Monday, 9 November 2009

readings

i do two readings this weekend, one in perth and one in edinburgh. the perth one is shorter, an open mic type event and most of the people i know or have met before. we have a few laughs, there's less obvious drunken-ness than the last time and i don't have to do on the spot ad libs which is a relief!

sunday i go off to rob mckenzie's grv night where i'm first up before tessa ransford and rober alan jamieson. i don't do nerves, not since i had the realisation that i spend some forty odd hours of my week speaking to strangers on subjects a sight more tense than a poetry reading, but even so it's a quality line up and i don't want to let the side down. plus colin has made the trip up from dunbar and i'm giving some of the island poems an airing.

i have the timer on my phone, which is a help as time goes by quicker than i thought. i open with the island poems, do a couple of the science-y poems (which i've subbed last minute for the edinburgh poems as there's not that many edinburgh people there!), three work poems, the black bicycle just to give myself pause, a couple of 'issue' poems and a couple of domesticana poems to finish. which sounds a lot, mainly because it is, but it also meant i missed out on a bunch of other themes.

and it all seemed to go down okay. i did the leonids poem for t, seeing as its one of her favourites and i like reading it more and more, tho there's a sticky line in it still i'm not happy with. the work poems i'd been uncertain about, not just because i haven't read them in public but because of the subject matter which, it has to be said, i'd toned down, or so i'd thought. folk seemed into them tho possibly, as i'd hoped, because it was an area that was new to them. i think my favourite of the night was a list poem where i mull over scottish minerals.

i'd been looking forward to having a blether to colin on that score but he, like us, needed to be off and by that time i was ensconced in various conversations which included one about the exeter book and things old english ( sorry about that colin!), topics i don't often get a chance to get involved in. it turns out tessa had done a poem in connection with the exeter book also, which i'll stick up here at some point as it's rather lovely. it was grand to be able to talk about language just a shame we didn't have more time. esp for colin donati, whose scots version of jabberwocky was t's poem of the night but given, his, mine and tessa's discussion on old english and the like, something she never got to tell him.

a big thanks to rob for sticking me on and, assuming i can get the time off, we look forward to the discussed february date.

9 comments:

Niamh B said...

Well done on those, second one sounds pretty packed - you got alot in there!!

Rachel Fox said...

Sounds like you really enjoyed it. I keep reading good things about Colin Donati...must try and see/hear/read him some time.
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swiss said...

i did get a lot in but there's always that one you miss out!

colin donati is good value. i've seen him a couple of times and he's never been less than thought provoking. i'm sure i have some of his stiff lying about the house but i can't find it!

and got highly commended in the aesthetica magazine comp this week so feeling better about the world!

Rachel Fox said...

Interesting typo...

More competition triumphs? Well done.
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swiss said...

i love those random typos too much to bother checking any more!

Sorlil said...

well done you!! I thought grv was in edinburgh?

swiss said...

it is! i've amended that. don;t know what i was on about there!

sunnydunny said...

Yes, it was a pity we didn't have time for a proper natter, but I'm very happy you like my Portsoy photo. It'll make a striking cover. Colin Donati played guitar and sang at Kevin C's launch tonight - both were on top form. And it was great to see more of the old crowd who read (as did Kevin and I) at the Poems n Pints gigs in the 1990s.

swiss said...

as predicted i sat at a meeting that, while it was useful to be at, the person doing the isisting didn't turn up!