Tag Archives: 2011

29th November – Falmouth – Telltales Parabola II Launch Night

For the last few months, the Telltales team have been working hard on putting together their second publication, ‘Parabola II: Quickening‘. Using a Wefund Campaign, they have managed to raise a whopping £2120 to go towards the budget raised from Parabola I, which will now enable them to include 11 extra writers in the anthology (making it 20 in total), print more copies, get stockists onboard from further a field, and to generally raise Parabola’s profile that crucial bit more.

I feel that projects like this are extremely valuable as they contribute to the buzz that surrounds any writing scene, and my hopes are that this publication, featuring nationally recognised writers such as Molly Naylor along side local talent, will really start to turn some heads in Falmouth’s direction and increase our status as a place that has a rich, varied, excellent and abundant collection of wordsmiths.

Neutral Norway Audience at 5 Degrees BelowThe other thing that I love about the writing scene in Falmouth at the moment is the audience, gathering at events such as Telltales, the fantastic Neutral Norway and, judging by the interest on their Facebook page, the newly launched Jam. At any of these events there are writers sitting in the audience getting excited about other writers, sometimes musicians waiting in the wings to take to the stage when the writers break for drinks, and even people in the audience who aren’t poets or writers or musicians but actually come along because they like hearing words live and alive. I know, who would’ve thought!

So, on the 29th November 2011 at 7.30pm, come down to The Rum Bar above Nancy’s in Falmouth to witness another milestone in this small town’s growing world of words. There will be readings/performances from some of the writers featured in Parabola II alongside other local talent, confirmed names so far are Chelsey Flood, Chris Brown, and myself.

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2nd September – Newport University – QwesT Conference 2011

Back in September I was invited to run a workshop and perform some poetry at ‘QwesT 2011‘, a biennial conference held in order to raise awareness and share information and support about the particular issues faced by trans men.

QwesT Conference participantsOn a personal level, I was delighted to have the opportunity to share the research I had done for my BA dissertation in 2010, to see it come alive amongst real people, and to see if others would get as excited about, what I think, are some ingenious and beautiful ways of writing about the experiences of trans people.

In time I will upload full details of the workshop to this blog with information about how to either run it yourself or invite me to lead it for you, but for now, here is the blurb that advertised it, feedback from one of the participants, and a few lines of one of my favourite poems on this subject:

Different ways of writing about feelings and experiences can either open up, or limit, the ways we think about ourselves. This workshop will begin with a look at excerpts from a range of different styles of writing by transmen and a chat about the different impressions they make.

Drawing ideas and inspiration from this, there will then be the chance for participants to do some writing themselves using writing exercises that can be fun or serious, personal or impersonal, depending on your preference.

Don’t worry if you’ve never written before, this workshop is suitable for beginners and experts alike.

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“Thanks again for the workshop – it was a lovely mix of interesting readings, good discussion and creative writing! I hope you get the chance to run more workshops like that in the future.”

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If Nancy Were A Boy

‘If Nancy were a boy
he would arrive at my door
Unannounced at 3 a.m.
with a cock in his coat pocket
and a bulge in his jeans…’

…to read the rest of the poem, buy this book:
– Captain Snowdon, ‘If Nancy Were a Boy’ in From the Inside Out: Radical Gender Transformation, FTM and Beyond, Ed. by Morty Diamond, (San Francisco: Manic D Press, 2004), p.110

22nd July – Cornwall – Port Eliot Festival

Thanks to the hundreds and hundreds of you who voted for me in the recent Telltales competition, I am humbled and delighted to announce that I’ll be performing at this year’s Port Eliot Festival!

Round Room in Port Eliot House

As if that’s not enough by itself, we get to perform in the incredibly surreal, ‘Round Room’ (see image above) inside the Port Eliot House. The room was painted by the intriguing Southwest artist Robert Lenkiewicz over a period of 30yrs (left still unfinished at his death). The work was referred to as the ‘Riddle Mural’ and Wikipedia informs me that “half of the mural in the 12m diameter room shows death, destruction, insanity, unrequited love, and the apocalyptic end of the world. The other half reflects love and affection, friendships, harmony, proportion and consensus. Hidden in the work are various references to family skeletons, art history and cabalistic mysteries, hence the name – the Riddle Mural.” I can only hope to conjure up a set of poetry worthy of such an environment and in a mission to do so will spend the next two weeks twisting my brain around, inside out, and back again to see if I can produce something… fitting.

If you’re there, do come find us in the Round Room – Port Eliot Festival – 12.15pm, Fri 22nd July.

And if you haven’t got tickets yet, there are still some available, starting at £35 for a Friday day ticket. Click here to buy.

27th April – Falmouth – Telltales Presents: ‘Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think of You’

The first event in the new Telltales Presents series is Molly Naylor’s critically acclaimed solo show ‘Whenever I get blown up I think of you’, showing at The Poly, Falmouth, on 27th April, with support by Nick Jarvis.

Molly Naylor 'Whenever I get blown up I think of you' Poster

‘I loved WHENEVER I GET BLOWN UP I THINK OF YOU. It’s funny, lyrical, and sad, and above all it does what all the best writing does – makes you tilt your head to one side and look at the world in a slightly different way.’

Jonathan Coe

‘The writing is urgent, edgy, the poetry of young urban Britain’ 

The Independent

How does it feel to have your world blown apart? Britain is booming and Molly moves to London from deepest Cornwall full of naive dreams, high hopes and on a quest to make her life just like the movies. Then on 7/7/2005, she finds herself on a tube blown up by terrorists and her life is forced to take a different direction. Funny, frank and poetic; this is the true story of what happened next and how we put things back together after they’ve been blown apart.

Molly Naylor will be supported by  Nick Jarvis, who will be taking to the stage to begin the evening with a lively selection of “sharp, smart and insightful poems.”

Tickets are just £8/ £6 concessions and are available from The Poly website, box office, or by calling 01326 319461.