News Published 21 February 2011

London Word Festival Programme Announced

New work from Chris Goode and a celebration of libraries.

Rosanna Hall

This year the London Word Festival, which runs from the 7th April to the 5th May, boasts a more varied programme than ever before.

The 2011 Festival, the fourth to date, will feature contributions by a diverse range of writers and artists, including Alan Moore, Robin Ince and Forced Entertainment’s Tim Etchells. This year’s programme aims to look at the way words are used in performance and highlights include an early draft of a new piece of ‘solo documentary storytelling’ by Chris Goode, Keep Breathing, at Stoke Newington International Airport in a double bill with Debbie Pearson’s Like  You Were Before on 28th April.

Libraries, their necessity and power, are also a running theme. Emmy the Great and the poet Jack Underwood present their response, The Goodbye Library, on the 27th April while Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells present their piece, The Quiet Volume, a whispered performance for two people at a time at the Bishopsgate Institution Library and Hackney Library at various dates through April.

Other events of interest include Hannah Jane Walker’s intimate round-table piece, This is Just to Say, which will play at the Toynbee Arts cafe on the 9th and 10th April and Man/Machine, a night devoted to exploring the technology and robotics featuring the poet Ross Sutherland and the author Nikesh Shukla at Rich Mix on the 19th April.

For a full schedule and to buy tickets, visit: London Word Festival

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Rosanna Hall is a contributor to Exeunt Magazine

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