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Words in Pictures: Joe Dunthorne

The irreverent poet and novelist from Swansea takes performance poetry to a higher level.


Some comic relief from Words in Pictures: Joe Dunthorne, the unassuming-yet-quietly-successful young poet and novelist, created some excitement in 2008 when Penguin published his debut novel Submarine, to great critical acclaim.

Despite comparisons to Salinger, and the fact that Submarine is being made into a film starring Paddy Considine and Sally Hawkins, Dunthorne is still an active member of the London poetry scene, co-running "Homework", a night of "literary miscellany" that runs in East London at the Bethnal Green Workingmen's Club.

Dunthorne writes about this series of events on his website: "It got its name because the idea is that, for every show, all the performers must do their homework, which means writing a new piece of work for each event. It started as a way to force us to produce more poems, but now we are in thrall to its dark chemistry." This video is a performance from "Homework", and shows off Joe's rapping abilities.

But Dunthorne is not just a performance poet: his first collection of poetry, number five in the "New Poets" sequence, will be published by Faber on 6th May 2010.

The film version of Submarine is being produced by Warp Films, directed by Richard Ayoade, and is due to be released in early 2011. In the meantime you can watch this video.

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