occursus news

occursus has been awarded funding for the Upperthorpe project. This will allow us to work with artists in residence, produce an online resource and hold an exhibition of the works made by the selected artists in September 2012. More information and details to follow in the New Year.

Reading Loop returns in January and will be taking place at Bloc, where we’re delighted to have a new occursus project space. We’re planning to change the time from the current Thursday at 6pm slot to Wednesdays at 7pm. Any thoughts or comments about the proposed change welcome. The first texts have been chosen by author Rachel Genn:

  • Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad  (Rachel will read an excerpt for discussion, so no need to read the whole book!)
  • Paul Rozin and April Fallon, ‘A Perspective on Disgust’, Psychological Review, Vol 94(1), Jan 1987, pp. 23-41. (This article requires an electronic subscription. If you don’t have access and would like a copy of the article, please email amandacrawleyjackson@gmail.com)

We’ve also set a provisional date of February 15th for a special occursus reading by Rachel Genn and Simon Bill.

Rachel will read from her 2011 novel, The Cure

Escaping heartbreak, a raw and humble Eugene Mahon leaves small town Ireland for London. His horizons expand as he meets and befriends men from all over the world on the Shoreditch building site where he works. The good times roll, but the shadows of the past loom over him as he lodges in the pub his late father Seamus lived in when he worked in the city years before. The pub is run by the same landlady, Della, and her daughter Julia, and Eugene’s appearance bring Della’s own memories of his father flooding to the surface, revealing secrets that she’d hoped to keep hidden forever. Eugene’s initiation into the brotherhood of the building site is shattered when he wakes one morning in a police cell, beaten and bruised, with no memory of how or why he got there. In the midst of accusation and hostility, Eugene must uncover truths that will change his life, and the lives of those around him forever. * The Cure (alt. def.) the concrete hardening process; time it takes for concrete to reach absolute strength


Simon will read from his 2011 novel, Brains

The unnamed narrator of Brains is a drunken and dissolute painter. He gets a job as artist-in-residence at the opulent Norman Neurological Institute in central London, but only because all the other short-listed applicants turn it down. Among the patients he encounters he is impressed, in particular, by the sublimely attractive yet mysterious Emily, who cannot remember anything for more than 15 minutes at a time. He is smitten, yet, even for him, the ethics of bedding someone who cannot give credible consent are dubious.

Peter Carty, The Independent

For more information about any of the above, please email amandacrawleyjackson@gmail.com

Bonne année 2012 à tous et à toutes from occursus!

One thought on “occursus news

  1. Yay money and space. I’ll be able to make *some* Wednesdays, hopefully…

    Currently reading ‘On Signs’, (Blonsky) and the Michel de Certeau essay in it titled ‘Practices of Space’ looks like it’d be a potentially good reading group choice, and it’s hosted on googlebooks, pages 122 – 145 – http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=DRd1DZ-5MX0C&lpg=PA122&dq=Michel%20de%20Certeau%20practices%20of%20space&pg=PA122#v=onepage&q&f=false

    Rick M-who-remembered-he-has-an-old-Wordpress-account.

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