Book Arts

An exhibition hosted by Bower Ashton Library, Bristol, UK

Paul Hawkins aka Bob Modem

Tues 1st February – Tues 1st March 2022*

Paul Hawkins aka Bob Modem:

• works mainly in poetry, visual art, performance & publishing, co-running Hesterglock Press with poet and artist Sarer Scotthorne
• facilitates poetry/visual poetry workshops
• is currently Writer in Residence at Knowle West Media Centre / Working Class Writers Festival
• is a recovering drug addict
• is based at Eachwhat Industries in Bristol, a studio, event & exhibition space. Selected by Gary Topp, Executive Director of the Arnolfini, Bristol, EW Studio is made possible by Hypha Studios, a charity that matches artists with empty spaces
• has close connections to the Poem Brut movement
• has a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder
• is the author of 12 collections of poetry & visual poetry, some of which are collaborative
• performs/exhibits throughout the UK & Europe
• co-runs Staying Alive; Surviving Suicide & Self-Harm training for support workers across the South West
• regularly asks himself what is an artist for?

Some people have said these things about his work:

“Go Sift Omen sorts God’s Gift to Women through a sieve, sifts each poem through a strainer and like seashells ground to grains of sand, finds new sensations. New fires & phrases alight the pages with the glint of pirate treasure exposed by the surf” – Derek Beaulieu

“EACHWHAT is a lively collection of whats that each. ‘To each’ is a verb that refers to an act that distinguishes this from many thats” – Rosaire Appel

“Despite its asemic and arhythmic visuality, these pages bang semantic bin lids on quasi-utopian semiotic pavements with titles like ‘be a potential parasite in the clean capitalist body’ and ’official secrecy is the occult reality’ and ‘their happy threats rust’. Hear here” – Kimberly Campanello

“If you want to know what this book is like, try staying up for 48 hours straight then taking a dawn ride in an unlicensed minicab with a can of Red Bull and The Faust Tapes on repeat. Better still, just read it” – Tom Jenks

“Intrigue, incision and intricacy – Hawkins’ controlled and lickety- split ‘Lou Ham’ makes a ticker tape parade of the cut-up technique” – Eley Williams

”Picture Sesame Street as reimagined by Guy Debord and the set designers for Apocalypse Now” – Minor Literature(s)

For more information on Paul Hawkins aka Bob Modem visit: Eachwhat Industries at or Hesterglock Press at

*Due to social distancing measures we cannot currently welcome external visitors. We will be sharing the books with the public online via UWE Bristol Library’s Twitter feed. Up to date info can be found here.

UWE Bristol, City Campus at Bower Ashton, Kennel Lodge Road, Bristol BS3 2JT.