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INKSPILL: Poetry Film Night (3)

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POETRY FILM NIGHT presents Kei Miller

This is poetry and poet on film really. Another favourite poet of mine, Kei Miller, who I was fortunate to watch and meet at Swindon Poetry Festival 2015.

Let us start with the interview.

 

And now for a poem.

 

National Libraries Day & Liz Berry

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6th February 2016

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Why a National Libraries Day?

  • To say thank you to our nation’s librarians for the wonderful work they do
  • To get people out to visit their library and see the amazing services our libraries offer – and join up if not already a member
  • To promote the work of libraries of all kinds in our communities
  • It’s a reminder: libraries matter to us all, and this is the time when we can send a collective, public message to decision makers that we love and value our libraries and recognise that no one else can do the work of a professional librarian – especially in an election year
  • To get together as a community to celebrate what we value – and libraries are at the heart of this

National Libraries Day is a grassroots celebration led by library staff and library users. It is supported by CILIP and a coalition of leading literacy, reading, library and education organisations including the Reading Agency, the School Library Association and the Society of Chief Librarians.logoW741HQ7Z

And what treats our County had in store for us. I was lucky enough to start the day in The Hive – Worcester Library as my Writing West Midlands group met and spent the session gathering material for our book and completing a mock up of it.

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Then I hot footed to see Liz Berry perform at Bromsgrove Library. It was great to hear/see her in action again and a really great way for the local library to celebrate National Libraries Day. Her opening speech about libraries was passionate.

I feel the same way about libraries – I moved around the Country a lot as a 20 something and I would always check out the library, like a second home. It is appalling that these services are having budget cuts and closures. No-one says this but they are also a great place for the children of families who aren’t book families, for people who can’t afford to buy lots of books. Safe spaces that need to be protected and cherished.

Liz Berry’s set was nothing short of magical. It was a lovely night.

BUY a copy of ‘Black Country’ https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1097057/black-country/9780701188573/

LOVE YOUR LIBRARIES! natlibday

 

RELATED LINKS

http://www.nationallibrariesday.org.uk/

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/nov/21/black-country-liz-berry-review-poetry-collection

https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/find-your-next-read/extracts/the-friday-poem/homecoming-by-liz-berry/

A Workshop with Emma Purshouse – Craft & Conflict Exhibition – Bilston Art Gallery

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A very apt workshop the day before Remembrance Sunday. It was intergenerational and listening to the children’s poetry based on Conflict Art was insightful. It is the Centenary of WWI, which has created a whole deluge of War poetry, something I have attempted in the past and this year. I find it hard as despite having family serve in WWII, war is something I have not (fortunately) experienced first hand, there are a mountain of clichés to conquer and sometimes I feel I have no right writing about such things. However, Art is a world I know and I found using the exhibition as stimuli I was able to get ink on paper.

The exhibition itself is filled with such varied interpretations of Conflict that choosing ‘a piece’ to use as a starting point was a tough decision. I am a fan of Haiku, so when asked to produce 3 I thought it would be easy. There was so much story both the artists and the subjects and war itself that coming up with a complete idea in 3 lines was challenging. My first Haiku hit the nail on the head though. It was good to have Emma’s Feedback and support and I am glad I discovered this workshop in time. I look forward to creating poems that wouldn’t have existed otherwise.

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I was absorbed by some of the artwork, so much so I wished I had hours to just sit looking at it – not half an hour to form all my ideas into a poem. I took photos in the hope of spending more time on this body of work, but it will not be the same as sharing the space with the art, up close.

I thoroughly enjoyed my workshop experience and now hope for time to settle back down with my photos and notebook and get to work.

We read examples of our work from the workshop in the afternoon in the Gallery, it was great to hear everyone’s interpretation of the exhibits and the theme of War & Remembrance.

 

RELATED LINKS:

http://www.emmapurshouse.co.uk/

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/events/craft-conflict/ Craft and Conflict brings together both contemporary and historical items that commemorate and explore the themes of war and remembrance. The exhibition is on until the 22nd November, if you are local I highly recommend it!

Book Launch

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Poetry Reading: Maurice Riordan, Angela France at Waterstone’s, on 28 Nov 2013
 
 
 
 
This Book Launch Event was in partnership with University College Birmingham, Writing West Midlands and Nine Arches Press.
It was a fantastic inspiring evening.wikepediaorg
After reading Flashes last night – tonight I became one! I had to zoom from work to another booking and then from there was attempting a homeward bound journey of about 15 minutes to do a Wonder Woman style change and pick up my writing notepad! Alas, traffic was so congested just after 5pm that I performed a spectacular U turn and headed back to the station.
The same station I missed my train into the city from last time *(Nemesis -every writer needs one!) Ironically this time I was at the station and had a 20 minute wait – and no phone battery! (We all know how time flies on updates.) Instead I bought a much needed sandwich and waited it out on the platform.
 
This did give me a lovely window of free time in the city before the event – and the German Market has arrived and paved the streets with light for Christmas!xmas 1 tealights (Christmas is something I have been trying not to even think about yet as it is still November… it is now however, nearly December and the sooner I buy the gifts and wrap them the sooner I can think about planning the first Christmas in my own home! And also stop worrying about the budget – more on this in December though.)gm
I did a small bit of shopping and arrived at Waterstone’s Bookshop in time to collect my ticket and glass of wine.
 
It is a gorgeous building and sadly as my phone battery was all but dead I didn’t snap any pictures for the blog. I will try to find some online and add them to this post.geographorguk   Copyright © 2013 Geograph.org.uk
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We were on the balcony upstairs – a wonderful use of space. I saw a few poet friends, Cathy, Charlie Jordan and Jo Bell (who I did know would be there because it was on her sharing of the advert that I was reminded of this event – which had been advertised in mailing lists from WWM) however, I was still miffed when she mentioned stalking! 😉 It was a lovely event to talk to other readers and poets and chat I did!
 
 
Both Maurice Riordan and Angela France andrea france c peonymoon are well known, published poets. Tonight was my first discovery of both of them. I had already come across Buzzwords a poetry event Angela runs and one for my 2014 list! Tonight I heard her read and my mind sparked off in a million different directions… and I was without my notebook. I vowed then I would need to buy her book, Hide- her 3rd Poetry Collection. andrea France Hide Peony moon
Maurice opened my mind further and much as I liked what he read from his new book, I ended up buying The Holy Land from 2007 instead. Slightly embarrassed when I asked him to sign it. Reading it on the way home on the train I am certainly not disappointed in my choice. If only I could have bought all 3 books this evening – but my impoverish poet’s purse wouldn’t allow it. (I blew my budget before the summer, I’ve neglected doing any accounts since October because I know what I need to try to make back now is already going to take a book deal.) maurice
 
I enjoyed every minute and was filled with a calm core by the end of the evening. I didn’t even mind waiting half an hour for a train as I had poetry to read (one of the things I hoped to grab from home earlier was a book) – I didn’t realise that the train on the platform was mine – presumed it was London bound, so did sit on a cold metal chair for the first 4 poems!
(I wonder how I have made it this far through life sometimes 😉 )
 
Brilliant night –
 
I love bookshops
I love books
I love reading
I love listening
I love being my mind
 
 
I always have
and always will
it is about time
I realised it
 
 
My soul has been
begging me to take
a look in the
mirror my whole life
 
 
I grapple with conviction
at first
for years
I try it on for size
it fits
Then I gain weight
Life takes over
Peter Pan grows up
 
 
I leave behind a
memory
A yearning
a hole
 
 
Even still pictures
show life
now I know
now I am
Now I will be.