ENN GRAMATEN Natasha Soobramanien & Luke Williams

Published by Book Works, London, 2018, 16 pages, 16 × 24 cm, English

Price: €9

‘N u there p?
L yes b.
N Working on this Diego thing
L how is it
N It’s making me think about my Kreol. Did I tell you
how I lost it?
L I know you mourn it
N It was the first language I knew
L the first one you spoke?
N y. the only one. Til I went to nursery school and no one understood me. They told my folks to speak English to me. So Kreol became language of adults/familial authority
L Didn’t you
know any kids who
spoke it?
N nope.
N I never stopped understanding it
N but the speaking seized up
L Funny when you think how under colonialism, use of pidgins/creoles by colonised subjects = justification for colonials to infantilise them, while English = language of authority…
L Have you read Moten’s ‘Blackness and Nothingness’?
N No. Send!’ – from Enn Gramaten

A cautionary tale of academic privilege and misadventure in Diego Garcia via a Kreole translation, and parallel live chat.

Dialecty, conceived by Maria Fusco with The Common Guild, considers the uses of vernacular forms of speech and writing, exploring how dialect words, grammar and syntax challenge and improve traditional orthodoxies of critical writing.

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SKRUBOLZ GARBILLKORE Robert Herbert McClean

Published by Book Works, London, 2018, 20 pages, 16 × 24 cm, English

Price: €9

‘Ohwnleeeinn Bellphasst wudyah b’borninn ahplace cauld Frendleee Whay wiffahfuckin myuralaffa bandahfukin terrroristz whanwiffah rauckettlawnchar whanwiffah ayedunnowha anh whan blade wiffah masheeengunn.
Frendleee Whay iffyur furrrtha rahpublikin cawz lak.
Whattzap frum Flukeyluke anh Daza mahcuzinn. Uppattah Sentraall Staishinn abowtaah gyett affah trane frumm Larrnn tha shitehoal werther wuzah yoovee-eff parrteee tha nite baahphore furr summ kunt ouwttah maggabbreee. Flukeyluke ohvarherd summ kunt slabbarinn tha therr wuz gunnah beeah striparr attah thiss parrteee.

Here, for Dialecty, Robert Herbert McClean presents us with a phonetic tale of Flukeyluke and Belfast friends.

Dialecty, conceived by Maria Fusco with The Common Guild, considers the uses of vernacular forms of speech and writing, exploring how dialect words, grammar and syntax challenge and improve traditional orthodoxies of critical writing.

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IT DISAPPEARS IN BLUE AND RED AND GOLD Helen Nisbet

Published by Book Works, London, 2018, 16 pages, 16 × 24 cm, English

Price: €9

‘Shetland wis won by Harald Hårfagre, in da days whan
da Vikings wir settin oot in aa da aerts wi dir axes,
longboats and stinkin haps tied aboot dir backs. Dis cam eftir
da time dat giants roamed an fokk wid wakken in
dir beds tae hear bairns greetin wi a big wan clawed trow
comin in da bedroom window, tearin at dir throats.’

Helen Nisbet makes a return to family history and memories of Shetland and the displaced reverberations in her contemporary life.

Dialecty, conceived by Maria Fusco with The Common Guild, considers the uses of vernacular forms of speech and writing, exploring how dialect words, grammar and syntax challenge and improve traditional orthodoxies of critical writing.

#2018 #bookworks #experimentalwriting #mariafusco
NEW MINSTRELSY OF THE SCOTTISH BORDER Harry Josephine Giles & Martin O’Leary

Published by Book Works, London, 2018, 12 pages, 16 × 24 cm, English

Price: €9

Commissioned from open submission, Harry Josephine Giles & Martin O’Leary have used a neural network to produce poems that return to the vernacular language found in the ballads and poetry of nineteenth century Scotland and Northern England.

Harry Josephine Giles is a poet and performer and Martin O’Leary is a digital artist and designer: they came together from their different disciplines and perspectives over a shared interest in online texts, twitterbots, procedural generation and computer poetry.

Dialecty, conceived by Maria Fusco with The Common Guild, considers the uses of vernacular forms of speech and writing, exploring how dialect words, grammar and syntax challenge and improve traditional orthodoxies of critical writing.

#2018 #bookworks #experimentalwriting #mariafusco
Small White Monkeys: On Self-Expression, Self-Help And Shame Sophie Collins

Published by Book Works, London, 2017, 96 pages (b/w ill.), 13 × 19 cm, English

Price: €13

Beginning with the image of the small white monkeys, this book examines the author’s relationship with shame through a series of short studies on, amongst other things, cats, hair as a metonym for the self in poetry and fiction, and perceptions of sexual violence. Made through research into Glasgow Women’s Library’s Archive Collections and Lending Library, small white monkeys incorporates material from the library’s archives and the work of female creators past and present, including Anna Mendelssohn, Jean Rhys, Selima Hill, Adrian Piper, June Jordan, Denise Riley, Carolee Schneemann, Vahni Capildeo and Veronica Forrest-Thomson.

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Thresholds: A Prosody Of Citizenship Lisa Robertson

Published by Book Works, London, 2018, 20 pages, 16 × 24 cm, English

Price: €9

‘In De vulgare eloquentia, Dante developed a poetics of the vernacular – the collectively accessible speech of the household and the street, distributed unilaterally rather than intentionally acquired via a disciplined pedagogy of grammar, and transformed in open bodily exchange, irrespective of social position, gender or rank. “The vernacular,” Dante says, “[is] the language which children gather from those around them when they first begin to articulate words; or more briefly, that which we learn without any rules at all by imitating our nurses.” A vernacular is not structured according to a valuing hierarchy or an administration of history; it is improvised in tandem with the rhythmic needs and movements of a present-tense yet tradition-informed body among other bodies, each specific.

Lisa Roberston’s reflection of political subject formation, through poetry and vernacular forms, acts as a critical anchor for the ideas and experiments published in this new series, Dialecty.

Dialecty, conceived by Maria Fusco with The Common Guild, considers the uses of vernacular forms of speech and writing, exploring how dialect words, grammar and syntax challenge and improve traditional orthodoxies of critical writing.

#2018 #bookworks #lisarobertson #mariafusco