Hi Zero

Hi Zero is a series of avant-garde experimental poetry readings and performances which is sponsored by the centre for modernist studies. The brain child of Brighton poet Joe Luna, Hi Zero is run by Joe and occurs throughout the year at The Hope Tavern in Brighton. Now into its fourth year and with an average audience of 45, Hi Zero is a popular feature on the underground poetry scene.

You can see the Hi Zero Tumblr here.

Details of the next reading:

Hi Zero #36

Hi Zero 36

(Upstairs at) The Hope and Ruin

Tuesday 20th October 2015

Doors 7:30pm for an 8:00pm start.

Entrance £4.

Featured Poets / Performers:


Jennifer Cooke is a London-based poet and Senior Lecturer in English at Loughborough University. Her latest chapbook, “Apocalypse Dreams,” is nearly out with Sad Press. Her first collection, “*not suitable for domestic sublimation” (Contraband Press) was published in 2012. Her work can be found online, in print, and in anthologies. She’s on Archive of the Now. “Steel Girdered Her Musical: In Several Parts,” a poem-sequence set to music by composer Adam Robinson, has been written about by David and Christine Kennedy in their book “Women’s Experimental Poetry 1970-2010: Body, Time and Locale (2013).”

KIRILL MEDVEDEV (trans. Vadim Nikitin)

Born in Moscow, in 1975, Kirill Medvedev has recently emerged as one of the most exciting, unpredictable voices on the Russian literary scene. Widely published and acclaimed as a poet, he is also is an activist for labor and a member of the Russian Socialist movement Vpered [Forward]. He contributes essays regularly to Chto Delat’, and other opposition magazines. His small press, The Free Marxist Publishing House [SMI], has recently released his translations of Pasolini, Eagleton, and Goddard, as well as numerous books at the intersection of literature, art and politics, including a collection of his own essays. ‘It’s No Good’ (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2015) is Medvedev’s first book in English.


Laura Kilbride grew up in the north east of England and lives in Cambridge, where she is a junior research fellow at Peterhouse. Her first pamphlet, Errata, came out from Tipped Press in 2011. A long poem, In The Square, was published in the Chicago Review and in full by Punch Press in 2014. With Rosa van Hensbergen she edits a small poetry magazine, The Paper Nautilus, now in its fourth issue.

Past Events:

Poets who have recently read at Hi Zero include:

Andrea Brady, Stuart Calton, Luke Roberts, Verity Spott, Lee Harwood, Sam Solomon, Sean Bonney, Rosa Van Hensbergen, David Grundy, Daniel Spicer, Lucy Beynon, Lisa Jeschke, Will Rowe, Robert Sheppard, Chloë Lancaster, Francesca Lisette, Karl Waugh, Jèssica Pujol Duran and Rob Halpern.

In December 2014, H Zero celebrated its thirtieth reading with a night of readings from Brighton-based poets: Dolly Turing, Eleanor Careless, Keston Sutherland, Verity Spott, Timothy Thornton, Lisa Jayne, Alan Hay, Rosy Carrick, Tom Allen, Daniel Spicer, Karl Waugh, Justin Sealy and myself. You can read an online review of the night in the March 2015 issue of the The Wire.

Hi Zero #35

Hi Zero 35

(Upstairs at) The Hope and Ruin

Tuesday 29th September 2015

Doors 7:30pm for an 8:00pm start.

Entrance £4.

Featured Poets / Performers:

Christina Chalmers

…whose poems have appeared in and on The Claudius App., Hi Zero, SCREE, and most recently Asphodel, amongst other places; her book WORK SONGS came out from Shit Valley Verlag in 2013.

Virna Teixeira

…has published 3 books of poetry in Brazil: Visita (2000), Distância (2005) and Trânsitos (2009), and also a few poetry pamphlets. The last one, A Terra do Nunca e Muito Longe (Neverland is Too Far Away), was published in 2014 by Não Edições in Lisbon.

She is a poetry translator, and published three titles of Scottish translated to Portuguese, also “Livro Universal” of the Chilean poet Hector Hernandez Montecinos, and a couple of chapbooks with translations of Paul Eluard and Tristan Tzara to Portuguese.

Map 71 (Lisa Jayne and Andy Pyne)

Lisa Jayne is a poet and artist who performs in London, Brighton and beyond. She is the founder of words-sound-chaos improv group Ringlock and runs her own improv night Scola. Lisa has been published by Vagabondage Press in the US and Iodine Press in the UK, and has self-published many booklets of her writing including ‘1980s Essex Teenage Girl’, ‘Nyara Static Shift Bird’, and ‘Disordered’.

Andy Pyne is a drummer and producer whose previous bands include Medicine and Duty, Shrag and The Black Neck Band of the Common Loon. He has played live with Damo Suzuki, Thurston Moore, and Oneida’s Kid Millions in Man Forever. Andy keeps up a prolific musical output; besides Map 71 his current musical projects include Kellar, The West Hill Blast Quartet and Aeolipile.

Andy Pyne and Lisa Jayne began working together as Map 71 with a performance at the Supernormal Festival in Oxfordshire in 2013. Since then they’ve put out an album, a single and a limited edition booklet plus CD EP on Andy’s Foolproof Projects label and also a cassette release on Blue Tapes. Map 71 have done live radio sessions for Resonance and NTS and were amongst the artists featured in The Wire’s article on the Brighton Noise Poets.


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Robbie Dawson creates much of the visual art for Hi Zero. To view his website please click here


For further details of publications please contact hizeroreadings@gmail.com.

Joe Luna edits the Hi Zero magazines which contains poetry and critical work.

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