Mahu: Test Centre - June Friday 12th 2015 - 7pm

at the Hardy Tree gallery - Free Entry www.hardytreegallery.com 119 Pancras Road. London, UK. NW1 1UN0
email steven@sjfowlerpoetry.com for further details

Paul Buck's Pressed Curtains tape project

In the late 1970s Paul Buck initiated a series of cassette releases tied to his magazines Curtains and Twisted Wrist. Of a projected series, only a couple saw the light of day, made to order from master tapes and given handwritten labels. Beyond these 2 tapes (by Eric Mottram and, in combination, Buck and Ulli Freer) lay far more extensive recordings of magazine contributors, friends and correspondents.

Some were recorded at Buck's home in Hebden Bridge, some were sent in correspondence, and others were recorded from public readings. A mixture of straight readings, performance pieces, or improvisations in the area of sound poetry, the archive brings together notable writers from the time such as Allen Fisher, Cris Cheek, Pierre Joris, and Kathy Acker. 

To announce Test Centre's forthcoming boxed set of the curated archive - completing the series almost 40 years after it began - Paul Buck will discuss the project then and now, and it will be possible to listen to excerpts for the first time.

We will also be taking pre-orders on the night. www.testcentre.org.uk

   Test Centre is an independent publishing house and record label with an interest in the spoken and written word. Based in Hackney, East London, it was established in 2011 by Will Shutes and Jess Chandler.

Test Centre is an independent publishing house and record label with an interest in the spoken and written word. Based in Hackney, East London, it was established in 2011 by Will Shutes and Jess Chandler.


about Mahu 

A solo exhibition by SJ Fowler www.stevenjfowler.com/mahu

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.

For more info, please contact info@hardytreegallery.com