WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.
What is ANNOYING me this week?
LACK OF TIME TO THINK.
What is DELIGHTING me this week?
Discreet Music – Brian Eno
SOME OF MY DOINGS:
The last week was very much a week of progression and preparation, mixed in with a radio broadcast and a poetry evening.
Monday saw me listening into the Radio Wildfire broadcast with some excellent pieces. Dave Reeves in the studio with Brendan Hawthorne paid tribute to Geoff Stevens who passed away in February with selection of Geoff’s readings whose Black Country take on life through a voice of poet who was inspired by the Beat poets certainly resonated with me. You can read more about Geoff at www.geoffstevens.co.uk/
There was also a great short story from Keith Large which was produced in a London recording studio. Keith goes that extra mile in producing the delivery of his work that befits the quality of his writing.
You can link up with Keith and his work at: http://www.carrotnapper.com/
A new theatre piece from Bunbury Banter Theatre also delivered a high quality production of this dark tale, I hope we hear more from them on Radio Wildfire in the future. You can see more of the work of this theatre company at www.bunbanter.com
Other pieces that made an impression on me were the sound poems by Leicestershire poet Mark Goodwin and Alison Boston. You can see more about Alison’s work at http://alisonboston.wordpress.com/
If you missed any of this then it will be on the loop at Radio Wildfire later in the month along with my lost poet Kenneth Rexroth at www.radiowildfire.com
ENJOYING THE FRUIT
Tuesday saw the monthly poetry event in Coventry, Night Blue Fruit, which saw the return of one of the founding members of this event as the guest poet. Michael McKimm who attracted a large audience to this wonderful evening. There were great readings from familier voices from the Heaventree Press stable including Michael, Jon Morley, Barry Patterson, Tony Owen and George Ttouli.
It was great to hear Jayne Stanton read in another great performance of the night. Jayne is one of the poets heading to Cork this summer as part of the literary exchange that I was honoured to be part of last year.
The renowned Coventry artist and poet Colin Dick also gave us his sage like insight to life and it was good to see him again.
Plus we were delighted to see many new readers.
Barry Patterson often describes the venue at Taylor John’s House as something out of scene from a David Lynch film and too our surprise David Lynch turned up to read. Although this David Lynch is a young writer from Northern Ireland and not the film maker. He did however deliver a good set with a mix of poetry and prose.
Night Blue Fruit is on the First Tuesday of the month at Taylor John’s House in the Coventry Canal basin. Next Month’s guest poet is the excellent Worcestershire poet Sarah James on Tuesday May 1st.
Night Blue Fruits facebook page can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/nightbluefruit
The rest of the week was spent progressing existing projects and in planning the some new ones, some of which really take off this week
The progression was on the edit of Double Booked and the installation of the Poets Trail along with shaping the potential role of a Staffordshire Poet Laureate. All of which, I have meetings on this week.
THE WALL BUILDS.
The preparation is for The Wall performances at the Assembly Rooms in Tamworth on June 5th-8th – the event is now being promoted on the Pink Floyd News website Brain Damage at http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/latest/community-performance-of-the-wall-coming-in-june.html
I, for my part, am throwing myself into supporting the project and will be reducing down my readings and other projects in the time between now and the end of the performances.
It is a project that takes the Arts out into the community and then brings back the results to be part of the show or the following exhibition. It brings together local artists from all different forms to work together and within the community, challenging us to experiment in the creation of something really new.
The music will be provided by the Pink Floyd Tribute band Floydian Slip using the original songs but this is then taken into contemporary directions with a script that is gritty, brave, daring and uncompromising. The script and the whole performance is by Simon Quinn of Fired Up Theatre in association with Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts Connect team, whose enthusiasm and dedication to bringing the community together is to be much lauded.
This is not something that will just entertain you for a couple hours, this is real art that will challenge your understanding of the world, make you question your values and beliefs. This will make you think and think hard about the role of communities and society.
I have already been working on some new poetry to be included in the show, some as sound pieces, and some as visual poetry on the screen rather than the page. Last week saw me edit together a film piece around my poem Empty Spaces and later today I plan to be recording my take on The Thin Ice.
This week sees a follow up workshop from the workshop with the Tamworth Writers a couple of weeks ago. I along with some of the Tamworth Writers will be working in one of the three Community Cafes tomorrow to develop a sound poem as a response to the Pink Floyd lyrics. This will be followed up with two further workshops over the coming weeks at the other two Community Cafés in the town.
In addition to this the rehearsal programme starts on Wednesday with a full day and will continue on Thursday and then every Wednesday evening and full days on Sundays thereafter right up until the performance. I intend to be at as many of these rehearsals as I can and welcome the opportunity to help shape something that has so much value to the community and the arts.
You can see the promotional video on Youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YPtPGKcxLU
I know I promised a lost poet this week but as you can see I am up to my eyes with other interesting projects so I am resting them until June.
SOME OF MY COMING SOON DOINGS
Readings in April.
17th April – Goblin Folk and Poetry Club – Ashby
20th April – Spoken Worlds – Burton on Trent.