Spike Island

Extra CurricularArt and culture reading group


Thursday 4 April 2013, 6pm


Free for Spike Associates
Booking essential

Please contact us for a copy of the reading.

Event type

Extra Curricular

This monthly reading group is a platform for discovering and discussing current topics in art, cultural theory and literature. These spring events invite participants to consider, amongst other themes, the relationship between poetry and spoken word, experimental writing and autobiography, the ritual and the political. 

The April session is led Spike Associates member Phil Owen who has chosen a selection of poetry by R.S. Thomas (1913–2000) and an extract from his biography The Man Who Went Into the West by Byron Rogers (2006).

R.S. Thomas was a Welsh poet and Anglican priest whose writing explored both metaphysical themes and the vehement defense of what he called “the true Wales of my imagination”. His idealism could at times make him appear reactionary or impractical, and he was famously rude to people who met him. Owen asks us whether this absolute refusal to compromise, whilst difficult to negotiate in the day to day, may yet be a fruitful creative trajectory.

Phil Owen

Phil Owen is a writer and singer based in Bristol. His work is focussed on the research project where is this voice coming from, and who am I when I can hear it? which explores ideas around the voice, identity, inheritance, and appropriation. In recent years he has been published by/presented at Oriel Myrddin, Mission Gallery, g39, Chapter, Arnolfini, Standpoint Gallery, Lydgalleriet, and Doggerland (forthcoming). He co-founded the salon event Tertulia with Megan Wakefield in 2010, and works as an Assistant Curator at Arnolfini.

Tertulia website