The Essex Camarade at the Essex Book Festival - March Sunday 20th 2016
at the First Site Gallery Held at Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH United Kingdom

The Essex Camarade saw a series of brand new collaborations written by poets in pairs, from the Essex area or attending the remarkable Essex Book festival especially. Each work between these pairs of contemporary literary and avant-garde poets was premiered for this unique event in the auditorium of Firstsite Gallery in Colchester.

The Camarade series explores collaboration exclusively between poets and has been the flagship event of the Enemies project, which has created over 200 events, in 18 countries, with over 500 poets, since 2012.  The Essex Camarade featured Anna Townley & Lawrence Bradby / Matthew Sheppard & James Tague / Justin Hopper & Lucy Greeves / SJ Fowler & David Berridge / Mark Waldron & Rebecca Perry / Carole Webster & Emma Kittle Pey / Vicki Weitz & Isabella Martin / Tim Atkins & Jeff Hilson / James Davies & Philip Terry


The launch of 40 Feet by David Berridge & SJ Fowler

As part of the Essex Camarade, SJ Fowler & David Berridge launched their collaborative poetry collection 40 Feet, published by Knives Forks and Spoons press. 

40 Feet is a poem in dialogue. 40 poems as 40 moments, 40 fragments, 40 conversation starters / enders. It is a poem deliberately broken, misheard, overheard and overlapping. It is a record of meeting, writing, witnessing; mulching and reflecting London in 2013, where both poets lived and frequently met. 40 Feet is the events of that time and the character of that place, fixed in the subjective, the miniature, the specific - through an open-ended poetics of expression and conversation. 

An excerpt featured in Enemies: the selected collaborations of SJ Fowler (2013) and is now published in it's entirety by Knives, Forks & Spoons press.

And you can read more about David's work here and Steven's here