I’ll be reading an extract from Fin de Siècle, which appears in the University of Kent’s forthcoming Kent Review, at Waterstones in Rose Lane, Canterbury, on Wednesday 14th May from 18.30. The Kent Review, edited by Amy Sackville and Dragan Todorovic, launches on the same day and is available to order here.
The launch of the Wise Words anthology, at Canterbury Heritage Museum on Saturday 13th October, will mark the culmination of my work with Canterbury Laureate and LSE Royal Literary Fund Fellow Sarah Salway and the Wise Words project.
The anthology showcases poetry, prose and photography produced by several community groups from the Canterbury area in a series of intergenerational workshops led by MA students from University of Kent and PGCE students from Canterbury Christ Church University. Featuring work by participants from Kent Refugee Action Network, Medway Mermaids, the Moving Memory dance company, St. Nicholas School, Whitstable’s Desert Island Divas and a group of independent writers and photographers, the anthology will be available to purchase at the launch or here, via Waterstones. The accompanying exhibition, which opens on 13th October, is set to run for two weeks.
My poem Eternal Return appears in the forthcoming anthology Not Only The Dark. The book also features work by (amongst others) Catherine Smith, Susan Wicks, Patience Agbabi, Alice Oswald, David Harsent, Michael Laskey, Pascale Petit, John Siddique, Penelope Shuttle and Anne-Marie Fyfe and will be launched on 6th December, 2011 at Keynes College, University of Kent. All profits are to go to the international disaster relief charity Shelterbox; copies available via Amazon or directly from WordAid.org.uk.
I have two pieces of writing entitled The Lark Descending and Weal And Woe (Building Romans) on display at the Curious Curator exhibition in Canterbury until Saturday 28th May. Both were written in response to compositions by students from Canterbury College as part of the A Noise Annoys project and will be read in conjunction with their music on Thursday 26th May in The Ballroom as part of the Sounds New Contemporary Music Festival. The festival runs from 20th-29th May 2011 and features a UK premiere of Arvo Pärt’s Adam’s Lament.
Pics from the Bordeaux trip by co-narrator Ina Hume…
More Bordeaux pics here including an earlier visit by IATMJ also in May
‘HAMMERFEST: Technology, Being and Self – Re-imagining the films of RW Paul in Heideggerian Context
A collaboration between hybrid arts collective I Am The Mighty Jungulator and writer Stephen Ireland, Hammerfest is an innovative re-imagining of the films of RW Paul, the pioneer of British cinema. Using material from Paul’s films and featuring an original IATMJ score, Hammerfest explores Paul’s work in the context of the environmental crisis, the philosophy of Martin Heidegger, and the folk tale Snow White, simultaneously telling the story of Tunte and Techné – workers at the Snøhvit gas liquefaction plant near Hammerfest, Norway. Hammerfest fuses performance with document, featuring live narration and Kosmiche musical accompaniment, to develop Paul’s work into a metaphor for humankind’s narcissistic relationship with the natural world. Rendering human beings’ seemingly fatal embrace of technology as a theme that blurs and transcends fictional boundaries, Hammerfest is a unique blend of film, philosophy, literature and music.
The first showing of Hammerfest took place on Friday May 23rd at the Rock School Barbey in Bordeaux. The first UK showing of Hammerfest will take place on June 8th at the Arnolfini Auditorium, Bristol, as part of the Venn Festival.’