WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.
What is ANNOYING me this week?
What is DELIGHTING me this week?
Potential New Projects.
SOME OF MY DOINGS:
Two great workshops last week on Friday and Saturday,
The First on Friday saw Jenny Hope explore all the senses with the exception of Sight, in her workshops entitled “ALL TO OFTEN WE ONLY SEE WITH OUR EYES”
Participants who came from Polesworth, Lichfield and Burton, were encouraged to close their eyes and engage with the archaeology through the use of all their other senses.
Jenny also explored the Act of Uncovering looking at the disgarded soil with a poem being written that described the motion of a bucket as the earth is removed and then tipped on the spoil heap.
This was followed on Saturday with my workshop on the ARCHAEOLOGY OF POETRY which used a strata of words associated with Polesworth, including Latin Plain Song, The Cloud of Unknowing, The works of Drayton, Donne and Jonson, the poem Little Jim by Edward Farmer and some of the lines from the Poets Trail poems.
Participants were asked to consider that process of the Archaeologist and to dig a trench into the strata and extract the words into finds trays, these were then used to create new poems.
I them introduced his strata poem from last year, this was compared in structure with the original poem using the strata form by Hench-4 that will soon be seen on the Poets Trail.
The participants were asked to describe objects from the dig as a single line and then to lay out the lines as strata in a new poem.
THE NEXT WORKSHOP IS ON FRIDAY 10TH AUGUST – 10.00 TO 14.00 WITH MATT MERRITT.
LIMERICKS AND WORDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD.
I am still looking for Limericks on the theme of Archaeology, these will be judged by the Archaeologists.
I am also 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.
POLESWORTH A PLACE FOR POETRY – DIG THE POETRY – 2012.
There has been much interest in Dig the Poetry with many poets signing up for the workshop, if you want to take part then either sign up at www.digtheabbey.co.uk or email me at email@example.com
Polesworth a Place for Poetry – Dig the Poetry – 2012.
DIG THE POETRY WORKSHOPS – All from 10:00 – 14:00
Fri 10th Aug – EDGES with MATT MERRITT
Fri 17th Aug – OBJECT TO POEM – POEM TO OBJECT with JACQUI ROWE
Sat 25th Aug – FRAGMENTS OF TIME with MAEVE CLARKE
Sat 1st Sept – STRATAS with JO BELL
PLUS POETRY EXHIBITION ON THE HERITAGE OPEN DAYS 7th – 9th Sept – with Readings on Sat 8th Sept.
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.
THERE ARE SOME OTHER EXCITING THINGS TO TALK ABOUT.
HIROSHIMA HAIKU EXHIBITION – THE CHAPEL OF UNITY, COVENTRY CATHEDRAL, COVENTRY.
From 3rd to 31st August
This is a contemporary fusion of eleven Haiku by my good friend the Coventry Poet Antony Owen and photography by Daniel O’Toole to commemorate the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. – The exhibition will be attended tonight by representatives from Hiroshima and the Coventry Lord Mayor’s department for Peace and Reconciliation.
There is also a display of artwork from the Hiroshima survivors recollections.
RADIO WILDFIRE IS ON AIR TONIGHT AT 8:00PM – UK TIME.
Dave Reeves says:
“So we hope you’ll join us to appreciate an exclusive interview with poet Nick Toczek discussing stolen lines, plagiarism and the (Baby)shambles of a court case he’s just been through to get due credit for his words – just one of the items on this month’s edition of Radio Wildfire Live!
Also in the show there’ll be a poem from Longbarrow Press’ Rob Hindle; a superb poetry and sax track from LA based Frances Livings; and an extended poetic field improvisation of from Mark Goodwin. The Bunbury Banter Theatre Company will be bringing us social satire with Conception, a play by Tony C.Pearson and Terry Kitching. And there’ll be the latest edition of Mal Dewhirst’s The Lost Poets: this episode featuring the Japanese Poet Matsuo Basho. Plus more uploads, sourced texts and delvings into our back catalogue including Tom Sykes reading live in Bristol about life in a seaside town.
Then at 10.00pm there’ll be the latest edition of Jan Watts’ Irons In The Fire, her musings about life as Birmingham’s Poet Laureate.
Join us: Monday 6th August from 8.00 pm UK time at www.radiowildfire.com
Radio Wildfire: appreciating in value like any fine whine.”
COVENTRY-CORK LITERATURE EXCHANGE.
Is it really twelve months since my wonderful trip to Cork and the readings at O’Bheal and the Whitehouse in Limerick?
This year the honour of representing Coventry on the trip to Cork goes to Jayne Stanton and Janet Smith both of whom are worthy representatives, whose poetry will be a delight to the Irish poets. They will have a wonderful time under the guidance of Paul Casey whose relentless work in promoting poetry in Cork and the rest of Ireland is to be much praised and admired.
We of course will look forward to the return trip when the Cork Poets visit us in November with readings at Night Blue Fruit in Coventry and at The Fizz in Polesworth.
GRAFT – A PROJECT FOR NEXT YEAR.
I am hoping to be able to stage an afternoon of poetry performance at Cromford Mill in Derbyshire next spring. The theme will be around the project previously mentioned on this blog GRAFT.
GRAFT incorporates the lives of working men and women in mines, mills, factories, fields and workshops that made this country the workshop of the world and saw the first industrial revolution, that was so expertly depicted in Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony of the Olympics.
The lives of poets such as Alfred Williams, Tommy Armstrong and Ann Moss provide the inspiration to create a new narrative performance piece through contemporary poetry.
If you are interested in contributing to this project then please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AND THOSE POTENTIAL NEW PROJECTS.
My delight of the week – Well I can’t say anything at the moment apart from I am talking to several people over the coming weeks about some really interesting exciting projects. Watch this blog.
SOME OF MY COMING SOON DOINGS
Readings in August and September
7th August – Night Blue Fruit at Taylor John’s House, Coventry
24th August – Spoken Worlds at The Old Cottage Inn – Burton on Trent.
8th September – THE FIZZ at Polesworth Abbey celebrates DIG THE ABBEY through DIG THE POETRY – readings start at 3:30pm.