Saturday, 15 March 2014

Sat 15 March - Talking Mesopotamia

On the News Agents today were Jenny Lewis and Adnan al Sayegh who will be performing at the British Museum
Writing Mesopotamia: performance

Sunday 27 April,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

Come to the British Museum for a unique public performance of works inspired by the history and culture of Mesopotamia and Iraq.
This includes readings from participants in the 'Writing Mesopotamia' series of creative writing workshops at the Museum, followed by a performance in English and Arabic by Iraqi poet Adnan al Sayegh and British poet Jenny Lewis, and a performance by renowned oud player Ehsan Emam.


Saturday, 22 February 2014

The News Agents - 22 Feb

Sat 22 Feb - with Jason Larkin, photographer and Sarah Clarke, lawyer
Jason Larkin in the studio to discuss his photographic series 'Tales from the City of Gold'.

"A city built on gold, Johannesburg was founded in 1886, when settlers and immigrants descended on the largest reef of the precious metal ever to be discovered. The area transformed quickly into a mining mecca. Within fifty years, over three hundred thousand people were working in gold mines across the city. This vast and rapid expansion reflected the increasing global thirst for gold as a commodity and helped fuel a government that changed South Africa."

by Jason Larkin

Also on the show were poetical and musical responses to Jason's work. Jude Cowan Montague wrote a series of four poems responding to Jason's work. Two of these were set to music by American composer Steve Layton. A third was read live in the studio by Sarah Clarke. The fourth will be published at a future date.

Jim Goodin also created a music response to Jason's pictures. Jim Goodin is a composer/multi-instrumentalist from the US living in Brooklyn, NY. Goodin works with acoustic and electric instruments, loops and electronics. Find him on Soundcloud as JimGoodinMusic.

Lawyer Sarah Clarke discussed judicial review and changes to legal aid. She urged us to lobby our MPs to protest against the proposed withdrawal of legal aid for judicial review - the bill is going through parliament at the moment I believe. Find out more on the PLP website -

The Public Law Project (PLP) is a national legal charity which aims to improve access to public law remedies for those whose access to justice is restricted by poverty or some other form of disadvantage.Within this broad remit PLP has adopted three main objectives:
  • increasing the accountability of public decision-makers

  • enhancing the quality of public decision-making;  

  • improving access to justice.

Hosted and curated by Jude Cowan Montague

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Tree Sound Art Installation - Picture Poems

Sample of sketches drawn in preparation for a sound art installation with Rebecca Feiner and Charlotte Squire