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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.

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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.

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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.

http://www.stdominicsschool.co.uk/news/default.asp?storyID=188

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.

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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

http://www.stafford-towncentre.co.uk/arts-festival-home.htm

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.

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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 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.

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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

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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.

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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?

Lateness

What is DELIGHTING me this week?

A Book Launch

LISTENING TO:

MAY 2012 TRAX – Mike Six – Hydranoid Musia

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MARS ON THE RISE BOOK LAUNCH.

Mars on the Rise – The book cover

So the day arrived with trepidation, I had never launched a book before and neither had my two partners in this venture, Rae Gee the author and Dr Goth, a true leader of fashion. At 7:30 pm we went through the final sound checks and at 8:00 pm the lights went down on the crowd that had gathered dressed in a variety of exotic costumes that took us back the darker days of Victorian England.

Fashion Leaders – Dr Goth (right)

So as my opening theme tune blitzed through the Century Theatre I took to the stage for the first time as Sir Nigel Mallard, thinking if only this was taking place in a warehouse in New York.

Sir Nigel Mallard is delighted by the company.

This was an unusual book launch; we had two excellent bands and an excellent comedian to support an Interview with Rae and a short film in from of a costumed audience of family, friends and many of the Mars on the Rise 40 who had paid £20 in advance to sponsor the event. I have been to many book launches and a line up such of this is unusual enough, but to add to this we had a book launch without the book.

We had an image of the cover; there is a kindle version which is selling well in Germany, but no hardcopy of the book to be seen. The books are sitting on the floor of a warehouse in New York, despite the emails and telephone calls from the publisher, the printer failed to get them despatched.

Did this stop us, did it heck, we are Brits and Victorian Brits at that so the show must go on. Apologies made, we went on as if the books were there.

Sir Nigel interviews Rae Gee

The evening started with an interview with our nervous lady author, dressed in beautiful purple gown and a top hat. Rae answered the questions about who she is, why she wrote the book, why Steampunk. We showed the film, an advert for the evil company in the book, Veetu Industries, Purveyors of Sex, Drugs and Steam power. This is a company that trades on its evil and is not afraid to say so. There is a certain honesty about that, yes we are evil but we won’t hide it from you. The 15 minutes flew by and Rae held her own as we honoured her and crowned her wonderful achievement.

Rae left the stage in a flood of Glory, as I continued proceeding with introducing the first act. The Cogkneys. This wonderful duo of Tilly and Arthur, delighted us with their music hall songs, saucy poems in a magical forty minute set. I would truly recommend this act whose performing chemistry matched with their perfect comic timing was a delight to behold, as they engaged the audience in laughter and singing.

The Cogkneys

There is only so much jollity one can take without a drink so an interval was called and we descended on the bar to mingle among the throng of sexy, suave sophisticates who seduced you with their creative inventiveness of the Victorian age.

Fortified we returned to a figure clad in the great coat that would warm a small family through a Siberian Summer, topped of with a hat made you think BEAR. This character being Count Rostov whose comic view of the world was delivered to us his Chumrades in the deep husky tones of this famous Russian ex-patriot of the Czsarist society.

Count Rostov

The evening finished with the absolutely fantastic THE DARK DESIGN, who were performing only their 3rd gig. This collective of multitalented musicians played a variety of instruments from harps, flutes, saxophones, guitars and keyboards along with a mechanical drum kit and guitars that morphed into tubas. This group whose Celtic, folk, Victorian Steampunk sounds conjured up tales of mystic characters and places. This band has a big future, so watch out for them.

THE DARK DESIGN

And so it came to a close, Victorian clad spectators wander off into the 21st Century which existed just beyond the gates of the Snibston Discovery Centre. We cleared away the dregs of the day, unthreading cables, unplugging microphones, removing the trappings of Sir Nigel Mallard, I morphed back into my jeans and tee shirt to become Mal again.

We said our goodbyes and vowed that we would do it all again when book 2 is published.

I arrived home at 1:00am and I opened the first bottle of beer of the night and raised a glass to absent books.

Links to websites
The Cogkneys – http://www.thecogkneys.co.uk/
The Dark Design – http://www.reverbnation.com/thedarkdesign
Count Rostov – http://www.countrostov.co.uk/

RAE’s Book can be found at: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=3564

Thank you to Gary Carr and Rach Flowers for the use of the photographs.

THE WALL.

My life as Assistant Director of the Wall production in Tamworth cannot be put on hold for book launches. Last week saw an all day rehearsal on Monday and a delightful evening of photographing 22 Mums to be projected on to the screen when Floydian Slip play Mother. This has now been rendered into a film and is ready to go.

My search for footage of political rallies, war, the sexual revolution, guitar smashing and the riots last year saw me trawling the web for films that I can use under a creative commons licence. I found many hours of footage, but none of it is ready to use, I have to edit it into pieces that fit the scenes. It is however proving to be a challenging pleasure.

Yesterday saw another rehearsal and this week includes another trip to Chesterfield to meet with the band, Act two as a personal performance, I am really looking forward to it.

Shows are on the 6th – 7th – 8th June at the Assembly Rooms in Tamworth.
Tickets are available from the Box Office.
http://www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk/whats-on/event-calendar/cat.listevents/2012/04/30/-?start=30

POETRY THIS WEEK.

POETRY ALIGHT  returns to the SPARK CAFÉ in Lichfield tomorrow, more details below. I will be writing a review as an extra blog post later in the week, so do come along and listen.

SPOKEN WORLDS  is also this week on Friday in Burton, details are also below. Come and read in one of the famous 3 halves.

NEXT WEEK – THE FIZZ WITH MARGARET TORR.

SOME OTHER EVENTS COMING UP.

15th May
Poetry Alight at the Spark Café – The second evening of this excellent event with several guest poets plus pre-booked open mic’ers. Gary Longden will no doubt be providing more details in the coming weeks.
15th May. I expect to see several of the poetry trail poets reading at this event.

18th May
Spoken Worlds – Burton’s premier Poetry event – it was excellent last Friday, where I played my sound poems as Poet as DJ – and got many positive comments. The next is on 18th May – 7:30 start Open mic plus real ale pub – The Old Cottage Tavern, Bykerley St, Burton-on-Trent.

22nd May
THE FIZZ – Bringing all thinks poetic back to Polesworth – Guest poet is Margaret Torr – plus open mic, refreshments available 7:30pm start – Polesworth Abbey Refectory – High St, Polesworth, North Warwickshire.

SOME OF MY COMING SOON DOINGS

Readings in May

15th May – Poetry Alight – Spark Café – Lichfield
18th May – Spoken Worlds – Burton on Trent
22nd May – The Fizz – Polesworth – Guest Poet Margaret Torr.

June 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th – THE WALL – Tamworth Assembly Rooms.

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WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.

What is ANNOYING me this week?

TWO TYPES OF SHOPPERS – THE AIMLESS and THE FOCUSSED – both oblivious to the rest of us.

What is DELIGHTING me this week?

MY NEW STUDIO BACKDROP SUPPORT KIT.

LISTENING TO:

THE WALL – PINK FLOYD

SOME OF MY DOINGS:

THE SEASON OF LONG BALLS

Well the Football season is nearly over and Tamworth are safe for another season in the Conference Premier. I must admit since I started following Tamworth some six or so years ago my interest in the teams across all the divisions has grown and I now take note of what is happening in the four divisions of the top flight as well as the Conference Premier, North and South.

Tamworth had a good start to the season but have struggled since Christmas. They can play some good football especially against the better teams, where they up their game and play to feet carving out openings that find results. They tend to be a bit chameleon like and let the opposing team set the play which they then copy and against the poor teams they revert to a long ball game which frustrates the fans as invariably they don’t win the balls in the air and the attack is cleared only to see our opponents nick a goal in the last few minutes.

This was clearly shown in the battle they put up against Everton at Goodison Park in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, losing 2-0 but getting high praise in the process, OK, we lost but then we were expected to lose, but in holding Everton the way that we did was a result in my book. Then weeks later we lost at home to Bath City who have not been off the bottom of the league for most of the season, we should have won that game easily. Focussing on the way our teams win is not the end of it, it is important to understand how our teams lose, especially when there is not the luxury of strength in depth. Still we can put that aside for another season, we are safe.

Whilst every Tamworth fan would like to see our team in the football league emulating our Staffordshire rivals Burton Albion, we have to accept that The Lamb ground would not really be up to league standards and as such if we did succeed in getting promoted we would struggle to rejuvenate the playing facilities and also pay the wages of the players required to make us a permanent fixture of the football league.

Tamworth have never over extended themselves financially and chased the unsustainable dream that so many clubs have in the past only to find themselves in liquidation and demoted beyond the Conference and in effect having to start again. Football clubs are businesses but they should never forget their core activity is the game, without the game the conference, hotel or what ever facilities they want to sell, are meaningless, the game is their unique selling point. They are just another offering in an already over crowded hospitality industry without it.

I don’t often talk about my footballing passion on this blog so that was my summary of a season on the Terraces or my view from THE SHED.

THE WALL.

Last week saw another workshop at the Community Café this time in Amington where we explored the themes of Comfortably Numb and created a new sound poem. Some fantastic lines were generated by the small group who attended, including Chloe who as a 12 year old was not phased by writing lines of poetry and was by far the most prolific. It was interesting that her lines took the voice of the comforter, the adult caring voice. The sound poem brings this out and creates an interesting juxtaposition of voices with the her young voice expressing the voice of reason, this would not have been so immediate and obvious from a page poem.

The final workshop is this week at Belgrave when we will create the third piece.

I already have some great lines and recordings to be included in the final piece from all three workshops and I am really looking forward to the next workshop to gather some more.

Rehearsals for the show are also progressing and the difficulties of working with different groups of people, each playing their part but rehearsing separately, then all coming together for the performance, has raised some interesting challenges. Not that they cannot be overcome and this week will see the mapping of the show from the individual acting pieces that have already been blocked out, to the already choreographed dance pieces, to the band, to the choir, to the projections, to the lighting, to the props etc.

I am filming on Saturday, a well known Midland Poet, is coming along to read as a talking head – reciting his and others poetry which will be overlaid with archive footage to create a montage on themes suggested by the production. A chance to use my new studio backdrop kit and to play with lighting, the things that excite me, even when people give me those weird looks.

I am glad of the opportunity to work on a production on such a scale, in both bringing my experience and also adding to my learning at the same time.

Some events coming up.

Nightblue Fruit with one of the Polesworth Poets – Sarah James – 1st May – Taylor John’s House, The Canal Basin – Coventry – 8:00pm – Bar plus Open Mic.

Poetry Alight at the Spark Café – The second evening of this excellent event with several guest poets plus pre-booked open mic’ers. Gary Longden will no doubt be providing more details in the coming weeks.
15th May. I expect to see several of the poetry trail poets reading at this event.

Spoken Worlds

Spoken Worlds – Burton’s premier Poetry event – it was excellent last Friday, where I played my sound poems as Poet as DJ – and got many positive comments. The next is on 18th May – 7:30 start Open mic plus real ale pub – The Old Cottage Tavern, Bykerley St, Burton-on-Trent.

THE FIZZ – Bringing all thinks poetic back to Polesworth –22nd May– Guest poet is Margaret Torr – plus open mic, refreshments available 7:30pm start – Polesworth Abbey Refectory – High St, Polesworth, North Warwickshire.

John Donne – Good Friday 1613 – Riding Westward.

Several poets have suggested ideas for commorating the writing of this poem at its 400th aniversary next year, but I am still open to ideas – so please keep them coming.

The Lost poets will return in June.

 

 

 

SOME OF MY COMING SOON DOINGS

Readings in May

1st May – Nightblue Fruit – with Guest Poet Sarah James
15th May – Poetry Alight – Spark Café – Lichfield
18th May – Spoken Worlds – Burton on Trent
22nd May – The Fizz – Polesworth – Guest Poet Margaret Torr.

June 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th – THE WALL – Tamworth Assembly Rooms.

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