100 poets. 50 pairs.
one day

Camaradefest presents 50 brand new collaborative works involving 100 poets working in pairs over one day. A unique festival of collaborative poetry, Camaradefest is a showcase of the breadth and depth of 21st century literary and avant garde poetry and the potential of collaboration in the poetic arts. Taking place in 2013 and 2014, Camaradefest began at 12 noon and finished late into the night at the Rich Mix Arts Centre in Brick Lane, London, and brought together poets from around the world. Free to attend, both fests brought over 500 people in attendance.

You can listen to a Culture Laser podcast about the 1st Camaradefest here:

Camaradefest II - October 25th 2014 at the Rich Mix Arts Centre

Ross Sutherland & Thomas Bunstead
John Clegg & Holly Corfield Carr
Nick Murray & Aki Schilz
Sarah Dawson & Robin Boothroyd
Jonah Wilberg & Lucy Furlong
Vera Chok & Sophie Herxheimer
Jon Stone & Harry Wooler
Paul Hawkins & Mali Clements
Cali Dux & Simon Pomery
Angus Sinclair & Laura Elliott
George Szirtes & Carol Watts
Gareth Rees & Gary Budden
Robert Kiely & Doug Jones
Mike Saunders & Emilia Weber
Tamar Yoseloff & Claire Crowther
Andy Spragg & Emma Hammond
Alan Halsey & Geraldine Monk
Nia Davies & Sarah Howe
Tim Allen & Richard Barrett
Prudence Chamberlain & Eley Williams
Hannah Silva & Andra Simons
James Byrne & Sandeep Parmar
Vicky Sparrow & Dave Spittl
gnes Lehoczky & Astrid Alben
Francine Elena & Emily Hasler
Ollie Evans & Becky Varley Winte
Rebecca Tamas & Martin Jackson
Sarah Kelly & Seekers of Lice
Jow Lindsay & Anne Laure Coxam
Marcus Slease & JT Welsch
James Wilkes & Ariadne Radi Cor
Edmund Hardy & Amy Cutler
Sophie Collins & Livia Franchini
Nikolai Duffy & Rhys Trimble
Ryan Van Winkle & Ghazal Mosadeq
Calum Rodger & Anthony Autumn
Cristine Brache & Holly Childs
Lila Matsumoto & Samantha Walton
James Davies & Philip Terry
Harry Man & Kirsty Irving
Nathan Jones & Christodoulos Makris
Zuzana Husarova & Olga Pek
David Berridge & Stephen Emmerson
Alison Gibb & Kimberley Campanello
Sean Bonney & nick-e melville
Luke Allan & Graeme Smith
Sam Riviere & Crispin Best
Colin Herd & Iain Morrison Camaradefest II - Colin Herd & Iain Morrison
Holly Pester & Emma Bennett
 Camaradefest II - Holly Pester & Emma Bennett

after the 2nd Fest - Camaradefest blogs & videos

Only a few weeks ago now, Camaradefest seems to resonated with the people who attended and performed, which is obviously very gratifying. Some lovely blog posts have been written detailing the day, from:

Aki Schilz - "...I wrote a few micropoems on Twitter throughout the day, taking bits from everyone else’s poems to compose a sort of ‘mashup’ collection/overview of the event

Iain Morrison - 
"We arrived at something, sounding like Steve Reich minimalism regularly interrupted by exclamatory words, via a poem by Brodsky called Elegy for John Donne. It’s an iambic pentameter poem. Most of the syllables in it we suppressed into the number 1 with a few words showing through to disrupt the typographic snow drift."

Holly Corfield Carr -
",,,and this incised extimacy with Eley Willams and Prudence Chamberlain and more things than I can try to cleverly word from more poets than I can fit in my car and drive around the Carr-Clegg coniunctio.  There was everything I could want: flip-charts, trip ups, rip-roaring laughter and pillows in swimsuits and sexy poems and power steeples and that was only the first hour.  It was wonderful and a bit messy and a lot good."

& this grand minidoc by the Czech centre marking the appearance of Zuzana Husarova & Olga Pek 

Camaradefest I - October 26th 2013 at the Rich Mix Arts Centre

David Berridge & Mary Paterson
Kirsty Irving & Jon Stone
Jeff Hilson & Fabian MacPherson
Edmund Hardy & James Wilkes
Giles Goodland & Alistair Noon
Marek Kazmierski & Wioletta Grzegorzewska
Matt Dalby & Steven Waling
Tom Chivers & Ross Sutherland
Marcus Slease & Claire Potter
Mendoza & Nat Raha
Pascal O'Laughlin & Scott Thurston
Ghazal Mosadeq & Ricardo Marques

Andy Spragg & Joe Kennedy
Robert Hampson & Chris Gutkind
Julia Bird & Sarah Hesketh
Bea Colley & Francine Elena
Jon Stone & Nia Davies
Stephen Watts & Will Rowe
Zoe Skoulding & Ondrej Buddeus
Oli Hazzard & Caleb Klaces
Tim Atkins & Jessica Pujol I Duran
Ryan Van Winkle & William Letford
Jack Underwood & Alex MacDonald
Joanna Rzadkowska & Kristen Kreider
Stephen Connolly & Manuela Moser
Sophie Collins & Rachael Allen
Sarah Kelly & Gabriele Lebanauskaite
Deborah Pearson & Tamarin Norwood

Ollie Evans & Robert Kiely
Nathan Jones & Sam Skinner
Christodoulos Makris & Kim Campanello
Reza Mohammedi & Ana Seferovic
James Byrne & Sandeep Parmar
Chris McCabe & Tom Jenks