Nervous-excited (mostly excited) for tonight's spoken word set at RAW Poetry at Central Station (27 Wharfdale Road, Kings Cross N1 9SD). Looking forward to trying out a few new poems.
Free poetry workshop upstairs at 7.30pm, followed by open mic and spoken word from 9pm. You can also check them out every Tuesday from 6-8pm on internet radio www.reelrebelsradio.com
Had a fantatic time at RAW Poetry last night. Squeezed 12 poems into 8 minutes and got some good laughs. Good times.
Great to have such a fun (and free!) event in Camden. Well worth checking out on the first Monday of each month. You can check them out at www.myspace.com/rawpoetry.ct
Spoke to quite a few people, who were all very interested in Collective and my residency. Starting to talk to people about their Camden stories and about writing Camden-inspired poems. Like this one...
I love this letter from Taylor Altman in this month's edition of Poetry:
We [poets] are not writing to compete with best-selling authors or to score points with the so-called common reader; in fact, maybe we’re not even writing for an audience at all. We’re writing for ourselves, because we have something we believe is important enough to put down on paper, and because we can’t fathom doing otherwise.
Today is my first full day at Collective (http://twitpic.com/16r2wg)
a place to be
Seven hours in and only just starting to defrost...
Mental note: I must bring gloves
this place takes time to warm.
The gossip team next door
are in caps and jackets still
against the chill.
Had a great time at Poetry Unplugged down at the Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden last night. 31 poets for 4 quid? That's a bargain, that is!
Got a great response to my set, and was interviewed by Muse, Westminster University's student magazine. They were particularly interested in my poem, 'Dust'. Here's a quick extract...
If I dust you down
with kitchen flour
will I find her fingers on you?
by the kitchen sink
my cunning will astound you
Did you hear about
my office? My new place
in Camden Town?
What great week in poetry... one performance, two interviews, and one poem accepted for publication. *grin*
My interview with Canadian literary blogger, JM Prescott, went on for so long that it's going to be released in five instalments. The first one went up yesterday. You can have a look at 'A Conversation Between Poets - Part One: Residency' at http://bit.ly/97q3OW
Tomorrow night, I'll be at the Write Place shared reading at Kentish Town Library (Thursday 18 March, 7pm-8:30pm).
It's a free evening with Aoife Mannix and participants from the Camden Inspirations Market creative writing workshops.
Aoife Mannix (http://aoifemannix.com/) is writer in residence at the Camden Inspirations Market. Aoife is an Irish writer and poet based in London and has had 4 collections of poetry published. Her first novel Heritage of Secrets was published in 2008.