My pamphlet launch

Following last week’s pre-launch at Leicester Shindig, I’m really looking forward to the launch proper of my pamphlet, Beyond the Tune (see here).

Here’s the launch flyer as two jpegs:

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It’s also featured in Leicester’s Everybody’s Reading festival programme (see page 30, here).

And here’s the Facebook event – more for your info than for firm numbers, as it’s an open event anyway – just turn up!

It would make my afternoon if you were able to come along.

 

My pamphlet pre-launch

Monday night at The Western pub saw a Leicester Shindig!-with-a-difference.

In a change from the customary format, Jane Commane hosted an open-mic-only first half (with the usual bar-set-high readings, I must add).  A Soundswrite Press showcase, hosted by Maria Taylor and compered by Karin Koller, comprised the second half of the evening.

Karin opened with a few words about Soundswrite women’s poetry group.  You can find out more here, but I’d like to add that I’m immensely grateful for the insightful feedback, support, friendship, open discussion and love of good poetry that characterises our twice-monthly meetings.

It was good to see so many fellow Soundswriters in attendance and to hear them read a diverse selection of poems, many of which I remember first encountering as early drafts.

Caroline Cook co-featured with a reading of poems from her pamphlet, Primer, launched last March.  For me, it was a nudge to re-visit my favourites in this primer-painted slim volume.

The evening being a kind of pre-launch event, too, I co-featured with a reading from my debut pamphlet, Beyond the Tune (Soundswrite Press).  As most of those gathered had workshopped many of its poems as early drafts and/or heard them at the open mic, I changed my mind several times when I was planning which ones to read on the night.  In the end, I decided on a sort of journey through the pamphlet, reading eight of the twenty-seven poems by way of a thank you and as an invitation to the reader.  And I also read a new poem (recently workshopped at Soundswrite) because there is a writing life after sending out a body of your own work into the world (although there were times when I did wonder).

Photo: Jane Commane

Photo: Jane Commane

It was an evening filled with warmth and friendship as much as poetry.  And wonderful to sign copies of my pamphlet, too!  My thanks to those who came and to those who were there in spirit.  It means a lot.

I’m now looking forward to the launch proper on Saturday October 4th (post to follow).  I’m thrilled that it’s to be a joint launch with D A Prince for her second full collection, Common Ground (HappenStance Press), not least because she has been my main editor (and oh so much more) over the past year or so.  It’s a free event, open to all, as part of Leicester’s Everybody’s Reading festival, too.  I’d love to say hi to you there if you’re able to make it.

After yesterday’s ICT woes and various pleas for help via email and messaging (many thanks – you know who you are!), to say nowt of the step-by-step (read idiot-proof) guide on WordPress Help, I’ve managed to get a Buy Now button functioning on this blog.  So a signed copy of my little pamphlet (plus a bonus poem-on-a-postcard) is available to (ahem) buy now by clicking here, or you can buy direct from Soundswrite Press here.

If you’re operating a no-buy year/policy, you can read a copy at any of the following:

Saison Poetry Library, level 5, Royal Festival Hall, London

Boston Spa Reading Room, British Library, London

There are also the usual legal deposit copies in the Bodleian library in Oxford, Cambridge University, National Library of Scotland, Trinity College Dublin and National Library of Wales.  (Imagine!)  Or you could request a copy at your local library.

Pamphlet diary date #2: Everybody’s Reading festival

Leicester is cranking up the gears for a week of (largely) free events with the aim (as it says on the tin) of getting everybody reading.  There’s so much to choose from, catering for all ages and appetites from the avid to the most reluctant of readers. 

ER festival 2014

So, if you’re local, or within easy travelling distance of Leicester between 27th September and 5th October, why not click here to view or download the programme.

And there’s an event on page 30 that I’m rather excited about: the launch of my pamphlet, Beyond the Tune (Soundswrite Press).  It’s a joint launch with Davina (D A) Prince, whose new collection, Common Ground, is hot off the HappenStance press.  I’m delighted and flattered, and really looking forward to meeting Helena Nelson, too, if she’s able to make it on the day.  And I’m assured there will be cake and liquid refreshment (I’m hoping for Earl Grey tea) and cake.  It’ll make my poetry day to see you there, or at Shindig on September 15th, or both!

There’s a launch flyer in the offing, to feature in my next blog post and further updates on Facebook and Twitter.

As both diary dates are fast approaching, my To Do list Top 10 includes planning which poems to read and what to say.  Any launch tips, via the comments box below, will be gratefully received.

Pamphlet diary date #1: Leicester Shindig!

As promised, here’s the first of two diary dates for your poetry calendars:

Leics Shindig Sept 2014

I’m really looking forward to featuring at one of my favourite regular poetry events.

I’m treating the evening as a pamphlet pre-launch: I’ll be reading poems from Beyond the Tune and copies will be on sale for the first time.  I’ll have my signing pen handy, too!  And if you haven’t yet picked up a copy of Caroline Cook’s Primer – well, I reckon it’s rather excellent and well worth a read, too.

If you’re local (or not too far away and fancy a poetry jolly to Leicester), it would be lovely to see you there.  For those on Facebook, click here for a link to the event.  Or just turn up on the night and surprise us!

If you’re unable to make it  on a ‘school night,’ details of the (weekend) launch proper to follow, so stay Tuned :)

My pamphlet proof

In my previous post, I was excited at the prospect of getting my hands on a proof copy of my pamphlet: something tangible, after all those months of hard work, highs and lows.  So I was surprised that the elation I’d expected to feel – well, it just wasn’t there!  Instead, I felt rather flat, if I felt anything at all.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m really pleased with the overall look, the print quality and everything, to say nothing of how opposite poems can now physically ‘talk’ to each other.  And I needed the affirmation of the tactile (I’m trying really hard, here, to avoid using phrases like ‘skin-on-skin contact’…).

Thanks to Davina Prince and one or two other collection-published poets who’ve been through all this before, I’m reassured that, in a way, this is a kind of ending, if only until the pamphlet launch and afterwards.  So it’s natural to feel deflated, even a little sad.  And I’ve managed to distance myself a little, which is a good thing, as very soon my little pamphlet will have to stand up for itself as readers make of it what they will.

Last time, I promised to reveal the title, didn’t I?  So here’s an image of the front cover:

BTT front cover

Launch details and a couple of diary dates to follow.

 

 

Second time around: the 100 poems challenge

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For the second year running, the indefatigable Claire Trevien is writing 100 poems in a day to raise money for a worthy cause:

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I am back!

As some of you may remember, I wrote 100 poems in a day last November to raise money for Refuge. You can read my report about it here.

Unfortunately, the situation has been getting worse, not better, for victims of domestic violence with the closure of numerous vital centres across the country.

So I’ve decided to revive the challenge and write 100 poems on 15th August 2014. This time, I’ll be writing the poems on the back of 100 postcards (and uploading the images to this here blog). You can claim the postcards you like by commenting below the posts, or by leaving a comment when donating.

Here is my JustGiving page, please donate! I have a very ambitious target this time, but we raised nearly £700 last time, so I think we can do it!

Here’s what you can do to help:

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Creative Connectors Call Out: Storyboarding Workshop

Originally posted on Click; Connect; Curate; Create:

We are looking for 2 Creative Connectors to help us with our Gaming project commission.

We are working with local company Ogglebox Sensory Computing Ltd to develop to a prototype augmented reality trail game for Bosworth Battlefield using smart glasses. The goal of the project is to use the technology in the glasses to recreate aspects of the Battle in front of the eyes of the visitors, and in the locations where they may have actually taken place.  Smart glasses include a computer that allows the wearer to run mobile apps with graphics that are displayed so they look as if they are at some distance away; and the idea is to use them to give visitors the sense of stepping back in time.

Bosworth Battlefield Sun Dial

Bosworth Battlefield Sun Dial

We need your feedback on the design and content of the trail, feedback on how the smart glasses feel to wear and how easy…

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