English PEN Modern Literature Festival

April 3rd, 2016

(oembed: https://www.youtube.com/embed/fapKsXQWy9c)

On 2nd April 2016 at Rich Mix, London I read a work in response to the unfair imprisonment of Qatari poet Mohammed al-‘Ajami, as part of the English PEN Modern Literature Festival. The was the first ever English PEN Modern Literature Festival and saw 30 contemporary UK-based writers present new works in tribute to writers at risk around the world. #penfestuk

Writers poets, novelists, playwrights and artists came together to continue English Pen's relationship with innovative contemporary literature over an extraordinary day where each of the writers presented brand new poetry, text, reportage & performance on a day that celebrated and evidenced the struggle of fellow writers around the world, in solidarity.

I developed the following visual score:

Download 'A bird just after midnight' [pdf]

Documentation

Full video documentation is available on the following links

Introduction by Jo Glanville
Harry Man on Maung Saung Kha
David Berridge on Dawit Isaak
Kirsten Irving on Nurmuhemmet Yasin
Jen Calleja on Gao Yu
SJ Fowler on Khadija Ismayilova
Dave Spittle on Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury
Prudence Chamberlain on Patiwat Saraiyaem and Pornthip Munkhong
Robert Hampson on Dr Abduljalil Al-Singace
Adam Baron on Can Dündar and Erdem Gül
Andrew McMillan on Ashraf Fayadh
Eley Williams on Tsering Woeser
Sam Winston (with Jamie Perera on Zunar)
Lucy Harvest Clarke on Liu Xia
Stephen Emmerson on Dina Meza
Alex MacDonald on Alaa Abd El Fattah
Drew Milne on Omar Hazek
Caleb Klaces on Jorge Olivera Castillo
Tim Atkins on Liu Xiaobo
Caroline Bergvall on Sanjuana Martínez
Emily Critchley on Mahvash Sabet
Sarah Kelly on Nelson Aguilera
Allen Fisher on Mamadali Makhmudov
Nathan Walker on Mohammed al-‘Ajami
Michael Zand on U Zeya
Mark Waldron on Zhu Yufu
Mark Ravenhill on Mazen Darwish and Yara Bader
Emily Berry on Raif Badawi