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Ghost Calls: Book Launch and Conversation with Helen Charman, So Mayer and Emma Talbot

Ghost Calls is a new book published as part Emma Talbot’s solo exhibition at DCA. It contains newly commissioned writing by Helen Charman and So Mayer, as well as a conversation between the artist and DCA’s Head of Exhibitions, Eoin Dara.  

Join us to celebrate the launch of the book with an evening of conversation, readings and screenings hosted by Eoin Dara. The evening will include a screening of Talbot's newest animation work, a reading by Charman of her new poem Worm-Talk, and a reading by Mayer of their new experimental text Listen to the State of Us, followed by a wider conversation and Q&A.   

Zoom details for the event will be emailed out on Monday 17 May. If you do not receive this email please contact us at

About the artist and writers:  

Emma Talbot studied at the Birmingham Institute of Art & Design and the Royal College of Art. She currently holds the post of Tutor in Painting at the Royal College of Art’s School of Arts and Humanities. Her work has previously been exhibited at Eastside Projects, Birmingham; Arcadia Missa, New York; GEM Kunstmuseum, The Hague; Turner Contemporary, Margate; Drawing Room, London, The Freud Museum; London; Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam; Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen and Tate St. Ives, Cornwall. In March 2020 she was awarded the 8th Max Mara Art Prize for Women in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery London and Collezione Maramotti Italy, and through this award is working towards a solo exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in 2022.  

Helen Charman is a writer and academic based in Glasgow. Her second pamphlet, Daddy Poem, was shortlisted for the 2019 Ivan Juritz Prize; her latest, In the Pleasure Dairy, is published by Sad Press. Her first nonfiction book, Mother State - a political history of motherhood - is forthcoming from Allen Lane. She teaches English Literature at Durham University, and is an associate member of staff at Camberwell College of Arts and the Glasgow School of Art. As resident commissioning editor at MAP magazine, she is running the year-long TENANCY project.  

So Mayer is a writer, bookseller, film curator, and organiser. In 2020, they published A Nazi Word for a Nazi Thing (Peninsula Press), an essay on art, bodies and fascism. Their other books include film criticism such as Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema (IB Tauris, 2015) and poetry such as jacked a kaddish (Litmus Publishing, 2018), as well as contributions to anthologies such as Spells: 21st Century Occult Poetry (Ignota, 2018), At the Pond (Daunt, 2019) and On Relationships (3 of Cups, 2020). So works with queer feminist film curation collective Club des Femmes, and is a founder of Raising Films, a campaign and community for parents & carers in the UK screen sector.