SUNSHINE OF FORTUNE - NEW PUBLICATION
Delighted to have just launched a brand new publication - 'The Sunshine of Fortune' written during my recent 'Poet of the Valley’ residency. It features poems which have been been inspired by Stour Valley artists including John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough and writers like Robert Bloomfield and Ronald Blythe. It also features full colour prints of the paintings and photograph that triggered the words.
You can hear and read a couple of poems from 'The Sunshine of Fortune' here. You can even buy yourself a copy.
In addition to being commissioned to write these poems, the residency also involved running a series of schools' workshops in November/Decemeber last year, where I used the art of Stour Valley as starting points for poems with primary school children. The final part involves public events - there was a launch at Gainsborough's House and a reading at the Ronald Blythe Celebration Day both in early March. This will be followed by two more readings supporting Eastern Angles new play, 'The Long Life and Great Good Fortune of John Clare' in Dedham (22 March) and Sudbury (26 March). To book tickets click here.
You can read an interview about the 'Poet of the Valley' project
at the Suffolk Guide, posted in August last year.
ANOTHER VIDEO POEM ON THE WAY!
I've just been commissioned to create a video poem this autumn for Bury Cathedral. This follows hot on the heels of a similar project I put together last year when I was poet-in-residence at the Beccles Festival. You can see the finished poem on the youtube box to the right of your screen...