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This is a short video trail that I made to promote the pamphlet and an online launch event coming up soon. Music is by the superb Philip Jeck.
Full details and how to order copies at the Tapsalteerie website.
Back in March I blogged about a nonsense verse project called Stop making sense that I made with Kirsten Luckins for StAnza 2021. I heard about a lovely follow up this week involving pupils at the Duchess’s Community High School Poetry Club, Alnwick. Club members produced an ad hoc pamphlet of great nonsense poems and artwork, taking ideas and tools on the Stop making sense website as some of their starting points.
Apparently this was the first time in a year that the club has been able to meet, and the best thing was that they had a really good laugh doing it. You can see the poems and pictures at the link below.
If things are simply getting far too sensible, or maybe you just need a smile, the Stop making sense website is also still open.
My friend Jerry asked me if I’d like to do a piece for his blog, so I wrote and recorded a text and a poem.
(Plus – you know, he said nice things about me – you gotta take what you can get!)
If you click to view the original post on Jerry’s blog, there is a Soundcloud of the whole thing as a sort of minipodcast.
My friend Steve Smart is one of those people who overflows with talent. He’s a photographer, filmmaker, poet and all around Mr Fix-it when it comes to media and tech things. You can see his work here. He’s brought together a number of his talents with a lovely reflective, poetic piece appropriate to our times. Feast on this (a script follows):
Last night I was listening to an excellent BBC podcast in which artist Norman Ackroyd talks with author Robert Macfarlane.
Both are people whose work I admire hugely, and the conversation was a treat which I recommend. Amongst many topics covered at some point they touched on a story about an ancient hand stencil. This piece of cave art, believed to be the oldest yet discovered had been dated to over 64,000 years ago. Something sparked, and I knew I would be writing a poem…
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TRAWL is an Official Selection for screening at the 2020 ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival in Berlin
TRAWL is a video poem made for Stanza 2020 (Scotland’s International Poetry Festival) as part of Scotland’s Year of Coasts & Waters 2020.
It’s a collaboration between myself, poet Matthew Caley, using text from his sixth collection Trawlerman’s Turquoise, musician and bioacoustician Alex South, and experts in marine science at the University of St Andrews.
You can see TRAWL on a screen at the Byre Theatre during the Festival, or you can watch it on my Vimeo channel, right here… (volume up to hear Alex’s amazing soundtrack!)
More about …
TRAWL at StAnza 2020
‘Trawlerman’s Turquoise’ by Matthew Caley is published by Bloodaxe Books
Matthew Caley will be at Stanza 2020, for further details please see
Alex South is a composer, performer, and bioacoustician
With thanks to marine scientists at the University of St Andrews, especially:
Richard Bates, Ellen Garland, Bernie McConnell, and Luke Rendell.