Events and launches
Rory Macbeth is Writer in Residence at X Marks the Bökship. He has been finishing his novel ‘The Wanderer by Franz Kafka’.
‘The Wanderer by Franz Kafka’ is a novel written by translating a Kafka story with no knowledge of the original language
and no dictionary. Instead Macbeth uses belief as a method for writing. He knows he doesn’t know the language, but he
forces himself into a place where he believes that the translation is right. Rejecting the endearing buffoonery that flatlines
computer-aided translations, Macbeth’s strategy taps into the very basic human urge to make sense of the world through
narratives. The meaning of each sentence prompts or affects the next, allowing a story to emerge that a computer could
never create. Once a sentence is believed to be correct, it is set in stone: there is no going back and reviewing it for the
sake of a ‘better’ story -changing a word would invalidate the rest of the text. In this way, running parallel to the story of
Gregor, is another story in real time, -the story of the book being written.
David Berridge of VerySmallKitchen was Writer and Reader in Residence at X Marks the Bökship during 2012.
He has been working on his essay Man Aarg! Poetry, Essay, Art Practice.
David writes: “The residency will be a chance to research and write around the varieties of printed matter
at the Bökship, as part of ongoing research into the connections of writing, language and art practice.”
“My intention is to offer information about new bookworks and projects, as well as writing a series of essays
considering the histories and current constituents of a discipline of art writing, making connections with and
across experimental poetry, fiction and essaying.”
“I’ll be using the space and time of the residency to unfold VerySmallKitchen’s STUDIO project. This explores
distinctive forms of teaching, learning, and writing that unfold from particular histories and practices of writing.”
“Former Studio’s have explored minimalist poetry and a practice derived from Charles Olson’s open field poetics.
Now I’m looking to unfold the forms and tactics that emerge at the Bökship.”
Below in an article by David Berridge on Lond hand by Sue Tompkins, published by LemonMelon.
X Marks the Bökship Writer in Residence is supported by Arts Council England.