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if p then q massive catch up – ten years (almost)

10 Nov

In April 2018 if p then q will have been publishing for ten years. In addition to a special birthday celebration reading (watch this space) it seems apt to highlight some key publications, in case you’ve missed out. Just click on the links that follow to add the title to your library

Between 2008-9 if p then q magazine ran for four issues. The first two were loose-bound and housed in envelopes with gifts – pens, postcards and CDs. Issue three came out as a set of posters, specially commissioned by The Text Festival, and included posters by P. Inman, Craig Dworkin and Anne Charnock. The final issue was a pastiche of a coffee table magazine featuring Caroline Bergvall on the front cover. Issue three is still in print and available HERE.

The first if p then q perfect bound collection, 2008, was Tom Jenks’ A Priori which includes his much-lauded poem 99 Names for Small Dogs. Many other perfect bound collections have met critical acclaim. Holly Pester’s Hoofs and Chrissy Williams’ Epigraphs have both been featured on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, Peter Jaeger’s A Field Guide to Lost Things was long-listed for The Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize and many other titles have received multiple and positive reviews. Here they are: Lucy Harvest-Clarke’s exhilarating Silveronda, Tim Atkins’ minimal sonnet sequence 1000 Sonnets, David Berridge’s search for the ‘thing’ in Bring the Thing, Derek Henderson’s poignant, systematic erasure of Ted Berrigan’s The Sonnet titled Thus &, Stephen Emmerson’s almost blank page Family Portraits, Geof Huth’s collected one word poems ntst, Tom Jenks’ follow ups to A Priori – the almost sonnet sequence * and the barmy Items, seekers of lice’s text version of Encyclops., Philip Terry’s Advanced Immorality – including his rewrites of Queneau – & Nathan Walker’s tome of web generated one-liners Action Score Generator.

In 2014 if p then q reached new heights by publishing the collected works of the great P. Inman, Written 1976-2013. This work not only collects his work in an inexpensive format but allows his work to been seen as something which both changes and, paradoxically, remains consistently constant, as Craig Dworkin points out in his lengthy and fascinating introduction.

In amongst all these titles there was still time to publish obscurities, some sold out – Michael Basinski’s Dog Music postcard, Nick-e Melville’s leaflet Junk Mail, as well as the still in print set of trump cards What’s the Best? by Joy as Tiresome Vandalism and Stephen Emmerson’s automatic poetry templates – Poetry Wholes.

2015 saw the first publication of a critical work – derek beaulieu’s captivating essays on concrete and conceptual poetry The Unbearable Contact with Poets, which also offered readers the chance to buy as a print bound copy or obtain as a pdf.

This year if p then q has pushed forwards with a new house front cover design and two new titles – Tim Allen’s re-imagining of The Columbia Granger Index to Poetry called Under the Cliff Like and Simon Taylor’s conceptual photo project of imaginary university lecturers Prospectus.

Look out for new titles in the near future from Peter Jaeger, Tom Jenks, Emma Cocker and others.

If you’ve missed any of these titles you should really check ‘em out.

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November 12th bonanza

28 Oct

After The Reading and Being Read event at Manchester Central Library on 12th November 11am-4pm (featuring Holly Pester and Michelle Green readings, talks by if p then q and Comma, and object making workshop with Tom Jenks). More HERE

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Peter Barlow’s Cigarette, 4.30-6.30 at Waterstones, Deansgate, Manchester. This is a free event and features readings by Stuart Calton, Pansy Maurer-Alvarez, Katherine Horrex, Fokkina McDonnell

Refreshments provided

More – https://www.facebook.com/events/569451393237996/

 

Reading and Being Read. A reading with Holly Pester, talk by if p then q editor James Davies and more

10 Oct

Come along to this great event. Date below. More details HERE

READING AND BEING READ

with Comma Press, If P Then Q, Michelle Green, Holly Pester & ZimZalla

MANCHESTER CENTRAL LIBRARY

Performance Room, Ground Floor

St Peter’s Square, City Centre, M2 5PD

11am to 4pm, 12 November 2016

Tickets £3 before 1 November / £5 after

Twitter hashtag: #ReadingBeingRead

if p then q displays at The Poetry Library’s Conceptual Poetics exhibition

25 May

Photos of exhibits at The Poetry Library’s current exhibition Conceptual Poetics. The photos below are works by if p then q authors. Also Matchbox, the predecessor project to if p then q has items on display. Sadly the Matchbox website went bonkers and is no longer running. Happily the Poetry Library has a digital archive of the project – HERE!

LINK to the Conceptual Poetics exhibition.

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Joy as Tiresome Vandalism (James Davies and Simon Taylor) What’s the Best? 

 

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Tom Jenks, Items

 

 

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Peter Jaeger, A Field Guide to Lost Things

 

 

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Selections from Matchbox (from top left – Matthew Welton, Lisa Jarnot, Togara Muzanehamo, Craig Dworkin, Chris McCabe, Bill Griffiths)

GRAMOPHONE RAY GUN featuring Tom Jenks, Nathan Walker and more

20 May

This fine looking event in Liverpool features if p then q authors Tom Jenks and Nathan Walker.

Thursday, June 16 at 8 PM – 11 PM

everyman bistro, street cafe & theatre bar

Hope Street, L1 9BH Liverpool

The Dock Road is new publishing press that provides a platform for established and emerging poets, writers and spoken word artists. The Dock Road Press celebrates experimental approaches to writing and performance, encouraging informal innovation, poetic deviance and risk. Alternating between the page, performance, language and text, the Dock Road presents a series of readings to celebrate its launch at the Everyman Bistro in Liverpool. Invited readers for our opening event ‘Gramophone Ray Gun’ include Nathan Walker, Helen Tookey, Tom Jenks and Cathy Butterworth, each punked up on esoteric sounds and strange aesthetics.

ADMISSION £3 ON THE DOOR

Christmas Crackers

17 Nov

These titles are now available at discount prices until the end of the year.

Peter Jaeger – A Field Guide to Lost Things – Was £7 NOW £4.90 http://www.lulu.com/shop/peter-jaeger/a-field-guide-to-lost-things/paperback/product-22259811.html

Nathan Walker – Action Score Generator – Was £15 Now £12 http://www.lulu.com/shop/nathan-walker/action-score-generator/paperback/product-22018879.html

Lucy Harvest Clarke – Silveronda – Was £8 Now £4.80 – http://www.lulu.com/shop/lucy-harvest-clarke/silveronda/paperback/product-21883115.html

Derek Henderson – Thus & – Was £8 Now £4.80 – http://www.lulu.com/shop/derek-henderson/thus/paperback/product-21883153.html

P. Inman – Written 1976-2013 – Was £20 Now £14.00 – http://www.lulu.com/shop/p-inman/written-1976-2013/paperback/product-21811308.html

Tom Jenks – Items – Was £8 Now £4.80 – http://www.lulu.com/shop/tom-jenks/items/paperback/product-21883182.html

Holly Pester – Hoofs – Was £8 Now £4.80 – http://www.lulu.com/shop/holly-pester/hoofs/paperback/product-21883189.html

Philip Terry – Advanced Immorality – Was £8 Now £4.80 – http://www.lulu.com/shop/philip-terry/advanced-immorality/paperback/product-21883191.html

Chrissy Williams – Epigraphs – Was £4 Now £2.80 – http://www.lulu.com/shop/chrissy-williams/epigraphs/paperback/product-21883163.html

Lucy Harvest Clarke, Tom Jenks and Juliet Troy at The Blue Bus

6 Oct

if p then q readers Lucy Harvest Clarke and Tom Jenks read alongside Juliet Troy at The Blue Bus

The Blue Bus is pleased to present a reading of poetry by Lucy Harvest Clarke, Tom Jenks and Juliet Troy on Tuesday 20th October  from  7.30at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1. This is the 105th event in THE BLUE BUS series. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions). 

Lucy Harvest Clarke was born in East Sussex in 1982. After studying Anthropology at Goldsmiths she travelled sporadically and lived by the sea. She now lives and works in London. Her poetry has featured on Great Works, Onedit, in Parameter magazine and in The Other Room Anthology Volume 1. She has published a pamphlet EX3 with The Knives Forks and Spoons Press. Lucy’s if p then q publication is Silveronda and more recently Baba by Blart books.

Tom Jenks’ latest books are Spruce, a 90 poem sequence published by Blart Books and The Tome of Commencement, a spreadsheet translation of the Book of Genesis published by Stranger Press. He co-organises The Other Room reading series and website in Manchester and administers the avant objects imprint zimZalla.

Juliet Troy is an anglo/guyanese poet living in Hertfordshire and  is one of the organisers of the Blue Bus.  Her  work includes  Rhythm of Furrows across a field, 2013 – Kater Murr Motherboard, 2015 – Knives Forks and Spoons  Press -which she hopes to be launching on the night. A poem from this collection Desert Spray is at present on display in the Blackpool illuminations along with work by 10 other KFS poets.