Illuminations II : Erich Fried - July Thursday 6th 2017 : 7pm at Kensal Green cemetery Dissenters Chapel

London W10 4SR Entrance via Cemetery Main Gate or door on to Ladbroke Grove. Free entrance

The second instalment of a new series of innovative events bringing to light, in London, the work of writers fundamental to the unique Austrian contribution to world literature in the post-war era.

Erich Fried, one of the great political and love poets of the post-war era, whose strikingly beautiful and immediate poetry found no contradiction in those themes, is celebrated on the grounds of Kensal Green Cemetery, where he rests. Fleeing Vienna to make his home in London during WWII he left a profound impact on both places, celebrated by readers through his life and into the current day in Austria especially, this event aims to shed new light on a great poet of Europe.

These events, by commissioning contemporary artists, writers, poets and theatre makers to each make a new work responding to the works or life of the celebrated figure in question, aim to transpose the brilliance of the original into a new moment – one that will stimulate as well as illuminate. Featuring entirely new commissions from a host of artists and writers from Austria, the UK and across Europe, Illuminations II features Robert Prosser, Tereza Stehlikova, Joshua Alexander, SJ Fowler and more.


Illuminations I : Elfriede Jelinek
April Wednesday 26th 2017 : 7pm
Austrian Cultural Forum London

28 Rutland Gate, Knightsbridge, London SW7 1PQ - Free Entry but booking required.

A brilliant first instalment of the Illuminations series : Elfriede Jelinek is one of the most powerful literary figures in Europe, a novelist and playwright of remarkable authority. Her work is marked by its purposeful originality and cutting exposure of bourgeois sensibilities. Profoundly appreciated by readers in continental Europe and beyond, Jelinek's work is not only vitally contemporary, it is ever more relevant in the UK.

Esther Strauss David Rickard Jen Calleja Hannah Silva Patrick Coyle

Jen Calleja is a writer, literary translator from German and musician. Her debut poetry collection Serious Justice was published by Test Centre last year and her writing has featured in Ambit3:AM and Austrian literary journal Podium. She has translated fiction and non-fiction by Gregor Hens, Kerstin Hensel, Wim Wenders, as well as interviews with Pina Bausch. She also writes a column for The Quietus on literature in translation.

Patrick Coyle (b. 1983, Hull, UK) is an artist working predominantly with performance, writing and sculpture. He recently delivered performances at Central Booking, New York; White Rainbow, London (with Jenny Moore); Danielle Arnaud, London, Global Committee, New York; El Tercer Lugar, Buenos Aires; Westminster Reference Library, London; Catalyst Arts, Belfast; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Tate Modern, London (with SJ Fowler); Oxford Central Library; Ferens Art Gallery, Hull; Pump House Gallery, London and Whitechapel Gallery, London. Recent exhibitions include Concrete Plastic, LAM GALLERY, Los Angeles; Rest & its Discontents, The Mile End Art Pavilion, London; The Place Where He Is Meant To Be Lost, The Third Policeman, New York; Trim Your Tongue, DKUK Salon, London; fig-2 28/50 Patrick Coyle & Francesco Pedraglio, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; It Said, ANDOR Gallery, London and You Cannot Step Twice Into The Same River, Pump House Gallery, London. Coyle recently completed a residency at The Hub, Wellcome Collection, London. 

Robert Prosser, born in Tyrol in 1983; writer and performer, studied comparative literature and cultural and social anthropology in Innsbruck and Vienna. He spent some time in Asia and England, as well as the Arabic part of the world. Austrian curator of Babelsprech - Plattform for young germanspeaking poetry. Publications include: Geister und Tattoos (Ghosts and Tattoos) - novel, Klever Publishing, autumn 2013. Prosser has received a number of awards, e.g. Scholarship Literarisches Colloquium Berlin (LCB) 2014, Reinhard-Priessnitz-Award 2014, Wartholz-Literature-Award 2016. In September 2017 his second novel Phantome (Phantoms) will be published by Ullstein Fünf.

Josh Alexander is an artist who makes experimental and surreal narrative and non-narrative moving image work. In 2016 he was commissioned to make new work for A World Without Words. In 2015 he was commissioned to make new work for Kakania, and in 2014 he was commissioned by the Czech Centre in London to make new work for the live event Cabaret Hrabal. In May 2014 he had a solo exhibition of video and photography called Light on Paper at Hardy Tree Gallery, London. In October 2015 he made the music video for Universe in Two by Ultra, he also made the music video for Drowned at Sea by Fairewell in 2013.