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Scott Thurston

Updated: Apr 18, 2022

Scott Thurston is a poet, mover and educator. He has published sixteen books and chapbooks of poetry, including three full-length collections with Shearsman: Hold (2006), Momentum (2008) and Internal Rhyme (2010). More recent work includes Phrases Towards A Kinepoetics (Contraband, 2020), We Must Betray Our Potential (The Red Ceilings, 2018), Draft Vicinity (Knives Forks and Spoons, 2018) and Poems for the Dance (Aquifer, 2017). Scott is founding co-editor of open access Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry and co-organized the long-running poetry reading series The Other Room in Manchester. Since 2004, he has been developing a poetics integrating dance and poetry which has seen him studying with dancers in Berlin and New York and collaborating with three dancers in the UK. Scott is Reader in English and Creative Writing at the University of Salford where he has taught since 2004. You can follow Scott on twitter @scott_thurston.

Terraces is a film made by London-based filmmaker Maria Andrews in the Autumn of 2021 on location in Salford and Manchester. It brings together a series of live-composed kinepoetic performances out-of-doors and in the studio, reworking a single, embodied poem-dance from the sequence Terraces (extracts of which were previously published at Pamenar Online Magazine and elsewhere) alongside extemporised text and movement. The film draws on both artists’ extensive studies with the Belgian dancer-poet Billie Hanne. All vocalised material was made in the moment as depicted, without overdubs. For a conversation between Andrews and Thurston at the time of the film-shoot, see episode 1 of Andrews' podcast series Chthonic here.



Author photo (c) Roger Bygott


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