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WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.

What is ANNOYING me this week?

Constant Pains.

What is DELIGHTING me this week?

My snow covered garden – looks as good as everyone elses’

LISTENING TO:

One Man Army – Kassidy.

SOME OF MY DOINGS:

Snow and the freeze slows the pace of all things. Not that is anything different for me at the moment, but whilst it perhaps brought the rest of you to the pace that I am forced to live, the cold snap took me to my bed with a head full of cold and flu.

But that is behind me with the turn of the new week.

ANOTHER APPEARANCE ON THE BBC.

Saturday Night saw my fleeting appearance on prime time BBC telly in Britain’s Brightest, for those who missed it here is a still captured from the BBC Iplayer.

BBC - Britains Brightest

Britain’s Brightest – with me in the flatcap – (c) BBC

JAYNE STANTON.

Jayne Stanton

Jayne Stanton

Fantastic news and massive congratulations this week go to the Leicester Poet Jayne Stanton whose poem Sin έ, was one of ten Highly Commended by judge Thomas McCarthy, in the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize 2013.
Jayne is a regular reader at poetry events in the Midlands and last year represented Coventry as part of the Coventry Cork Literature exchange.
You can find more details on the poetry prize here http://www.corkpoetryfest.net/prize13.html

Jayne’s Blog can be found at: http://jaynestantonpoetry.wordpress.com/  always a good insightful read.

I want to continue to promote a few events that are taking place over the coming weeks and involve some of my good friends.

SHARE THE WORD – WARWICKSHIRE LIBRARIES BOOK FESTIVAL.

This has been running since October 2012 and runs through to March with events in Libraries across the county. I have been involved with Writers Group at Coleshill Library, but there are lots of other events taking place in the coming weeks, with several author events.

Elvis Mcgonagall.

Elvis Mcgonagall.

Including – Performance Poet Elvis McGonagall – one man and his doggerel will be performing at Atherstone Library on Friday 22nd February 7:30 to 8:30pm – this event is Free but is an all ticket event as numbers are limited – you can obtain tickets through the libraries check the website at:

http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/sharetheword

FLOYDIAN SLIP.

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26th January – Tamworth Assembly Rooms sees the return of Floydian Slip who provided the excellent sound for our production of the Wall last June.

This gig promises and evening of Pink Floyd beyond the Wall and includes the complete Dark Side of the Moon album.

Tickets are available from Tamworth Information Centre.

http://www.floydianslip.org.uk/
https://www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk/whats-on/icalrepeat.detail/2013/01/26/10734/-/floydian-slip

THE BEATLES IN TAMWORTH

BeatlesTamworth

1st February sees the 50th Aniversary of The Beatles performance at the Tamworth Assembly rooms and to mark this event a weekend of Beatles themed performances.

The 1st Feb sees the Counterfeit Beatles playing on the very same stage, followed by on 2nd Feb Tamworth Music Scene does the Beatles, which includes a performance from Poetry Trail Singer and Guitarist Barry Hunt with his daughter Chloe, along with performances from Colin Brown and Friends, Daniel Thompson and Friends, Structures, The Ganders and Pressure Kids plus DJ Malys with a set of 60’s classics.

The performers will be delivering their takes on Beatles Classics.

Promises to be another great night of music.

https://www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk/whats-on/icalrepeat.detail/2013/02/01/10736/-/the-counterfeit-beatles

https://www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk/whats-on/icalrepeat.detail/2013/02/02/10737/-/local-with-the-beatles

THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND. – TAMWORTH ASSEMBLY ROOMS – 7th/8th Feb.

Real Inspector Hound

The Tamworth Theatre Company see their first production of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound at the Tamworth Assembly Rooms on the Thursday and Friday 7th and 8th February.

The Real Inspector Hound is a short one act play, The plot follows two theatre critics named Moon and Birdboot who are watching a ludicrous set up of a country house murder mystery in the style of a who dunnit.

Tickets are available from the box office, further details can be found at:
https://www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk/whats-on/icalrepeat.detail/2013/02/07/10977/-/tamworth-theatre-company-presents-the-real-inspector-hound

QUADROPHENIA COMES TO TAMWORTH.

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Fired Up Theatre and Tamworth Repertory Theatre are to stage a new version of Quadrophenia.

Simon Quinn the Director has received permission from Pete Townsend of the Who to stage a new scripted version which delivers a roller coaster theatrical, musical and multi arts exploration of the counter culture, fashion and identity, gender, anti-social behaviour, intergenerational timeline, drug misuse and mental health illness and attitudes.

The project launch took place on Saturday 12th January and saw many local people come along to sign up to take part in the performance, from actors, dancers to backstage roles. An excellent start, which will develop over the coming weeks.

We are still inviting you to become part of this Community Arts project. If you are an individual, a community group or a school/college that is interested in acting, dance, music, visual art, photography, textiles etc and wish to express an interest in becoming involved in this project, please e-mail: fireduptheatre@aol.com or call Arts and Events team, Tamworth on 01827 709314.

http://www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk/arts-activities/tamworth-repertory-company

SOME OF MY COMING SOON DOINGS

Up and Coming Readings.

15th Feb – Spoken Worlds – Burton on Trent.
19th Feb – Poetry Alight – Spark Café – Lichfield.

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WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.

What is ANNOYING me this week?

Imposed Limitations

What is DELIGHTING me this week?

Quadrophenia – Tamworth

LISTENING TO:

Rodrigo y Gabriela – Live Manchester and Dublin.

SOME OF MY DOINGS:

This week I want to promote a few events that are taking place over the coming weeks and involve some of my good friends.

FLOYDIAN SLIP.

floydianslip1

26th January – Tamworth Assembly Rooms sees the return of Floydian Slip who provided the excellent sound for our production of the Wall last June.

This gig promises and evening of Pink Floyd beyond the Wall and includes the complete Dark Side of the Moon album.

Tickets are available from Tamworth Information Centre.

http://www.floydianslip.org.uk/
https://www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk/whats-on/icalrepeat.detail/2013/01/26/10734/-/floydian-slip

THE BEATLES IN TAMWORTH

BeatlesTamworth

1st February sees the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles performance at the Tamworth Assembly rooms and to mark this event a weekend of Beatles themed performances.

The 1st Feb sees the Counterfeit Beatles playing on the very same stage, followed by on 2nd Feb Tamworth Music Scene does the Beatles, which includes a performance from Poetry Trail Singer and Guitarist Barry Hunt with his daughter Chloe, along with performances from Colin Brown and Friends, Daniel Thompson and Friends, Structures, The Ganders and Pressure Kids plus DJ Malys with a set of 60’s classics.

The performers will be delivering their takes on Beatles Classics.

Promises to be another great night of music.

https://www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk/whats-on/icalrepeat.detail/2013/02/01/10736/-/the-counterfeit-beatles

https://www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk/whats-on/icalrepeat.detail/2013/02/02/10737/-/local-with-the-beatles

QUADROPHENIA COMES TO TAMWORTH.

TRC BW

Tamworth Repertory Theatre is to stage a new version of Quadrophenia.

Simon Quinn the Director has received permission from Pete Townsend of the Who to stage a new scripted version which delivers a roller coaster theatrical, musical and multi arts exploration of the counter culture, fashion and identity, gender, anti-social behaviour, intergenerational timeline, drug misuse and mental health illness and attitudes.

The project launch is on Saturday 12th January between 11:00 and 3:00pm at the Assembly Rooms.

We are inviting you to become part of this Community Arts project. If you are an individual, a community group or a school/college that is interested in acting, dance, music, visual art, photography, textiles etc and wish to express an interest in becoming involved in this project, please e-mail: fireduptheatre@aol.com or call Arts and Events team, Tamworth on 01827 709314.

http://www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk/arts-activities/tamworth-repertory-company

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SOME OF MY COMING SOON DOINGS

Up and Coming Readings.

18th Jan – Spoken Worlds – Burton-on-Trent.
19th Feb – Poetry Alight – Spark Café – Lichfield.

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WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.

What is ANNOYING me this week?

Aches.

What is DELIGHTING me this week?

Being Alive

LISTENING TO:

Reflections – Les Fleur De Lys.

SOME OF MY DOINGS:

As many of you know I am recovering from a health situation, hence my lack of postings of late. I am very grateful to all of you that have supported me through last few weeks with emails, phone calls and text messages.

I am very much of the mind that I do not want to let my health conditions define me and will continue to push on with new projects in 2013.

Here is a review of 2012 and some really remarkable events that I am proud to have experienced and been part of:

Top 10 of my Doings

DIRECTING DOUBLE BOOKED

The short film written by Keith Large, where I cut my teeth as a film Director – the film is in post production.

(C) Maria Smith - 2012

(C) Maria Smith – 2012

MARS ON THE RISE BOOK LAUNCH

With the book held up in a warehouse in New York – we carried on regardless and partied to celebrate the launch of RAE GEE’s first book and I introduced my alter ego Sir Nigel Mallard to the world – read about that evening on May in my post at:

MARS ON THE RISE

THE WALL

The Wall

The biggest production ever staged in Tamworth that drew sell out audiences every night of its run, with splendid reviews, this great triumph saw my first collaborations with Simon Quinn and Ami Radcliffe, working with the brilliant Floydian Slip and wonderful cast – Read about the show in my posts at:

THE WALL 1

THE WALL 2

Floydian Slip are returning to Tamworth Assembly Rooms on 26th January for a performance of some of Floyd’s other great albums. Tickets £10 from the Tamworth Information centre.

WIMBLEDON

The view from Court No 1

The view from Court No 1

Everyone should experience this wonderful truly English sporting occasion – Read about the experience in my post at:

Wimbledon

A DAY OF POETRY ON TINKER

A wonderful Saturday spent in the company of Jo Bell and Gary Longden when Jo was moving her boat from North to South, days like this don’t happen very often, which is a pity because they should. Read about the day in my post at:

Canal Poetry

My part in Jo's epic Journey - with Jo Bell

My part in Jo’s epic Journey – with Jo Bell

DIG THE POETRY

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The wonderful workshops that ran through the Summer and saw both new and established poets gather at Polesworth Abbey to explore Archaeology through Poetry – you can see information on Dig the Poetry at the Dig the Abbey website and Dig the Poetry Blog.

http://www.digtheabbey.co.uk/ or http://digthepoetry.wordpress.com/

TOUR OF IRELAND

A great very much needed holiday that saw the best of Ireland and a chance to read at O’bheal in Cork again.

IRELAND

Galway Bay.

Galway Bay.

STAFFORDSHIRE POET LAUREATE

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This post was something that started on this blog during discussions on this blog, which saw Staffordshire County Council take up the reins and develop the role which I was honoured to be inaugurated in October.

INAUGURATION

Cllr Corfield presents me with two books for the Laureateship (c) Gary Carr

Cllr Corfield presents me with two books for the Laureateship (c) Gary Carr

COLIN GRAZIER ENIGMA.

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My first commission of the Laureateship was my poetry play on the events on October 30th 1942 which was performed on the streets of Tamworth exactly 70 years later to much acclaim. It brought together the creative team from the Wall, with Simon Quinn and Ami Radcliffe and the tech team from Tamworth Assembly Rooms.

You can view the performance here:

http://vimeo.com/53128350

STROKE ASSOCIATION ANTHOLOGY.

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I was honoured to be approached by Simon Cook of the Stroke Association to gather some new writing for an Anthology of Poetry and short stories. The poems and stories are being reviewed and will be announced in the new year when we have planned the launch.

STROKE 20 ANTHOLOGY

My 5 favourite readings in 2012.

Poetry Alight – Lichfield – February 2012.
The Wall – Tamworth – June 2012
The Fizz Dig the Poetry – September 2012
O’Bheal – Cork – September 2012
Staffordshire Poet Laureateship inauguration – October 2012.

Fizz guests 2012

January – Gary Carr
March – Barry Patterson
May – Margaret Torr
July – Terri Jolland
September – Dig the Poetry – Jo Bell, David Calcutt, Maeve Clarke, Jenny Hope, Matt Merritt and Jacqui Rowe.
November – Cork Poets – Matthew Geden and Conor McManus – Held at the Moat House in Tamworth.

DIG THE POETRY POETS AND WRITERS.

Cat Weatherill
David Calcutt
Jenny Hope
Matt Merritt
Mal Dewhirst
Jacqui Rowe
Maeve Clarke
Jo Bell.

PEOPLE I AM HONOURED TO HAVE WORKED WITH IN 2012.

Keith Large – Double Booked.
Simon Quinn – The Wall and Colin Grazier Enigma.
Ami Ratcliffe – The Wall and Colin Grazier Enigma.
Jimi Dewhirst – Colin Grazier Enigma.
Antony Owen – The Wall (Scent of a son sequence).
Simon Cook – The Scope Association Anthology.

MY FAVOURITE READINGS AND PERFOMANCES IN 2012.

Gary Carr – The Fizz, Polesworth- January 2012
Charlie Jordan – Poetry Alight, Lichfield – February 2012
Barry Patterson – The Fizz, Polesworth – March 2012
Antony Owen – Scent of a Son Film for the Wall – Tamworth – April 2012
Margaret Torr – The Fizz, Polesworth – May 2012
Being Human – Belgrade Theatre Coventry – June 2012
Terri Jolland – The Fizz, Polesworth – July 2012
Ilya Kaminsky – O’Bheal – Cork – September 2012
Brenda Read Brown – Lichfield – October 2012.
Danny Macbeth as Colin Grazier – Tamworth – October 2012

PUBLISHED IN 2012 – Collections from my pen in 2012

The Wall – New Poetry
Thin Ice – Empty Spaces – Bricks and Mortar Pt1 – Young Lust – Bricks and Mortar PtII – Lament.

Midland Purple
Poems from Dig the Abbey.

Colin Grazier Enigma.
Poetry Play.

The Staffordshire Poems.
All sides of the shire – Staffordshire Drift – Thinking Staffordshire.

MY COMMISSIONS IN 2012.

Film Maker – Director
Double Booked – Carrot Napper Productions

Creative Director and MC
Mars on the Rise book launch

Poet – Community Café’s
Fired Up Theatre.

Poet, Film Maker and Assistant Director
The Wall project – ArtsConnect Tamworth and Fired Up Theatre.

Poet and Writer
Pooley Country Park an Interpretation.

Poet in Residence
Dig The Abbey – Polesworth Abbey CIC

Poet Editor – Stoke Association 20 Anthology.
Stroke Association

Poet – Director
Colin Grazier Enigma
Tamworth Repertory Company.

Poet In Residence
THE BOUDICCA PROJECT.

Creative Writing Tutor
Warwickshire County Council.

Poet and Broadcaster
Lost Poets – Radio Wildfire.

LOST POETS BROADCAST ON RADIO WILDFIRE.

February – Michael Drayton.
March – Banjo Patterson.
April – Kenneth Rexroth.
May – John Taylor
June – Alfred Williams
July – William Langland
August – Basho
Sept – No Poet
Oct –Anna Letitia Barbould
Nov – No Poet
Dec – No Poet

MY FAVOURITE BLOGS OF 2012.

Fox Tales – Myfanwy Fox. http://myfanwyfox.wordpress.com/
Garyswordz – Gary Longden. http://garylongden.wordpress.com/
Jayne Stanton Poetry – Jayne Stanton. http://jaynestantonpoetry.wordpress.com/
The Bell Jar – Jo Bell – http://belljarblog.wordpress.com/
The Secret Writer – Benadette O’Dwyer http://secretwriter1.blogspot.co.uk/

FIVE POETRY BOOKS – I BOUGHT FROM THE POET.

Gopagilla – Roy Marshall.
Melanchrini – Maria Taylor.
Navigation – Jo Bell.
Dancing in Odessa – Ilya Kaminsky.
Home More or Less – Paul Casey.

FIVE THINGS I DID IN 2012 THAT I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD.

Direct a film.
Be part of a Production of Pink Floyd’s THE WALL.
Become Staffordshire Poet Laureate.
Visit Wimbledon.
Get myself a dickey ticker!

I would like to wish you all my readers a very happy and prosperous New Year.

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