Brunel's historic Goods Shed will provide the backdrop to a night of collaborative poetry and music in Stroud.
Neutral Norway, a six-piece poetry collective formed in Falmouth in 2009, will launch its second anthology of poems at an event called “Naked Launch” at the Goods Shed next to Stroud station on Saturday October 19.
There will be performances of works from the book, entitled “NN2”, along with a set from Stroud band Herons!, and the event will double up as a launch for the “NNPress”, a small, independent press which will aim to print poets’ work at minimal cost and with a DIY approach.
Neutral Norway member Aimee Bea, who grew up in Stroud, said: “The aim of NNPress is to create an accessible platform for new and exciting poetry.
“The project was funded by a widely successful Kickstarter campaign which raised £530, far surpassing the £350 we had set out to raise.
“We are all drawn to the aesthetics of paper, the traditional press, the cutting and pasting of zines, and we are interested in the influence the physical presence of a book can have on the poetry itself.”
Entry to the event will cost £5 or £3 for those who bring a pamphlet or “zine” – a mini magazine – of their poetry to add to the collective’s touring library. An after-party will be held at the Stroud Valleys Artspace in John Street.