British Poetry in Performance, 1960-2008
Dr Andrea Brady, Queen Mary, University of London
Mr Stephen Cleary (Curator of Drama and Literature), The British Library
The CDA, British Poetry in Performance, 1960-2008, will investigate the changing contexts of poetry performance in Britain from the 1960's through to the present day. Making use of the Sound Archive at the British Library, the project will explore how performance contexts affect both the production and the reception of poetry. The project will examine how the radical London- based writers group Writers Forum, begun by the poet Bob Cobbing, played a particularly important role within British Poetry.
Writers Forum worked actively within an international context to enrich our understanding of how community formation, aesthetic development, social networks and alternate forms of publication, interact with one another at a level that operates 'Beyond Text'. It is expected that many new performances and readings of poetry will be documented throughout the course of the project.