The Spittoon experience !

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Shaded Stardust , sucrose and mixed media, 30 cm diameter photo 17th June 2019 Niamh Cunningham 瑞莲 work inspired by poem by Chen Xianfa.

Last Sunday was definitely the day for literature. After leaving the Bloomsday celebrations at the Irish Embassy I headed over to the hutongs near the Drum and Bell tower . On my electric bike with the big long yellow skirt flapping in the wind I reached the Ball House in Gulou .

The Poetic Refractions Team  Spittoon launch of 5th issue
Poetic Refractions Team, hanging out the cool crowd!
Jack Calder , imposter yours truly, Zou Fei, Jennifer Fossenbell , Una Yan, Tian Tian Yuan and Iman Jabrah

Spittoon is a collaborative literary publication showcasing English and Chinese, fictional and non-fictional creative writing inspired by Beijing.

The afternoon was filled with readings, music, live painting and plenty of chat. It was great to meet up with other visual artists such as Una Yan and Iman Jabrah. The poetry project experimented with various approaches to translation of poetry .

The Spittoon Team

Link to the Beijinger doc on Spitoon

A huge thank you to Jennifer Fossenbell for bringing me into this project , to all the other hard workers on this collective publication, including director Matthew Byrne, editor in chief Simon Shieh, managing editor Xiao Yue Shan.