ON POETRY, WRITING AND RANDOM CULTURAL MATTERS

Saturday, 22 September 2012

The Dark Film - Paul Farley

Another great outing from Paul Farley. This collection starts with a terrific poem on writing - The Power- and continues in this vein. I especially enjoyed the controlled non-nostalgia of his boyhood poems like Quality Street and Newts. As he says at the end of A Thousand Lines 'I will not write nostalgic poems/I will put these things out of mind.' He does this very successfully indeed. Highly recommended.

The Dark Film




Friday, 21 September 2012

Alternative Paris - Street Art Tours

As part of Unstrung Letters' new season of events, on Wednesday night this week, we were treated to a short Street Art Tour in the 11eme from the guys who run Alternative Paris.



As readers of this blog will know, I am especially interested in all forms of street art and graffiti and have been photographing it all over the world for the last several years.  See above by Invader. So, a super evening as far as I was concerned and I learned a lot about styles and the artists. I am now seeing ignorant style everywhere.

If you are don't know what that is, but want to find out - take a tour. Check them out here: http://alternativeparis.org/ or follow on facebook.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Poetry Reading - Paris

Please come to a reading on 27 September at L'Atelier de Vertus, 6, rue de Vertus, 3eme at 19h30. Jason McGimsey and I will be reading work on the theme of Passion and Revolt. See you there!

Friday, 7 September 2012

Graffiti Project latest

From my summer holidays in Crete - a little bit of indignation, a little bit of hope in Heraklion.



Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Poetry Reading - Paris

I will be reading for Poets' Live next Tuesday evening, 11 September, at 7pm, at Carr's pub in the 1eme (1 rue Mont Thabor). Please come and listen to me, David Barnes and Gary Storrey.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Poetry News

Hirundine, the opening poem of my collection, Cape Town, will appear in the next edition of Sitegeist, a journal of psychoanalysis; edition 8 of which is devoted to poetry and psychoanalysis. Details here for those interested in this sort of thing:http://www.the-site.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=38&Itemid=52