John Hall: essays

Some articles can be accessed on the web. You will see the links. See the Links page for publishers' websites. Earliest essays are listed first in each of the three categories.


'Writing and Not Writing-', in Poets on Writing, Britain 1970-1991, ed. Denise Riley (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1991) pp. 41-49

'Sentenced to' in Performance Research Vol 1, No 1 (Spring 1996) pp. 98-102

'Performed through', in Performance Research Vol 2, No 1, (Spring 1997) pp. 68-72

'Missing persons: personal pronouns in performance writing', in Performance Research Vol 3, No 1 (Spring 1998) pp. 87-90

'Eluded Readings: trying to tell stories about reading some recent poems', in The Gig 15 (September 2003) pp.35-54 (Given as paper at Birkbeck University of London)

'Falling towards each other: occasions of elegy', in The Paper, Issue 5 (October 2002) pp. 36-46; republished in Necessary Steps: poetry, elegy, walking, spirit ed. David Kennedy (Exeter: Shearsman, 2007) , pp. 37-48.

Time-play-space: playing up the visual in writing', in Pores Issue 3: An Avant-gardist Journal of Poetics Research (March 2004)

'Reading (Illegible) Pages', in 'On the Page' issue of Performance Research Journal, Vol 9, No 2 (June 2004), pp. 15-23

'Reading a Polished Page', in 'On the Page' issue of Performance Research Journal, Vol 9, No 2, p.92 (June 2004) and in Performance Research / Liquid Press DVD supplement to this issue

'As a', a contribution after the event to a Forum on Women Writers, in Readings 2 (eds. Piers Hugill, Aodhán McCardle, & Stephen Mooney), 2005

'Performance Writing'; entry in 'A Lexicon' issue of Performance Research Vol 11, No 3, (September 2006), pp. 89-91.

‘Five minutes on Poetry and Public Language, the topic and the book so named’, in Part 1: Poetry and Public Language feature (ed. Tony Lopez), Pores 5, ed. Will Rowe, 2008

'Do Not Ignore: Order-words in domestic and public spaces' in Etysis 3 (Helsinki), pp. 8-13, September 2010
Included in Certain Prose of the English Intelligencer, edited by Neil Pattison, Reitha Pattison and Luke Roberts (Cambridge: Mountain Press, 2012)
'Foot, mouth and ear: some thoughts on prosody and performance' in 'On Foot' issue of Performance Research Journal, Vol 17, No 2 (April 2012), pp. 36-41



'These lines are to remember John Riley', in For John Riley (Wirksworth and Leeds: Grosseteste, 1979) pp. 70-75

Two articles on Peter Riley: 'On Lines on the Liver and Tracks and Mineshafts and two essays' and 'Before you fall', in The Poetry of Peter Riley (ed. Nate Dorward), The Gig 4/5 (2000), pp. 35-46

'John Riley, poet', in Tears in the Fence No 20 (Spring 1998) pp. 62-68

'Some things I wanted to say about Doug', in A meeting for Douglas Oliver (ed. Wendy Mulford and Peter Riley, Cambridge et al: infernal methods, Street Editions and Poetical Histories, 2002) pp. 10-13

'Ventriloquising Against Harm', an extended review of Douglas Oliver's Whisper 'Louise' , in Jacket 30, October 2006 (from March 2006).

'Terms of Engagement in F.T. Prince', in PNReview Vol 29, No 1 (2002) pp. 36-38

'Dress and Address: "John James" in John James', in Salt Companion to John James (ed. Simon Perril) Great Wilbraham: Salt Publishing, 2006)

'Karen Mac Cormack's Implexures: an implicated reading', in an as yet untitled forthcoming publication on 'experimental Canadian women poets', (ed. Nate Dorward), Willowdale, Canada: The Gig, 2006)

'Punishment Routines' in For J.H. Prynne: In Celebration 24th June 2006 published as Quid 17 (ed. Keston Sutherland) Falmer, 2006 pp. 60-63

'Reading J.H. Prynne’s ‘Acquisition of Love’ and anticipating ‘Blue Slides at Rest’, Readings 3 (eds. Piers Hugill, Aodhán McCardle, & Stephen Mooney), 2008

'Beginning to read Alice Notley's In the Pines', in Constellation: Alice Notley curated by Carol Watts and Edmund Hardy, Intercapillary/Space, 2008

Julian Hall and The Senior Commoner’, Faber Finds website, 2009

‘An Afterword’, in David Prior, Black Water Brown Water, Totnes: Acts of Language, 2009

So you don’t tell all your meaning: two poems by Douglas Oliver’, in Cambridge Literary Review, Vol 1 No 1 (Cambridge), pp. 178-188, 2009

‘Dress and Address: “John James” in John James’, in Simon Perril (ed.), Salt Companion to John James (Great Wilbraham, Cambridge: Salt Publishing), pp. 11-29, 2010

'Making it new out of old hat: the words in Lone Twin', chapter in Good Luck Everybody: Lone Twin - Journeys, Performances, Conversations edited by David Williams and Carl Lavery (Aberystwyth: Performance Research Books) 2011), pp. 211-219



'Interdisciplinarity: disciplines and arts practice', in Proceedings of CONCEPTS Conference, Oporto, April 1995

'Issues for discipline and context: designing a taught postgraduate programme in performance practices', in Conference Proceedings: Further and Continuing Education of performing artists in the Nordic Countries - a Nordic Task (Videre og affernddanneelse for scenekunstere I Nordern) Oslo: Norway, 12th - 14th November 1999, pp.77-85

Review of The Anxiety of Interdisciplinarity (ed. Alex Coles and Alexia Defert), in Performance Research Vol 4, No 3 (Winter 1999), pp. 103 -106

(with Simon Murray) 'Arts for what, for where, for whom? Fragmentary reflections on Dartington College of Arts, 1961 - 2010.' Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, Vol 2, No 1 (London: Routledge), pp. 54-71. View or Download.