WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.
What is ANNOYING me this week?
Not knowing what its best to tackle first.
What is DELIGHTING me this week?
The First of the Poets Trail Workshops
The Essential Mercury Rev
SOME OF MY DOINGS.
The film director, Deborah Hadfield, whose first feature, The Kindness of Strangers was a triumph at Cannes, and more recently at the International Filmmakers Festival in 2010, where she won best director. She is now promoting her new film “Sweetest Love” that she will be filming throughout the Summer.
I first met Deborah when she directed me in a very short film that was made in one hour. At 7:00pm we had no story, no script, no locations and a totally inexperienced crew. At 8:00pm we were watching the film, which was later edited into a one minute film. That was my first experience of working with film and it left me wanting more.
This all happened as part of workshop that Deborah ran for the Runaway Writers in Burton-on-Trent a couple of years ago.
Sweetest Love, which she describes as 3 Lovers 2 Choices 1 Secret, will be filming on locations in Rome, Florence, Umbria, Staffordshire and Derbyshire. Deborah is offering a unique opportunity for film buffs to be in on the production through her facebook page and website, where she will be posting news, pictures, videos and behind the scenes gossip as they shoot through the summer, it is a great chance to see the film develop before you go and see the finished result.
Deborah’s facebook page can be found at:
Her website is at:
I said in my last blog that “All Poetic Roads Lead Back to Polesworth” and Deborah’s film is no exception as it uses John Donne’s poem “Sweetest love, I do not go” as key part of the plot. Donne was one of the Polesworth circle along with Michael Drayton and Ben Jonson. I will be watching with interest.
My delight of the week is the Poets Trail workshops, which kicked off on Saturday with a classroom based workshop, which looked the existing poetry trail poems, followed by looking at poetic styles and devices and finished with looking at the different characters that make up a landscape.
Sixteen poets attended all enthused by the opportunity to create new poems that seeks to explain the often unexplainable, the feeling you get when a landscape takes your breath away or gives you the sense of unease that makes you want to tear away, but at the same time stay and fathom it out. The Spirit of the Place – The Genius Loci.
The next workshop is in a couple of weeks when we will be out in the landscape of an ex-coal mine that is now redefining its borders with nature, whilst at the same time has to cope with the noise and fumes from the motorway that passes through the centre of the Country Park.
The M42 is raised above the site and floats on a bed of man laid gypsum like a noisy, self important celebrity, who is too busy to ponder on anything other than its own destination. It cannot be ignored and its purpose acts as a reminder that all is not tranquil with the world, even when you are wandering through a self healing space that provides a vision of a richer life.
On Sunday, I ventured out to a garden centre just outside of Atherstone to meet with Rach Flowers, to hand over the postcards for her activities on World Book Night. – Which is taking place next Saturday in Nuneaton, as I mentioned in my last blog.
Rach’s enthusiasm for books and reading is phenomenal and her ideas for creating a theatrical event with costumes and readings around the town will make an event that may see the people of Nuneaton engaging with poetry like they never have before.
I have a couple of friends who are poets from Nuneaton it would be great to see a few more. The thought of the sudden burst of random poetry readings, with the colour and drama of Rach’s street theatre should be more than enough to attract people into town.
COMING SOON DOINGS
I will be reading at the following events during March.
Night Blue Fruit – 1st March – Taylor Johns House – Coventry.
St Patrick’s Day Festivities – 16th March – Inspire Bar – Coventry.
Spoken Worlds – 18th March – Rangemore House – Burton-on-Trent.
The Fizz – 22nd March – Polesworth Abbey – Polesworth.