A deep bow to my lovely friend, the artist Boann Lambert, who just turned one of my poems into an intricate piece of artwork. The poem’s called ‘Give Me a Man’ and here it is transformed into a beautifully embroidered reel of fabric.
For more of Boann’s work check out her Instagram. As well as making a whole variety of art objects she’s equally a painter, printmaker and photographer – among other things. She works and runs creative workshops at Arc Studios in Frome, Somerset and will be exhibiting at Frome Open Studios 2018.
Just out is the audiobook edition of Allie Esiri’s brilliant and hugely successful anthology, A Poem for Every Day of the Year, published by Macmillan (2017).
If I wasn’t already cock-a-hoop enough at having poem included and seeing my name listed alongside heroes from Shakespeare to Spike Milligan, I’m now also slightly giddy having just listened to the always excellent Helena Bonham Carter reading my poem, ‘Dancing with Life’.
Now to light a fire, pull up a comfy chair and enjoy the rest of the collection, with all 366 poems read by Helena and fellow actor Simon Russell Beale, plus introductions by Allie Esiri.
The book and audiobook are available from Amazon (among other places).
Headbooks! is an exhibition of visual poems from the first two titles in Sidekick Books’ wildly experimental Headbooks series.
Aquanauts (cover image left) and Bad Kid Catallus (cover image right) are both interactive, collaborative compendiums “combining the aesthetics of guidebook, catalogue and poetry anthology, melding the factual with the fantastical, the lyrical with the visual, and brand new work with remixed public domain art”.
Contributing artists include Forward Prize winner Vahni Capildeo, avant-garde Scottish poet and performer Harry Giles, CLiPPA Award winner Kate Wakeling – and me! Included are scrapbooking and do-it-yourself pages so that every copy is customisable, blurring the line between reader and writer.
The exhibition, curated by Sidekick’s writer-editors Kirsten Irving and Jon Stone, showcases collages, calligrams, mixed-media translations and telegraphic poems across two floors, including some exclusively redesigned for the exhibiting space. On the ground floor, you can find rewired and re-mediated versions of the poems of Catullus, the Roman poet famed for his bawdy and salacious verses, and for his explosive love-hate relationship with the mysterious noblewoman referred to in his poems as ‘Lesbia’. Below deck, you will uncover the dive-verse world of Aquanauts: sorrowful shipwrecks, Loch Ness sightings, vile jellies and deep sea leviathans.
Details, directions and opening hours at http://poetrysociety.org.uk/poetry-cafe