WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.
What is ANNOYING me this week?
The promotion of trivia.
What is DELIGHTING me this week?
The buzz and the anticipation.
Learn to sing like a star – Kristin Hersch.
SOME OF MY DOINGS.
Last week turned out to be busier than expected as several projects were given the green light and so the serious planning got underway.
The second phase of the Polesworth Poets trail was approved and will see the trail extend from where the first phase finished on the canal up into Pooley country park.
The first phase saw ten new contemporary poems displayed on sculptures throughout the town and was completed at the end of 2009. The poems eight of which were the result of a national competition and two which were special commissions have already attracted new visitors to Polesworth. The original plan was always to take the trail up into Pooley country park, thus linking Polesworth Abbey to the Mining Heritage at Pooley.
Phase two will establish ten further poems which will be selected from poems created as part of four workshops I am running in February and March. These workshops will explore ten themes, including Coal, Nature, Navigation, Motorways and Heritage. Poets attending these workshops will be able to able to experience the environment and talk to local experts on the themes, from which they will be encouraged to develop new contemporary poetry.
The workshop are all planned in terms of content and have been since before last Christmas, so the activities are around arranging dates, locations and the local experts. See Coming Soon Doings for more information.
The second project that got the green light was the First Polesworth International Poetry Film Festival, as I was able to confirm the facilities and some dates, I am planning this for the Fizz in November.
The other aspect of this, to truly call it an international film festival, was the permission to show films from abroad. I received news this week from a Los Angeles based film director who gave his permission to show his poetry film, which was originally shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008. I will give you more details nearer the time.
I already have permission to use films from John Siddique, Sarah James and hopefully some others that are currently in discussion. Not to forget of course my own films of which Yell! will be included and hopefully some other films that I am planning to work on during the summer with poets who have approached me with film ideas.
I am never the less, CALLING for FLIMS – They should be no longer than 10 minutes and relate to the theme of a poem. Please email me if you think you have a film we can include in this showcase of the best contemporary poetry films and we can discuss it. Email email@example.com
This week sees the monthly Night Blue Fruit Poetry evening at the Tin Angel in Coventry on Tuesday and The Mad Hatters Writers in Atherstone on Wednesday followed by the Runway writers in Burton on Thursday.
COMING SOON DOINGS
Polesworth Poets Trail Workshops.
Another chance for Poets to get their poems on the Poets Trail.
Polesworth Poets Trail is moving forward to complete the trail with the creation of a further TEN POEMS to be displayed along the canal and up into Pooley Country Park.
The POEMS will be selected from the works created as part of these workshops, which will explore themes around Coal, Nature, Navigation, Motorways and Heritage.
There will be four workshops are planned the following dates from 11am – 4pm
Sat 26th Feb – Sat 12th March – Sat 19th March – Sat 26th March in Polesworth and Pooley. These are subject to final confirmation.
The workshops are FREE and open to everyone over the age of 16, who wish to develop their poetic style and be considered for inclusion on this award winning poetry trail.
Attending these workshops will be the ONLY WAY to be considered for inclusion on this phase of the trail. So don’t miss your opportunity to be included on this internationally recognised poetry trail.
Email me if you are interested in attending firstname.lastname@example.org
The next FIZZ is number 6 when we will have the Lichfield Poets reading from their latest anthology Battle Lines – on Tuesday 22nd March at 7:30pm at Polesworth Abbey.