Wednesday 29 November 2017, 19.00- 21.00pm

Cost: £6 includes a glass of mulled wine.

An evening of performance, storytelling and discussion bringing together three artists and poets working at the intersection of art and language. Sarah Gillett, Sophie Herxheimer and Chris McCabe each present a recent body of work, followed by a participatory conversation drawing together common threads across their practices including history, collage and wordplay.

Sarah Gillett

The Case of the Gold Ring 2017 (25 mins)

Epic story of doomed romance, blind boxing, moon mining, meteorite bombardment, dark matter and interstellar collisions told through the life of a precious gold ring.

Chris McCabe

Reading from his poetry collage book The Affairs of Dylan.

Sophie Herxheimer

Reading from her recent book Velkom to Inklandt (Short Books, 2017)

‘A pitch perfect labour of love, uplifting, funny, heartbreaking - a one-off’ Kate Kellaway, the Observer.

Sophie will also show Your Candle Accompanies the Sun, a book of collage poems made in ghost collaboration with Emily Dickinson and in living collaboration with Henningham Family Press

Introduction to the artists and poets

Sarah Gillett is a visual artist and writer investigating the life of things across space and time. Shaky cardboard monuments, exploded tapestry landscapes and collaged performances play with scale, material and the structures of story-making. Sarah is an artist with the Laboratory of Dark Matters, a creative conversation between particle astrophysicists and artists driven by a shared curiosity of the unknown.

Chris McCabe has published four poetry collections and recorded a CD with the Poetry Archive. He was shortlisted for The Ted Hughes Award in 2013 for his collaborative book with Maria Vlotides, Pharmapoetica. With Victoria Bean he is the co-editor of The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayward Publishing, 2015). He blogs at

Sophie Herxheimer is an artist and poet. She’s held many residencies including for for the Southbank Centre, The National Maritime Museum and Transport for London. Exhibitions include The Whitworth, The Poetry Library and The National Portrait Gallery. She has illustrated five fairy tale collections, made several artists’ books, and narrated an episode of BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme from her Pie Days project in Margate. Her poems have been widely published. She won first prize in the Poetry Book Fair Competition. Her new book Velkom to Inklandt is Poetry Book of the Month in the Guardian/Observer. Sophie teaches and collaborates extensively.

Books by Sophie, Sarah and Chris will be available for sale on the evening.