Following a succesful premiere in August, the Poetry Film Collective heads to Swindon for our first tour date! Featuring films from Sam Loveless, Stephen Daniels, Iris Anne Lewis, Lucia Sellars, Dominic Weston, Brian Reid, Shauna Robertson, Tom Sastry, Sally Ann Russell, Chaucer Cameron and Helen Dewbery.
The Swindon-based Poetry Film Collective was set up in 2018 as a six-month project funded by Arts Council England to explore how people from different artistic backgrounds might approach poetry film-making. We are all poets. Some of us are also performers, film-makers, musicians and visual artists. Some of us have lots of experience in one area while others are just starting out in another.
All of us have made a poetry film and we’d love to share them with you!
Each film is short-short (around 2-3 minutes) and there’s a real variety of work.
We’ll screen several films, then have an interval to grab a drink and have a chat, then screen several more.
In today’s Guardian newspaper, William Sieghart, founder of National Poetry Day and the Forward Prizes for Poetry, recommends ten of the best poetry anthologies. I’m thrilled to have poems and artwork in two of them (4 & 6 in the list, from Pan Macmillan & Sidekick Books, shown below).
It’s a great list – “whether you are after poems to inspire or filthy verse inspired by Catullus.” And yes, some of mine are in the latter camp.
Come along to the Old Road Tavern in Chippenham, Wiltshire on Thursday 2nd August for the first of what we hope will be several screenings by the Poetry Film Collective.
The Collective was set up in early 2018 as a six-month project funded by Arts Council England to explore how people from different artistic backgrounds might approach poetry film-making. We are all poets. Some of us are also performers, film-makers, musicians and visual artists. All of us have made a poetry film and we’d love to share them with you!
Bar provided, BYO popcorn. Full details on Eventbrite here (no need to book, just come along).
The Poetry Film Collective is / are:
Iris Anne Lewis
Sally Ann Russell
I’m very chuffed indeed to have won the title of Frome Festival Poet Laureate 2018 at last night’s Frome Poetry Cafe open mic!
Big appreciation to Crysse Morrison for organising and hosting a warm and wonderful evening of poems on the theme of Mary Shelley’s classic character, Frankenstein’s monster, and enormous thanks to guest poet and judge, the very funny and entertaining Rob Barratt.
The latest anthology from The Emma Press is out now, edited by Anja Konig and Liane Strauss. Some Cannot Be Caught: The Emma Press Book of Beasts “rustles and roars with the voices of animals and humans, co-existing on earth with varying degrees of harmony. A scorpion appears in a shower; a deer jumps in front of a car. A swarm of snowfleas seethes through leaf litter; children bait a gorilla at the zoo. The poems in this anthology examine hierarchy, herds, power, and the price we pay for belonging.”
There’s also one of mine, ‘The Fish Without a Bicycle’.
Out now from Eyewear Publishing, The Best New British and Irish Poets 2018.
“Modeled on the famous United States competition, the third annual Best New British and Irish Poets anthology brings together a diverse and lively group of rising stars from across the UK and Ireland, and represents some of the most interesting new voices writing in the English language today.”
The 2018 edition was judged by US poet Maggie Smith. It features 50 poems including my poem, ‘Ginger’.
Here’s a snap of my poem, ‘Drifted Down’, which is currently rolling around Guernsey on the 736 bus. Many thanks to Jon of Guernsey’s bus company who must be one of the most friendly and helpful chaps on the planet.
Me: I don’t suppose there’s any chance of getting hold of a photo at some point at all?
Jon: Hang on, I think it’s on… yes, the 736, it’s due any minute, call you back in ten… which he does, having just run outside, stopped the bus, hopped aboard and taken this pic!