Mahu: Railtracks - June Wednesday 10th 2015 - 7pm

at the Hardy Tree gallery - 7pm - Free Entry 119 Pancras Road. London, UK. NW1 1UN0
RSVP required for this event. Please email steven@sjfowlerpoetry to reserve one of the last few places remaining.

A world premiere presentation, featuring Anamaria Marinca and Tony Grisoni

A complete reading of the remarkable collaborative work by Anne Michaels and John Berger.

Railtracks is a profound and moving dialogue between two writers of remarkable achievement. A meditation on railways, love and loss, at once intimate and committed, it moves from the industrial to the metaphysical, from the tectonic shifts of globalisation to the internal pulses of memory, and from the present to a past that still exists in vivid, essential traces. 

Commissioned originally for performance - which took place in 2005 under the title Vanishing Points ( at the German Gymnasium metres from the gallery - Railtracks takes as its founding inspiration both the Hardy tree itself and the history of the railway environment of Kings Cross and St. Pancras. 

Published in 2011, This sensual and exploratory 'conversation' is accompanied throughout by the photography of Tereza Stehlíková (, which charts its own atmospheric journey by train through the winter landscapes of Southern Bohemia.

The book will be available for sale on the evening (

Anamaria Marinca is a multi-award winning actor, perhaps best known for her extraordinary performance in the 2007 Palme d'Or winning drama Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days.

Tony Grisoni is an equally lauded screenwriter and film-maker, whose works include Southcliffe, the Red Riding trilogy, In This World and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Anne Michaels is a poet, novelist and the author of the hugely acclaimed Fugitive Pieces.

John Berger's numerous books include Ways of SeeingG and Bento's Sketchbook.

Curated and published by Gareth Evans (


about Mahu 

A solo exhibition by SJ Fowler

A novel onto gallery walls. A novel written without prelude or revision. A novel written in black ink on white walls. A novel in words that veers into neologisms. A novel in language that veers into abstract symbols. An asemic novel. A novel of twenty-one days, before it is stripped, chopped, framed, never to be reunited again.

Hardy Tree Gallery is a London based art gallery.  The gallery promotes the work of emerging visual artists, photographers and performance artists. Co-founders Cameron Maxwell and Amalie Russell, aim to create a space which pushes boundaries and gives artists the freedom to bring their visions to life.

Hardy Tree Gallery is located next to St. Pancras station. The name Hardy Tree comes from a tree in the St. Pancras churchyard. Before turning to writing full time, Thomas Hardy worked as an architect apprentice and in the 1860’s was commissioned to dismantle tombs in the churchyard to allow the new St. Pancras train tracks to pass through. Rather than discard the many gravestones, Hardy placed them around a tree.

The tree, which has grown amongst the gravestones, represents growth, memories and the history of the area.

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