Spike Island

Talk: Tom Chivers, Dark Islands


Saturday 2 April 2016, 6–7pm


Free, booking advised

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In a darkened room filled with words, ghosts, voices and the light of a single lamp, poet Tom Chivers reads from Dark Islands, adapting and re-setting his limited edition ‘black book’ as an intimate, unsettling performance. The poems in Dark Islands are 'carefully honed fractals' (Chris McCabe), 'located right at the centre of our contemporary concerns ... open to the writer’s acts of play, subversion and resistance' (Cadaverine). 

Chivers will also preview new work from Relic, a sequence of short lyrics about faith, confinement and the body.

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This event is part of Point Line Time, a drawing research project led by artist and writer Tamarin Norwood as part of her twelve-month residency at Spike Island, Bristol. Throughout her residency, Norwood is working with a network of researchers and practitioners including an animator, a 3D print engineer, a choreographer and a sign language translator to explore the acts of drawing and writing in relation to time and three-dimensional space. She hosts a series of public conversations, presentations and live experiments as she develops a new body of work.

Follow the residency at www.pointlinetime.net

Tom Chivers

Tom Chivers was born in south London in 1983. His poetry publications include How to Build a City (Salt, 2009), The Terrors (Nine Arches, 2009), Flood Drain (Annexe, 2014) and, as editor, the award-winning anthology Adventures in Form (Penned in the Margins, 2012). His latest collection, Dark Islands, was published in a limited edition by Test Centre in 2015. Tom has made perambulatory, site-specific and audio work for organisations such as LIFT Festival, Cape Farewell, Humber Mouth Literature Festival and the Southbank Centre. In 2011 his poem 'The Event' was turned into an animated film by Julia Pott and broadcast by Channel 4; it has subsequently been screened at film festivals worldwide and viewed over 100,000 times online. Tom is currently writing a non-fiction book entitled London Clay: Journeys into the Deep City. He lives in Rotherhithe and works as a publisher and arts producer. 

Tamarin Norwood

Tamarin Norwood is an artist and writer. UK commissions include Tate Britain, Art on the Underground and Modern Art Oxford; international exhibitions include MOCCA Toronto, ICA Philadelphia, Beton7 Athens and AC Institute New York. Recent art writing, fiction and poetry includes publications by the ICA, LADA and Bloodaxe; her artist book 'olololo' was published by Modern Art Oxford with Book Works studio.

Tamarin studied linguistics before training as an artist at Central Saint Martins and on the Goldsmiths MFA Art Writing. She is part of the inaugural team of research residents of the Hub at Wellcome Collection, and is completing a practice-led doctorate in Fine Art as a Clarendon Scholar at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford.