Clinic for Breakfast.
Clinic have been receiving some well deserved hype in South East London for a while: this is because they have created something very different from the norm. Anyone who has left the comfort of their living room on a Saturday night is fully aware that there have been a hideous amount of dull nights springing up; consisting of a handful of friends djing and vast amount of kids taking photos of other kids. Yet a Clinic night feature none of these- their nights consists of zine/poetry workshops, a handful of live acts and some incredible poetry, always set in a well curated space; which amalgamate to an unexplainable atmosphere that can’t be captured on any DSLR. I recently had the pleasure of catching up with the collective for breakfast.
So what’s the story behind Clinic?
We started out just wanting to workshop our own poetry in a healthy environment, then we started to read to an audience, and luckily, people enjoyed listening to us. We soon realized that the poetry we read and wrote could be combined with the music we listened to and the art we liked and we wanted to bring it to the attention of as many people as possible. We had to travel far for all the gigs and readings we really enjoyed, so we’ve just tried to bring it to the South East. It’s made us discover more artists and writers and musicians, bring attention to people who deserve it.
Poetry seems to be the thing that is binding you as group; do you produce work as a collective?
We made a zine last year that was a combination of Sean’s illustration work and our poetry, but we never really sit down and write together. Saying that, we have a big influence on each others’ work. We workshop our poetry with each other and Sam and Andy are always the first people to see my poetry, as I am with their work.
One of the things that set you aside from other collectives is that you also run poetry and zine Workshops, what do these entail?
We started the poetry workshop a long time ago, and it basically consists of a group of about 7 of us, sitting in a pub, reading and commenting on each other’s poetry, getting steadily and comfortably drunk under the watchful eye of Millwall fans. It’s a really good environment for improving work, especially as Jack Underwood, one of the new Faber poets, leads the workshops and is incredibly patient and respectful of our work. The Zine workshops have the same level of creativity. People bring materials to collage and everyone sits and drinks and creates, the atmosphere is always creative and intimate, that’s something we want to retain.
Do you have anything in the pipeline at the moment and what are your long term plans?
We’ll be having more zine workshops, carrying on with the poetry workshops, getting as many people as involved as possible, holding smaller events, holding larger events, collaborating. Everything. We’re also in the process of making our first anthology of all the best stuff so far and there will be a launch for this – but we’re quite a way off at the moment.
photo & words Robert Felix.