‘Sparkling with offbeat literary excellence‘ – Time Out
Automated poetry machines, future libraries, screen printing nuns, 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
Curated unusual literary evenings such as Be Seeing You, a night of The Prisoner-inspired micro-lectures featuring Tim Key, Will Adamsdale and Colin Hoult
London Word Festival worked with Saul Williams, Tom Basden, Led Bib, Toby Litt, Huzzah Noir!, Peter Finch, Daniel Kitson, Ian McMillan, Drunken Bakers, Joe Dunthorne, Tim Turnbull, Henningham Family Press, Emmy The Great, Serafina Steer, Jack Underwood, Laura Dockrill, Luke Kennard, Stuart Silver, Ben Goldacre, Leafcutter John, Deborah Pearson, Hannah Silva, Christian Bok, Maria Fusco, Hannah Walker, Darren Hayman, Nikesh Shukla, Tamarin Norwood and 1927.
More details on featured projects below.