Diagrams by Alison Gibb

A word from MFA alumna and Kingston Writing School Emerging Writer in Residence, Alison Gibb:

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Silent Diagrams Cover

I am pleased to inform you that my latest work, Silent Diagrams, a pamphlet collection of poetry and drawings, has recently been published by Knives, Forks and Spoons Press.

Silent Diagrams is a series of pencil drawing over a single poem. The drawings document my process of visualizing poetic activity to create diagrams, which illustrate and generates spaces for live performance.  The diagrams were originated during the development of Thus in the crossing, a poetic dance performance in collaboration with choreographer, Elaine Thomas.

Thus in the crossing was recently performed at E:Poetry 2013 & at the Practice, Process and Paradox Conference 2013 at Roehampton University.

For further info on Silent Diagrams please visit Knives, Forks and Spoons Press.


If you’re an MFA student or alumus/a keep us updated on your success!

Alison Gibb

Alison Gibb

CONGRATULATIONS to Alison on her debut pamphlet,’Parallel to Red in Chorus’, launched at a wonderful event last evening as part of the OXFAM poetry reading series.

Alison Gibb is a poet living in Cambridge. (b.1973).

She holds a BA (hons) in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College (1998) and a MA in Writing Poetry from Kingston University, where she is currently completing a MFA in Creative Writing.

Her poems have appeared in a number of small arts and poetry publications.  The Knives Forks and Spoons Press published her first pamphlet of poetry Parallel To Red In Chorus, in August 2011.

Alison is interested in the shared creative practices and theories within contemporary art practices and poetics.

Earlier this year she participated in Beyond Text: Making and Unmaking Text Across Performance Practices and Theories Conference, and continues to collaborates with artists and choreographers to produce live performances and poetic texts.

Title: ‘Parallel To Red In Chorus’

Poet: Alison Gibb

Pages: 29

Publisher: Knives, Forks and Spoons Press

Review _| Volatile Rune



Parallel To Red In Chorus is a sequence of poems that follows a journey between London and Isle of Skye, via Cambridge. Poems happen in and out of real time, generating new narratives and abstract forms. Text from external sources including: photography manuals, song lyrics, road signs and chemistry are woven into the fabric of the poems to create a multiple layered text of shifting surfaces, images and meanings.

Shared word from Alison on writing it:

I originally wrote Parallel To Red In Chorus for the creative submission for my MA dissertation. After spending a frustrating second year on the MA trying to overcome more traditional approaches to poetry and struggling to carve out a place for my own writing, I finally was able to push through creatively with this piece and to write something experimentally, poetic and hopefully accessible to all types of curious readers.

I was greatly encouraged and supported by my supervisor Todd Swift, who introduced me to some wonderful poets – theorist including Lyn Hejinian, Charles Bernstein and Veronica Forrest-Thomson. Our supervisions tended to focus on the academic side of the dissertation, the essay, what I was reading and how this could inform and develop my creative practice. Towards the end, Todd turned the pressure up a notch and had me send him poetry everyday for about a week, to make sure I was producing work. It was somewhere in this constant haze of reading, thinking and writing (a poetic state you could say) that my own writing emerged and took off.

I finally got hold of what the potential for poetry could be. And it is this potential for poetic activity in language, which continues to excite me and compels me to write.

Shared words from Alison on how she got published:

‘In Feb 2011 I took part in The Beyond Text Conference, where I presented and displayed ‘Parallel To Red In Chorus’. It was well received and I met some really inspiring writers and artists. Following the conference the organizers kindly recommended me to Alec Newman of Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, who invited me to submit the piece for his consideration. Happily, he liked the poems and offered to publish it as its own single pamphlet.

 Beyond Text: Making and Unmaking Text, Conference 2011 http://textmaking.blogspot.com/

‘Parallel to Red in Chorus’ is now available to purchase at:

Elphicks, 160 Columbia Road, London, E2 7RG




Knives, Forks and Spoons Press


Or directly from Alison: aemgibb@yahoo.co.uk

This beautiful pamphlet was launched at the latest in the series of OXFAM Poetry Readings, hosted by Todd Swift, sponsored by Kingston Writing School, at OXFAM Books and Music, Marylebone High St. The event also featured Mark Scott, over from America; Jill Battson, from Canada by way of France; Grahame Davies from Wales; and London’s own John Muckle. Also from Kingston Writing School: Venetia Adamson, Sam Cole-Rogers, Neil Gregory, Mia Jerome, Kim Lockwood, and Maria-Faith Mendoza.


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