“People tell me we live in a pretty equal world,
but man… this is a little boy
who everyone thinks is a girl, and
by high school his whole world is broken…”
‘This is Not My Story’ filmed at the Hall for Cornwall in Truro, February 2013, as part of a Telltales event.
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Tagged ftm, Hall for Cornwall, identity, LGBT, lgbt history month, poetry, spoken word, telltales, trans, transgender
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!
There’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 Foot; My 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!
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Tagged Aaron Kent, Alan Robinson, Ben Power, cornwall, Douglas Bence, Felicity Notley, Hall for Cornwall, live, Mary Mcstecky, Nic Robey, nick jarvis, poetry, telltales, writers
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!