Counting Backwards is a new series of text-sound-performance events. It takes place on the first Thursday of alternate months. Counting Backwards takes place at Fuel cafe bar in Withington. The first event is on Thursday 3 June 2010.

The Text Festival – The Language Moment tomorrow

The first event in the Text Festival is tomorrow. Apologies for late notification. There will be more on the Festival shortly. From the mailing:

The Language Moment is the opening event of the international Text Festival which will continue with a series of worldwide events during 2011-12.

Specifically it’s tomorrow, Friday 15 April at 8pm in the Green Room, Manchester. Tickets are £9.50 and can be booked on 0161 615 0500 or online here if you can’t be arsed talking to anyone.

The evening features ‘virtuoso vocal performance and groundbreaking sound art’ from Icelandic poet Eirikur Orn Nordahl, ‘baritone live art sensation’ Phil Minton, Maggie O’Sullivan and ‘a live collaboration between Ben Gwilliam and Philip Davenport, a sound distillation of Davenport’s spreadsheet poem appeal in air.’

There will also be specially commissioned ‘soundpoem interventions’ by Carol Watts, Simon Smith* and Sarah Boothroyd*.

*Can’t find links for either that can confidently be assumed are the same people.


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Counting Backwards #6 audio uploaded


The audio from Counting Backwards #6 has now been uploaded.

You can find here or at the Counting Backwards 6 audio link over on the right.

At the moment (17:50-ish Friday 8 April) I can only see two of the four tracks in the main browsers I use. I’m hoping this is just a short-term thing.


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Gary Fisher



Matt Dalby


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More changes to Counting Backwards #6

Unfortunately due to personal circumstances Bill Drennan has had to withdraw from Counting Backwards #6 on Thursday 7 April next week.

We will reschedule him for another time, and there will be a replacement announced as soon as we’re able.

Apologies to anyone hoping to see Bill perform.

Look forward to seeing you Thursday, when Aht-n and Helmut Lemke will perform, along with Bill’s replacement. Thanks for your support.

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