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
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Tagged cornwall, falmouth, Illustrations, Jake O'Leary, Jo Thomas, Luke Wright, mac dunlop, New Writing, Parabola Project, poetry, telltales
Perhaps it is true what they say about third time lucky!
I’ve just been informed that the beautifully designed Parabola Project will be publishing some of my poems in its next issue.
If you’re not familiar with the publication, here’s a few words from their website:
“The Parabola Project is the brainchild of Telltales, a reading night launched in October 2008 with the goal of showcasing, motivating and inspiring creative writers from Cornwall and beyond. […] Telltales represents talent from across the writing spectrum, programming and publishing everyone on an equal footing […] showcasing captivating words alongside stunning imagery to inspire readers and writers everywhere.”
For more information about the Parabola Project, or to buy copies of Issue II: Origins, or for lots of other exciting content such as interviews with writers featured so far in The Parabola, head on over to their website and when you do, be sure to hit their main page several times as each time it refreshes you get a new image from the book in the background and some of them are really rather nice.
The Parabola Project Issue III is due out at the end of Nov 2012, so I’ll be in touch with more info about the launch and such nearer the time.
This is going to be the first in a series of ‘gigs with musicians’ at which I will be performing poetry to unsuspecting pub audiences. When I say unsuspecting, we are of course advertising the events, but still I can guarantee that there will be people who are very surprised to have somebody talking at them instead of playing them sweet soulful music. I only hope they like it… and if they don’t, that they either keep their disappointment to themselves or express it with nice soft things like rotten tomatoes, rather than hard things, like root vegetables!
We’ve given our new collective a name that manages to evoke some kind of generic inbreeding having occurred between the cult of Twee and Death Metal. We are, of course, neither very twee nor very metal but are employing the name in an ironic way, yikr! Also, it was written in magnetic words on my fridge and we thought it sounded epic.*
So, come to Finn McCouls on Thursday and witness the first evening hosted by Massive Dragon Solace, featuring: Elliott Sutcliffe – playing his newer material which brings out a much softer and more wistful side in his songwriting; Will Rothwell – with his beautiful finger-picking guitar style; and myself, performing amongst other things, a new poem called The 12 (Urban Dictionary) Days of Christmas, in which I find 12 different ways of mentioning teabagging.
Incidentally, I’m going to post this poem onto my facebook page a verse at a time over the 12 days of crimbo, so head over there now to ‘like‘ it if you want to receive these updates.
*can you tell I’ve been reading the urban dictionary of late?!
Posted in Events, Performance
Tagged christmas, Elliott Sutcliffe, falmouth, Finn Mccouls, live, Massive Dragon Solace, Music, nick jarvis, poetry, Will Rothwell
Fear not, this is no ordinary Christmas dinner; the early yuletide treats in the offering here will whet your appetite for the feasts to come. Rather than overload you with turkey and little piggies in blankets, the Courtyard Deli is presenting a fine fare of alternative, but still traditional, seasonal delights. To include: Ham Hock Terrine, Baked Cornish Organic Brie, Roast Baby Pumpkin with Melted Gruyere Filling and Roast Cornish Vegetables, and Boozy Christmas Tarts with their own Quince Mincemeat and Clotted Cream. I cannot wait!
Placed tastefully on the side of that amazing feast will be entertainment led by your most congenial host by Mac Dunlop, who will bring to the stage in ‘a bit of this then a bit of that’ cheeseboard kind of fashion, the fantastic songwriter and composer Seamas Carey, famous for being half of the revolutionary “Underdog”, selling out his Silent Movie nights at the Poly, while still finding time to release his first EP, “Dean Quarry”; the renowned Bard of Bodmin, Rob Barratt; and myself, performing some poetry that might make you think that I’m really a private investigator following The Case of Christmas, or it might not.
Come along, eat some fabulous food, drink some booze, be entertained. What more could you want really? All this can be yours for just £20 a head. Contact the Courtyard Deli for tickets on 01326 319526 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tagged cabaret, christmas dinner, courtyard deli, entertainment, falmouth, local food, mac dunlop, nick jarvis, rob barratt, Seamus Carey
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.
The 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.
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.
‘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.’
‘The writing is urgent, edgy, the poetry of young urban Britain’
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.
‘Telltales‘ 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.