Tuesday 30.4 at 4pm at Arkadia: ‘What I did for a month in Sysmä: prose and poetry by Richard O’Brien’

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Dear friend of Arkadia,

You are invited to ‘What I did for a month in Sysmä: prose and poetry by Richard O’Brien’ on Tuesday 30.4 at 4pm at Arkadia (Nervanderinkatu 11)


At Arkadia Richard O’Brien will read from his poems – some previously published, some brand new – and discuss how the concept of ‘creative
isolation’ really works in practice. He’ll also share prose extracts from the result, a work-in-progress currently entitled Wayback‘.

You are all very welcome.

Warm regards,


Entrance is free but a donation of €3 (or more!) to fund the event is suggested and would be most welcome.

Richard O’Brien

Richard O’Brien
is a British poet whose work features in the 2011 Salt Anthology of Younger Poets. A former winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, his first pamphlet your own devices came out in 2009, and he is working toward a second. For the last month he has been living in Sysmä, working on a novel at the Villa Sarkia young writers’ residency


is a historical novel about the present, and the story of Darren Crystal’s digital afterlife. In 2012, Darren works as an intern in the Hapscombe Collection, a London museum staging an exhibition on medieval knights: ‘Flowers of Chivalry’. In his spare time, he complains in a little-read blog about his petty frustrations and romantic failures. What Darren doesn’t know is that the terms of his contract allow the Collection, in the event of his death, to access and archive his entire online existence. Then Darren dies, and the world keeps turning.

At an indeterminate point in the future, the museum assembles a new exhibition on the life and times of Darren Crystal, the modern world’s worst ambassador. ‘Wayback‘ is a false biography, a mock exhibition guide, and one response to a question we should all be asking – you can clear your cookies. You can close your profile. But is it ever truly possible to delete your history?