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.
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.
As promised, here’s the first of two diary dates for your poetry calendars:
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 :)
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:
Launch details and a couple of diary dates to follow.
Browsing the poetry shelves in a local second-hand book shop yesterday, I came across this piece of poetry history:
by Adrian Mitchell
(Cape Goliard, 1968)
Pop art on inside cover
Bizarrely, the bookshop is opposite Leicester’s Knighton Public Library where I heard some of Mitchell’s poetry read at an arts week event, recently. It’s been a pub copy (from the days of Poetry & Jazz, I assume), acquired and withdrawn from two universities. It seemed in need of a good home (and some spinal surgery) so I was happy to part with £7.50.
From poetry past to poetry future:
Poem from a Bus Shelter
written by Claire Shaw
or graphic poetry?
Louise Shaw is also the cover illustrator of the current issue of The Interpreter’s House magazine:
She came to Wednesday’s TIH launch at Five Leaves bookshop in Nottingham and spoke a little about the Arts Council-funded project. You can read about Seeing Poetry here and read Claire Shaw’s poem here. I couldn’t resist buying a copy. I certainly think it will engage younger readers. Is this the shape of poetry future? I’d love to know your views via the comments box below.