SOAS University of London

Japan Research Centre

Kumo (work in progress): sci-fi, folklore and disaster in future Japan



Kirsten Irving (Editor at Sidekick Books) and Renee O'Drobinak (Co-founder at Ladies of the Press)

Date: 27 November 2019Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 27 November 2019Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT)

Type of Event: Seminar


Poet Kirsten Irving and artist Renee O'Drobinak will share excerpts and research from their collaborative work in progress, Kumo. This is a sequence of poetic and visual portraits set in post-apocalyptic Japan, in which the survivors of the eponymous cloud make sense of the world around them through youkai folklore. The collection will be published by Henningham Family Press.

Speaker Biography

Kirsten Irving is a Lincolnshire-born, London-based poet and voiceover, and one half of the team behind collaborative press Sidekick Books. Her work has been published by Happenstance and Salt, widely anthologised, and thrown out of a helicopter. She won the 2011 and 2017 Live Canon International Poetry Prizes, and was commended for the 2018 National Poetry Competition. @KoftheTriffids

Renée O'Drobinak is an interdisciplinary artist and communications manager whose work spans drawing, graphic design, performance and engagement. She co-founded the artist duo Ladies of the Press*, delivering audience engagement-led projects for clients such as Tate, Whitworth Gallery, Science Museum and Camden Borough Council. Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Renée now lives and works in London. @Renee_OD @ladiesotpress


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