Come, Serious Play @ Barbican Centre, Sat 28th November 2015
11am – 5pm, Garden Room, Fountain Room and foyer spaces
For Charles and Ray Eames, the importance of play was a source of creativity and made its way into all of their work. Immerse yourself in the joy of play through a day of workshops, performances and activities at this free, one day event inspired by The World of Charles and Ray Eames. There will be an array of wonderful things going on that day, from making your own spinning tops to contributing to installations as well as music and dance.
I’ll be running TWO poetry workshops alongside Antosh Wojcik – Poet, Performance Poet, Writer one for Children (6-11 yrs), 11am-12.30pm, and the Advanced Workshop (13-18 yrs), 1.30-3pm in which we’ll play with words and their meanings, re-imagine Lewis Carroll’s ‘nonsense’ poem Jabberwocky, construct a 3D House of Cards poem and end with a performance to a live audience.
For further information and to book your place on the poetry workshops please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why Not Strive? An Inclusive club night for young people made by Southbank Centre Youth Ambassadors happening tomorrow night (Friday 23 October), Festival Village, Southbank Centre, 7-9pm. I’ll be performing alongside RaymondAntrobus and Heart ‘N’ Soul DJ’s.
Really wishing I’d had the good sense to have gone to a club night this cool, of poetry, music and activism, when I was younger. Sigh. ‘What we know now we didn’t always know’ comes to mind…
It’s free. Come x
I was in The Poetry Takeaway van last Sunday @ Brunel University’s Lit Fest. I’m back inside what is fast becoming my favourite place tonight @Discovery Centre, Stratford.
It was a real joy to work with the little poets of Small Heath, Birmingham yesterday as part of The Emma Press Myths and Monsters Children’s Tour. We threefold celebrated that, National Poetry Day – this years theme being Light, and Black History Month – managing to incorporate them all into one group poem. This was just them warming up. Lines to come in their individual poems included: ‘as deep as a mouth’, ‘dark as the hole of a sock’ and ‘the fish began to walk.’ Impressed.
Pausing for breath – and still smiling – between orders in Stoke-on-Trent for the Appetite Festival. A shift in the Poetry Takeaway van is one series writing workout, full of surprising requests and ‘more tears than a Lassie boxset’ (as quoted by Mike, the poetry head chef).
I’ll be back in Stoke on Saturday 17th October with the wonderful Clayground Collective reading poems about my impressions of Stoke as a place, its coal history, about pottery as part of the British Ceramics Biennial alongside Elisabeth Charis and Barry Taylor at The Original Spode Factory Site.
More details here:
Clay Cargo: Digging Deeper
The Original Spode Factory Site
Sat 17 October
Readings by poets Rachel Long, Elisabeth Charis and Barry Taylor.
Clayground Collective’s three-year project Clay Cargo project investigated the connections between clay and the waterways over three years. It connected with the community, on the water, at three locations.
Come and hear three poem-responses to: Middleport Pottery at Stoke-on-Trent; Doulton’s ex-clay pit at Saltwells Nature Reserve, Dudley; and the Thames Foreshore, London.
This is the first time these works will be read in full. There will be chances to creatively respond with clay to each.
Rachel’s poems conjure impressions of her first ever visit to Stoke, to Burleigh and Steelite factories and the city’s post-industrial realities; Elisabeth ponders the ancient origins and qualities of clay from the depths of Doulton’s former pit and nearby canal at Saltwells; Barry visits the Thames foreshore and explores London’s history in ceramic fragments found there.
Join us for an inspiring session demonstrating the power of clay to be a catalyst for new creative endeavours.
Free event, suitable for ages 16 and over.
I’ve been a bad website post-er of late. This is because I have been doing lots of post-worthy things rather than not. I probably need to learn how to do both at the same time – like taking a photo of oneself in a club having a good time. Or not.
Alas, this is what I’ll be doing this coming Wednesday: Intercity Flow at Southbank Centre
https://www.facebook.com/events/1673769699506219/. It’s going to be a wonderful event launching an exciting anthology of poetry by young poets and their mentors from all over Europe. The evening will include readings by Jacob Sam-La Rose, Joelle Taylor, Kayo Chingonyi, Shosana Anderson, Will Tyas, Siddharta Bose, Ollie O’Neil and that’s just the Londoners…
Tickets are very reasonable for all this poetry covering all these miles.
Spirit Level, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London
Book tickets: 0844 847 9910 southbankcentre.co.uk/londonlitfest
Sex in the Afternoon: Wellcome Collection
This Sunday (26th July) is the Sex in the Afternoon event at the Southbank Centre in the Purcell Room. Poets, Kei Miller, Warsan Shire, Malika Booker and Rachel Mars present their poetry and prose exploring the theme of sex.
I, along with a few of my Burn After Reading (BAR) fellows; Antosh Wojcik – Poet, Performance Poet, Writer, Belinda Zhawi, Victoria-Anne Bulley, Harriet Creelman, Cameron Bray, and Katie Byford, have also written and recorded poems responding to the theme of sex and intimacy, which will be played in he Purcell Rooms before the event, as well as in the foyer.
Tickets: £12. I am told that there are still some available directly from Southbank Centre box office.
It’s a 16+ event – my favourites 😉
Hope to see you there x
Very pleased to have my poem, ‘Patterns’ published in @Synaesthesia Magazine’s new HUSH HUSH issue.
You can read the stunning new issue, for free, online, here:
(Heads up, they are currently accepting submissions for their next Atlas-themed issue)
For dream commissions, make your own.
London Laureates, Ella Frears, Laurie Bolger, Clare Mulley and I, perform poems inspired by Tracey Emin’s, ‘My Bed’ at Late at Tate last Friday.
Very excited to have co-curated with the wonderful Ella Frears & Spread the Word, a Late @ Tate event where the London Laureates respond to Tracey Emin‘s ‘My Bed’.
Room 1990 (Bed-room), Friday 5th June, 6-10pm, Tate Britain
A day-long festival of zines, artist books, comics, artists-run spaces, talks, films, animation, poetry, video art, exhibitions, workshops – the spirit of independence, autonomy & alternatives.
I’ll be reading poems upstairs, venue 1, 5pm – 6:45pm, alongside Stinky Bear Press, Different Skies, Becci Louise and Chrissy Williams.
‘Honesty is always the best policy. Your own voice and style is important to both your writing and performance. It is unique. No one else can do it like you can. Don’t imitate Kate Tempest, or do a Joelle Taylor or Polarbear, if you are not Kate, or Joelle, or Polar. Steer clear of the ‘American slam poet’ voice if you are not an American slam poet. Avoid nervous jokes – being funny is not a perquisite to being a writer. Ditto amateur dramatics. If your work needs tears, shouting, contortions of the face or body, kneeling and/or flailing arms, perhaps you need to rewrite it. A good poem should not need you to be its writer and its back up dancer…’
Read the full article here: