Wayne Burrows is a writer, though in recent years that term has become increasingly elastic, incorporating short film using found materials, performance, online activity and an archive of visual works on paper by an entirely fictional artist, imagined to have been active between the years 1950 and 1980. He delivered a Writing East Midlands ‘Write Here’ residency at Nottingham Contemporary in Spring 2011, working in response to the Jack Goldstein and Anne Collier exhibitions with a group of older people.
His first collection of poems Marginalia appeared from Peterloo Poets in 2001, and his second, Emblems, loosely based on the first book of Francis Quarles’ Emblems Divine and Moral With Hieroglyphicks of the Life of Man (1635), appeared from Shoestring in 2009. The Apple Sequence, produced as part of the Orchard project, in collaboration with curator Jennie Syson, Contemporary Art Society and the visual artist Neville Gabie, was published in December 2011.
He has delivered many workshops, events and readings, completed The Protein Songs, a sequence about genetics for use in Retina Dance Company’s Eleven Stories For The Body, Distance To Our Soul, in 2006, and has also written widely on visual arts, film, music and performance for Nottingham Visual Arts (2009 – 2012), Metro (2004 – 2009) and The Big Issue in the North (1996 – 2004).
Since 2009 he has worked as a writer, tutor, editor and performer with many regional and national organizations, including NADFAS, Crystal Clear Creators, Staple Magazine, The Literary Consultancy, Left Lion and Nottingham Writers’ Studio. Currently in development are a further book of poetry, Black Glass, a collection of versions after Polish, Czech and Slovak popular songs of the 1960s and 70s, and further evolutions in the ‘visual fiction’ of The Robert Holcombe Archive.
The Apple Sequence (Orchard Editions) 2011
Emblems (Shoestring Press) 2009
Marginalia (Peterloo) 2001
Said & Done: New Writing From Brittle Star (Stonewood Press, 2011)
NW:15 ed: Maggie Gee, Bernadine Evaristo (Granta, 2007)
Poetry: The Nottingham Collection ed: John Lucas (Five Leaves, 2005)
New Writing 12 ed: Jane Rogers, Diran Adebayo, Blake Morrison (Picador, 2003)
The Forward Book Of Poetry 2002 (Forward Publishing, 2002)
The Serendipity Project (Archive and Found Materials Project)
Eastern Bloc Songs (Translations and material concerning popular music in former Communist states)
The Robert Holcombe Archive (Fictional art-historical archive)
Write Here At Nottingham Contemporary (Documentation of a Spring 2011 Writing Residency)
A further Miscellaneous gathering of links to online material is here.
Recent Cross Arts & Collaborative Work:
Orchard (December 2011): Commission to create The Apple Sequence, a collection of texts written around the subject of orchards and apples for a publication coinciding with the launch of Neville Gabie’s Orchard, a Nottingham City Council / Contemporary Art Society project involving the reintroduction of over 100 heritage variety apple trees to the area around Sneinton’s traditional food Market.
Write Here at Nottingham Contemporary: Writing residency incorporating a mix of open and community workshops based at Nottingham Contemporary during the Jack Goldstein, Anne Collier and John Newling exhibitions between January and March 2011. Supported by Writing East Midlands.
Reading Genet/Writing As Curating: Six linked sessions running during Marc Camille Chaimowicz’s Jean Genet exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary during the summer of 2011. Three discussions were hosted – looking at key Genet texts (Alberto Giacometti’s Studio, Four Hours At Chatila and The Blacks) followed by writing workshops led in collaboration with Alice Gale Feeny, looking at the relationships between these texts and selected works in the exhibition.
Decoding Monkey (Nottingham Contemporary): Illustrated talk on the history and international spread of Wu Ch’en’s Buddhist novel ‘Journey To The West’ as part of the public programme around exhibitions by Huang Yong Ping and Wael Shawky during May/June 2011. (Available to view on iTunes here).
The Bookmark Project: Commission to create a work merging text and visuals for insertion into a specified volume in the Study library at Nottingham Contemporary. Curated by Yelena Popova (April 2011).