MCH | BLANK

Official website for Mark C. Hewitt & Blank Productions

Writing for the page and other media
poetry / prose poetry / short prose / articles / blogs


COLLECTION IN DEVELOPMENT


Scrublands
(2020)
A first full collection of works for the page. Scrublands consists of four sequences of poetry / prose poetry with one more still in development. Poet Mimi Khalvati has said of the collection: "Each sequence is highly distinctive and adventurous in its form but they all cohere almost as if part of a book-length quest or spiritual pilgrimage. Though pitched in that liminal space between life and death, in a kind of purgatory, and haunted by existential angst, Mark C. Hewitt’s poetry is firmly grounded in contemporary experience and enlivened by delightful wit and humour. Powerful emotion is always held in check by a pragmatic, almost macabre cheerfulness – a ‘best get on with it’ approach to life."


VIDEO / FILMPOEMS

2020.
Les Coffrets
A poem sequence developed as a collection of enigmatic black and white micro-videos in collaboration with artist Matt Parsons. Texts are voiced by actors, including Melissa Sirol (France), Vanessa Labrie (Canada), John Cormack (Ireland), Jonathan Cullen, Richard Attlee and Isabella McCarthy Sommerville (UK), with just a couple voiced by the author. They can be seen online at
vimeo.com/mchblank


ONLINE EXHIBITIONS / FILM FESTIVALS

October/November 2020.
Under the Floorboards online international visual arts festival showed 'Apprenticeship' from the sequence Les Coffrets.

October 2020.
Personal Space. Online exhibition of international performance art, curated by Surface Gallery, Nottingham. A sequence of nine impromptu videos from the poem sequence, Scrublands, filmed on a mobile phone while lying in bed during the early days of the Covid-19 lockdown in April 2020.


LITERARY/ART MAGAZINES / ANTHOLOGIES

2012. Poems from the Old Hill (The Frogmore Press, anthology) - 'Old Man River' (prose poem)
2011. Pumpkin Grumpkin (Walker Books, nonsense anthology for children, edited by John Agard & Grace Nichols) - 'Spring Song' (verse)
2009. Vacuum (Brighton art mag, Issue 5) - 'Adobe' (short prose)
1998. The Entertainers (LLL Publications, anthology) - 'Purgations', 'Old Man River' (poetry)
1990. IRON (Issue 62) - four aphorisms
1989. Margin (Issue no.10) - aphorism
1989. TAK TAK TAK - aphorism


ARTICLES & BLOGS

Published articles

2017. "Should I stay or should I go?" - Arts Professional (online)
2014. “A Dream Fund” - Arts Professional (online)
2013. "Pointing the Right Way" - Arts Professional (online)
2008. ”Artists Don’t Bite” - A-N (Artists’ Newsletter) (2008)
2007. “Directing Live Literature” - National Association of Literature Development (website article)
2005. “Taking up Residence” - Arts Professional, issue 104 (2005)
2003. “Architexts” - Art & Architecture No.58 (2003)


Blogs


2013.
"Blogs from The Lost Room" - The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, Canterbury (2013)