‘BLOCKPLAY is an experiment in mindful semiotics, a retelling of babylonian towers, and a manual to destruction as play.’
- Vilda Valerie

Astra Papachristodoulou

13mm x 200mm colour paperback 2019
ISBN: 9780464499107
38 pages
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Dec 5: Blockplay launch - An Evening of Object Poetry at The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX from 7pm, free entry and featuring new solo and collaborative work by Russell Bennetts & Colin Raff, Patrick Cosgrove, JD Howse, L.Kiew & Mike Weston, James Knight, Yvonne Litschel, Stephen Mooney, Lizzy Turner, Nick Murray, Simon Tyrrell, Konstantinos Papacharalampos, Luke Thompson & Sarah Cave, Michał Kamil Piotrowski and Astra Papachristodoulou.

A Poem Atlas event themed around childhood games. Come and play with interactive poems at the Poetry Society's Cafe and see a limited pop-up exhibition at the Cafe's basement featuring a range of poets. The event will also feature brand new performances created for the night from some of UK's most exciting visual poets. Poem Atlas is an event series and network for individuals who are interested in object poetry and neo-futurist poetics, curated by poet & artist Astra Papachristodoulou. 

‘blockplay is an experiment in mindful semiotics, a retelling of babylonian towers, and a manual to destruction as play. a mischievous and exhilarating book bridging the gaps between the visual and the literary, it represents a bold take on what poetry can be. if meaning is mortar it will get in your eyes; the reader must remain playful to stay clear.’
- Vilde Valerie

‘A new poetry for the ludic, Blockplay merges familiar shapes with the scribbled word in a Steinian fashion, releasing the association with play from its domestic constraints and rendering it sensual, uncanny.’

- Nadia de Vries

This commemorative book will be produced to mark a Jenga poem commission by The Poetry Society that was created for the visitors of The Poetry Café. This commission will be launched in an Object Poetry Game Night on the 5th December 2019 at The Poetry Café, London. Many thanks to Suzanne Posthumus for making this happen. With thanks to Cathy Rozel Farnworth, host of the Roger and Laura Farnworth Arts Residency in partnership with the Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival

Astra Papachristodoulou is a recent graduate from the MA Creative Writing (Poetic Practice) at Royal Holloway with focus in experimental writing and the neo-futurist tradition across poetry, visual art and performance. She has read at poetry events including the Poem Brut project, the European Poetry Festival and The Enemies Project. Her poetry has appeared in small magazines and anthologies including The Tangerine, Eborakon Journal and 3:am Magazine. Astra currently delivers experimental poetry workshops at the University for the Creative Arts and freelances for the Poetry Society. Astra is a co-founder of the artist association group ProArtè, which has curated several art exhibitions across the UK. She won the Pebeo Mixed Media Art Prize in 2016, and her visual work has been showcased at contemporary art exhibitions including the National Poetry Library (Southbank Centre) and the Museum of Futures in London. Her published books include Almost a Nightmare (Sampson Low 2017), Songs from Astropolis (HVTN Press 2018), Clockwork (Ampersand Publishing 2018) & Almost a Dream (Sampson Low 2019).