‘Word into Image’ Symposium, July 10th – programme

UCC Modernisms Research Centre is delighted to announce the programme for  Word Into Image: a symposium on visual poetry. Accompanied by an exhibition of visual poetry in Tactic Gallery, the symposium directly precedes the annual SoundEye poetry festival (July 11th-13th) in Cork.


Word into Image Symposium: July 10th

Tactic Gallery Auditorium, Sample Studios (Former FAS building), Sullivans Quay, Cork

9.30 – 10.00: Registration

10.00 – 11.30: Panel One

Laura Pomeroy (University College Cork): “Embodied Poetry: Mary Devenport O’Neill’s Bluebeard Ballet”

Natalie Ferris (University of Oxford): ‘I just need a fiction like you to work out ideas in front of – no?’: ‘The Pope of Modern Art’ and Abstract Poetry

Michael O’Sullivan (The Chinese University of Hong Kong): Pound’s image, the Chinese character, and cultural differences in education


11.30-11.45: Coffee

11.45 – 12.45: Panel Two

Lila Matsumoto (University of Edinburgh): Poems to cover a page: Serialized source text as performance space in the early works of Vito Acconci

Nicole Sierra (University of Oxford): Concrete Islands: The Visuality of Ballard’s ‘Rough Poetry’.


12.45 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00 – 15.30: Panel Three

Simon Perril (De Montfort University): Countering Fantesectomy: an account of a collage novel in progress

Emma Cocker (Nottingham Trent University): Between Close Reading and Liquid Writing: Word Slips Towards Movement and Materiality

Gerry Smith (University of Edinburgh): Northern Venetians: writing the city


15.30 – 15.45: Break

15.45 – 17.15: Panel Four

Ellen Dillon (Mater Dei): ‘Blessed by a thousand flecks of foam’: flotsam and foam in Peter Manson’s Mallarmé in English, and English in Mallarmé

Patrica Farrell (Edge Hill University): The expressive tension between text and painting in the collaborative work of Pete Clarke and Robert Sheppard

Juha Virtanen (University of Kent): Writing on: poetry and visuality in the recent work of Allen Fisher and Ulli Freer


18.00 – 19.00: Keynote (Supported by Department of French, UCC):

Peter Manson: Species of Spaces in Mallarmé: from page to volume and beyond

19.00 – 20.00: Conference Dinner, Quay Co-op, Sullivans Quay
. All very welcome. Please email modernismsucc[at]gmail[dot]com to book a place.

20.00: Launch of Word into Image Exhibition and The Avant Festival


This event is kindly funded by the Department of French and Department of History of Art at UCC.


Best regards,


On behalf of the UCC Modernisms Research Centre

(Rachel Warriner, James Cummins, Dr Kerstin Fest, Dr Sarah Hayden)

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