University of Cambridge Contemporary Research Group

Month: April 2014

Poetry Reading: Vidyan Ravinthiran (Friday 25th April)

Vidyan Ravinthiran, Keasbey Research Fellow at Selwyn College, will read
from his first collection, Grun-tu-molani (Bloodaxe, 2014). Wine will be

Date: Friday 25th April
Time: 6pm
Venue: Master’s Lodgings, Selwyn College
RSVP: if you would like to reserve a place, please email

Vidyan’s poems have been anthologised several times, published as a
pamphlet and have appeared in a range of magazines which include The
Times Literary Supplement, PN Review and Poetry Review.

‘Gripping is not a word you usually associate with poetry, but Vidyan
Ravinthiran’s poems are precisely that, and they seldom let go. They are
full of surprising turns (and turns of phrase), and their humour can
make you squirm, as humour should… A ferocious intelligence is at work
in these poems, whose stylish armoured exterior reflects sometimes a
literary scholar and sometimes a displaced person; sometimes
contemporary Britain and sometimes ancient Sri Lanka’ – Arvind Krishna

Marc Atkins and Rod Mengham reading in Cambridge: Tuesday 8 April


Still /movin/g – Launch and Reading*

Tuesday 8th April 2014

7.00 pm, Judith E Wilson Drama Studio, Faculty of English, University of


All welcome – free entry


Veer Books will launch the new book by* Marc Atkins* and *Rod Mengham*,

with readings by both**Marc and Rod.




/*STILL Moving*/


Veer Publication 058 [ISBN: 978-1-907088-64-3]


‘For Rod Mengham and Marc Atkins, cracking mirrors and counter-mirrors

are not only a frontier between two worlds, they represent a systematic

quest for desire, a haunted visual trope leaping towards an elsewhere as

threatening as it is seducing, setting out to explore “the rear view of

historical convergence”, carefully recording instances in which the

conjunctions, collisions and chiaroscuro of memory and fantasy take us

beyond the scope of the thinkable and the imaginable.’ (Michel Delville)


Design by Vaughan Oliver and Marc Atkins.

A4 landscape size. 80 pages. Colour and B&W. March 2014.


Marc Atkins is an English artist, photographer, filmmaker and writer.

Marc has lived and worked for many years in London, but has also spend

extended periods of time in Rome, Detroit, New York, Warsaw and Paris.

Previous publications include /The Prism Walls/ (Contraband), /Logic of

the Stairwell/(Shearsman), /The Teratologists/ (panoptika),

/Thirteen/ (Do-Not Press), /Warszawa/ [texts by T. Pióro & A. Sosnowski]

(Wig-press), /Faces of Mathematics/(panoptika), and /Liquid City/ [text

by Iain Sinclair] (Reaktion). Atkins has presented his work and ideas on

the image at venues such as the Royal Academy, Royal College of Art, UEL

School of Architecture, Instytut Mikołowski, Poland, The Photographers

Gallery, and the University of Liège.


Rod Mengham is Reader in Modern English Literature at Cambridge

University and Curator of Works of Art at Jesus College, Cambridge.  He

has published monographs and edited collections of essays on nineteenth

and twentieth century fiction, violence and avant-garde art, the 1940s,

contemporary poetry; anthologies /Altered State: the New Polish

Poetry/ [ed. Mengham, Pioro, Szymor] (2003), /Vanishing Points: New

Modernist Poems/ [ed. Kinsella, Mengham](2005); poetry, including

/Unsung: New and Selected Poems/, (2001), /Diving Tower/ (2006),

/Parleys and Skirmishes/ (2007), /Bell Book/ (2012) and /The

Understory/ (2014). He has also curated numerous exhibitions, most

recently ‘Sculpture in the Close 2013’ [Miroslaw Balka, Theaster Gates,

Harland Miller, Damian Ortega, Doris Salcedo].


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