Sheep Walk Cut, Barque Press, 2003.
The Bench Graft, Barque Press, 2004
Stuart Calton was born in Wisbech, Cambs in 1977. He lives in Stockport, Greater Manchester in a little flat with his constructivist girlfriend. He is a call-centre worker and a member of the Socialist Workers' Party (UK) and UNITE.
He has published four small volumes of poetry so far. These are Sheep Walk Cut (Barque Press, 2003), The Bench Graft (Barque Press, 2004), United Snap Up (self-published through Fenland Hi-Brow Press, 2004, now out of print), and The Corn Mother (Barque Press, 2006), a cycle of matricidal poems. The first two Barque books were reviewed by Robert Potts in the Guardian.
His first book, "Sheep Walk Cut" is a sequence of 15 poems which attempts to plot its way through the 100 years of Highland clearance which began in the mid-18th century. "The Bench Graft" is an impressionistic and angular review of the disgusting history of British Parliamentary Democracy.
In addition to his vital social role as a poet, Stuart Calton also works as a musician under the name T.H.F. Drenching. In this guise he has procuded many albums of musique concrète and free improvisation. Originally released on Fenland Hi-Brow Recordings, many of these have now been made available for free download on Free Music Archive (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/THF_Drenching/). He was half of the free improvisation duo Pleasure-Drenching Improvers which featured Drenching on Dictaphone and Pleasure on bricks. He was one fifth of Derek Bailey's last band, Limescale, whose eponymous debut album was voted the "best improvised record of 2003" by the staff at The Wire magazine. He was one third of Beck-Drenching-Pleasure, who released the album "A Low Carbonation" on Discus Records.
Drenching is currently completing a new album of musique concrete entitled "Whole-Head Spring Finch" which spins his Messiaen obsession into an elaborate web of metal percussion and whistling.
Other material by Stuart Calton:
"A Letter to Marianne Morris on COCTEAU TURQUOISE TURNING" in Quid 15.
"Sex Wrecks: A Review of Keston Sutherland's THE RICTUS FLAG" in The Gig 15.(http://www.ndorward.com/poetry/magazines/gig15.htm)
(not officially available online, but posted under "discussions", along with an unpublished review of Sutherland's "Neocosis", on facebook at the utterly reprehensible fan-group "Keston Sutherland: Better Than Crack" (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=6253172127&ref=ts)
A video of Calton reading at The Other Room, August 2008
A video of Calton reading at Oxjam, October 2009
Some readings available on Archive of the Now
Reviews of Calton's work:
Jennifer Cooke, "Shopping Around: Stuart Calton's United Snap Up".(available here: http://www.barquepress.com/quid.html)
Robert Potts, "A Slice Of Scottish History" in the Guardian, 27th November 2004. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2004/nov/27/featuresreviews.guardianreview11)
Dr & Mrs Overwhelmingly Blister, A review of an early draft of "A Crock Reverie" at On Company Time.
Abena Sutherland, ""a brackish ring / for you": Stuart Calton's The Corn Mother" at Intercapillary Space.(http://intercapillaryspace.blogspot.com/2008/06/brackish-ring-for-you-stuart-caltons.html)
Material by THF Drenching:
A whole massive bunch of THF Drenching material at Free Music Archive.
A short review of "A Low Carbonation" by Beck-Drenching-Pleasure at modisti, (with an mp3 excerpt to listen to).
Review of "Limescale" by Ken Waxman at jazz Weekly.
Review of "Limescale" by Kurt Gottschalk at The Squid's Ear.
THF Drenching's tribute to Derek Bailey in the Wire, February 2006.
THF Drenching's myspace page
last updated April 22, 2010