WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.
What is ANNOYING me this week?
Ditherers in shops.
What is DELIGHTING me this week?
The Occasional Music Recorder Group
SOME OF MY DOINGS:
POLESWORTH A PLACE FOR POETRY – DIG THE POETRY – 2012.
Watch out for next weeks blog as I should be able to confirm the dates and poets for Dig the Poetry, which many of you have already shown an interest through clicking the red button on Dig the Abbey website www.digtheabbey.co.uk
These workshops are an exciting unique opportunity to discover new themes in response to the Archaeology and I would encourage all writers, from beginners to published poets and authors to come along and find your muse.
There will be opportunities throughout the dig for writers to go along and observe making notes or creating new pieces in the peaceful haven of the Abbey grounds so even if you can’t make the workshops do find sometime to go along and soak it all up.
Talking of unique opportunities, even once in a lifetime one’s, I saw the Olympic flame pass the end of my street yesterday as it continues its journey on route to London in about three weeks time.
It entered Tamworth at just after 10am carried by the local Catholic Priest along the closed road that was lined with people, bedecked in Union Jacks, cheering as it past.
It was preceded by the corporate sponsors which is the norm these days in their large trucks dishing out their wares to the gathered crowd, each with their own sound systems to whip up the crowd to cheer the forthcoming event of the sacred flames passage through Britain.
Having said that the truck with the Bank sponsor was fairly quiet, perhaps under our austere circumstances it was probably for the best, the event itself took our minds off our economic worries for a few moments and so it were did not need them to remind us of how these worries all started.
This was followed by a wonderful afternoon in the grounds of Tamworth Castle watching the talent of all ages perform on the stage in an Olympic festival of song and dance. It was great to see so many members of the Wall cast showcasing their talents in other areas. I was particularly impressed by the Tamworth Youth Dance performance in the rain, Barry and Chloe Hunt did a great set, the drummers from St Gabriel’s school were excellent and Tamworth Voices stole the show. A great day, congratulations should go to all involved and especially to the Arts and Events team at Tamworth Borough Council, you did the town proud on Saturday, these are not just my words but the words of so many people as we headed home.
You can see images and videos of the day http://tamwortholympics2012.wordpress.com/photos-and-videos/
THE SERENADING OF ELIZABETHS.
The evening saw a trip down to Polesworth to see Hinckley Choral Union with their Elizabethan Serenade, taking the poetry of 16th Century set to the music of the 20th Century bringing the two Elizabethan ages together.
It was really well done and showed another way to bring poetry to new audiences. Rupert Herd read Michael Drayton’s Clear Anker as one of the few pieces that were delivered as readings rather than song, and very well he did it too as the words originally written at Polesworth Abbey were once again to echo around the eaves of church.
I was also enthralled to hear the pieces of The Occasional Music Recorder Group, whose instruments ranged from bass to treble some looking like plumbing accessories rather than musical instruments, but what a wonderful sound they made. It made me realise that this is a much maligned instrument, partly because it is given to seven year olds who have a tendency to throttle it.
You can see more on the Hinckley Choral Union on their website at http://www.hinckleychoralunion.co.uk/index.html
Another great experience in my search for new ways to deliver poetry.
RADIO WILDFIRE – ON THE LOOP.
Congratulations to Dave and Vaughn at Radio Wildfire. – I receive this note from Dave.
It’s the 50th edition of The Loop and there’s a brand new 2 hour mix of material now playing on Radio Wildfire – Now playing 24/7 a completely new selection of stories, satires, poetry, spoken word, music and interview @ http://www.radiowildfire.com – another two hours of live literature and chat.
In this edition …
The Loop brings you interviews with poet in residence at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall Julie Boden about her new poetry and photography exhibition at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre, 110 Metre Hurdles, and with storyteller Maria Whatton about her work in progress The Lunar Men.
The Loop brings you a plays from Keith Large, with his look at domestic violence Fists and Chips, and from Douglas Mackin with a powerful tale of a cheating husband Signal To Noise.
The Loop brings you poetry from Sarah James with Scarred, based on her experience of diabetes
… and poetry with soundscape and music from Stephen Mead, Andrew Barnes and Mark Goodwin.
The Loop brings you a review by Mal Dewhirst of Being Human the Midlands Creative Projects production of the anthology from Bloodaxe Books.
The Loop brings you satire from Joe Grimwade who asks you to Blow Your Nose for Britain.
The Loop brings you song from Carol Widenbar.
The Loop brings you the latest part of Mal Dewhirst’s series The Lost Poets: Alfred Williams, The Hammerman Poet
PLUS: Irons In The Fire: Jan Watts’ Laureate’s Diary – the monthly diary from Birmingham’s Poet Laureate
AND there’s Gary Longden’s Listings – check it out you might just be featured!
So join us and listen by going to www.radiowildfire.com and clicking on The Loop
(And don’t forget, you can upload soundfiles of your own work to the ‘Submit’ page of the Radio Wildfire website. Mp3s are our preferred format. You can also ensure you always get reminders of upcoming shows on Radio Wildfire by following us on Twitter.)
The Loop is curated by Vaughn Reeves and will play online continuously for the next month, except during our live broadcast on Monday 2nd July starting at 8.00pm UK time with a full programme of pre-recorded tracks, live studio guests and conversation.
We hope you enjoy it.
THE FIZZ IN JULY – with guest poet Terri Jolland.
SOME OF MY COMING SOON DOINGS
Readings in July
10th July – Poetry Alight at the Spark Café, Lichfield
20th July – Spoken Worlds at the Old Cottage Tavern, Burton On Trent.
24th July – The FIZZ with Terri Jolland at Polesworth Abbey.