Projects, collaborations etc
Following on from Postcards From Mental States, Julia and I have been assembling text from our emails over the past 36 months or so, as well as then adding text from our new images and how we experience them . . . we have a number of responses and will continue in this vein as we feel there’s a lot more to come. Watch out for news of a poetry collection culled from this collaborative textual work.
On The Brink is an ongoing novel-in-progress stemming from chaos, hyperfocus, dis-association, re-association, memory lapse(s) & watching Adam Curtis films.
Postcards From Mental States is the title of a collaboration with Julia Rose Lewis which began in 2021. Throughout 2022 Julia & I continued working on the project, and a book Postcards From Mental States, due to be published in 2023. A selection of our collaboration, Holding Patterns was published by Beir Bua Press in December, 2021. A book launch event & print exhibition took place at Eachwhat Studio in April 2022. Lots more info at to purchase look here
ARTIMENTAL June - Sept 2022 6 Poem Brut-ish workshops held at Eachwhat Studio
Man Alive! Creative Writing Workshops April 2022 - ongoing work with Knowle West Men’s Group Man Alive! at KWMC, Bristol
Writer-in-Residence Nov 2021 - Feb 2022 at Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol & Bristol Ideas Working Class Writers Festival look here
Eachwhat Studio - Aug, 2021 - Jan 2023 studio, exhibition, performance and work space in SE Bristol through Hypha Studios
HANDSFREE Bob Modem’s deconstructions of Martin Wakefield’s renderings of Paul Éluard’s illustrations of Man Ray’s drawings (from part I of Les Main Libres) to be published by Steel Incisors, Jan. 2023 look here
NO POETRY DAY #1 Oct 6 2021 a ten year plan, work-in-progress
Jan 2021 Insect Sleep Under Birdsong: A collaboration between visual artist/poet Paul Hawkins and poet/sound artist Peter Jaeger commissioned by Writers Centre Kingston - new poetry-films commissioned in Covid-19 Lockdown in lieu of their normal new years events program.
Photo Poetry SURFACES June - Dec 2021 Part of the Bristol Photography Festival 2021, curated by David Solo, Astra Papachristodoulou & Paul Hawkins. An exhibition, launch event & catalogue; Photo Poetry SURFACES 2021 (Hesterglock Press, 2021) look here
A & B Sides Bob Modem made 13 Scores. Small Things Happen read, improvised, played & recorded them in Lockdown Bristol, 2021. The A & B Sides album w/the 13 Scores is a digital download on Bandcamp look here
P & P (Patrick Cosgrove & Bob Modem) 2020 early stage, work-in-progress; a short film / soundtrack commissioned by Poem Brut : sound(s), verbal & non-verbal, scratches, scrapes, booms & clashes, sound-mapping thoughts, electrical impulses & mulched brain-mechanics. Dormant.
Second Step Wellbeing College 2020 - present running Poem Brut workshops for learners at Second Step Bristol’s Wellbeing Collegehave a look at the remarkable new work made during these sessions look here
NeoptiCo Collectiv 2020 various members ongoing future-facing visual poetry
Eachwhat Vol. 1 (KF&S Press, 2019) Poem Brut-ish collage & visual poetry
Second Step Bristol 2020 - 2022 I co-developed & co-delivered a lived-experience led training course, Staying Alive - Surviving Pain, Suicide & Self-injury for staff.
Place Waste Dissent & Diisonance 2017 - present - art-ish cut & paste protest collage [Hesterglock Press, 2019 2nd edition expanded paperback] collaboration w/Steve Ryan
Dostoyevsky Wannabe Cities: Bristol 2019 writers/poets based in Bristol; editor & contributor [paperback]
Go Sift Omen an erasure of Don Patterson’s God’s Gift to Women (Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2019)
Ring More Gack (Penteract Press 2019) improvised sound mapping currently out of print
Gan Teanga (Without Language circa 2018) comprising of works by Paul Hawkins (also known as Bob Modem) and others - ongoing
Lou Ham: Racing Anthropocene Statements paperback
motor-racing/climate change cut-up sloganeering (a Dostoyevsky Wannabe Original, 2018)
50 // fifty w/Michael Harford - constrained text & collage collaboration (Hesterglock Press, 2018)
Burning House Press 2018 Guest-editor, November. Theme: Facing Up To The Future, take a look here
Flea 2018 - 2021 a collaborative, abstract graphic novel w/Steve Ryan . . . dormant
Poem Brut 2017 to present - a movement of alternative understandings of C21st literature: events, exhibitions, publications continued involvment as a workshop facilitator, performer, artist & publisher
DIISONANCE 2017 collaborative artworks w/Steve Ryan as responses to Place Waste Dissent; exhibitions, performances, anthology, archived website, ACE funded project w/Steve Ryan and others (Hesterglock Press, 2017)
Archive of the Now some of my work archived along with many, many more look here
rout/e 2017 chris turnbull's project of ongoing site specific poetry installations in Canada, contributor
Paul Hawkins & Rowan Evans Three pieces performed live at the St John Sessions, Bristol released as St John Sessions (cassette/download) by Run Logan Run curated performances inc. w/Rowan Evans & w/Run Logan Run
Jimmy Cauty’s Aftermath Dislocation Principle Riot Tour June 21-24, 2016 Tottenham, London - The night featured an intro from Jimmy Cauty, poems by Sam Berkson and Paul Hawkins, screening from Fahim Alan's documentary Riots Reframed, a talk on direct action by activist Sheila Mennon and a panel discussion at the end with all speakers and Steve Lowe from L-13 As part of the Tottenham stop, poets Paul Hawkins and Sam Berkson put on a spoken word, film and discussion night about recent riots and dissent in the UK in response to the ADP riot tour. More info look here
The Secret of Good Posture a pair of detourned pamphlets (Team Trident Press, 2016) with Bruno Neiva
Anathema 2016 - 2019 Hesterglock Press, Sad Press & Moot Press curating experimental poetry events based at the Arnolfini Centre for Modern Art, Bristol
Servant Drone collaborative experimental poetry w/Bruno Neiva paperback (Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2015)
Place Waste Dissent paperback (Influx Press, 2015) over 150 handmade pages of experimental, cut & paste protest collage 1st Edition SOLD OUT
Unprepared Piano - Jan 7 - Feb 1, 2014 The Sidemen curate sound interventions to the dismantling of two pianos featuring sound & word performances / interventions by Paul Hawkins, Andrew McCutchion + visiting artists and musicians responding to the slow disassembly of two piano’s venue: SIX Project Space, Roumelia Lane, Boscombe, Bournemouth
Contumacy paperback (Erbacce Press, 2014) “mapping the run-off's from Claremont Rd to Cameron, the experiments continue” - Tony White
Hesterglock Press 2012 to present - publisher of mostly future-facing work, founded & co-run w/Sarer Scotthorne
The Sidemen 2013 to present - sound workshops & performances w/Andrew McCutchionfor Vita Nova, Boscombe
Boscombe Suite Boscombe - Dec 13, 2013 - a live improvised soundtrack performance by The Music Room Band to a film produced by Sarer Scotthorne improvised soundtrack performance to film screening
Split - collaborative text/art w/artist Mark Lloyd
Claremont Road (Erbacce Press, 2013) “self-medicated visions of entropy & sensual returns” , Iain Sinclair
Untold Boscombe 2013-2014 locative community website
Truculent Enigma 2007 sampled and made on a cheap laptop in 2007; gnoua-influenced electronica album [free download] If This Is Your Best Shot Okra?
Le Teanga (With Language 1968 - 2018) Comprises of works by Paul Hawkins (also known as Bob Modem) and others. Archiving in progress.