Faultline is a collection of poetry published by Active Distribution/Sto Citas, November 2018. The poems are political and personal (and an examination of where those territories meet), observational and contemplative, and travel through explorations of social inequality, police violations, street homelessness in the US, environmental disaster, intimate experiences of queer sexuality, rites of passage and berievement, also the power of guidance and renewal.

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Lisa Fannen is a vital, new voice in British poetry, with the courage to stand where the tectonic plates of internal and external forces collide, registering those seismic shocks – and, from that liminal place straddling worlds, the vision and artistry to powerfully express commitment to individual and collective transformation.

Faultline is richly diverse, with poems drawing on acute observation and personal experiences in the UK and US (including bereavement and work at a herbal foot clinic on Skid Row), which are interwoven with other important political poems, many meticulously researched and written in response to events of national and global significance, such as the Hillsborough Final Inquest Verdict and the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

This is wild, raw poetry, words bristling off the page with righteous anger against oppression and as satire of the neoliberal capitalist system, juxtaposed with exquisite moments of grief, tender connection, insight. Lisa Fannen’s debut collection deserves attention, as it promises to become a cherished companion for anyone trying to survive within the crazy-making system we’re simultaneously attempting to change.

— Helen Moore

Fannen’s work is a siren call, a blessing, a whisper. Socially and politically aware, Fannen’s words offer up a vibrating tremor of language, daring us to be fully alive and feel. She delivers words/syntax in a volley of compassion and consideration. Fannen topsy turvey’s poetics and bears witness to the layerings of life. She takes you to the Faultline, holds your hand and gently, makes you look.

— Raman Mundair

The common thread running through these poems is that of kindness. Lisa sees with a kind eye, reacts with a kind mind and then, like the person on the night train ‘pulling the trolley backwards’, dispenses that kindness with considered gentleness; tea, biscuits and, in Lisa’s case, a healthy dose of poetry. Ah, that’s better. Here are the completely un-cynical reactions of a good person to what might to others be perceived as a bad world. The message is clear; it is we who make the world around us, so do something about it, or, in Lisa’s own words, ‘bare yourself; be generous’.

— Penny Rimbaud

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Gigs coming up…


August Friday 23rd: as Claquer at Jupiter Rising festival

July Saturday 14th, 3.30pm part of an all-dayer at Leith Depot, as Claquer

July Saturday 13th, 6pm, words, loops and layers as part of GTAC fundraiser, Glasgow

July Friday 5th, 6.30pm as Claquer as part of Tragicom at the Patriothall Gallery Edinburgh,

March 6-10th: StAnza Poetry Festival, St. Andrews

March Friday 8th: from 9pm: reading at International Womens day gig, Edinburgh, Henrys Cellar Bar.

February Wednesday 20th: 7.45pm: Claquer celebrating Bell Lungs EP launch, Edinburgh, Henrys Cellar Bar.

February Wednesday 13th, 7pm – October Books, Southampton, 189 Portswood Rd, Southampton SO17 2NF. octoberbooks.org

February Sunday 10th, 6-7pm – Housmans, London, 5 Caledonian Rd, Kings Cross, London N1 9DY. housmans.com

February Thursday 7th, 7pm – Hydra Books Bristol, 34 Old Market St, Bristol BS2 0EZ. hydrabooks.org

February 5th 7.30pm, reading as part of Vespers, Edinburgh.

February 5th 2pm: StAnza preview (see March) at Central Library Edinburgh.


November Friday 30th – Glasgow, Project Cafe, 7pm. I’ll be reading poems from Faultline at Express Yourself poetry night organised by Tell is Slant Poetry bookshop folk.

Wednesday November 28th – Glasgow, Glad Cafe, 7.30pm. I’ll be reading text from Faultline as part of a duo Claquer with Jer Reid and harpist Catriona McKay, mixing text, guitar, loops, noise and harp based around a poem (Prayer for the Blackfish) which we’ve recorded for a compilation cd to mark Remembrance day for lost species.

Friday November 23rd – Edinburgh, Leith Depot, 7.30pm  I’ll be reading text from Faultline as part of a duo Claquer with Jer Reid, mixing text, guitar, loops, noise, at the Refugee Benefit night #24

Friday November 16thEdinburgh, Lighthouse Books 7pm. The Edinburgh launch of Faultline. The first 15 tickets are free, after that they cost £3 (which counts towards the cost of any copy of Faultline you might buy there). https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/poetry-lisa-fannen-launches-faultline-tickets-50864484041

Wednesday November 7th Faultline Glasgow Launch Night, The Glad Cafe, from 7pm. By donation to cover costs. Not for profit. No one turned away for lack of funds. I’m really excited to be joined for that night by Alison Smith, Helen Moore, Andra Simons and Raman Mundair who will be reading/performing their own work in relation to some of the pieces in Faultline. And I’ll be playing with Jer Reid as part of our duo Claquer, joined by Alison Roe on Taiko drum, improvising with the Faultline text, and sound. Djing inbetween and after by Letitia Pleiades… More info about everything below! https://www.facebook.com/events/688302051569970/