INTACT & The Disinherited

Frome launch HM Feb 18

Advertisements

Words and Ears

My first visit to the regular Words and Ears event held at The Swan in Bradford on Avon proved to be a treat on Thursday 28th December. Hosted by Dawn Gorman, there was an open-mic session along with three guest poets, Stephen Daniels, Hazel Hammond, and Dru Marland.

Stephen delighted audiences with his witty and sometimes poignant reflections on life from his new collection, Tell Mistakes I Love Them. Helen debated the mermaid dilemma that has perplexed men for centuries, as well as reading from her own collection, Needlepoint. Dru entertained us with readings from her first collection of poems on ornithological musings entitled, Drawn Chorus . Dru has promised to pen a verse on the musicality of a birdsong combined with the ting of a cooling motorcycle engine, which I look forward to hearing.

Poetry is not a form I have worked in often other than Kerbcrawler (the collection in progress on this blog), but I think the study of it is essential in aiding a writer of prose to become sharper, succinct, and a little more creative.

Words and Ears is held every last Thursday of the month.

How Important is Genre Fiction?

I read in The Guardian on Friday that print sales for literary fiction have remained low since they plummeted in 2010. This ‘crisis’, highlighted in a report commissioned by the Arts Council England (ACE), has the same Council considering to fund this publishing genre.

It would be a mistake, I think, to assume that other genres only reflect society rather than examine it, or do not have anything worthwhile to say, and therefore don’t merit support.

Should we not question ACE’s literature director’s reported comment, “… we are saying that there is something so unique and important and necessary and fundamental about literary fiction in particular, that we need to focus on it and support it.”?

Shouldn’t ACE concentrate on promoting literacy in schools, or reading in adulthood, with the aim to allow the reader, not ACE, to support the authors of literary fiction or any other genre?

 

We Are Gathered – audio version

I have just received a rough recording of my story, We Are Gathered.

It was recorded live in the Anglican chapel at Arnos Vale Cemetery on a stormy October evening, and is narrated by the poet and writer, B Anne Adriaens. Enjoy!

Many thanks to Rich Jeffery who will be putting together an audio book with a polished version of the above along with all the other stories that were read out at the North Bristol Writers’ event.

Flash Slam Virgin

I took part in my first prose Flash Slam at Stokes Croft, Bristol on Friday night and brought my family along for moral support. Seven writing groups battled it out for the honour of being Flash Slam Champions 2017. We all had to write a three hundred word piece and read it aloud … in to a microphone … in front of an audience.

Our team, We Thought It Was Speed Dating, came second, beaten by the mighty Stokes Croft lot.

There is a skill to reading out and someday I may learn it, meanwhile I’ll concentrate on getting the written word right!

Stokes Croft

By The Graveside

the-blue-hour

As Ophelia waved her tail in farewell and our very own Brian approached with all the stormy power its name suggests, our Tales From The Graveyard, the proposed tour of Arnos Vale with accompanying fiction, was limited to the Anglican chapel that crowns the cemetery’s hill.

The austerity of the building combined with candlelight shadows was the perfect gothic setting for our readings of the macabre and the horrible. And with an added soundman, Rich Jeffery, there maybe an audio book of the event in the future.

Among the North Bristol Writers that took part were:

Pete SuttonMaria Herring who was reading a story by Kevlin HenneyChrissey HarrisonJustin NewlandClare DornanJay MillingtonIan Millsted, and Piotr Sweitlik,

With the poet B Adriaens reading my contribution this ghoulish evening was concluded.

With thanks to the Arnos Vale staff – great coffee, by the way – and, of course, our audience – I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Look out for the Tales From The Graveyard print anthology in 2018

Tales From The Graveyard

Come along to Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol on October 19th, when my story, We Are Gathered, will be read among the headstones.  Other members of North Bristol Writers will also be reading their new work. Visit the event page on the AVC website for more details.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACome along to Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol on October 19th, when my story, We Are Gathered, will be read among the headstones.  Other members of North Bristol Writers will also be reading their new work. Visit the event page on the AVC website for more details.