ANATHEMA returns with readings and performances from J.R. CARPENTER / FRANCES PRESLEY + TILLA BRADING / LAURA ELLIOTT. (Image: J.R. Carpenter)

Sat 30th June, 7.00pm, HOURS, 10 Colston Yard. Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5BD. Entry by donation / books + prints on sale / all welcome. 


J. R. Carpenter is a Canadian-born UK-based artist, writer, performer, researcher, and maker of maps, zines, books, poetry, short fiction, long fiction, non-fiction, and non-linear, intertextual, hypermedia, and computer-generated narratives. Her pioneering works of digital literature have been exhibited, published, performed, and presented in journals, galleries, museums, and festivals around the world. She is a winner of the CBC Quebec Writing Competition (2003 & 2005), the QWF Carte Blanche Quebec Award (2008), the Expozine Alternative Press Award for Best English Book (2008), the Dot Award for Digital Literature (2015), and the New Media Writing Prize (2016). 


Frances Presley was born in Derbyshire, grew up in Lincolnshire and Somerset, and lives in north London. She collaborated with artist Irma Irsara in a multi-media project about clothing and the fashion trade, Automatic Cross Stitch (Other Press, 2000); and with poet Elizabeth James in an email text and performance, Neither the One nor the Other (Form Books, 1999). The title sequence of Paravane: new and selected poems, 1996-2003 (Salt, 2004) was a response to 9/11/2001, and the IRA bombsites in London. Myne: new and selected poems and prose, 1976-2005, (Shearsman, 2006) takes its title from the old name for Minehead in Somerset. Lines of Sight, (Shearsman, 2009), includes an approach to the Neolithic stone sites on Exmoor, part of a multi-media collaboration with TILLA BRADING, published in 2010 as Stone Settings (Odyssey Books & Other Press). Presley’s work is included in the recent anthologies Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by UK Women Poets (edited Carrie Etter, Shearsman, 2010), and A Ground Aslant — Radical Landscape Poetry (edited Harriet Tarlo, Shearsman, 2011).


Laura Elliott is a poet and library worker in London. Her first collection, ‘lemon, egg, bread’ was published by Test Centre in 2017, and she co-edits the poetry publishing experiment para·text with Angus Sinclair.

“‘lemon, egg, bread’ is a striking first collection; a series of poems which read as an attempt to speed-write the still-life image. Drawn out of a process of meditation on and intervention within various still-life compositions, including works by Laura Letinsky, the collection explores practices of re-articulation by way of the feminist gaze and the gut.” – Test Centre






Anathema, Moot Press & WANDA present Murmeln Um Schiffland EP + book launch, an evening of sea-borne live music, poetry and peformance from:

MURMELN (electro acoustic mumblefolk + poetry)
ROWAN COUPLAND (harp, voice, guitar troubador)
HANDS OF THE HERON (sprawling harmonic folk)
ROWAN EVANS (poetry + sound performance)

The Dark Studio, Arnolfini



Murmeln Um Schiffland is the gorgeous new work by Murmeln, aka multi-instrumentalist and award-winning composer and writer Ben Osborn. This exclusive debut EP under a new name signals abreakthrough moment for this prolific but elusive artist. Murmeln um Schiffland is simultaneously released as a book of poems and drawings by Moot Press, and a five-track audio download on Berlin’s WANDA Portal. The EP is produced by Berlin artist yr lovely dead moon and mastered by cult songwriter-producer Emperor X.

“Murmeln’s vast history of composition has led him to a subtle sonic blend of electro-acoustic, classical and slacker folk. Haiku and Tanka guide the listener through a dreamlike landscape of modern day archetypes, between the lines and off the page.” – WANDA

“The text of Murmeln um Schiffland drifts tide-like between the connected poles of journal and dream-narrative, or back and forth along a route of passage between poem – lyric – song.” – Moot Press



A new text + performance work in development with bilingual poetry, field recordings and sound composition exploring hermitage, sea-exile and language hybridity. The project is an extended engagement with the 7th-century Gaelic poet Beccán mac Luigdech, a monk of Iona and a hermit on Rum, with field recordings made in the inner Hebrides.



Hands of the Heron is a fledgling folk collective from Bristol who draw influence from diverse sources such as Fleet Foxes, Joni Mitchell, This Is The Kit and Gustav Holst. Their songcraft is inquisitive and intuitive, capturing moments of high emotion and distilling them into vivid, memorable melodies, weaving tales of love, loss and regeneration, with mandolin and harmony vocals at the core, accompanied by accordion, cello, double bass, tabla and flute.



Gospel/Folk Noir from the Berlin based, English born multi-instrumentalist. Part of Brighton’s Willkommen Collective, and has played with the Sons of Noel and Adrian, Mary Hampton, Garland Hearse (a renaissance madrigal group) and Gamelan Gita Asmara.

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An excellent #anathema 6 last Friday. Many thanks to photographer Madeleine Elliott for taking the time to come along and document the night. All photos © Madeleine Elliott. Contact Madeleine via Instagram @madeleineroseelliott or email:


Emily Critchley 
Eley Williams 


Anna Cathenka & Sarah Cave 
Tom Betteridge 
Emilia Weber
Jonathan Mulcahy

all photos © Madeleine Elliott

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Anathema particularly welcome

* work from artists/writers/poets of colour

* work from a women’s / feminist perspective

* work from poets/writers/artists of all genders, sexual orientations and dis/abilities

N.B. No neoliberal capitalism. No homophobia, transphobia, racism or misogyny

Open Call slots are now all taken