CATHEDRAL VIDEO POEM NOW AVAILABLE
This autumn I created a video poem for St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Suffolk. The project started in the spring when visitors to the Cathedral were asked to put down there thoughts, stories and words about the Cathedral on postcards. In September I ran workshops with the 'Welcome Guides' (those folks who show you around the Cathedral) and local school children - in addition to taking pictures and videos and recording the sounds of the place - to gather material to put together the poem. The finished piece was shown on Thursday 26 September at a poetry evening in the Cathedral and is now available on youtube - you can watch it here (see right)!
MORE BUZZING AROUND SUFFOLK
This autumn promises to be a particularly busy one, as in addition to the Cathedral project I'll also be focussing on the changing local landscapes with schools and residential homes in the Suffolk Coasts and Heath and Dedham Vale area. From coastal erosion to aerial photographs of our patchwork fields, I'll be getting participants to explore what it all means to them and putting it all into poems.
I'm happy to also be working once again with Wonderful Beast, the Suffolk based theatre company. They are currently putting together a production of Grimm's Seven Swans and I've been working with children from Aldeburgh Primary School to generate some words and poems for the piece.
SUNSHINE OF FORTUNE - NEW PUBLICATION
Earlier this year I published my third pamphlet - 'The Sunshine of Fortune' written during my 'Poet of the Valley’ residency. It features poems which have been been inspired by Stour Valley artists including Constable and Gainsborough and writers like Robert Bloomfield and Ronald Blythe. It also features full colour prints of the paintings and photographs that triggered the words. You can hear and read a couple of poems from 'The Sunshine of Fortune' here.
Or you can buy yourself a copy here.