpage and on the Nottingham Contemporary YouTube channel.
There will be automated live captioning for this event.
A transcription will be available for download on this webpage afterwards.
We are unable to provide British Sign Language interpretation for this event.
A recording of the event will be available afterwards.
The duration of the event is two hours. A five-minute rest break is included.

J. R. Carpenter is an artist, writer, and researcher working across performance, print, and digital media. Her web-based poetry work The Gathering Cloud won the New Media Writing Prize 2016. Her poetry collection An Ocean of Static was highly commended by the Forward Prizes 2018. Her most recent collection This is a Picture of Wind, is based on a web-app of the same name. Carpenter is a fellow of the Eccles Centre at the British Library and the Moore Institute at NUI Galway. She is currently Writer in Residence at the University of Alberta September 2020 - May 2021.

Rowan Evans is a poet, composer and sound artist whose most recent chapbooks are The Last Verses of Beccán (2019), which won the Michael Marks Award for Poetry 2019, and cante jondo mixtape (2017). He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2015 and a selection of his work appears in Penguin Modern Poets 7: These Hard and Shining Things (2018). Rowan is editor of Moot Press and artistic co-director of the performance company FEN. He is currently undertaking practice-based PhD research in modern poetry and early medieval language at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Vicky Sparrow is a Nottingham-based poet, teacher and researcher specialising in poetics. She currently teaches Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham, and edits reviews for the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry. She holds a PhD on the poet-activist Anna Mendelssohn and was recently a fellow at the Wellcome Trust, researching the intersections between poetry and therapy. Sparrow’s poems can be found in Front Horse, Writing Utopia, datableed, Litmus and elsewhere. Her debut poetry pamphlet Notes to Selves (2016) is published by Zarf Editions.

Jack Thacker is Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Critical Poetics at NTU, where he supports the Critical Poetics Research Group. His poems have appeared in numerous magazines, including PN Review, Stand, Blackbox Manifold, The Clearing and Caught by the River, as well as on BBC Radio 4. In 2016, he won the Charles Causley International Poetry Competition. He has been the poet in residence at the Museum of English Rural Life and more recently the ArtfulScribe writer in residence at Lighthouse, Poole. His debut poetry pamphlet Handling (2018) is published by Two Rivers Press.

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