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The Punch and Pooty Show by Claire Potter

As part of HECKLE, Claire Potter has contributed a piece of new writing to both the publication for the weekend, as well as for FeltActs online. The Punch and Pooty Show draws on an audience outburst during the premier of a new show by the same name in the final chapter of Russell Hoban’s post nuclear fiction Riddley Walker; a book in which language exists as a pockmarked return to an oral state and socio-historical narrative is prescribed by a ministerial puppet show.


Claire Potter is an artist and writer from Merseyside working with text, live performance and audio recordings. Based in literary poetics, performance art and psychology of self, Claire’s work investigates the proximity of writing to performance with a specific interest in narratology, pragmatics and trauma theory. In 2014 Claire organised Shady Dealings With Language, an interdisciplinary event series exploring the intersection of art writing and performance in Leeds, London, Manchester and Edinburgh. Her first book Mental Furniture (VerySmallKitchen, 2014) is an experimental fiction that examines the relation of trauma to language. A second book relating to crime articles from the Manchester Evening News will be published with Stranger Press later this year. clairepotter.net

Image credits: http://riddley-walker.narod.ru/Book/RussellHoban-RiddleyWalker.html