Edmund Hardy / Namida Red is a writer and filmmaker of mixed Japanese-British heritage. His films — the most recent being ‘A Field of Islands’ (2020), ‘Nine Poems’ (2021) and ‘Red Moon Journey’ (2021) — combine animation, documentary, and dream-like narrative. His experimental films focus on the idea of ‘negative worlds’ – moments of queer communal life, play and performance which bring to light diverse searches for another world. He is currently completing a feature length film called ‘Negative Worlds’.
Edmund Hardy’s poetry is focused on voices within the self and echo, pop song, queerness and how being mixed race plays out in lyric language. His debut collection Every Cruel Thing was published by Monitor Books in 2021. He has also written about poetry and politics for Jacobin and Tribune magazines, and his academic research focuses on language, race and capitalism. He has published a book of experimental philology, Complex Crosses (Contraband Books, 2014).
Other projects include collaborating on podcasts about politics and poetry; queerness and sci fi; a cinema night; and a small press.