Longbarrow poets James Caruth, Matthew Clegg, Andrew Hirst and Chris Jones join Matt Black at The Lantern Theatre, Sheffield for Timbre Music. Chris Jones opens with Miniatures (unaccompanied); James Caruth and the Sheffield Academy of Music perform his Dark Peak; Matthew Clegg is joined by Simon Heywood for a voice-and-guitar arrangement of Clegg’s Trig Points (a version of which can be heard here). After the interval, Brian Lewis offers a lo-fi treatment of Andrew Hirst’s The Snail Drunk, utilising four dictaphones, two cassette players, a toy microphone and a length of string; Matt Black and guitarist Adam White conclude the evening with the epic Surf: The Adventures of Jonny Donut.
Joint launch of Matthew Clegg’s Officer and Andrew Hirst’s Frome I-XII pamphlets at the Quaker Meeting House, Sheffield. The evening is framed by a display of photographs from the Frome cycle and (for the performance of Officer) a flip-chart summarising Behavioural Competencies. The evening concludes with a discussion between Clegg, Hirst, Lewis and the audience.
Launch of Chris Jones’ Miniatures pamphlet at The Red Deer, Sheffield. Opens with a cassette-and-dictaphone arrangement of Jones’ recordings of the poems: four machines (positioned in the room’s corners) create a ‘tape fugue’ from the shifts in sync, pitch and tone. Jones follows this with a selection of poems omitted from his recent collection (The Safe House) and a full reading of Miniatures.