I sat down for a chat with a couple of our good friends SJ Fowler and Tomasz Ró?ycki during the Sofia Poetics Festival with Literature Across Frontiers. They have some really interesting things to say about approaching their writing, how important it is to keep yourself up to date reading other poets, and challenging your assumptions about what can be achieved in your writing.

In this podcast we get a chance to hear them reading from their work, including SJ’s projects addressing anti-semitism and life in prison, Tomasz giving us a crash course on the history of poetry in Poland, and a really insightful discussion of each writer’s individual approach to their work. Check it all out in our podcast, right here:

In other news, SJ’s Enemies project comes kicking and screaming into 2013 with its first event at the Rich Mix Arts Centre in old London Town. It’s on February 9, it’s at 7pm, it has all of these wonderful people, plus yours truly:

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Chris McCabe & Tom Jenks
George Szirtes & Carol Watts
Peter Jaeger & Tim Atkins
James Wilkes & Christodoulos Makris
Stephen Emmerson & Lucy Harvest Clarke
Alex Niven & Joe Kennedy
Roddy Lumsden & Carrie Etter
Todd Swift & Paul Perry
Marek Kazmierski & Stephen Watts
Sophie Mayer & Astrid Alben
Holly Pester & Daniel Rourke
Kirsty Irving & Ryan Van Winkle
Tamarin Norwood & tba

It’s going to be a wonderfully magical evening of collaboration and exciting new ways of looking at this crazy poetry thing that we do. If you’re in London in early February and want something a little off piste for your Saturday night, look no further than the Enemies project at Rich Mix Arts Centre.