London Word Festival 2011

London Word Festival 2011

London Word Festival is a pioneering, annual celebration of words, text and language; daring in its approach to cross-artform programming, commissioning new work and exploring non-traditional spaces.

Taking place from the 7th April til the 5th May: London Word Festival IV. Fuller than ever before. Portioning out a rich collision of literary culture with the pop. Featuring automated poetry machines, future libraries, the Fat Tail theory of economics, tobacco, insecure robots and ladies wrestling men.

New for 2011, programmes within programmes, two major strands of work that explore a particular area of words in performance.


· UK première of book-diving library-set audio mystery The Quiet Volume by Tim Etchells and Ant Hampton

· Emmy the Great, Jack Underwood and friends rattle through the Dewey Decimal system lamenting the feelings and emotions growing dusty on the shelves of the Goodbye Library

· Orwell’s bean-counting pro-literary essay Books vs. Cigarettes gets a run out as Robin Ince, Stuart Evers and others riff on wordy vices

· Brainstorming the future of the library with cross-spectrum artists and writers for No Furniture So Charming

· Ross Sutherland, FOUND and others consider the Cyborg as artist in a night of mad science: Man/Machine

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