A Celebration of Eric Mottram and Jerome Rothenberg at King's College London 12 March 2022
Posted by Scott Thurston on 2022-01-14

Please find the draft programme of the latest in a series of events memorialising the life and work of Professor Eric Mottram (1924-1995), which on this occasion also comprises a celebration of the work of Jerome Rothenberg. The event is organised by Valerie Soar and takes place on 12 March 2022. Online bookings via Eventbrite here


Performed Poetics

A two-day Event in celebration of the work of

Eric Mottram and Jerome Rothenberg    


Day one. Saturday, 12th March 2022


10.00              Brief introduction to the event.


10.20              Session 1. Poetry & Sound Poetry with Jerome Rothenberg and Charlie Morrow, poetry of Eric Mottram and Jerome Rothenberg.


11.00              Session 2. Allen Fisher reading works by Eric Mottram and other poets valued and celebrated by Eric Mottram.


11.45              Break


12.00              Session 3. Jeff Hilson presents an event with Steve McGarty: Eric Mottram’s seminars on Radical Poetics


13.00             LUNCH


14.15              Session 4. Janette Cheong introduces and shows her 1972 film collaboration with Eric Mottram, “The Question in the Village”, narrated by Hugh Quarshie and with music for the soundtrack composed and performed by Jonathan Dove.


14.30              Session 5. Round table, chaired by Robert Hampson,

with Hélène Aji, Ken Edwards, Amy Evans, Michael Hrebeniak, Matt Martin, Peter Middleton, Jerome Rothenberg and Gavin Selerie.


16.00              Session 6. Eric Mottram and Jerome Rothenberg: A discussion chaired by Allen Fisher, participation from Jerome Rothenberg, Charles Bernstein and Gavin Selerie. Eric Mottram and the first meetings with Jerome Rothenberg and Charles Bernstein. Gavin Selerie’s Riverside interview with Jerome Rothenberg.


16.45              Session 7. Clive Bush.

                        "Dark Times and Utopias in the work of Eric Mottram"


17.15              Open discussion with Audience


17.30              End of daytime events


Day one. Saturday evening, 12th March 2022


19.30              Poetry & Sound Poetry with Jerome Rothenberg and Charlie Morrow, poetry of Eric Mottram and Jerome Rothenberg.


21.00              End of evening event



Day two: Sunday 13th March


10.15              Session 1. Charles Bernstein and Maggie O’Sullivan:

                        A performance in celebration of the work of Jerome Rothenberg.


11.10              Break


11.25              Session 2. Hélène Aji discusses the work of Jerome Rothenberg.


12.40              Session 3. Colin Still video-presentation:

                        Collaborations between Jerome Rothenberg and Ian Tyson.


13.00              Lunch


14.15              Session 4. Colin Still video-presentation: Vot Em I Doink Here? a film regarding the life and work of Jerome Rothenberg (100 minutes including a 10 minute interval).


16.00              Session 5. Jeffrey Robinson with Jerome Rothenberg in conversation about the Poems for the Millennium series.


17.00              End of daytime events.


Day two. Sunday evening, 13th March 2022


19.00              John Kenny and musicians performing Songs from A Book of Herne

by John Kenny, poetry by Eric Mottram. Performed by The Scot Free Ensemble, directed by John Kenny Soprano voice, Adaya Malka-Peled, Alto trombone, John Kenny, Clarinet & bass clarinet, Cara Doyle, Violin, Emily White,Cello, Adrian Brendel, Piano, Ben Smith.

 20.00              Jerome Rothenberg and Charles Morrow, translations and transformations (including the ‘Horse Songs’)


21.00              End of two-day event.


Eric Mottram   Jerome Rothenberg