WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.
What is ANNOYING me this week?
Companies who think my life can’t go on without me using their products.
What is DELIGHTING me this week?
My new Jacket in the Sgt Pepper style, bright Red with blue trim.
“The Above Ground Sound” of Jake Holmes.
SOME OF MY DOINGS.
This week is a busy week, with The Fizz on Tuesday, Mad Hatters Writers on Wednesday, The Runaway Writers on Thursday and Gary Carr’s excellent Spoken Worlds in Burton on Friday. More of which I am sure will be in next weeks blog.
Over the weekend, I finally managed to get my poetry film YELL! loaded up to YouTube – you can find it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3G3ErCV9V8 or follow the link from my Film Projects page on my website www.maldewhirst.com.
The film which takes as its subject the crop oilseed rape, reflects on it’s brilliance during May with everything to do with Yellow and its awkwardness come June when the flowers die off and the pods are revealed. It was filmed last year in the fields around where I live on the borders of Staffordshire and Warwickshire and used the poem Yell! recited in the film, as its story board.
My son Jimi, created the music for the film, which draws an audio atmosphere of brightness followed by disappointment. I am really pleased with his interpretation, which he pulled together from listening to my thoughts and viewing the film, to create his soundscape that really compliments the images and the poem.
Yell! was premiered at the Alrewas Film Festival, which is run by Peter Ralley. Peter has made a fantastic film on the History of the Polesworth Abbey Gatehouse, involving lots of local people dressing up and re-enacting scenes from Abbey life, in which I got to play John Donne, somewhat stumbling over his words, but then again who is to say that he didn’t splutter and stumble a bit. I had the honour of writing the script and learnt such a lot about film making from Peter to whom I am extremely grateful. The end result is excellent and well worth going to see if you are in the Polesworth area.
Yell! was also shown at The Cork Poetry Film Festival which is run by my good friend Paul Casey. Paul has made a fantastic film based upon Ian Duhig’s poem the Lamas Hireling. Paul’s film is made up completely of still photographs, which were taken using the action mode on a digital camera and then sequenced during the edit. I still can’t work out how Paul not only captures the movement but also incorporates the camera panning across the landscape. It is a truly remarkable film that was shown at the Zebra Poetry film festival in Berlin last year. If you get a chance to see it then it really is something fantastic to experience.
Talking of Jimi and his music, he has been putting the finishing touches to my 50th Birthday present. He has created five ten minute pieces of music that reflect aspects of my life over the last fifty years, a sort of Bioconcerto, which he will render into one continuous track for the completed piece. I have already heard some of it and know the themes that he has chosen. It should be completed in the next couple of weeks and I can’t wait to listen to it in the car, where I listen to most of music these days.
It seems we are all blogging, well not all but some of my fellow writing friends have like me, started 2011 with a new blog. I have included a link to a fellow writer’s blog (see Friends Blogs). The Secret Writer, I won’t reveal her name as you can read her blog to get an understanding of why she is remaining anonymous. She is a really good friend and great writer. Someone worth following as she develops her novel.
I have also added in some of the blogs of other writing friends that I have been following for some time, those of Jo Bell, The Bell Jar, Matt Merritt, PolyOlbion and Jane Holland’s Raw Light.
COMING SOON DOINGS.
The Polesworth Poets trail phase 2 – The second phase of the trail is currently under discussion following the offer to produce the sculptures from a local organisation. This being the most expensive part of the trail development means that even in these hard financial times the second phase along the canal and up into Pooley Country park is a reality. I will be running some workshops that will see the creation of the next ten poems. I will keep you posted with progress and opportunities, photos and videos as the project progresses.
So watch this space.