Culture Matters and Centrala Space, Birmingham are delighted to invite you to a full live reading of Al Hutchins' brilliantly bonkers poetry collection, Rebel Admin. With supporting shenanigans from Richard Arkwright, Duncan Jones, Alisha Kadir, Bobby Parker, Victoria Nimmo and others TBC. The launch takes place on the 9th February 2024 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM GMT at Centrala Space, Unit 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley St, Birmingham B5 5RT.
The event will be hosted jointly by Centrala Space and Culture Matters; it will feature a no-holds barred reading of the full text by Al Hutchins and feature short support readings from local Culture Matters contributors past, present and future. Commissioning Editor Fran Lock will be master of ceremonies. And if you ask her nicely, she might bring cake!
The event is free to enter, but donations will be taken on the door for MAP, a charity providing medical aid to those affected by the on-going genocide in Palestine. The book will be available for purchase after the reading.
Rebel Admin is a collection of visually intense, and syntactically jagged poems that create a sort of fragmentary cinema, one that works to signal the irrational absurdity of neoliberal culture, but also to disrupt its plausibly smooth and continuously scrolling script. Humour - of a uniquely warped and whacked-out variety - is the throughline of text, the constant current in its wild carnival of disorder. Against the numbing spectacle and sinister machinery of capitalism, Hutchins erects a savvy lyric vision that is part Mark E. Smith, part William Blake.
Al Hutchins has been described by Stewart Lee as a “howling faggot-and-pea-fuelled visionary”, which sounds about right to us. Al is a West Midlands-based poet, performing “stuff” since 1997: his rhythm, holler and tune-mongering thing, The Courtesy Group has been lauded by the likes of John Peel, Stuart Maconie and John Cooper Clarke. His poetry and fiction have been published by New River Press, Eccentric City, Tindal Street Press and proudly by Culture Matters!