Show 019: May 2009
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NewsSometimes you do something and completely forget about it. A while ago I recorded a couple of poems written by the survivors of abuse. Some of the other writers at that Readers’ Day event in the North East also recorded their readings. Only last week the CD of those recording sessions appeared, beautifully produced and designed. It was extremely moving to listen to the CD. I’ll tell you how to acquire it in a future blog.
I’m looking forward to taking part in a Children’ Festival in Horsforth in June, a festival in Greenock in October and doing performance workshops with the Runaway Writers in Burton on Trent later on this year.
I've launched a new page on Facebook, where I will be posting my thoughts and work. It would be great if you want to add your poems to the page too. This month's theme is Spring.
Book reviewThe Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill was lent to me and it came with much recommendation. Set in Laos in the seventies at the time when the country was taken over by Communist, the main character is the elderly Dr Siri who becomes the state coroner after years of being a surgeon. It’s charming and funny, with a similar feel but with a bit more bite than Alexander McCall Smith’s African novels.
I’m in California and writing for a month. I’m writing a screen play which is a bit ambitious. I’m just writing and walking which is bliss.
I started writing my own friends and companions. I had written many short stores, and then started Frozen Summer which was taken up by a publisher. It felt like a different terrain and I think a writer should take risks; you engage with the anarchic side of yourself. I went straight into the second novel because I had a two book deal. Writing my novels put me a place where I could work with other writers. I love the commitments I’ve got with courses, and writers.
I have to write; I write all the time.
Writing is all about self-discovery; we are all in our way the outsiders in our own lives, trying to find the journey of our own lives A lot of what I write are problem in my own life that I cannot solve, and I make up characters and watch how they deal with them.
My patchwork career is my strength and not my weakness, I just written two plays and saw them from page to stage.. It was strange to be sitting with friends watching fragments of my life. The screen play is now finished, and we have to wait and see what happens next.
We have irregular poetry cafes in Frome, keeping the interest up with local guests, and do a words event at a local theatre. Poetry should take to the street. There is a good performance set up in Bath and Bristol, but we wanted to do it ourselves.
It was the Liverpool poets who made me see that poetry could be funny and make you think. My father read me proper poetry not nursery rhymes, and I was really lucky about to have that.
I write my morning pages for my blog and write them on my laptop and then it’s an exercise in editing. It’s a kind of homework. Writing is a craft, and like any other you must put your stuff in order to share, and therefore I must craft it so that readers can hear what I say. I have a passion to communicate, and a passion with words.
Poem of the month
This month's poem of the month - Twelve Lines and a Couplet