“To many what was once the most expansively influential European tradition of poetry has now become one of the most hermetic. Yet within France there remains singular emergent figures whose invention, and whose brilliance, marks them out as some of the most innovative in the world. Eric Suchère is one of them, art critic and art historian, he has created a remarkable oeuvre of conceptual, prose and written poetry over the last few decades and holds a rightful place as a leading light in the current French scene.” For the 89th interview in the 3am/Maintenant series, Eric Suchère (pictured above).

Accompanying the interview is an extract from Eric’s longer work Set, Winterwreck, translated by Lisa Robertson.


March 31st Saturday: 6.45pm – the Rich mix arts centre. Brick lane, London. Maintenant: a celebration of contemporary avant-garde poetry at the rich mix arts centre

The 11th event in the Maintenant series will be a unique celebration of European avant-garde poetry, bringing Sound & Visual poets together from all over the continent in collaborative performances and a ambitious free artfair for a wholly original night of cutting edge contemporary poetry. Free facsimiles of concrete and visual poetry will be available from stalls manned by the poets and artists, available for exchanging and collecting completely free, while performances from the world of both poetry and music intersperse the evening: a presentation by the Hungarian Visual Poet Marton Koppany, with sound poetry & installations from: David Berridge & Nick-e Melville, Hannah Silva & Holly Pester, Ben Morris & Fiona Kennedy & Jon Marshall, Tamarin Norwood & Julia Calver & Patrick Coyle, Ollie Evans & Lucy Beynon & Lisa Jeschke…

Poets contributing to the artfair include: Tim Atkins, Simon Barraclough, Richard Barrett, Emma Bennett, Ben Borek, Harry Burke, Anna Cavic, Sarah Chapman, Wayne Clements, Sophie Collins, Swithun Cooper, Becky Cremin, Sarah Crewe, Amy Cutler, Matt Dalby, Philip Davenport, James Davies, Nia Davies, Livia Dragomir, Stephen Emmerson, Amy Evans, Ollie Evans, Irum Fazal, Charlotte Geater, Giles Goodland, Kelina Gotman, Tim Harries, Nathan Hamilton, Lucy Harvest Clarke, Jeff Hilson, Mark Jackson, Peter Jaeger, Tom Jenks, Nathan Jones, Marek Kazmierski, Sarah Kelly, Robert Kiely, Marton Koppany, Alex Kell, David Kelly, Joe Kennedy, Gabriele Labanauskaite, Agnes Lehoczky, Fabian MacPherson, matt martin, Nick-e Melville, Ben Morris, Stephen Nelson, Ryan Ormonde, Holly Pester, Claire Potter, Nat Raha, Daniel Rourke, Beatrice Schulz, Anna Selby, Jon Shaw, Andy Spragg, Marcus Slease, Linus Slug, Jon Stone, Philip Terry, Juha Virtanen, James Wilkes, Paul Williams, Jennifer Wong, Michael Zand and many more.


March 29th Thursday: Marton Koppany: Broked & Reduced in collaboration with the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre , Birkbeck College – main building on Torrington Sq. Room B20. 6-7.30pm, all welcome, event completely free. “I lost my mother tongue more than thirty years ago and am still searching for it.” Hungarian visual poet MÁRTON KOPPÁNY talks about his work, and projects images.


30th March – Evergreen  7pm – 9pm at X Marks the Bökship, 210/ Unit 3 Cambridge Heath Road. London E2 9NQ, UK. An evening of book launches, readings, and soup, alongside a one night only exhibition and presentation by Márton Koppány. Features book launches/ presentations by Márton and nick e-melville, soup, and further readings including David Berridge, S J Fowler, and seekers of lice. For further info contact


April 26th Thursday: Maintenant Croatia at Europe House In collaboration with the Croatian writers association, four Croatian poets will be visiting London to read at the home of EU in London, Europe House alongside four British poets.


July 7th Saturday: Maintenant Camarade III at the rich mix arts centre The third instalment of the Camarade series featuring original poetry read by collaborating pairs of European poets. Confirmed for the event: Iain Sinclair & Tom Chivers, Allen Fisher & Philip Terry, Jeff Hilson & Robert Shepherd, Joe Dunthorne & Sam Riviere, Richard Barrett & Jonty Tiplady, Chris McCabe & Tom Jenks, Tim Atkins & Harry Gilonis, Simon Barraclough & Isobel Dixon, Emma Bennett & Holly Pester …more to be announced

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