The title of Isobel Rock's solo show 'Goblin Market' which opened on the 23rd May was inspired by Christina Rossetti’s famous poem. The exhibition gives free rein to merry blue goblins, joyful bird women and a riot of mis-sold broccoli, bendy balloons, pineapples, eggs, feathers and topknots and is showing until July 31st at 22 Betterton Street, WC2 Monday. If you can't go check out her wonderful work on her new website http://isabelrock.co.uk/
Experimental artist and fellow Rie Nakajima will be touring around Europe in the next few months in a series of concerts. UK dates include London's Cafe Oto, Cafe Kino Bristol and Cambridge. If you are on the road in Europe too try and catch her at one of the following locations.
26 May - 30 June. Bucahrest Biennale 7 curated by Niels Van Tomme, Bucharest, http://www.bucharestbiennale.org
1 June : Consumer Waste: Giovanni Lami / Stephen Cornford & Rie Nakajima / Daniel Bennett at Cafe Kino, Bristol
and with Dead Plants / Living Objects : Pierre Berthet + Rie Nakajima,
8 June: O', Milano. http://www.on-o.org; 11 June. Organised by Temporeale (http://temporeale.it) Gabinetto Scientifico Letterario G. P. Vieusseux, Piazza e Palazzo Strozzi, 50123 Firenze; 16 June: Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid http://www.ca2m.org/en/picnic-sessions/picnic-sessions-16-jun
19 June, Alteration Festival, Cafe OTO, London https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/alterations-festival/: 2 July O YAMA O, Wysing Polyphonic, Cambridge
http://www.wysingartscentre.org/whats_on/annual_music_festival. For further information www.rienakajima.com
Huge congratulations to Deborah Smith and Han Kang, winners of this years Man Booker Prize. The Vegetarian was also included in Deborah's application to the Arts Foundation last year and was much lauded by the judges Paul Blezard, Meike Ziergovel and Amanda Hopkinson at the time. Deborah has been able to benefit also from the new stipulation which gives half the prize money to the translator, a wonderful move by the organisers highlighting the importance of the translator in the success of a book being sold in other languages.
In tandem with the publishing of her book 'Nobody Told Me', Hollie is touring the UK in a multitude of dates (https://holliepoetry.com/live-shows/) She will be performing at the Roundhouse on the 3rd June in the afternoon with poets Lydia Towsey and Liv Torc ready to 'entertain parents in need of culture, amusement and adult conversation' says the press release. The gig is part of the Last Word Festival which runs until the 18th June. For tickets go to http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/2016/the-last-word-festival-2016/m...
Hollie is also performing in the evening on the 3rd June at Tongue Fu, with Chris Redmond, and special guests Irvine Welsh, Beardyman and more. Tickets as above. Tickets £15 doors 7pm - looks like it's going to be a storming one!
Although Sarah Kane said she didn't want any adaptations of her plays, she also said she didn't want her work to become a museum piece. Her estate, 15 years after her death, has now allowed 4.48 Psychosis to be adapted into an opera for a project between the Royal Opera House and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The show opens on the 24th May at Lyrics Hammersmith until the 28th. Directed by Ted Huffman and music composed by Philip Venables who approached the estate with the idea we await to see the outcome. For tickets http://www.lyric.co.uk/whats-on/