News

13th January 2017

You can see a video of Charles Bernstein’s closing remarks at the festival here:

10th September

Outside-in / Inside-out is featured in the Scottish Poetry Library Blog

http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/connect/blog/outside-inside-out

9th September

Poster revealed for Design & the Concrete Poem

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This fabulous poster has been designed by Will Hill for Design & The Concrete Poem (Lighthouse Gallery, 28th September – 6th October). Curated by Bronaċ Ferran, with special access to the collections of Bob Cobbing and Hansjörg Mayer, the exhibition will bring together material by some of the leading Concrete, Sound and Visual Poetry pioneers in the UK – including works by Stephen Bann, Thomas A. Clark, Bob Cobbing, Ian Hamilton Finlay, John Furnival, Lily Greenham, Dom Sylvester Houédard, Hansjörg Mayer, Edwin Morgan, Liliane Lijn and Edward Wright.

4th September

Pitch of Poetry by Charles Bernstein, who will be performing at Outside-in / Inside-out, is reviewed in this week’s TLS.

LINK: http://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/private/aesthetic-probe/

3rd September

Outside-in / Inside-out on Radiophrenia

Bronaċ Ferran, curator of a forthcoming show at Glasgow Lighthouse called design and the concrete poem will be joined by three poets Juana Adcock, Colin Herd and Greg Thomas for some readings, and musings on the materiality of the poem along with some live performances. This is part of the Making Conversations series supported by the AHRC  Digital Transformations theme leader fellowship.

20th August 2016

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Image: Hansjörg Mayer,  o i l (1965)

We’re delighted to announce details of our exciting major exhibition at Lighthouse Gallery for Outside-in/ Inside-out.

Curated by Bronaċ Ferran, DESIGN AND THE CONCRETE POEM will bring together material by some of the leading Concrete, Sound and Visual Poetry pioneers in the UK – including works by Stephen Bann, Thomas A. Clark, Bob Cobbing, Ian Hamilton Finlay, John Furnival, Lily Greenham, dom Sylvester Houédard, Hansjörg Mayer, Edwin Morgan, Liliane Lijn and Edward Wright. With special access to the collections of Bob Cobbing and Hansjörg Mayer, Ferran has been able to bring together rarely seen poetry catalogues and posters from the ‘Sixties as well as related materials from the parallel field of experimental typography. This exhibition has been specially conceived and curated for the OI IO festival.

Associated Events:

A ‘finissage’ event will be held in the Gallery on Thursday 6th October from 5:30pm – 7:00pm. The Gallery will remain open until 8:00 pm that evening.

Public Talk

From 3:30-4:30 pm on Saturday 1st October at The Lighthouse a discussion about Design & the Concrete Poem will be held with Stephen Bann and Hansjörg Mayer, introduced by Bronaċ Ferran. Both events will be free and open to the public.

6th August 2016

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We’re delighted to announce that poet and critic Sandeep Parmar will be joining us for Outside-in / Inside-out, leading a workshop related to race and British Poetry. Sandeep’s essay Not a British Subject: Race and Poetry in the UK, published in the LA Review of Books this year is essential reading.

She was born in Nottingham and raised in Southern California. She received her PhD in English Literature from University College London in 2008, on the unpublished autobiographies of the modernist poet Mina Loy, and she holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. She is Reviews Editor of The Wolf magazine, and edited The Collected Poems of Hope Mirrlees for Carcanet Press (2011). Her critical book, Reading Mina Loy’s Autobiographies, appeared from Bloomsbury in 2013. She teaches twentieth-century literature and creative writing at the University of Liverpool, and is currently editing the Collected Poems of Nancy Cunard as well as writing a biography of Hope Mirrlees.

29th July 2016

A Muster of Rarities – University of Glasgow Special Collections exhibition announced.

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University of Glasgow Special Collections have announced details of their exhibition for Outside-in Inside-out.

The University of Glasgow Library holds outstanding unique and distinctive collections relating to concrete poetry and individuals who may be described as literary ‘outsiders’. An opportunity to see original material from the 17th to the 21st centuries including hand-coloured prints by William Blake, scrapbooks and manuscript poems by Edwin Morgan and rare publications by Ian Hamilton Finlay.

The exhibition will be available for viewing on Thursday 6th October 2016.

The image to the right is from Edwin Morgan’s scrapbooks.

22nd July 2016

Pierre Joris, who will be joining us at Outside-in / Inside-out in Glasgow in October, has recently published a major translation of Paul Celan’s later poetry: Breathturn into Timestead: Collected Later Poetry.

The volume is reviewed by Adam Kirsch in the most recent New York Review of Books, and Kirsch draws attention to some of the importance of “outside” in his aesthetics:

“From the beginning, then, language was for Celan the means of expressing political and national anxieties, in which his own position as a German-speaking Jewish Romanian was triply complicated. He had a natural sense of affinity with Franz Kafka, who was similarly situated, and who remarked on the “three impossibilities…: the impossibility of not writing, the impossibility of writing in German, and the impossibility of writing differently. And we could add a fourth impossibility: the impossibility of writing at all.” Celan was to work those impossibilities into the very texture of his language, in a way that makes him one of the most enigmatic writers of the last century.”

You can read the whole review here (subscription required).

In this video below, Joris and Paul Auster discuss Celan’s work at an event at the Deutscher Haus in Harvard.

We are really looking forward to welcoming Pierre to the festival in October.

21st July 2016

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The schedule for Outside-in / Inside-out is shaping up, and we’re going to be announcing details as they are confirmed on this page. We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be featuring a film by the Scottish poet and filmmaker Margaret Tait as part of the festival.

You can find out more about her work here, and here.

An Orcadian, Tait was born in Kirkwall in 1918. She became a pioneer of experimental and poetic film-making in Scotland. She made over 30 films, including:

  • A Portrait of Ga (1955)
  • The Leaden Echo And The Golden Echo (1955)
  • Calypso (1956)
  • Aerial (1974)
  • Place of Work (1976)
  • Where I Am Is Here (1964)
  • Palindrome (1964)
  • Blue black permanent (1992) (full-length)

She was also a poet, whose books of poetry include origins and elements (1959), The Hen and the Bees: Legends and Lyrics (1960), and Subjects and Sequences (1960).

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