sussexMSA 15: Sussex

Everydayness and the Event
QueenMaryAugust 29-September 1, 2013

Satellite Events


New Pre-Conference Event:Hi Zero

Cost: £4 at door

Hi Zero Poetry Reading Series Presents: Number 21 in the Current Series of Contemporary Poetry Readings, featuring:

Joshua Clover is the author of two books of poetry (most recently The Totality for Kids, University of California) and two of cultural history (most recently, 1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About). His current work, poetic and theoretical, concerns crisis and transformation of the world-system, in its broadest and most local manifestations. He has recently given several talks on the changing repertoires of political struggle, particularly the return of the riot.

Catherine Wagner’s most recent book is Nervous Device (City Lights, 2012). Kenneth  Goldsmith wrote of her work: "What better guide, or more thoroughly efficient revealer of the soul, could be found for the labyrinth of the modern spirit? Through Wagner the age speaks her most intimate language: it conceals neither its good nor its evil: it has thrown off all shame. Wagner is a great corrupter of poetry. Expressiveness at all costs -- I entertain the fear that she has converted the whole world of ambitious poets into disciples of her secret art. With it, she finds the means of stimulating tired nerves—and in this way she has made poetry ill."

Rachel Galvin is the author of a collection of poems, Pulleys & Locomotion (Black Lawrence Press 2009), which is currently being translated into Spanish and French, and a poetry chapbook, Zoetrope (Ediciones Chätaro 2006). Her poems and translations appear in journals such as Drunken Boat, Gulf Coast, McSweeney’s, The New Yorker, and PN Review, and have been included in monographs and read on the BBC. Hitting the Streets, her translation of Raymond Queneau’s <<Courir les rues>>, is forthcoming from Carcanet Press in 2013. Her new collection of poems, Lost Property Unit, was a finalist for the 2011 National Poetry Series and Alice James Books’ 2011 Kinereth Gensler Award. She has given poetry readings around the country, including at the Hallwalls Art Center in Buffalo, NY; as part of San Diego State University’s poetry series; and with Paul Muldoon at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City.

All this from these fine people takes places upstairs at The Hope, Queen's Road, Brighton, on the night of Wednesday 28th August.

Doors 7:30 pm for an 8:00 pm start – all are welcome.

A quick link to a Google Map of the venue – a mere five-minute walk from the Brighton train station – is here:

A Facebook events page can be found here:

High Zero Poetry events are sponsored by the School of English at the University of Sussex, and by the Centre for Modernist Studies at Sussex.

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WHEN: Friday August 30, 2013 (start time: 9 am)
COST: Free

*This event is sponsored in full by the School of Media, Film, and Music at the University of Sussex.

The Duke of York’s opened on 22nd September 1910, and is the UK’s oldest purpose-built cinema, as verified by the Cinema Theatres Association. It has continually operated as a cinema throughout its lifetime and is recognized as one of the country’s most important independent cinemas. Over its one hundred years The Duke of York’s has gone from Edwardian Picture Palace to “flea-pit” to leading independent cinema going through many stages that reflect the changing nature of cinema exhibition in this country (www.dukeofyorkscinema).

Pioneers were making, producing, and marketing major films in Brighton and Hove as early as 1897 – among the earliest in the world.

In celebration of this aspect of our regional history, we are offering a guided tour of the Duke of York’s cinema, followed by a screening of a 1938 film, “Bank Holiday,” which is centered on the British tradition whereby Londoners escape the city on long weekends to misbehave in seaside towns like Brighton. Sponsorship from the Sussex School of Media, Film, and Music has made it possible to offer this event free of charge to all delegates; it will start at 9 am on Friday, August 30, 2013.

  • WHEN:

    1. Thursday, August 29 at 1.30 pm
    2. Friday, August 30 at 4 pm
    3. Saturday, August 31 at 1.30 pm
    4. Sunday, September 1 at 1.30 pm

    *Each visit lasts ONE and a HALF hours, which does not include travel time.

    COST $17 (US) (Please be advised that this fee includes transportation by coach to the nearby village of Rodmell, as well admission to Monk’s House.)

    SPACE LIMITATION: Each tour is limited to 15 delegates; it may be possible to add participants to the Thursday and Sunday tours if demand is high. Please contact if you would like to be considered for an expanded tour on those dates.

    Nestled in the heart of rural Sussex, Monks House is a tranquil 17th-century weatherboarded cottage inhabited by Leonard and the novelist Virginia Woolf from 1919 until Leonard’s death in 1969 ( Get to know Leonard and Virginia Woolf and the wider Bloomsbury Group by visiting Monks House. Full of their favourite things, the house appears as if they just stepped out for a walk. The Woolfs bought Monks House for the “shape and fertility and wildness of the garden.” Today, the lovely cottage garden contains a mix of flowers, vegetables, orchards, lawns and ponds.



    1. Friday, August 30 – Evening tour starting at 6 pm (30 delegates)
    2. Saturday, August 31 – two morning tours with an arrival time of 10 am; tour starts will be staggered due to restrictions on numbers in the house at any one time (50 delegates)
    3. Saturday, August 31 – evening tour starting at 6 pm (30 delegates)

    *Each tour lasts one hour, which does not include travel time.

    COST: $25 (US) (Please be advised that this cost includes transport to and from Charleston in the nearby village of Lewes, and the admission fee to the house.)

    Charleston was the home and country meeting place for the Bloomsbury group. The interior was painted by the artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, and together with the collection it contains, the house forms a unique example of their decorative style. Situated in East Sussex (about 10 kilometres from the Sussex campus), the house and gardens are now open to the public.

    Please note that Charleston is located in Lewes, a town close to the University of Sussex. Individuals can visit Charleston by taking a 15-minute train journey to Lewes; there is then a taxi rank and office at Lewes Train Station. Delegates on the guided tours will be taken directly to Charleston by a shuttle bus that are factored into the total cost, and should be aware that it will be scheduled to arrive in Charleston 15 minutes before the tour begins in order to ensure a prompt start time.

  • WHEN: Post-conference events, the evening of Friday August 30 (8:00 pm start)
    WHERE: Nightingale Theatre, Brighton – right next to Brighton’s central train station
    COST: $13.50 (US)
    SPACE LIMITATIONS: Maximum 40 audience members

    On the evening of August 30th 2013, Queen Mary will host an evening poetry performance showcasing the poets featured in “The Archive of the Now”. The Archive is a digital collection of current innovative text work produced in the UK. This event, specially curated for MSA15, brings digital late modernism back into material contact with early recording technology as poets from the Archive perform with their own voices recorded onto wax cylinders and replayed on phonographic equipment from the early twentieth century.


  • WHEN?: Sunday, September 1, 2013
    *Two tours of 15 delegates apiece will be available, starting at 9 am and 9.30 am respectively; all 30 delegates will arrive simultaneously – a barn gallery, cafe, and garden adjacent to the house offer pleasant waiting/browsing areas.
    *Each tour will last one hour, which does not include travel time.
    COST: $25.00 (US) (Please be advised that this fee includes transport and admission to Farley Farm House.)
    SPACE LIMITATIONS: A maximum of 30 delegates can attend this event.

    Tucked away in the Sussex countryside, Farley Farm House conjures up an extraordinary atmosphere that testifies to its position as a meeting place for some of the key personalities in twentieth century art

    Lee Miller (photographer) and Roland Penrose (artist) came to live in Farley Farm House in 1949 and for the thirty five years that followed they built up a collection of contemporary art treasures, many of which were created by their friends and visitors including Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Max Ernst, Paul Éluard and Joan Miró. The work of these artists and numerous others are exhibited in the house alongside those of Penrose and Miller, giving the visitor a fascinating look into the world of the Surrealists.

    Today the collection is managed by the Penrose family as a privately-run archive and museum. Each Sunday (April-October) the house, sculpture garden, and gallery open at 10 am. Guided tours of the house run at half past the hour from 10.30 am until 3.30 pm. Please note: this venue is difficult to reach without a car, and a shuttle bus service will be provided to those who register for a tour. The house is about a 40-minute drive from the University of Sussex.

  • WHEN: 18 June – 15 September, 2013
    COST: Free

    The Royal Pavilion & Museums has recently received a permanent allocation of eight works by artists of the Camden Town Group, forming part of the collection assembled by Robert Bevan and his second wife Natalie Barclay. The new acquisition of paintings and drawings by Robert Polhill Bevan (1865-1925), Harold Gilman (1876-1919) and Spencer Frederick Gore (1878-1914) is being celebrated with a display on the South Balcony at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.

    The museum held the seminal “Exhibition by the Camden Town Group and Others” in 1913-14 – J.B. Manson and Wyndham Lewis wrote the catalogue. Additionally, the Brighton museum was the first institution to collect works by Robert P Bevan. Given this history, these important paintings and drawings are a significant contribution to our current holdings and displays of early modern British figurative art.

    The display runs from 18 June to 15 September, 2013, and the museum is located in the heart of Brighton, adjacent to one of the city’s most famous landmarks, the Royal Pavilion.