'This Fruiting Body' Floating Launch + Silent Eco Disco
We welcome you aboard the 'Fruiting Boaty': a three-hour river cruise on the Flower of Bristol trip boat, to launch Bristol City Poet Caleb Parkin's debut poetry collection, 'This Fruiting Body'.
The book plunges us into octopus raves and Sega Megadrive oceans, in the company of Saab hermit crabs. These adventurous poems delight in human and nonhuman intimacies, teem with life, ponder bug sex and put masculinities under the microscope.
"Generous, monstrous and inspiring."
- John McCullough, author 'Reckless Paper Birds'
With guest readers Samantha Walton and Jack Young, we willl queerly and dearly invoke drag-mother nature. After the readings, we will head out on the river for a silent eco-disco, with a carefully curated playlist from the Beatles' Blackbird, to Cerrone's 'Supernature' and everything inbetween, sailing back into the harbour to singalong classics.
Category Is: Biomorphique* & Danceable. Wear your best sparkly microplastics (sequins) and/or biodegradable glitter if you dare.
*Biomorphique = biomorphic chic. "Biomorphism models artistic design elements on naturally occurring patterns or shapes reminiscent of nature and living organisms."
Poetry! Nature! Queer Disco! On a boat!
"You'll get a bit dirty, but you won't be sorry!"
- Nicole Seymour, author of 'Bad Environmentalism: Irony and Irreverence in the Ecological Age'
Meet from 1.30 for a 2pm prompt depature from Cascade Steps (Bristol City Centre, by the Quick Crepe stand) - drop off at 5pm to the same location.
Flower of Bristol - Bristol Packet Trip Boat (View)
BRISTOL BS1 4XJ
|Minimum Age: 16|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|
Unfortunately, the Bristol Packet boats are not wheelchair accessible (and nor were other trip boats available). If there is anything else I can do to accommodate accessibility, please get in touch to ask. There will be an online launch and other accessible events related to the book.