Daily Archives: December 17, 2013

Reading Poetry at The REP

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I found out about an event hosted by library of birmingham com poet L Joanna Skelt. An idea to bring music and the spoken word together around twilight to ease the transition from day to night. A mellow gathering in the winter. bbccoukrep It took place in the REP Theatre on the Mezzinine floorbirminghammail rep away from the general bustle but still in a public spot. It was a great evening.

Fantastic performances and inspiring poetry, it was great to hear more of Joanna’s material. We were joined by two former laureates Jan Watts and Charlie Jordan and I was able to share some of my recent poetry too.

I met some people there who had seen me perform before (back in October) it was lovely to talk about poetry and writing.

I left on such a high that I didn’t actually leave the city straight away. The Frankfurt Christmas Market is there this month and the weekend Mr G and I were supposed to go we were too tired and never made it! Last time I was out in the city for a Book Launch I didn’t go and look at the stalls as I knew I was coming back a few days later with Mr G (which, as mentioned – never happened!)

I didn’t fancy the bustle of the main market – the crowds were thriving and I didn’t want to be in them on my own. The top part of the market used to be a few stalls up from the food court and bars. This year it practically meets the library – well it would have been rude not to.

I bought presents, tasted samples, avoided buying large sausages and bags of Pork Scratchings or 2foot liquorice – I was so hungry! I did buy 2 gorgeously unique (ish) poetry dresses for next year, my incentive to get fitter and lose weight!

For a free gig it turned out quite expensive 😉 the happiness has lasted for hours though.

I hope Jolibraryofbirminghamdotcom joanna skelthas another go at organising a night soon.

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SOLC – Slice of Life Challenge – A Grand Day!

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sols_6Today has been a wonderfully inspiring mixture of events and coincidences! So much so that I have decided to post this general slice and link the other posts into it.
I have JUST realised it is TUESDAY still – so this qualifies as my SLICE OF LIFE post for this week – I would love to start the ritual of a weekly post again and get time to read other slicers – maybe in the NEW YEAR!

I worked today – I was booked for the morning only – which is a farce because it is always afternoon before you leave. I didn’t get a break and worked through what would have been dinner if I had worked all day – so I did 5.5 hours without food, water or breaks! Small wonder I felt a little aggrieved by the time I left. Not to mention the first lesson was a practical science class and I had no support! The kids were fabulous though and I shouldn’t complain because it is still worlds better than it used to be!

Next came the adventure of collecting my nephew’s birthday gift – which I ordered online on Sunday and was a Click and Collect – ready in store yesterday – but I spent the whole day writing and the evening out at Amy Rainbow’s Book Launch. It took an hour – because I had to go through the store with a basket 1st, there were a few small items I needed to buy including a snood to replace the one I lost last night at the book launch. I collected his gift and had planned to go home via shops in town, but after I had fought the great battle with the self serve tills I had had enough and came home.
I had an hour before another appointment. I spent it online and discovered that Joanna Skelt – the Poet Laureate was organising a Mellow Winter Evening Event at the REP Theatre which started at 5.30pm, I wasn’t sure I would make it in time – but I did.
It was great, a lovely way to break into the evening.

Joanna was fantastic and performed a lot of her jazz inspired/ jazz poetry, Jan Watts (former Laureate) performed her theatrical, funny, less mellow poetry, I had a chance to read a set of my own, Charlie Jordan shared one of hers and other people performed poetry and music, it was a great night.

Afterwards I made my way home via the Frankfurt Christmas Market – I may have some poetry dresses for next year – an inspirational device to make me lose weight! I sampled lots of tasty treats and bought a few gifts before coming home!

A great day and a grand adventure.

PLUS
The Moon tonight was massive and beautiful (I should describe it more poetically) I wanted to snap a picture but was driving on the motorway at the time and couldn’t!

I phoned Recon (venue last night) and THEY HAVE MY SNOOD – it is in lost property… they will keep it safe until I manage to travel over that way – guess I will take my new one back for a refund!