Entropics is back on May 9th, with Lila Matsumoto & Verity Spott



Entropics in 2018

Three Entropics events are planned for Spring 2018.


J. R. Carpenter will perform on February 8th. This event is organised in conjunction with the AMT Research Group at WSA. We’re delighted to be collaborating with them on this! On February 9th, JR will give a talk for the ‘Talking Heads’ series at WSA. Her talk will take place at 3pm in Lecture Theatre A on the Winchester School of Art campus.

entropics 2018 January 26th final

J. R. Carpenter is a Canadian-born UK-based artist, writer, performer, and researcher. She has been using the internet as a medium for the creation and dissemination of experimental writing since 1993. Her pioneering web-based works of digital literature have been exhibited, published, performed, and presented in journals, galleries, museums, and festivals around the world. She is a winner of the New Media Writing Prize, the Dot Award for Digital Literature, the CBC Quebec Short Story Competition, the Carte Blanche Quebec Award for a work of creative non-fiction, and the Expozine Alternative Press Award for Best English Book for her first novel, Words the Dog Knows. Her second book, GENERATION[S], was published by Traumawien in 2010. Her third book, The Gathering Cloud, was published by Unformbooks in 2017. She is a fellow of Yaddo, Ucross, The Vermont Studio Centre, The Banff Centre, and the Eccles Centre For North American Studies at the British Library. She is currently a writer-in-residence at the Archives Nationales in Paris, a member of the Scientific Committee of Labex Arts-H2H at the University of Paris 8, and an associate lecturer at Plymouth University. Her long-awaited poetry debut, An Ocean of Static, is forthcoming from Penned in the Margins in April 2018. http://luckysoap.com

Holly Pester will perform on February 21st. This event will take place at Studio 144, John Hansard Gallery‘s new home. We’re very pleased to be working with the Gallery on this venture! In celebration of this, the new John Hansard Gallery/ Artful Scribe writer in residence, Iain Morrison, will also perform that night.

Holly Pester is a poet and multidisciplinary writer working through archives and written histories, with gossip, radical tales and dream logic. Pester has featured in readings, performances and sound installations at Segue, New York, dOCUMENTA 13, the Serpentine Poetry Marathon. Her book, go to reception and ask for Sara in red felt tip is a collection of archive fan-fiction (Book Works 2015) and her album, Common Rest (Test Centre 2016) is a collection of collaborative lullabies and sound poems. She is lecturer in Poetry and Performance at University of Essex.

Maggie O’Sullivan will perform on March 14th at Mettricks Old Town. Further details will follow soon.

Entropics: back in town for Autumn 2017

Sam WaltonThree further Entropics events are scheduled in 2017, with more to come in Spring 2018. All of these take place in Mettricks Old Town cafe, and performances commence at 7pm. Interviews with each of these wonderful writers will appear here very soon. These public performances are open to everyone and made possible by the Department of English and Education Enhancement at the University of Southampton.


Samantha Walton will perform on October 24th. Samantha Walton is a poet, co-organiser of Anathema poetry series and co-editor of Sad Press. She
teaches English Literature at Bath Spa University. She was a Poet in Residence at the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum in 2013, and in July 2015 was Poet in Residence at SoundEye Poetry Festival in Cork, Ireland. Her publications include City Break Weekend Songs (2011) and Strange House (2015). This event is hosted in conjunction with the SO: To Speak Festival in Southampton.

Vahni Capildeo

Vahni Capildeo will read on November 21st. Vahni Capildeo’s books include Utter (Peepal Tree, 2013), Simple Complex Shapes (Shearsman, 2015), and Measures of Expatriation (Carcanet; Forward Poetry Prizes Best Collection; T.S. Eliot Prize nomination). An ex-medievalist, she worked in lexicography, academia, and culture for development. Her performances engage with Euripides, Shakespeare, and Martin Carter. Recent non-fiction
appears in PN Review, adda (Commonwealth Writers) and Granta. She is a Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow at the University of Leeds. This event is organised in conjunction with the Human Worlds Festival.

Nat Raha & Linus SlugNat Raha and Linus Slug will read, both together and apart, on December 6th.
Linus Slug: Insect Librarian, is the founder of ninerrors poetry series, editor of FREAKLUNG poetry zine and co-editor/event organizer at Stinky Bear Press. Recent publications include: the science of poetry • the
poetry of science Linus Slug / Peter Manson broadside 2015, and Type Specimen: An Observant Guide To Linus Slug (Contraband, 2014).
Nat Raha is a poet and trans / queer activist, living in Edinburgh. Her most recent pamphlets are ‘de/compositions’ (Enjoy Your Homes Press, 2017) and ‘£/€xtinctions’, and her essay ‘Transfeminine Brokenness, Radical Transfeminism’ recently appeared in the South Atlantic Quarterly.

Entropics Returns!

DELLPOSTERWITHBLOGEntropics returns, this time with Redell Olsen:the fabled Last Poet of this run. Join us in Mettricks Old Town on Wednesday May 3rd, at 7pm.
We hope to see many new and familiar faces there for what will surely be an extraordinary evening. 
All are welcome!

Redell Olsen is a poet and text based artist. Film Poems (Les Figues, 2014) collects the texts for her films and performances from 2007–2012. Some of her previous books include: ‘Punk Faun: a bar rock pastel’ (Subpress, 2012), ‘Secure Portable Space’ (Reality Street, 2004), ‘Book of the Fur’ (rem press 2000), and, in collaboration with the bookartist Susan Johanknecht, ‘Here Are My Instructions’ (Gefn, 2004). From 2006-2010 she was the editor of How2,the international online journal for Modernist and contemporary writing by women. In 2013-14 she was the Judith E. Wilson visiting fellow in poetry at the University of Cambridge. She is currently Professor of Poetry and Poetics at Royal Holloway, University of London

Read an interview with Redell here.


poster-sarah3Entropics: A new series of exciting experimental poetry events in Southampton.  Each event is free. Everything happens in Mettricks Old Town Cafe (this is an accessible venue). All are welcome!
February 13th- Nisha Ramayya
February 20th- Jay Bernard
February 27th- Sophie Seita
March 6th- Trevor Joyce
March 13th- Peter Manson
+  The Last Poet (details tbc)
Find out more about the poets on the Poetpages: Nisha RamayyaJay BernardSophie SeitaTrevor JoycePeter Manson. News of the Last Poet coming soon.
Organised by Sarah Hayden, supported by the Department of English at the University of Southampton. These events are made possible by funding from the University of Southampton Education Enhancement Fund.