London Word Festival

Sparkling with offbeat literary excellence – Time Out

Automated poetry machines, future libraries, the fat tail theory of economics, books vs cigarettes, insecure robots and JG Ballard, ever-present.

Literary culture met pop, performance and lecture in London Word Festival, a genre-transgressing festival of projects and events, which Marie co-founded in 2008. The festival ran for four years across venues in east London, receiving a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Award for outstanding cultural entrepreneurship in 2009.

London Word Festival:

Worked with Alan Moore to produce a one-off live rendering of his cult publication Dodgem Logic

Presented the UK première of The Quiet Volume by Tim Etchells and Ant Hampton

Commissioned Ross Sutherland’s film Every Rendition on a Broken Machine and supported the development of a new work by theatre-maker Chris Goode

Produced Intergender Wrestling, Mel Brimfield’s reappraisal of performance art history through the work of comedian Andy Kaufmann

Produced Iain Sinclair and Susan Stenger’s site-responsive installation and performance of Hackney, That Red Rose Empire inside St. Augustine’s Tower

London Word Festival worked with Saul Williams, Christian Bok, Maria Fusco, Led Bib, Hannah Silva, Peter Finch, Stewart Lee, Josie Long, Daniel Kitson, Ian McMillan, Drunken Bakers, Joe Dunthorne, Serafina Steer, Jack Underwood, Luke Kennard, Stuart Silver, Deborah Pearson, Nikesh Shukla, Tamarin Norwood and 1927.