Thursday, 7 December 2017

gorse No. 9

‘Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers…’

gorse No. 9 is now out. Themed around 'colour', it includes essays from Clare Archibald, Niamh Campbell, Zoe Comyns, Shoshana Kessler, Darragh McCausland, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Imogen Reid and Sydney Weinberg; fiction from Arnold Thomas Fanning, Uschi Gatward, David Hayden, Colm McDermott, Paula McGrath and Gavin Murphy; and work in Irish from Eilean Ni Chullieanain and Alan Titley.

In this issue I'm very pleased to be publishing poetry from Amanda Bell in the form of two haibun pieces comprising a mixture of 'new nature' writing, local history and memoir; four poems by Mike Saunders from a larger sequence considering the language of money; ‘Pass’, a new poem by Maurice Scully; Zoe Skoulding's ‘Prairial (from A Revolutionary Calendar)’ taken from her ongoing work on the French Republican Calendar; and two visual 'word terrain' poems by Nathan Walker.

Susan Tomaselli's editorial revolves around Yves Klein, with pivotal references to Nabokov's Speak, Memory and Anne Carson's Float among much else.

photo: @Maggie_Eire
The launch of issue 9 took place on Wednesday 29 November at Studio 6, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, with readings from Claire Archibald, Niamh Campbell, Zoe Comyns and Paula McGrath. gorse No. 9 is available to buy directly from the website, or from selected stockists. Subscriptions are also available.

With publication of issue 9 the gorse (journal) project reaches its halfway point, as it is intended to last for 18 issues.

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gorse No. 10 will be a special multimedia book-in-a-box edition comprising responses to 'the readymade' in literature from thirteen writers and artists based across Europe and North America. Devised, commissioned and edited by myself (I additionally contribute an 'editorial' piece) and encompassing a range of publishing media, the issue is currently in production with the aim of being completed before the end of the year that marks the centenary of Duchamp's 'Fountain'. More details, including contributors and how to order, soon.

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