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24th January – Telltales @ Hall for Cornwall – Truro


Well, it’s a new year, and I’m happy to say I’ll be starting it off with a gig down in Cornwall, performing in a line-up selected by the brilliant purveyor of fine words that is Telltales.

Telltales at the Hall for Cornwall looks set to be a powerful evening full of drama and delight. Bringing you 8 writers, each with their own take on ‘This Mortal Coil’ – so expect life’s stresses, being human, making mistakes, mortality, death, birth and everything between!

The Telltales MicrophoneThere’s an eclectic line-up with a little bit of something for everybody, including  sci-fi writer Ben Power; rising talent Aaron Kent; award-winning writer Felicity Notley and her story The FootMy Cornwall competition winner Douglas Bence who’ll be sharing his story An Unexpected Guest; lots more from Nic Robey, Mary Mcstecky, and Alan Robinson; and a 5-minute performance poem from me, called This is not my story.

This event is part of the Hall for Cornwall’s series of ‘Platform Events’ that take place in their Assembly Rooms. Tickets are free, but seats are limited to just 80 and must be booked in advance as when we last checked there were only about 10 left. So…

Follow this link to BOOK YOUR TICKET NOW.

See you there!

Telltales: The Parabola Project III: Horizons - get the book while stocks last

27th November – Falmouth – Parabola Project Launch

The Launch Event for the third and final Parabola Project, that explosion of literature and design, is tomorrow night at The Rum Bar in Falmouth.

Unfortunately I can’t be there myself this time, as I’m stuck at the wrong end of the country, but you’ll find my poems lurking somewhere under the fantastic cover of this new issue, which is entitled ‘Horizons’.

It looks like there’s going to be some great writing in this edition. I’m massively excited to be being published in the same book as one of my favourite poets, the awesome Luke Wright, and then there’s Jake O’Leary, who’s been kind enough to offer me cups of tea and inspiration when he’s found me sitting in his kitchen, and many other great writers of poetry and prose as well as the enigmatic illustrations, photography, and design.

You can pick up a copy for just £5, and if you live in Cornwall, here’s a list of stockists, or leave a comment / contact me if you’d like to order a copy sent to your home.

The Launch night features performance from: Mac Dunlop, Rebecca Hall, Adrian Rodda, Sylvie Vacher, Fi Read, Suzie Cunliffe, Heather Hosking, Aaron Kent, Lauren Sheerman, Alan Robinson and Jo Thomas.

27th November –  The Rum Bar, Falmouth – 7pm – Free Entry

3rd – 5th August – Holifair Festival – Gweek, Cornwall

HOLIFAIR! It’s that time of year again – 3 days of fun in a field with many of your favourite local & national bands, performers, entertainers, and this time you have me at 2pm in the Marquee on Saturday! So if you can stagger out of your tents by then and drag your hangovers into the nice dim lighting of the sheltered Marquee Stage, I’ll do my best to entertain you and make it all seem ok again.

Check out the Holifair Festival facebook page for up to the minute information about the line-up, where to get tickets, and anything else you think of!

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.

Port Eliot Festival 2011 – Nick needs your Votes!

Cornwall’s monthly night of wonderful words, Telltales, is offering one writer the opportunity to take to the stage and showcase their stuff at the Southwest’s premier literary festival, Port Eliot.

Nick Jarvis has been shortlisted from the many contenders and now needs your votes, so please Click Here  now and help make this happen.

(Voting closes on Sunday July 3rd)

Nick’s submission for this competition is a humorous poem about heartache, a word game of confusion that hopes to wrap the audience up in the experience of losing track of who you are.

The poem can be read on the Telltales website, or you can watch it below, and then VOTE folks. Thanks!

24th August – Roseland Penninsula – Caravanserai Fireside Sessions

On Wednesday 24th August, Nick Jarvis has been invited to perform at the Caravanserai Fireside Sessions on the beautiful Treloan Coastal Holidays site, near Portscatho.

CaravanseraiCaravanserai is an arts residency project initiated by Annie Lovejoy and Mac Dunlop  on the Roseland peninsula in Cornwall. In partnership with the campsite owners, Pete & Debs Walker, they are working to promote a responsible approach to tourism through hosting creative activities that engage with, and celebrate the local environment and culture.

To date, artists, writers, musicians, storytellers, geographers, foragers, academic researchers and post-graduate students have been hosted by the Caravanserai project to explore and respond creatively to this unique context.

‘Caravanserai is bringing together local anecdotes and craft processes, and instigating environmental practices and discourses in an organic interlacing of histories and poeticsʼ.

Dr Harriet Hawkins – geographer-in-residence 2009

29th March – Falmouth – Telltales: Future, Perfect?

Nick, the last time he performed at TelltalesTelltales‘ is Falmouth’s monthly evening of short stories, novel extracts, poetry or prose; a chance for readers, writers and listeners to gather together and hear what Cornwall’s writing scene has to say for itself.

This month’s theme is ‘Future, Perfect?‘ and it promises to serve up glasses of optimism laced with despair, a slice or two of prophecy, some apocalyptic sprinklings, a shot of hope, topped off with the drinking straw of dystopia. Alternatively, of course, it could be referring to a somewhat unusual tense. I guess there’s only one way to find out.

There will be at least six writers reading their own work for your enjoyment, including Mac Dunlop and Nick Jarvis.

Telltales happens at The Rum Bar, above Nancy’s, in Falmouth (TR11 3PN) on 29th March. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

13th Jan – Wadebridge – 24hr Comic etc.

24hr Comic etc.In January and February 2011, twenty four artists, illustrators, photographers and performers will be taking their work out of the studio and into the spotlight. Nick Jarvis will be one of the participants challenged to tell a story inspired by the local area in 24 sections in just 24 hours, creating a truly organic and spontaneous art project.

There will be live coverage on the day from guest bloggers and the doors are open to anybody who would like to observe the artists at work or even join in themselves.

Visit 24hr Comic etc. for more information and for a link to the live blog which will be posted on the day, or check out the facebook page.