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Spoken Worlds – Burton on Trent.

Spoken Worlds

Spoken Worlds

Old Cottage Tavern – Bykerley Street – Burton on Trent.
Friday 16th August at 7:30pm

Come and read in the now famous three halves – this is the host Gary Carr’s Birthday bash so come along and celebrate with a pint and some poetry.

At the Shire Hall Gallery Stafford.

Shire Hall Gallery

There is still a chance to add words to the Stafford Poem.


23 – Sound Sculpture of a Court Room.

I am working with Staffordshire Arts and Archives on a poetic sound sculpture to reflect on the spirit of Court Room number 1 at the Shire Hall Gallery in Stafford.

My Script is in rehearsal with Fired Up Theatre and HydanoidMusia to produce a poetic sound sculpture that will be played in the Court Room at the Shire Hall Gallery.

Hear the lives of murderers, bread thieves, drunkards, coal thieves and coin clippers along with the voices of the Clerk and his wife.

The recording takes place on Sunday 18th August between 12:30 and 16:00 in the court room and we are welcoming the public to come and observe and may be add their voices to some of the chants.

23 poster2

St Dominics Literature Festival – Brewood Staffordshire.

This is unique event for the writers of the future a literature festival aimed at children and young people.

31st August at St Dominic’s High School For Girls in Brewood Staffordshire.

I will be sharing my Staffordshire words, hosting an Open Mic session for yound poets and introducing the British Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy as the guest speaker.


Unity in the Community.

I will be reading at the Unity in the Community event in Wednesbury at 7:30 pm on Tuesday 3rd September.


THE FIZZ at Stafford Arts Festival

I am hosting THE FIZZ Poetry and Spoken Word event at Stafford Arts Festival on 7th September at the Gatehouse Theatre.

The programme includes many local voices along with readings from the candidates for the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Young Poet Laureate.

Readings from 10:00 to 12:00 and then 13:00 to 16:00 in the main auditorium.

Fizz 2013


Other poetic events include Bert Flitcroft as Poet In Residence at the Shire Hall Library – see the timetable on the website for full details of all the arts festival events.

Poetry Workshop at Lichfield Library

Saturday 14th Sept 2013 – 10:30 – 14:30

Lichfield is celebrating local and community History month in September and as part of the celebrations, Staffordshire Poet Laureate, Mal Dewhirst will be running a FREE poetry workshop to explore some of the local history artefacts held in the Library.

The workshop is open to everyone over the age of 16 and will look at the changing environs of Lichfield through maps and photographs, building around the theme of Lichfield : a Victorian Life.

Through exercises participants will gather ideas and then be given time to write a piece which they can read out in the library at the end of the workshop.

Library Lichfield Poster

My Coming soon doings.

The Fell Walker

A Fired Up Theatre Production of Mal and Simon’s adaption of the novel by Michael Wood. – Script writing in August – Auditions and Rehearsals start in September – The premier is at the Penrith Playhouse in January 2014.

The Fell Walker Flyer

Crossroads – Satan, The Master and The Blues.

A new production by Mal Dewhirst and Simon Quinn with Fired Up Theatre for the Lichfield Mysteries to be staged at the Lichfield Garrick Studio Theatre in May 2014.



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What is ANNOYING me this week?


What is DELIGHTING me this week?

Web browsing for a Pro Camcorder


In Praise of Dreams – Jan Garbarek.


Following my nominations for the Liebster Award, I was delighted to see one of my nominees has used my words as a quote on her blog. Myfanwy Fox has included the quote in the About tab of her blog Fox Tales. I thought that this was such a good idea I have copied and done the same. I am sure Myfanwy won’t mind as she once borrowed my WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS and IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED, for which I felt flattered.

The Liebster Award has really opened up some new blogs to me, as my Nominees have gone on to nominate their five favourite blogs and as such I have found some more very worthy blogs to follow.

Myfanwy’s blog can be found at: http://myfanwyfox.wordpress.com/

Last week did not provide me with a single night to sit around and just watch the TV, with two spoken word evenings, two writers groups and a location meeting for a short film I am directing in the New Year.

Poetry Bites saw me catch up with the Cork Poet Joseph Hogan who was one of the guest poet’s along with Bobby Parker, Joe was part of the Coventry Cork Literature Exchange last year, so it was really good to see him again.

Joseph Horgan

Gary Longden and Ruth Stacey both published their thoughts and reviews on Poetry Bites.

Gary’s can be found at: http://behindthearras.com/wordsandvoices.html#BitesMOV
and Ruth’s at: http://mermaidsdrown.blogspot.com/2011/11/poetry-bites-with-joseph-horgan-and.html

Gary also published a review of Spoken Worlds in Burton on Friday with the brilliant Ash Dickinson, it was a night of many different voices, some serious, some frivolous all topped of with a captivating performance from Ash.

Purple Ash - Image from his website

You can read Gary’s review at: http://behindthearras.com/wordsandvoices.html#Worlds(nov)

Ash’s website can be found at: http://www.ashdickinson.com/

Further to the Coventry Cork Literature exchange, Paul Casey has put together the review of this years exchange with the thoughts of all those who had the honour of taking part.

You can find the details at: http://www.obheal.ie/blog/?page_id=1351

Paul always ends the year of readings at O’Bheal with a major poet as the guest and this year he has our very own Poet Laureate – Carol Ann Duffy with John Sampson on 12th December. O’Bheal delivers the very best in poetry, every week, something that is no mean feat and all credit goes to Paul for his relentless dedication to promoting and developing poetry in Cork.

It is time to move on to the next level with my film making equipment. Up until now I have been using a small camcorder that is a general purpose camera that was bought so that I could hone my skills with something that was not over complicated. It was also a toe in the water purchase as at the time I was not sure that film making was for me. I was enthused and excited about the prospect on making films but not sure it I would be any good at it and so therefore decided to ease myself in to the art.

I have now outgrown this camera and want to upgrade to something that is a semi-pro / pro camera. My searches on the web were disheartening, there are so many options and so many out of my price range, but an email conversation with friend who has far more experience in the field soon put me right and onto a semi pro HD camera from Sony that is affordable and will take me to the next level. So I will be pursuing this purchase over the next couple of weeks.

My searches on the web also looked at the astronomical prices of film making accessories, some of which I quickly realised can be done so much more cheaply if you apply a little logical thinking and are prepared to do a bit of DIY.

For example a hand held microphone boom – the long pole which holds the microphone above the heads of the actors, just out of shot, can cost in the region of £150 for a professional one, but it is not really, any different from a decorators roller pole which can be bought for as little as £5 with a little modification to convert it to hold a mic clip, that will do just as good a job.

I also noticed that the price of monitor screens, which are used to view back footage at the time of the shoot, start at £300, when many portable DVD players for around £50 have the connection jack points that enable the device to serve the same purpose.

My next thought turns to lighting, which is an art in itself as any lighting artist will tell you. I have never used specific lighting for a scene as I have only ever really filmed using natural daylight. But I need to think about getting an understanding of controlling the lighting and will no doubt turn my mind as to how I can achieve this without a major budget investment.

I not only love the challenge of making a film, but also the opportunities it provides to become inventive and to get out into the shed, with a drill, hammer and screw driver to make equipment. There is not only a sense of achievement in making something; there is also the satisfaction in knowing that it did not cost the earth to achieve the result you want.

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My LOST POET for this week is WILLEM KLOOS (1859-1938)

Willem Kloos

My only experience of this Dutch Poet’s work is a poor translation made by an on-line Dutch to English translation tool, which although awkward and sometimes failing to translate words did provide me with enough of an understanding to say that Kloos, whilst relatively unknown in Britain, deserved the recognition of one of the greatest Dutch writers.

It is his approach to poetry that interests me. He asserts, or even demands, individual expression and vocally insists on the rejection of the expression of shared experiences and emotions in the arts, commanding that poetry should always focus on the poets experiences and the individual expression of emotions.

Kloos (pronounced Close) was born in Amsterdam in 1859 and is best remembered as leading member of the Movement of 1880 of The Tachtigers. This group were formed following the death of the young poet Jacques Perk, who in his short life had produced only a few sonnets, it was Perk’s rejection on the formulaic approach the rhetoric poetry, breaking the convention of rhythmic verse that brought a new chorus into Dutch Poetry.

The group grew around such voices as Kloos and Marcellus Emants; they rejected the older forms of Dutch poetry and sought new influences from the British Romantic poets and the French Naturalists. They undertook a rebellion against the established authorities in the aesthetic arts and caused much scandal. Their voices were barred from publication in the journals of the time and they found an outlet through the creation of their own review De Nieuwe Gids (The New Guide) which was a direct challenge to the old guard and their periodical De Gids (The Guide).

The Tachtigers stipulated “that style must match content and that intimate and visceral emotions can only be expressed using an intimate and visceral writing style.”

Kloos was at his most prolific during the period of 1880 to 1885, when most of the work for which he is renowned was created. His mental condition deteriorated from 1888, when he first sought psychiatric help brought on partly through alcoholism. He was committed briefly to a sanatorium in 1895 and although he continued with his writings these were mainly rants and suggestions that his former friends had become traitors to the cause.

He died in The Hague in 1938 having seen his early works venerated into the canon of Dutch Literature.

Whether you believe in the philosophy of the Tachtigers or not with regard to the aesthetics of poetry, is not important to me, personally. What I most admire about Kloos and the Tachtigers is their challenge to the order of things, that they had a belief in poetic style that they felt was more valid for the times than the established order. Artistic thought only develops through not accepting that what is established is as far as you can go; Art should not be allowed to settle into a comfort zone, to become a defined medium. Art is often the only voice that can cut through the rhetoric to find truth.


December Readings

6th Dec – Nightblue Fruit – Taylor John’s House – Coventry.
13th Dec – Goblin Folk and Poetry Club – Giggling Goblin Café – Ashby de-la- Zouch.
27th Dec – Word Wizards – Buxton

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