WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.
What is ANNOYING me this week?
Innocent questions that try to hide agendas
What is DELIGHTING me this week?
Some of my favourite folk songs.
SOME OF MY DOINGS.
Saturday saw the final Poets Trail workshop, where the poets had an opportunity to explore the park on their own and gather their thoughts in their own piece of space. It was a time to focus on the personal experience of the place; the “ME” time as those who think they are trendy call it. Is it still trendy to say trendy?
This personal time, where you live in your thoughts and do not have to share anything is important to every writer. Some may lock themselves away in the proverbial garret struggling at their art; others walk the story and live the dialogue. They appear to wander aimlessly so deep in thought that they are considered to be an out of touch with the real world. When all the time they are creating the next real world: the novel, the script, the film and there you go everyone is talking about the new creation. The writer though known and named remains with that subtle anonymity that allows them to walk down the street aimlessly in deep thought creating the next reality.
Back to the trail, I am now receiving some wonderful, thoughtful and well crafted poems for consideration and critique, the poets have until the 8th April to submit there poems and I look forward to reviewing them and making the final decisions with the group from Pooley Country Park as to which we will use.
Then there are those poems that don’t end up on the trail but are never-the-less worthy poems, that should not be forgotten or lost and for which I will actively seek a means of preserving them and making them accessible to the poetry world.
This has been a wonderful experience and I am very honoured to have led this project. It has created a new circle of Polesworth poets, who have engaged with the place and been inspired to write a major new collection of contemporary poetry. But the experience has been far more productive than the poetic works, but it has also developed new friendships, shared ownership and the feeling of playing a real part something quite special.
For those who are not suffering from workshop fatigue following my four workshops, here are some others that I can recommend.
Jacqui Rowe also has an excellent programme of Making Poetry workshops in Birmingham throughout the Spring and Summer.
The Nine Arches Press are currently into their Spring Programme, some of which have already gone, but I am sure they will have future programmes. You can keep informed by following this link.
John Siddique is also running a monthly workshop in Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire, details of which can be found on his website.
I am hoping to attend at least one of each from these programmes of workshops. It is my belief that you need to keep pushing boundaries and exploring new ways to approach your writing. If you think you have mastered the art of writing, then it is time to experiment, before you settle into writing the same things in the same style, the world can only take so much; it is time to move on, get fresh, get new, stay out of a pigeon hole.
Last week also saw THE FIZZ 6 – when the Lichfield Poets (most of whom do not live in Lichfield, but then who am I to talk, I don’t live in Polesworth) gave excellent readings from their Battlelines Anthology. The event was most excellently reviewed by the Secret Writer in her blog, which you can read by following the link below.
The next Fizz – FIZZ 7 will be on 17th May when we will be reading the selected poems from the latest phase of the Poets Trail, along with some of the best of those not chosen. I am hoping that as many of the poets will be there to read their work, but I will make sure that all the poems are read. Look out for the advertising nearer the time.
Last Thursday saw me head to Nuneaton for a meeting with Rach Flowers and Alan Ottey to discuss the possibility of holding a day of Summer Poetry in the market place on a Saturday. We have set the date for the 2nd July and are pursuing a range of activities, which includes poets reading though out the day and at an open mic. event in the early evening. There is still a fair amount of work to organise this and to finalise the details, but if there are any poets out there who fancy doing 10 or 15 minutes reading in the market place and can get to Nuneaton on the 2nd July then please let me know.
As the details unfold I will add them to this blog.
Finally, it seems that there is a rivalry developing between the Shakespeare centric South Warwickshire and the George Eliot focussed North Warwickshire. Whilst I don’t want to get into the middle of this rivalry, for as far as I am concerned they are all worthy Warwickshire Writers. However, I am often approached for my thoughts on North Warwickshire’s role in literature. So as an a-side and this list is by no means complete. In addition to George Eliot, I think the following writers have all been influenced by North Warwickshire, either through living and writing here or through visiting and bringing North Warwickshire into their work.
Michael Drayton, John Donne, Ben Jonson, Francis Holyoake, Raphael Hollinshed, Sir Henry Goodere, Sir Aston Cockayne, Henry Francis Cary, Thomas Warton, Sir Francis Willughby, Sir William Dugdale, Jane Austen, Edward Farmer, Siegfried Sassoon, Edith Holden, A.J Quinell, Caroline Graham.
I have not included in the list writers from Coventry or Birmingham who in their day would have been thought of as living in Warwickshire – but when the borders change and new counties emerged it makes these rivalries meaningless. I say, Read and Celebrate them all.
COMING SOON DOINGS
Details of my reading in April will be posted in my next blog, which will be late next week but if you check in then you will find out why.