Hesterglock Press (December, 2019)

To buy the book, please visit the Hesteglock website.

ISBN 978-0-46-449910-7

A5 Size

20 printed colour pages

Price – £9.00

Launched: 5 December 2019

Blockplay was launched in a poetry evening themed around childhood games. It featured interactive poems at the Poetry Society's Cafe and a limited pop-up exhibition at the Cafe's basement featuring contemporary UK-based poets. The event also featured brand new performances created for the night from Russell Bennets & Colin Raff, Sarah Cave, Patrick Cosgrove, JD Howse, L.Kiew & Mike Weston, James Knight, Yvonne Litschel, Stephen
Mooney, Simon Tyrrell, Nick Murray, Luke Thompson,
Konstantinos Papacharalampos, Michał Kamil
Piotrowski & Astra Papachristodoulou. 

About the book:

This commemorative book was produced to mark a Jenga poem commission by The Poetry Society that was created for the visitors of The Poetry Café. This commission was launched in an Object Poetry Game Night on the 5th December 2019 at The Poetry Café, London. Many thanks to Suzanne Posthumus for making this happen. With thanks to Cathy Rozel Farnworth, host of the Roger and Laura Farnworth Arts Residency in partnership with the Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival

'A new poetry for the ludic, Blockplay merges familiar shapes with the scribbled word in a Steinian fashion, releasing the association with play from its domestic constraints and rendering it sensual, uncanny.’ 

- Nadia de Vries

'Blockplay is an experiment in mindful semiotics, a retelling of babylonian towers, and a manual to destruction as play. a mischievous and exhilarating book bridging the gaps between the visual and the literary, it represents a bold take on what poetry can be. if meaning is mortar it will get in your eyes; the reader must remain playful to stay clear.’

- Vilde Valerie Bjarke Torset    


'In Blockplay, Astra Papachristodoulou returns poetry to its ludic, innocent origins. The books reminds us that words are shapes that can fit together in any combination; or, shapes take place of words, constructing a teetering

language that might collapse into laughter any moment.

Handwritten words wobble on the page. Some get crossed out: the game is playing. The reader, delighted, plays along, adding and subtracting, building and demolishing meaning.'

- James Knight