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World-leading architect and award-winning poets set to speak at Leeds Beckett


Award-winning experimental poets from New York and Australia and a renowned Belgian architect are set to share their insights at Leeds Beckett University this November.

Rob Fitterman

Flying in from New York City, American poet Rob Fitterman will speak on Thursday 3 November about his range of experimental writing, including his latest work, Nevermind, which slows down the lyrics of Nirvana’s iconic album of the same title to a 700 page minimalist poem. The winner of the Sun and Moon New American Poetry Award (2000) and the Small Press Traffic Book of the Year Award (2003), Rob teaches writing and poetry at New York University.

On Thursday 10 November, Canadian poet, Christian Bök, who now lives in Darwin, Australia, will share details of his career so far, including authoring Eunoia, the bestselling work of experimental literature which won the Griffin Poetry Prize. Christian has created artificial languages for two television shows: Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict and Peter Benchley’s Amazon, and was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Renowned architect An Fonteyne, from Brussels, is a partner of the Belgian practice, noAarchitecten, and, on Thursday 17 November, she will talk about their work, which has included transforming a former prison into the Faculty of Law at Hasselt University. noAarchitecten are set to build a heating plant in Antwerp which will become the symbol of the largest sustainable living and working area in Belgium.

Hasselt University Faculty of Law building

Hasselt University Faculty of Law

The annual, year-long, INSIDE/OUT programme, hosted by Leeds Beckett’s Leeds School of Arts, features a range of high-profile art practitioners from across the world.

Simon Morris, Professor of Art at Leeds Beckett, commented: “Our mission for the prestigious INSIDE/OUT lecture series is to bring the best minds of our generation to inspire and support the practice-based research students and staff do across the Leeds School of Arts. To this end, we have flown in renowned speakers from Los Angeles, New York, Amsterdam, Brussels and Darwin. In order to enhance the cultural life of Leeds, we make the lecture series open to the general public and available to an international audience online.”

This year’s INSIDE/OUT series was launched by Nathaniel Mellors, Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett, who screened his 2016 film Ourhouse, Ep – 1: Time, followed by a talk on the making of the film, on Monday 3 October.

Other speakers confirmed so far include: Luxury London fashion label Phoebe English, on Thursday 1 December; New York artist Erica Baum, on Thursday 9 March 2017; and Amsterdam-based French artist Laurence Aëgerter, on Thursday 30 March 2017.

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