Poet, organiser and translator Gilbert Adair is coming to Contemporary Poetics Research Centre (Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0PD) to share his memories of the influential Sub-Voicive poetry reading series, which he co-founded with John Gibbens and Patricia Farrell in 1980, and to give a reading from Syzem Book One (2014) and Book Two (2019), an aesthetic, historical and geographical translation of Blake’s Milton. Born in Northern Ireland and now living in Hawaii, Adair will also be reading from his new poem h c e, ‘a nod to Joyce, but also to what is officially known as Hawai’i Creole English’.


Since 1982 Adair has published 15 books / chapbooks of poetry,  and his role in founding and curating Sub-Voicive means that he is uniquely placed to reflect on the history of linguistically innovative poetry and its communities in the UK and beyond. We hope that as part of this event there will be the opportunity to share memories of this reading series and the poets that read there (so if you do have a particualr memory, bring it along) and to reflect on what the linguistically innovative poetry community looks like today.