Poetry Jamboree Big Zoom Jam

The Poetry Jamboree, a festival of innovative poetries and arts initiated by John Goodby and Lyndon Davies, has been in hibernation since its last three-day manifestation in 2012 at Hay on Wye. Now, in this viral epoque it is resuming operations in digital guise, with a series of two-monthly zoom sessions, featuring readings, short films and various kinds of performance.


The first event will take place on Sunday November 29th

at 6.30pm – 9.00pm GMT


Featuring readings, performances and work by

Kimberly Campanello

Sarah Crewe

Angharad Davies

Lyndon Davies

Stephen Emmerson

John Goodby

Penny Hallas

Jeff Hilson

Dorothy Lehane

Chris McCabe


To attend, here is the link to the Zoom session:



The Performers

Kimberly Campanello’s most recent poetry project is MOTHERBABYHOME, a collection of 796 conceptual and visual poems on the St. Mary’s Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, Co. Galway, was published by zimZalla Avant Objects in April 2019. She gave a durational performance of the entirety of MOTHERBABYHOME at The Oonagh Young Gallery in Dublin in 2019 and has performed it internationally for a range of festivals and series, most recently in Munich at Klang Farben Text: Visual Poetry for the 21st Century, a three-day visual poetry festival inspired by the international concrete poetry movement of the 1950s and 60s. Her work featured in the Experimental Praxis exhibition at HAUS Vienna in September 2020. Kimberly won a 2019 Markievicz Award from Ireland’s Arts Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for (S)worn State(s), a poetry collaboration with Dimitra Xidous and Annemarie Ní Churreáin. In 2018 she joined the School of English and the Poetry Centre at the University of Leeds where she leads the BA English Literature with Creative Writing and supervises PhDs in innovative poetry.

Sarah Crewe is a working class feminist poet from the Port of Liverpool. Her second poetry collection, garn [eliza doolittle], is forthcoming from Aquifer Books. She also produces mazie, a DIY zine of music reviews and poetry. She has a MA in Poetry as Practice from the University of Kent,with a thesis on working class women’s psychogeography in experimental poetry: the work of Geraldine Monk and Maggie O’Sullivan.

Angharad Davies is a Welsh violinist working with free-improvisation, compositions and performance. Her approach to sound involves attentive listening and exploring beyond the sonic confines of her instrument, her classical training and performance expectation. Much of her work involves collaboration. She has long standing duos with Tisha Mukarji, Dominic Lash and Lina Lapelyte and plays with Common Objects, Cranc and Skogen. She has been involved in projects with Apartment House, Tarek Atui, Tony Conrad, Richard Dawson, Gwenno, Roberta Jean, Jack McNamara, Eliane Radigue, Georgia Ruth, Juliet Stephenson and J.G.Thirlwell. Most of her records are released on Another Timbre but she also has releases on Absinth Records, Confrontrecords, Emanem, Potlatch and winds measure recordings. In 2019 she was awarded an OTO Project’s UK Artist Residency Fund supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and was commissioned to write her first orchestral piece by LCMF which was premiered at Ambica, London.

Lyndon Davies lives in the Black Mountains, in Powys, Wales. He has published six collections of poetry, most recently Bridge 116Canalchemy: The Materials  and Reset, and a selection of essays (Resemblance, Aquifer 2019). He runs the Glasfryn Seminars, a series of discussion groups on aspects of literature and art, edits an online magazine called Junction Box and a series of interdisciplinary collaborative improvisational events called Ghost Jams. With poet John Goodby he ran the original Poetry Jamboree Festivals from 2009 – 2012 at Hay on Wye.

Stephen Emmerson is the author of A Piece, Poetry Wholes, and Family Portraits, all of which are published by If P Then Q. Other works include: Invisible Poems ZimZalla, WHO? The Literary Pocket Book, and Telegraphic Transcriptions Stranger Press / Dept Press. He also makes poetry objects such as Pharmacopoetics, Remains, Breath, Rilke Translations, Homeopoetry, and History of the English Working Class. More information can be found here: https://stephenemmerson.wordpress.com/

John Goodby is a poet, critic, translator and academic based at Sheffield Hallam University. He edited the Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas (2014) and the Fifth Notebook of Dylan Thomas (2020) and runs the Boiled String imprint of innovative Welsh poetry. His poetry has appeared in many journals, including Molly BloomThe London MagazinePoetry ReviewAngel Exhaust and Stride, and his collections include uncaged sea (2007), Illennium (2010), The No Breath (2017) and The Ars (2020). With Lyndon Davies he ran the Hay Jamboree poetry festivals 2009-12 and co-edited The Edge of Necessary: Innovative Welsh Poetry 1966-2018 (2018).

Penny Hallas is an artist living in Wales. Her practice includes drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and video, balancing studio-based work with more collaborative approaches. Events and projects within the last year include ConnectivesFrom the DarkCasenotesShelter in PlaceBeep 2020

Jeff Hilson has written four books of poetry: stretchers (Reality Street, 2006), Bird bird (Landfill, 2009), In The Assarts (Veer, 2010) and Latanoprost Variations (Boiler House Press, 2017). A fifth book, Organ Music, is out later this month from Crater Press. He also edited The Reality Street Book of Sonnets (Reality Street, 2008) and when not in lockdown runs Xing the Line poetry reading series in London. He is a Reader in Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton.

Dorothy Lehane is the author of four poetry publications: Bettbehandlung, (Muscaliet Press, 2018)Umwelt (Leafe Press, 2016)Ephemeris (Nine Arches Press, 2014), and Places of Articulation (dancing girl press 2014). She has read her work to audiences at Université Sorbonne, Ivy Writers, Paris, the Science Museum, the Wellcome Trust, the Barbican, the Roundhouse, BBC Radio Kent, and the Union Chapel, and has contributed on improvised collaborations, notably with synthesizer, Matthew Bourne. Recent poetry and reviews appear in Westerly Magazine, Glasfryn Project and Modern Philology. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Kent and is currently writing a memoir on the lived autoimmune experience, titled: Reactive: a memoir of an unknowable body.

Chris McCabe’s work crosses artforms and genres including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama and visual art. He is the author of 12 books which have been shortlisted for awards such as the Ted Hughes Award and the Republic of Consciousness Prize. His most recent books are The Triumph of Cancer (Penned in the Margins, 2018), his novel Mud (Henningham Family Press, 2019) and Poems from the Edge of Extinction: An Anthology of Poetry in Endangered Languages (Chambers, 2019).









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