WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.
What is ANNOYING me this week?
What is DELIGHTING me this week?
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.
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:
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:
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.
Everyone should experience this wonderful truly English sporting occasion – Read about the experience in my post at:
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:
DIG THE POETRY
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.
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.
STAFFORDSHIRE POET LAUREATE
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.
COLIN GRAZIER ENIGMA.
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:
STROKE ASSOCIATION ANTHOLOGY.
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.
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.
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.
Poems from Dig the Abbey.
Colin Grazier Enigma.
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.
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.
Get myself a dickey ticker!
I would like to wish you all my readers a very happy and prosperous New Year.