WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.
What is ANNOYING me this week?
There is not enough silence.
What is DELIGHTING me this week?
Colin Grazier – Enigma.
Enigmatic – Jimi Dewhirst – Hydranoidmusia.
SOME OF MY DOINGS:
ANOTHER NEW PROJECT.
I missed my weekly blog post last week, and it did not go unnoticed by some of my regular readers and I appreciate their enquiries as to when they could expect to see a new post. Well I won’t deprive you any longer of my musings and will try and explain why I missed my post last week.
My spare time over the last couple of weeks, when I have not been working on Dig the Poetry and The Stroke Association Anthology, has been taken up writing a new script for a production that will be staged as promenade theatre on the streets of Tamworth on 30th October to commemorate the anniversary of the heroic death of Colin Grazier.
COLIN GRAZIER ENIGMA.
The play entitled Colin Grazier Enigma – tells of the events of 30th October 1942 in the Mediterranean, when Colin Grazier, Tony Fasson and Tommy Brown boarded the stricken U-Boat U-559 and salvaged the Enigma machine and the important code books that enable the intelligence operations at Bletchley Park to decode the transmissions of the U-boat wolf packs that it has been said significantly reduced the second world war.
Drawing from the work of Phil Shanahan, who as the editor of the Tamworth Herald, came across the story and created a campaign to bring it to the story into the full light and thus ensuring the three sailors place in history was well documented.
Phil’s book the Real Enigma Heroes is published by The History Press.
Able Seaman Colin Grazier GC was born and grew up in Two Gates, Tamworth. He married 2 days before he returned to HMS Petard, never return. The first act sees him getting married, with all the hopes for the future ahead of him and his wife Olive, with their farewell to be acted out at the Railway Station.
The second act is more brutal with the events in the Mediterranean Sea being delivered through movement and dance to a new score by Jimi from Hydranoidmusia. The piece is a poetry narrative that explores the thoughts of the sailors now they are in the battle zone, the hunt for the submarine, the battle, followed by the scavenge to retrieve the important documents that we so vital in the war effort and the sinking of the submarine taking the lives of Colin and Tony Fasson.
I am working on converting the poetry into Morse code to be transmitted as the sound of dots and dashes as the actors perform, I am also looking at how I might encrypt them using a virtual Enigma machine.
The performance is being produced by Artsconnects and Fired up Theatre, who produced the much acclaimed production of The Wall in June. It will draw its cast and crew from the Community and will be a tribute to Colin, Tony and Tommy on the anniversary of the events. It is hoped to develop this into a bigger performance piece, next year.
More information on the show can be found at Mid * Point.
POLESWORTH A PLACE FOR POETRY – DIG THE POETRY – 2012.
Since my last post there have been two workshops in the Dig the Poetry programme.
Friday 17th with Jacqui Rowe – the workshop is entitled Object to Poem – Poem to Object – the workshop used tiles to inspire new poetry in particular Haikus which participants were be able to produce a design on to a tile to create a new artifact.
Sat 25th August with Maeve Clark – the workshop entitled Fragments of Time, explored artifacts in great detail to bring out its previous life, its current life and future life.
The 25th also saw a full day of activities which will included a stone mason working on site to create a replica piece of a window that has been found on this years dig and also a tile maker who demonstrated how the floor tiles (tiles are big part of the dig this year). With an opportunity for people to make their own tiles. I, with the great help from Gina Coates gathering words and limericks from the visitors. The promised rain never came and it turned out to be a really great day.
The final workshop for this year is next Saturday.
Sat 1st September 10am to 2pm with Jo Bell – the workshop entitled Strata’s – will explore the layers of Archaeology and compare them to the strata’s of our own lives.
PLUS POETRY EXHIBITION ON THE HERITAGE OPEN DAYS 7th – 9th Sept – with Readings on Sat 8th Sept.
All the events take place at Polesworth Abbey, Polesworth in North Warwickshire.
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.
SOME OF THE POETRY IS ON THE WEBSITE.
Peter Ralley who is managing all the media and video for Dig the Abbey has uploaded some of the poetry written in response to the dig on to the DIG THE ABBEY website – you can see it through this link.
LIMERICKS AND WORDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD.
There is still time to send me Limericks and words.
Limericks are coming in with an amazing amount of ideas and themes, however I am still looking for Limericks on the theme of Archaeology, these will be judged by the Archaeologists.
I am also receiving words from far and wide (well Portsmouth s the furthest so far) for the collaborative poem I am still looking for words to be included in a poem. Visit the Dig the Abbey website (www.digtheabbey.co.uk) and take a look at the activities and send me your words as impressions of what you see. Also tell me where you are located in the world so that I can estimate how far your words have come to Polesworth using MapCrow.
You can enter by sending your words and limericks to firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE STROKE ASSOCIATION – 20 Anthology
I have created a page on the menu bar above with the details on how to submit work for this exciting new project, which has already stirred some good interest, with submissions being sent into me well before the deadline of 8th October.
Other Potential Projects.
And to on top of all of this there are STILL on-going discussions for further projects – So WATCH THIS SPACE.
SOME OF MY COMING SOON DOINGS
Readings in September
8th September – THE FIZZ at Polesworth Abbey celebrates DIG THE ABBEY through DIG THE POETRY – readings start at 3:30pm.