A. A. Walker gives a live performance of ‘Licentia’ with theremin and harp loops played by multi-instrumentalist, Ozlem Simsek. They are joined by guest, Susana Medina, author of ‘Philosophical Toys’, published by Dalkey Archive Press.
‘Licentia’ is a beguiling, haunting, erotic prose-poem, an ‘artefact of desire’ published by Thin Man Press. The theatrical and musical live performance gives the audience the poetic licence to take a psychedelic frolic through altered states and parallel realities, and immerse themselves in the wayward dreams and desires of characters and scenes from the fragmented narrative of ‘Licentia’.
Licentia – A. A. Walker
‘Imagination unbound, Licentia is the enemy of conformity. Read and be free. As intoxicating as a thousand years of incense and poppies; A. A. Walker has fulfilled the poet’s eternal calling.’ — Nina Antonia, music writer, author, ‘The New York Dolls – Too Much Too Soon’
‘I read Licentia as a poetic novel — A literary experiment in time and story. A. A. Walker has dexterously met the exciting challenge of expressing the inexpressible.’ — Thachom Poyil Rajeevan, poet, novelist, literary reviewer for ‘The Hindu’
Philosophical Toys – Susana Medina
‘A prose both spare and lush, a commendable tension about the enterprise.’ – Will Self
‘A shockingly beautiful innovative voice in which the sublime and laughter are perfectly matched.’ – Andrew Gallix
About the Performers
Written works by A. A. Walker have appeared in literary magazines and websites such as Great Works, Cauldron and Net, Muse Apprentice Guild, Prakalpana Literature, Carnivorous Arpeggio, Sidereality, and Plinth. He has produced literary and theatrical events and radio plays, and performed in independent films, TV shows, commercials and touring theatre productions.
Multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer, Ozlem Simsek, performed in opera and musicals from age 11. She studied harp at Istanbul University State Conservatory, sang in successful Turkish band, Tamburada, and worked as voiceover artist for TV and radio. Ozlem creates music for short film and animation and has collaborated with numerous artists, dancers and performance artists, including Fiona Banner and Viv Albertine.
Susana Medina is the author of Philosophical Toys, offspring of which are the short films Buñuel’s Philosophical Toys and Leather-bound Stories. Other books include Red Tales Cuentos Rojos (bilingual ed.)and Souvenirs del Accidente. She has been awarded the Max Aub Short Story International Prize, a Writing Grant from the Arts Council of England and ‘Poem 66,’ translated by R. Marteau, was the runner-up in Good Morning Menagerie Translation Contest and will be published in a bilingual ed. by the USA press in 2017.