My play, False Witness, one of the winners of the recent New Perspectives Playwriting competition, will be performed as part of an ensemble entitled Goldfish as follows:
‘Memory is a murky world’
A piece created by the STEP UP Creatives Ensemble from a selection of the winning scripts from the DREAM UP Writing Competition.
Directed by New Perspectives Associate Director Tilly Branson
What does it mean to remember? How can we evoke memory?
Goldfish explores the blurred and murky realm of memory through a series of stories - diving deep into our ability to remember and examining the powerful part played by others as memories resurface over time.
Guildhall Theatre, Derby Thursday 21 June 7.30pm
Box Office: 01332 255 800 / www.derbylive.co.uk
Lakeside Arts Centre Friday 22 June 7.30pm
Please call New Perspectives on 0115 927 2334 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Glentworth Village Hall, Lincolnshire 23 June 7.30pm
Box Office: 01427 667 118 / 01427 667 047
Thomas Cranmer Centre, Nottinghamshire 24 June 7.30pm
Box Office: 01949 850 600 / 01949 850 779
- I will be undertaking a Writing Residency from September 2012 to March 2013 for the organisation, First Story. This will be at Ellis Guilford School, Basford, Nottingham.
EVENTS COMING UP AND OPEN TO ALL …..
21 June: 11am - 2pm
Information day and sign up for Carers living in Derby City - Carers Breaks’ available
(includes Writing for Wellbeing breaks)
Performances of ‘False Witness’
(see above - Latest News)
Oxfam, King Street, Belper
4 July: 7.00 pm
Poetry Reading and talk about my work
Arts Derbyshire Conference
Speaker - Writing and Wellbeing
Saturday 1 September
Children’s Poetry Activities, in store.
Codnor Chapel, Mill Lane
13 June: 7.30 pm
Poetry With Punch - Performance by Wirksworth WordMiners
Poetry Takeaway - Derbyshire Food and Drink Fayre
Donut Studios, Chesterfield
Sat 12 May: from noon
Lyric Lounge - Two of my groups, Wirksworth WordMiners
and We’re All Write! (Eckington) perform their work
Wed 14 March: 7.30 pm
Four Derbyshire Poet Laureates
Nottingham Writers’ Studio
Sat 10 March: 10.00am
Professional Development Planning Workshop
Fri 2 March: 7.30 pm
Alan Sillitoe evening - Poetry Reading
The Hub, South Normanton
Sat 25 February: 10.00 am
Writing for Wellbeing taster session
Cotmanhay Women’s Group
1 February: 1.00 pm
Creative Writing Workshop
Nottingham Writers’ Studio
1 Dec: 7.30 pm
Talk/Q & A on ‘Writing in the Community’
Cotmanhay Women’s Group
30 November: 1.00-3.00 pm
Buxton Opera House Arts Group
15 November 1.30-3.30 pm
Burton Monday Writers Group
14 November 1.30-3.30 pm
University of Nottingham
28 Oct: Visiting speaker - BA in Creative Writing
‘Writing in prisons and healthcare’
11 October: 7.00 pm
Launch of ‘Seventy’ - anthology of Nottingham Poetry Society’s 70th anniversary year
Tibshelf Mobile Library, Tibshelf, Derbys
10 October: morning
Speaking to mobile library users and gaining ideas form poem about mobile (see ‘commissions’)
1 October: 10.00 am
Day workshop in poetry writing
Marketplace/St Mary’s Churchyard, Wirksworth
Sun 25 Sept: from 6.45pm
An extract of Wirksworth WordMiners’ ‘Ballad of Wirksworth Town’ will be read at the Wirksworth Festival Finale’s Garden of Light and Fire.
Derby Guildhall Theatre
Tue 20 Sept: 7.00 pm
‘Always in the Afternoon’ - script in hand performance of my play (Momentum Playwriting Festival).
Red Lion, Wirksworth
Mon 19 Sept: 7.00 pm
My wonderful group, The Wirksworth WordMiners, present: A Rich Seam
- a performance of their work for Wirksworth Festival .Tickets £5 on the door.
10 September: 10.00 am
Professional Development Workshop Planning session
Poet in Residence, Clitheroe, Lancashire: 11-12 December 2010
Saturday 11 December: 1.00-4.00 pm
Poetry Writing Workshop - theme ’shopping’.
Saturday 11 December: 7.00 pm
Poetry Reading and hosting of reading by workshop participants
Nottingham Poetry Society: New Mechanics, Nottingham
Sat 27 Nov: 2.45 pm
Poetry Reading with Carol Coates
Thurs 18 November, 2010: 7.45 pm
Talk about my life as a poet and reading: Saying Yes
Momentum New Playwriting Festival: Curve, Leicester
Fri 29 Oct, 2010: 7.00 pm
Half-hour extract from my new play ‘Always in the Afternoon’ performed along with other extracts from playwrights on the East Midlands ‘Crossovers’ Project (Theatre Writing Partnership).
Tickets available from Leicester Curve Box Office.
Beeston International Poetry Festival: Beeston Library
Wed 20 October 2010, 7.00 pm
Poetry reading with Kathy Daszkiewicz
Saturday 2 Oct 2010
Short poetry reading with other poets.
Lyric Lounge: New Arts Exchange, Nottingham
Sat 25 Sept 2010: 1.00-2.00 pm
One-to-ones for poets.
Clitheroe Shops Anthology Launch: Molly’s Cafe, Clitheroe, Lancs
Thu 16 Sept: 7.00 pm
Reading of ‘M. Hartley & Son’
Saturday 17 July 2010
Southwell Poetry Festival
Poetry Reading - John Lucas and Friends event
Saturday 26 June 2010
Student Performance from Into The River (see below) - Lowdham Book Festival
Lowdham Chapel, Main Street: 3.30 pm
Wednesday 17 June 2010
Launch of the University of Nottingham’s Creative Writing Degree Student Anthology, Into the River - Angear Visitor’s Centre: 7.00 pm
Congratulations to all the students for their fantastic input into the anthology and all the hard work they’ve put into making the anthology such a success.
Tuesday 8 June 2010
As part of the Derbyshire Literature Festival, I will be at Aston-on-Trent Village Hall alongside Book Doctor Priscilla Baily, talking about books and reading favourite poems.
Sunday 6 June 2010
Shipley Park, Heanor, all afternoon, leading poetry activities for all with Derbyshire Poet Laureate Ann Atkinson. Come along and take part in our poetry trail and write a poem for our poe - tree.
22 April 2010
Poetry reading at Nottingham Poetry Series event along with Mark Goodwin and Kerri French at the Angear Visitors’ Centre, Lakeside, University of Nottingham at 7.30 pm . More information at www.nottinghampoetryseries.com
Every Friday from 27 April to 29 July 2012
(no session on Friday 8 Jun)
10am to 12noon , Royal Concert Hall
Cost: £60 for 9 sessions. Price includes tea/coffee/biscuits following each session.
New participants welcome, age 55+
About the course …
A 9 week creative writing course for anyone age 55+ who fancies having a go. The course will involve having fun writing, sharing our work in a supportive atmosphere, reading work by established writers, talking and laughing a lot, and on the way, learning quite a lot about writing. For more details, please contact David Longford on 0115 9895531 or email email@example.com
‘Write Here’ Residency On the Business of Writing
I am undertaking a writer residency from Feb-June 2011, organised by Writing East Midlands in partnership with the University of Nottingham, and will be ‘attached’ to the BA in Creative and Professional writing course on the Jubilee Campus. I will be introducing writing undergraduates to the practice of being a freelance writer and providing mentoring and Personal Development Planning (PDP) as well as running workshops on the business of writing and leading workshops in community settings. Nottinghamshire County Council will be working in partnership on this programme providing placements for the students to work with disabled community groups.
I will also be producing new material on the Business of Writing that will become a resource as well as a creative piece.
- I am still very busy with the wonderful ‘Crossovers’ Project run by Theatre Writing Partnership. My play is now in its sixth draft and has been workshopped by actors - really exciting process. I’ve learned an incredible amount about playwriting in an intense introduction to the world of theatre, and the mentoring and practical support we’ve been given, not to mention all the theatre visits and talks I’ve experienced, have been invaluable. It all culminates at the end of October in performed extracts of our plays at Leicester Curve (see below).
- My poem, M. Hartley & Son (from ‘The Sky, Head On’), about my late father’s previous family business in Clitheroe’s King Street, is to be published in a special anthology of shop poems being produced there, and displayed as a shop poster in the town. I’m really pleased to be involved with this.
- In July, I introduced and ran a workshop for the Derbyshire Writing Ambitions Day, organised with Ali Betteridge, Literature Development Officer for Derbyshire - a day for writers seeking to progress in the business of writing. It was an inspiring day and I am to lead a follow-up workshop in Professional Development Planning for writers in the autumn.
I’m really excited to be one of six East Midlands writers selected for the Crossovers project, run by East Midlands Theatre Writing Partnership. I will be writing a new piece for theatre between now and October, an extract of which will be performed at Leicester Curve on 29 and 30 October, alongside other new writing during the Momentum New Theatre Writing Festival. I’ll be really busy during the next few months visiting theatre productions, attending workshops and mentoring sessions, and eventually working with actors and directors on the finished pieces. It’s brilliant news and a major new challenge!
My poem, Vital Valley, has been read out at an Amber Valley Planning Board meeting, as part of the debate to try and save the valley from major superstore development. Poetry where poetry has never been read before, and doing its job.
Nomination for ‘More Glass Than Wall’
Just heard the great news that ‘More Glass Than Wall’ (see ‘Commissions’) has been nominated for a 2009 British Composer Award in the Educational Project Category!
My new poetry collection, The Sky, Head On, published by Shoestring Press is now out and currently available (£8.95 p+p free) by contacting me via this website.
A Class Act
On Monday, 21 September, at The Country Kitchen, Wirksworth, my outgoing WEA ‘Poetry and Performance’ class of Summer 2009 performed their work to a packed audience. The event, ‘A Class Act’ was the result of 5 weeks of intensive work in programming, performance and confidence-building, and the final evening, a showcase event as part of the Wirksworth Festival, was very well-received.
Some sample comments are below. Well done, all, you were brilliant!
Wow! What an evening! Thank you - thank you - thank you.
A delightful evening of poetry rendered by people who were obviously enjoying their poetry writing and reading.
Can I congratulate you all for the wonderful, entertaining and superbly organised poetry reading. An excellent and impressive selection of pieces of work and performed with skill and confidence.
Hugely entertaining and inspiring. A lovely convivial evening.
Excellent performances from all. Really enjoyed my first poetry reading. Thank you.
All components worked so well: presentation, timing, variety, voice projection, wit, humour, sadness … a wonderful evening’s entertainment!
My monologue, Always in the Afternoon, second-prizewinner in the East Midlands Dream Up Monologue Writing Competition, organised by New Perspectives, Theatre Writing Partnership and East Midlands Airport, has now been recorded and is available on the New Perspectives website.