23 January 2019, 15:30 – 17:00: Putting on the Paper Coat: linguistic and artistic approaches to translating Basho in the 21st century, a presentation by ISAO MIURA & Chris Beckett as part of the SOAS Global Translation Lecture Series.
School of Oriental & African Studies, Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0XG, UK
Sat 19 Jan, 2019: The Fabulous QUEER SHUFFLE! presented by Gale Burns and Chris Beckett, with Andrew McMillan, So Mayer
Sophia Blackwell, Dean Atta, Richard Scott, Sogol Sur & some very exciting voices from the floor!
7.30-9.30pm at the Poetry Café, Covent Garden
Thurs 28 June/Sun 15 July, 2018: TRAVELS IN A PAPER COAT, inspired by Matsuo Basho's The Narrow Road to the Deep North:
a multi-media exhibition with artist Isao Miura, filmmaker Nikolai Azariah & poet Chris Beckett.
APT Gallery, Creekside, Deptford SE8 4SA. Open 12-5pm Thursday to Sunday.
Private View (with performance): 6 - 8 pm Thursday 28 June.
Conversation with Art: 6 pm Friday 29 June
This is a Japanese paper collage installation from the show, called HAIKU CREEK, where Isao has taken cuttings from a series of Haiku I wrote about Deptford Creek and floated them on sumi ink and paint.
More pics of the show can be seen by clicking on the image.
Sat 26 May, 2018: The IRISH SHUFFLE presented by Gale Burns and Chris Beckett, with Anne-Marie Fyfe & Aoife Mannix
Simon Barraclough & Roisin Tierney, Declan Ryan & Jo Pestel & Niall Bourke.
7.30-9.30pm at the Poetry Café, Covent Garden
Sat 28 April 2018: The SPRING SHUFFLE presented by Gale Burns and Chris Beckett, featuring Lorraine Mariner, Meryl Pugh,
John Clegg, Lotte Lewis, Edward Doegar & Caroline Maldonado & special international guest, Christos Koukis.
7.30-9.30pm at the Poetry Café, Covent Garden
Sat 24 Feb 2018: The SCIENTISTS SHUFFLE presented by Gale Burns and Chris Beckett, featuring Mario Petrucci, Jemma Borg, Barbara Cumbers, Cahal Dallat, Rachel McCarthy, Michael McKimm & Michael Bartholomew-Biggs. 7.30-9.30pm at the Poetry Café, Covent Garden
Sat 27 Jan 2018: The New Year SHUFFLE presented by Gale Burns and Chris Beckett, featuring Astrid Alben, Tim Dooley, Will Harris, Nicola Stringer, Dorothy Yamamoto & Sophie Duggan. 7.30-9.30pm at the Poetry Café, Covent Garden
Mon 22 Jan 2018: In The Pink, Poetry at Pembroke presented by Peter King, with Chris Beckett & Alemu Tebeje. Pembroke College Oxford, 6pm.
8 Dec 2017: Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre reading series, hosted by Niall Munro, with Mark Gilfillan & Chris Beckett.
Society Café, St Michaels Street, Oxford, 7pm.
Sat 28 Oct 2017: The Publisher-Poets SHUFFLE presented by Gale Burns and Chris Beckett, featuring Tamar Yoseloff, Kirsten Irving, Todd Swift, Tiffany Anne Tondut & Les Robinson. 7.30-9.30pm at the Poetry Café, Covent Garden
Wed 18 Oct 2017: An Evening with Hama Tuma, an Ethiopian “rebel angel”, hosted by Chris Beckett and the Anglo Ethiopian Society, at Keats House, Hampstead, 6.30-7.30pm. Includes launch of Just a Nobody, a selection of Hama’s poems in English and Amharic, issued by Tamrat Books.
1-10 Oct 2017: Chris' translation of Alemu Tebeje’s poem Greetings to the People of Europe is being projected onto Blenheim Palace as part of Jenny Holzer’s exhibition, SOFTER.
Summer 2017: Chris' translations of poems by Alemu Tebeje, Zewdu Milikit & Makonnen Wadajeneh are being published in PN Review (Issue 235) and Chris' poem To the teeming bookshops of Addis Abeba is published in The North (Issue 58)
Sat 30 Sept 2017: The Autumn SHUFFLE at the Poetry Café, Covent Garden, presented by Gale Burns and Chris Beckett, featuring Kathryn Gray, Emma Harding, Robert Seatter, Julian Stannard, Gillie Robic, Matthew Griffiths & Philip Hancock
Sat 17 June 2017, 7.30pm: The AMERICAN SHUFFLE at the Poetry Café, Covent Garden, presented by Gale Burns and Chris Beckett, with Katy Evans-Bush, Lynne Hjelmgaard, Wayne Hill, NJ Hynes, Barbara Marsh & Jocelyn Page.
18 April 2017: Tamrat in the Cyclops Cave, Chris' collaborative radio play with Alemu Tebeje is broadcast on BBC Radio 4, as part of its poet-migrant Odyssey series, My Name is Nobody. It tells the story of a young Ethiopian boy growing up in the mountains, playing in his favourite cave, then later becoming a student protester and fighting against the one-eyed Great Policeman who terrorises the country. Eventually Tamrat has to flee for his life, hiding in a truck full of sheepskins, as inspired by the exciting story of the Cyclops in Homer's Odyssey.
BBC iplayer: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08mq68c
or on You Tube: www.youtube.com/watch
Feb 2017: Alemu Tebeje's wonderful poem, Greetings to the People of Europe! (first published in MPT's The Great Flight issue in 2016) has been chosen by American artist Jenny Holzer as part of her text projection show in Aarhus, European City of Culture 2017. later also shown in Florence and Mass MOCA, USA.
13 October 2017: the Anglo-Ethiopian Society presents an Evening of Ethiopian Poetry and Music at the Flamingo Restaurant in Shepherds Bush, hosted by Chris Beckett, with poets Alemu Tebeje, Makonnen Wedajeneh and Denise Saul, and singer/krar-player Haymanot Tesfa. 7pm, all welcome.
Monday 20 June - Friday 15 July, 2016: Exhibition, Sketches from the Poem Road, after Matsuo Basho’s Narrow Road to the Deep North, with Isao Miura & Chris Beckett at the Glass Tank, Oxford Brookes University. A second and much expanded After Basho exhibition, including new installation work and bronzes from Isao's fellowship in the Bronze Foundry at Chelsea School of Art, also an exciting new 10-metre-long one-line poem by Chris in the voice of an ink brush. Related events include a Poem Walk in Oxford, a discussion on Artistic and Literary Translation, a Haibun Evening and a children's Haibun workshop in the Ashmolean Museum. See the project website: afterbasho.weebly.com/events.html
March 2016: Sketches from the Poem Road is shortlisted for the TED HUGHES AWARD! Comments by the Ted Hughes Award judges (Jackie Kay, Ali Smith & Andrew McMillan): "A new road to the deep north that combines translation, sketches and original poetry. This exquisite work maps with wonderful modesty the pathways between the ancient and the modern."
27 Nov 2015: Clear Spot on Resonance FM, Ethiopian music with Chris Beckett, with Jude Cowan Montague and Haymanot Tesfa
14 Nov 2015: The New Agents on Resonance FM: Chris Beckett in discussion about poetry and Ethiopia, with Jude Cowan Montague https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/the-news-agents-14th-november-2015/
Wed 21 Oct, 2015: Chris Beckett & Tom Warner at the Wymondham Words Festival, hosted by Moniza Alvi, 19.30 at the Green Dragon: https://wymwords.wordpress.com/2015-festival/
Mon 2 March-Sat 25 Apr 2015: Sketches from the Poem Road (after Basho’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North): An exhibition of drawings and poems by Isao Miura and Chris Beckett at the The Poetry Society, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX Full details on: afterbasho.weebly.com
Wed 28 Jan 2015, 8pm: An evening of poetry with Chris Beckett, John Harvey, Simon Jenner, Jeremy Robson, Stephen Watts hosted by Shanta Acharya at Lauderdale House, Waterloo Park, Highgate Hill. More details on www.lauderdalehouse.org.uk/page.asp
Sat 31 Jan 2015, 7.30pm: The New Year Shuffle at the Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, hosted by Chris Beckett and Valerie Josephs, featuring Martha Kapos, Jo Roach, John Clegg with Denise Saul, Gale Burns, Lizzie Horsley and Simon Rees-Roberts
Dec 2014: Three poems of the 1904/05 Russo-Japanese War by Nogi Maresuke, translated by Isao Miura and Chris Beckett, are included in the latest issue of Modern Poetry in Translation "The Singing of the Scythe": www.mptmagazine.com/
Mon 1 Dec 2014, 8pm: Chris will read his commended poem The day they murdered Assefa Maru at the Troubadour International Poetry Competition prize-giving hosted by Anne-Marie Fyfe with judges Neil Astley and Amy Wack
Wed 5th Nov 2014, Wimborne Literary Festival, Dorset: Chris Beckett, Annie Freud and Aidan Andrew Dun, from 7.30pm at the Old School, Manswood, Wimborne BH21 5BB.
6 Sept 2014: Poetry Book Fair, Conway Hall, London: poetry reading with Carcanet poets Helen Tookey, Karen McCarthy Woolf and Chris Beckett. Details on: www.poetrybookfair.com/
6 July 2014: Ledbury Festival: 4.14-5.15 pm: 50 Shades of Gay, with Kei Miller, Gregory Woods, Caroline Bird and Chris Beckett, chaired by Michael Schmidt, 7.45-8.45 pm: Reading with Kei Miller, Gregory Woods, Caroline Bird and Chris Beckett,
June 2014: Read Chris' review of a heart-rending poetry collection, Her Birth, by Rebecca Goss on Londongrip: londongrip.co.uk/2014/06/london-grip-poetry-review-goss/
Sat 31 May 2014: The Early Summer Shuffle at the Poetry Café in Covent Garden, from 7.30pm, hosted by Chris Beckett and Valerie Josephs, featuring: Sasha Dugdale, Tim Dooley, Helen Tookey, Shazea Quraishi, Angela Conway, Alemu Tebeje Ayele and Ian Cartland
Jan 2014: Chris' review of two intriguing Arrowhead collections by Anne Ryland and Nancy Mattson
posted on Londongrip: londongrip.co.uk/2014/01/using-poetry-to-open-up-the-past/
Sat 25th Jan 2014, 7.30 pm: The New Year Shuffle at the Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden, hosted by Chris Beckett featuring Barbara Marsh, Karen McCarthy Woolf, John McCullough, Martha Sprackland, Okey Nzelu, Stuart McKenzie and Anita Pati
24 Oct 2013, from 7.30pm: Brick Lane Poets Go To Covent Garden, at the Poetry Café, hosted by Fran Isherwood and Jude Cowan Montague. Other readers include Kirsten Irving, Altea Grau Vidal and Bernadette Reed.
Sat 19 Oct 2013: Annie Freud's Night of the Killer B's at Slader's Yard in Bridport, Dorset with Simon Barraclough, Alan Buckley and Chris Beckett. sladersyard.wordpress.com/annie-freuds-killer-bs/
Sat 29 Sep 2013, The Shuffle at the Poetry Café, Covent Garden. Other readers include Julia Bird, Nick Makoha, Jude Cowan Montague, June Lausch, Sarah Westcott and Abigail Morley.
Sept 2013: Chris' review for Londongrip of Stephen Knight's brilliant collection, The Prince of Wails, from CB Editions: londongrip.co.uk/2013/09/poetry-review-autumn-2013-knight/
July 2013: Chris's translation of Aimé Césaire's wonderful poem Éthiopie is featured in the summer issue, Modern Poetry in Translation. Podcast: www.mptmagazine.com/poem/ethiopia-612/
Sun 2 June 2013, 3pm at Keats House, Hampstead: Chris will read translations of Aimé Césaire and poems from Ethiopia Boy for Modern Poetry in Translation, together with Frances Leviston and Fiona Sze-Lorrain, introduced by Sasha Dugdale.
31 May 2013: Chris's prose piece about returning to Ethiopia after 40 years, Looking for Abebe, is on the Carcanet blog: http://carcanetblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/chris-beckett-looking-for-abebe-cooks.html
30 May 2013, 7pm: Chris is reading for Jo Roach's Poetry Appreciation Group at Stoke Newington Library, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0JS
18 April 2013: Chris will read translations of Amharic poems by Bewketu Seyoum and Zewdu Milikit at the launch of the spring 2013 issue of Poetry Review, at Keats House, Hampstead, from 6.30pm.
5 April 2013: Chris is one of Ian McMillan's guests on The Verb on BBC Radio 3 from 10pm. Other guests are novelist Jeet Thayil, performance artist Lowri Evans and writer James Ward.
The launch of Ethiopia Boy at the Theodore Bullfrog off Villiers Street, London, from 6.30pm on Thursday 21st March. Chris will be introduced by David Constantine.
Thurs 28 Feb, 7pm at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes: Chris is reading for Structo literary magazine together with Christine De Luca and Olivia McCannon
Chris will read some poems for the Anglo-Ethiopian Society Book Club on 3 September in the Ethiopian Community Centre, 2A Lithos Road, London NW3 6EF
Bewketu Seyoum (whose work Chris has translated for Modern Poetry in Translation) will represent Ethiopia at the Poetry Parnassus festival at Southbank Centre in London from 25 June to 1 July. Full details on the Southbank Centre:
Tuesday 26 June 1pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall roof terrace: Lunch Poems, Tales of fire and ice Wednesday 27 June 8pm: Modern Poetry in Translation launch in the Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, level 5
Sunday 1 July 6pm Clore Ballroom, Level 2 Royal Festival Hall: Word from Africa
Tuesday 3 July 8pm, QEH, Word Sound Power with Baaba Maal and Lemn Sisay
He will also read in Kendal on 5 July and Manchester on 10 July, details to follow.
Thurs 26 April, AMBIT magazine launch at The Owl Bookshop, 207/209 Kentish Town Road, London NW5 from 7pm
Read Chris' review of Tamar Yoseloff's wonderful new collection The city with horns on http://londongrip.co.uk/
26 Nov: The Shuffle Anthology 2011 launch at the Poetry Café, Covent Garden, introduced by Gale Burns, Jacqueline Saphra and Amy Key. Other readers include Anna Johnsen, Ed Barker, Cheryl Moskewitz, Chrissy Williams, Olli Hazzard.
Chris' poem "Boast of the Fly-Whisk" which was published in Smiths Knoll 46 will appear in The Best British Poetry 2011, due out from Salt next month.
Chris is reading music-themed poems at Roddy Lumsden's BroadCast at 7.30 pm on 5 August at the Betsy Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3BL
Wed 6 April: PEN International and Modern Poetry in Translation, Poetry and the State, introduced by David and Helen Constantine, at 6.30 pm, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA. Other readers include Stephen Watts, Sasha Dugdale, Martina Thompson and Michael Foley