WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.
What is ANNOYING me this week?
Water pumps that don’t pump.
What is DELIGHTING me this week?
My favourite Cola based drink – Can’s 4 for £1 instead of 60p each elsewhere.
Argus – Wishbone Ash
SOME OF MY DOINGS.
It is World Book Day on March 3rd,when hundreds of copies of books will be given away by volunteers who have a passion for books and want to get more people reading, or a least reading something that they would not normally read.
To mark this occasion and to ensure a wide range of people (some might not be in town on Thursday) can receive free books, Rach Flowers in Nuneaton, Warwickshire is presenting World Book Night on March 5th. She informs me that she and a friend are performing a double act and want to have fun as well as enthuse people to love books and reading as much as they do. This event is in conjunction with Waterstones and Nuneaton Town management who are supporting the event.
Rach will be giving away about one hundred copies of Seamus Heaney’s New selected Poems and asked if I have any information cards about the Polesworth Poets Trail, which I am only to glad to provide as she will give them out with every copy of the book.
Seamus Heaney’s New Selected poems – was originally published by Faber and Faber in 1990 and covers his work from 1966 to 1987, including selections from the first seven collections of his poetry, which features the Whitbread prize wining The Haw Lantern (1987). This collection demonstrates Heaney’s word plays and use of adjectives to explore the world, ourselves and our emotions “Close up”. His poetry has the richness and bountiful dimension that comes from a poet who lives life. John Carey said of Heaney. ‘More than any other poet since Wordsworth he can make us understand that the outside world is not outside, but what we are made of.’ He has also been described as the most important Irish poet since W.B Yeats.
John Carey is literary critic and writer who has written books on John Donne, so there is always a link back to Polesworth.
Are we seeing a trend here, when it comes to Poetry, All roads lead back to Polesworth.
Rach has set up a Facebook group Double Booked, where she hopes the creative talent of North Warwickshire will join up to talk literature and poetry.
I wish Rach and her friend all the best with this promotion and if you are in the area of Waterstone’s in Nuneaton on the 5th March then do go and say hello and pick up a copy of Seamus Heaney’s book and details on how to visit the poetry trail. Maybe you will be enticed to come and read at the Fizz – poetry and spoken word evenings.
This is one of many Book Giveaway events that are taking place as part of World Book Day – so look out for one near you.
You can link to Rach’s Facebook Group through the following link
And the next Fizz at Polesworth Abbey is on the 22nd March when the guests will be the Lichfield Poets.
Due to a prior commitment, which I would not have wanted to miss, I was unable to attend Gary Carr’s splendid Spoken Worlds last Friday, however all is not lost for those who missed it as Gary Longden was there and has written a great review at behind-the-arras.
By the sound of it I will struggle to get back into the next one as the popularity of this evening ever increases, it looked like a good night with a great crowd. It is good to see Gary Carr’s hard work is paying off and I look forward to the next one on the 18th March.
Recently, I have not had much time for thinking about anything other than the Poets Trail workshops which start on Saturday. However my thoughts are now drifting towards, what I should do next, next being when the Poets Trail is finished for this phase and the new poetry films are in the can.
I still have a collection of poems that I am putting together, which are in the main formed around a theme and there maybe a few poems to be written to complete the theme. There will be the editing to do as I am sure they can all be improved.
But what beyond that – should I complete the novel of which I have the first 18,000 unedited words or should I explore some more poetic themes.
Should I give up the day job and make films, run workshops, attend readings.
I really need a sponsor who will support me through the creative life that I live in my head.
The life that sees me rising a 6:00 and writing until 10:00 then correspondence till lunch.
Lunch at the pub, a ploughman’s lunch with a soft drink! Then walking the hills and dales in the afternoon, turning over ideas, looking for answers, grabbing at hooks, building up plots, then returning home in time for tea.
Evenings spent reading on the porch or by the fire, or performing or just in the pub with a pint or two and honest conversation.
Then there will be days when I am filming, rising to catch the dawn light, scouting for landscapes, settings and camera angles. Then sitting at the editing desk creating geographies that only exist on film.
Working with Jimi on the music and sound effects, working with poets on dialogue and verse.
It all happens in my head, it’s not a virtual world, it’s real to me, if only I had a sponsor.
My main hope for a sponsor keeps saying no, despite me asking every week, I still end up throwing away my non-winning lottery ticket on Sunday morning.
COMING SOON DOINGS
This takes place next Saturday when we will explore the poetic styles and devices that poets use, looking at the first ten poems on the trail and looking at how the styles where used to good effect.
Following this we will look at the characters that make up a landscape and how we can give them a voice.
Finally we will introduce the ten themes around which the new poems will be developed.
I am really looking forward to working with the twenty poets who have signed up for the workshops and seeing the new poems written through a true understanding of the spirit of the place.