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Reading Series

Pamenar Reading Series are held in London (Beara Beara Café), Tehran (Shabhay-e Pamenar) and Toronto (Pamenar Café).

If you are a writer or a performer and have an exciting idea for a reading or a performance, contact us!

info@pamenarpress.com

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Pamenar Reading Series | 1 | 

28 September 2019 

The 1st Pamenar Reading Series and official launch of Pamenar Press

Poetry Reading By:
Simon Smith, Virna Texiera, Mamta Sagar

Stephen Emmerson, William Rowe

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Pamenar Reading Series | 2 | 

23 October 2019 

Book launch Nature of Objects
Carlos Soto-Román

Reading and Performance: 
Edward Shipsey, Montenegro Fisher 

Andrés Anwandter, Xavier Velastin

 

Pamenar Reading Series | 2 |  23 October 2019 

Book launch Nature of Objects 
Carlos Soto-Román

 

Chilean poet and translator Carlos Soto-Román launched his new collection Nature of
Objects, published by Pamenar Press, at IKLECTIK in London on the 23 rd of October. Carlos’
readings from his collection were complemented by performances by other Chilean and
British poets, musicians, and artists. The evening proved to be a powerful demonstration of
Pamenar Press’s mission to promote multilingual, multicultural, and boundary-blurring
work.
The evening began with Carlos Soto-Román reading ‘Pierrot le Fou’, the first poem from
Nature of Objects, in both Spanish and English. He accompanied himself on a synthesiser,
the chilling atonality of the electronic sounds underlining the poem’s ominous imagery of
death and decay. Behind him, a video screen showed the letters in each word appearing
alphabetically, one by one – a transposition of the technique used in the physical collection,
in which the poem is constructed letter by letter as the reader turns the pages. Carlos then
read ‘Nature of Objects’, accompanied by the musician Edward Shipsey, who improvised a
sparse, unnerving soundtrack using household objects and various instruments.
Inevitably, the protests in Chile – which had begun only two weeks before the book launch –
were on everyone’s mind, and they were not neglected in the evening’s performances.
mmmmm (aka Montenegro Fisher), a duo of artists, prefaced their reading by reciting the
numbers of dead, wounded, and disappeared protesters in Chile, and the poem that followed
spoke of “violence in the streets”, gunshot wounds, and corruption. Chilean poet Andrés
Anwandter read a new poem written specifically to “respond to and think about what’s
happening in Chile”. London-based musician Xavier Velastin used two microphones to
communicate his mixed cultural heritage and conflicting feelings about the protests,
speaking into one in English and the other in Spanish. The event ended with a collaboration
between all the artists and writers in a partially improvised, exhilarating celebration of
music, protest, poetry, and the human voice. As Carlos Soto-Román said of the Chilean
protests, “The only thing we can do right now is to stand in solidarity and give them all our
support; try to shout really loud from a distance.”

By Anna Climent

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Pamenar Reading Series | 1 |  28 September 2019 

The 1st Pamenar Reading Series and official launch of Pamenar Press

 

The 1st Pamenar Reading Series and official launch of Pamenar Press took place on September 28th at Beara Beara café, London, UK. Simon Smith read first from his new chapbook 2 New Poems. This was followed by reading from a surprise guest, Sacsha Akhtar, who read (in Urdu and English) from a rare manuscript of cross-genre work by Hijab Imtiaz entitled Adab-e-Zareen. She has translated this work and it will be published by Oxford University Press, India in April 2020. Pamenar Press also launched the poster poem Landlines by Stephen Emmerson. Stephen performed an interactive reading of Landlines with the help of the audience, and both he and they participated in reading the poster together. William Rowe, introduced bilingually in Spanish and English in acknowledgement of his research and translation in Spanish literature, read from new poems. Virna Teixeira read poems concerning gender and identity. Finally, Mamta Sagar, on the final day of her stay in the UK before returning to India, performed poems written originally in her mother tongue of Kannada alongside music performed by Sabastian Sterkowicz.

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