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I’ve put together a book of poetry called Faultline that’s coming out in November through Active Distribution. There are a couple of launch nights happening in Glasgow, then Edinburgh. I’d love to share them with you, maybe see you there!

The Glasgow Launch Night will be on Wednesday 7th November at 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!

Please join us for this Samhain dark moon to mark the winter coming in. I’ve been made aware it’s also Diwali!

In Edinburgh — I’ll be reading at Lighthouse Books on Friday November 16th. 7pm.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).

Glasgow November 7th Glasgow bill:
Alison Smith is a Deaf, queer, BSL performance poet from the Scotish Showpeople community. Her writing and performance draws on personal experiences and life’s observations. Since 2009 she has been using film as a medium, writing and performing in ‘What Lies Beneath’ (commissioned by Magma Poetry Magazine), ‘Fingers’ and ‘Kettle’s Boiling’. Her performances juxtaposes BSL poetry with live narrative voice over from another artist. Her work has featured in several festivals and exhibits, including GOMA (b)other 2009, Entzaubert (Berlin), LGBT History Month Scotland, BFI Love Season tour 2015 and Disability Arts Online’s Viewnder.

Helen Moore is an award-winning ecopoet and socially engaged artist based in Moray. She has published two poetry collections, Hedge Fund, And Other Living Margins (Shearsman Books, 2012) and ECOZOA (Permanent Publications, 2015) acclaimed as “a milestone in the journey of ecopoetics”. Her third, The Mother Country, exploring personal, social and ecological disinheritance, is due out in Spring 2019. helenmoorepoet.com

Andra Simons is a Bermudian writer and performer residing in London. His poems and plays have been published and performed widely in Canada, Bermuda and the UK. A recipient of the Bermuda Arts Council’s Founders Award, Andra published his debut collection The Joshua Tales (Treehouse Press) in 2009, and is one third of the performance/art collective AMPHIBIA. Andra will perform at Who’s Your Dandy? with films made in collaboration with artist, Joao Trindade. andrasimons.wordpress.com

Raman Mundair is a first generation migrant. She is a writer, artist and activist and the author of Lovers, Liars, Conjurers and Thieves, A Choreographer’s Cartography, The Algebra of Freedom and the editor of Incoming: Some Shetland Voices.. Raman is a founding member of the online community EKTA – Intersectional Feminist Dialogue, is on the board of Shetland Rape Crisis Centre and has been a member of the Children’s Panel Scotland. She writes, makes art, film and installation. shetlandamenity.org/the-artist facebook.com/ramanmundair

Jer Reid plays in bands sumshapes and Painted X-Ray. He improvises a lot including in the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra and currently playing often in a duo with Raymond MacDonald. He writes and improvises a lot with dance including in the music/dance group Collective Endeavours which he started with Solène Weinachter in 2011. jerreid.co.uk

Claquer is 2/3rds of Claque which was Dave Powell – drums, Jer Reid Guitar, Lisa Fannen – viola, voice. Claque brought out a CD in 2002 and toured in UK and USA. Claquer now is Jer and Lisa doing guitar, loops, all kinds of other sounds and spoken word. Jan 2017 we played a few gigs in Holland and Germany and brought out the CD. claquer.bandcamp.com/releases

Letitia Pleides is an activist/artist/musician/DJ based in Glasgow: Organising to make inclusive club spaces and alternate party spaces, DJ skill sharing with self identifying women, LGBTQI and POC communities to create ownership of space, equipment, parties and skills. Conversing to share navigations through intersectional struggles of womens* health &/or care as the collaborative entity Letitia Beatriz, facilitating free dance and movement workshops with Glasgow Open Dance School (G.O.D.S), organising and learning with Herbal Unity, a herbal medicine clinic and gardening collective for those unable to access healthcare, migrants and people within the asylum system as well as making musics in various formations as Asparagus Piss Raindrop, Thoth, Fem Bitch Nation and other less formalised configurations within her communities. Letitia Pleides


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