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LJMU Writers' Workshop Present: The Comedy of Error

  • Wed, 27 Apr 2016
  • 6.00 PM - 8.00 PM
  • Tickets: £3/£2

Poet Steve Ely and visual artist and writer Samuel Hasler mine a rich vein of dark comedy in an evening of readings in which error, misfortune and misadventure all feature. Taking our exhibition Double Act: Art and Comedy as their inspiration, both writers will read from their own work, followed by discussion and questions with poet Andrew McMillan (LJMU Creative Writing) and Marie-Anne McQuay (Head of Programme, Bluecoat).

Samuel Hasler lives and works in Cardiff. His approach to making artwork is varied, including writing, performance, printmaking and installations. He has recently presented work with Book Works (London), The Whitstable Biennale, Spike Island (Bristol), and The Arnolfini (Bristol). His artworks can be humorous and confrontational in dealing with the interconnected mythologies of auto-biography, religion, and art history.

Hasler’s first book, O, A Prayer Book was published by Book Works in association with Chapter Cardiff in 2014, and describes a young man’s isolated, creatively stifled existence. Deluded by the stagnant mythology of great European modernist artists, he escapes the drudgery of the supermarket nightshift and travels to Moscow and Venice on a journey that causes him to reflect on his romantic ideas: his desire for a wild, bohemian life; his crude libido and his increasing doubts about his faith. The book operates as both a story and as a spine connecting performances, readings, installations and printing, serving as material context for a body of work.

Steve Ely started writing poetry on his seventeenth birthday. A former Sunday League footballer, revolutionary socialist and secondary school head teacher, he lives in the West Riding of Yorkshire and is fascinated by the history of England and the English propensity for violence.

Ely’s book of poems, Oswald's Book of Hours, is published by Smokestack and was nominated for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2013 and the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry in 2014. Englaland, his second book of poems, was published in April, 2015, also by Smokestack. His novel, Ratmen, is published by Blackheath Books. Ted Hughes's South Yorkshire: Made In Mexborough, a biographical work about Hughes's neglected Mexborough period, will be published by Palgrave MacMillan in July 2015.

Read Steve Ely's poem 'Werewolf' here.


Tickets £3/£2

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