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Checking the facts before 12th December 2019. Or maybe the facts have been already checked for me. Or maybe there are no facts to check in the first place.

 

Artist Nikoletta Monyok, December 2019

If a chap like me is capable of looking like a gentleman, the suit I’m wearing is nothing more than the uniform of my tribe. I am entertaining the idea that at ordinary times I’d be economically and socially at the average level. But these are not ordinary times.

 

© Maria Stadnicka 2019

‘Somnia’ launched in Stroud

 

‘Somnia’ was launched last night at the Museum in the Park, the Pavilion Garden Room. Beautiful photography from Nikoletta Monyok and it has been a joy to  share the evening with the gifted writers Caroline Shaw, David Clarke, Adam Horovitz and Philip Rush. Thank you Uta Baldauf for a memorable performance, and to Caroline Rush, Philip Rush and Fred Chance for making the launch possible. Thank you for the generosity of our host, The Museum in the Park, to painter Mark Mawer for his artwork, Alec Newman and The Knives Forks and Spoons Press. It felt so special because there were so many people who attended, despite the bleak and windy weather on a Thursday evening. ‘Somnia’ THANKS YOU!📖

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Photography: © Nikoletta Monyok 2019

Cover art: © Mark Mawer 2019

Publisher: Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, UK

Editor: Alec Newman

Further details, on the ‘reviews’ and ‘books’ pages.

‘Somnia’ is available here and here.

Procrusteana

 

things I am scared about:

 

slow internet connection,

forgetting passwords, colour,

 

stepping off electric staircases

a moment too early;

 

full stop’s claw which follows

everything we forget to be for each other.

 

I fear unpronounceable names,

houses where nobody lives;

 

I fear befriending monsters,

past tense verbs in statements about future.

 

© Maria Stadnicka 2019

Somnia launch in Stroud / 5th December 8pm / Museum in the Park

SOMNIA Knives, Forks, Spoons Press / Sep. 2019

About SOMNIA:

Writer Ian Seed (author of New York Hotel, a TSL Book of the Year) wrote: ‘one of the best books of poetry I’ve read this year is Maria Stadnicka’s extraordinarily vivid collection, Somnia.’

‘Stadnicka’s poetics is one of craftmanship, wherein she carefully walks the tightrope of surreal poetic metaphor and the gritty realism of investigative journalism and broadcasting.’ (Briony Hughes, writer and critic, Stride Magazine, October 2019)

‘Somnia is consistently alluring and enigmatic in its poetic voice. What compels it’s Stadnicka’s calm creativity in conveying the horrors and/or abstractions of these – her poetic voice completely comfortable in its suggestiveness: inventive, provoking, highly visual.’ (Mike Ferguson, writer and critic, International Times, September 2019)

Somnia will be launched on 5th December 2019, 8pm. Free entry.

Publisher: Knives, Forks and Spoons Press.

Editor: Alec Newman

Cover artwork: Mark Mawer

 

November, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…where once was a meadow…

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Photographs: © Maria Stadnicka, Stonehouse, 2019

The SHIFT Project / 12th – 16th Oct / St. Laurence Church

 

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The SHIFT Project started with an art installation created by the young Tasmanian artist Robin Watkins-Davies. It developed in a set of events taking place 12th-16th Oct 2019 at St. Laurence Church, Stroud, which bring together contemporary art, music, dance, exhibitions, workshops, presentations, poetry. It supports young people’s mental health, bringing awareness of the artistic potential of our movement. Further details about SHIFT and the oncoming events here.

Maria Stadnicka, October 2019

Falling / 12th Oct / Berlin Zeitgeist / at Atélier

Berliner Zeitgeist Programme / Oct.2019

Thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall which marked the end of the Cold War.

Performers: Maria Stadnicka, Brenda Waite, Mike Adcock and Uta Baldauf.

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Saturday 12th October at 7.30pm. Atelier, Stroud, Glos., UK.

As part of the Berlin Zeitgeist program, artist Uta Baldauf is putting on a performance event with writer and poet Maria Stadnicka, performer Brenda Waite and musician Mike Adcock to respond to the theme of falling in they own creative practice.

Come along for something unmissable. For tickets and further information click here.