a page from Dark Islands by Tom Chivers
Tomorrow evening, in the first of a series of POINT LINE TIME events at Spike Island, poet Tom Chivers will read from his 'black book' Dark Islands.
"In a darkened room filled with words, ghosts, voices and the light of a single lamp, poet Tom Chivers reads from Dark Islands, adapting and re-setting his limited edition ‘black book’ as an intimate, unsettling performance. The poems in Dark Islands are 'carefully honed fractals' (Chris McCabe), 'located right at the centre of our contemporary concerns ... open to the writer’s acts of play, subversion and resistance' (Cadaverine). Chivers will also preview new work from Relic, a sequence of short lyrics about faith, confinement and the body."
Saturday 2 April 2016, 6–7pm
The event is free - book your place here
Tom Chivers was born in south London in 1983. His poetry publications include How to Build a City (Salt, 2009), The Terrors (Nine Arches, 2009), Flood Drain (Annexe, 2014) and, as editor, the award-winning anthology Adventures in Form (Penned in the Margins, 2012). His latest collection, Dark Islands, was published in a limited edition by Test Centre in 2015. Tom has made perambulatory, site-specific and audio work for organisations such as LIFT Festival, Cape Farewell, Humber Mouth Literature Festival and the Southbank Centre. In 2011 his poem 'The Event' was turned into an animated film by Julia Pott and broadcast by Channel 4; it has subsequently been screened at film festivals worldwide and viewed over 100,000 times online. Tom is currently writing a non-fiction book entitled London Clay: Journeys into the Deep City. He lives in Rotherhithe and works as a publisher and arts producer.