What a night that was!!
It’s done. It’s happened. It’s over…and it was fucking excellent, thank you, please. See a review from my friend Mike below…
It goes without saying that we (Matthew and I) have to say thank you to the readers – they were all truly excellent. Different from each other, but totally in control of what they were doing from the off. There was literally nothing that I would want to change about any of the readings.
The whole evening passed by in a bit of a rush for me, so I don’t have the level of recall to go through everything that everyone read, but I think almost everyone (apart from Matthew) treated us to new work and from their most recent collections – apart from me, obvs.
I think I’d only read two of the poems in my set in front of anybody else before, so it’s all new work from me until it’s in a collection. I guess that’s a subject in itself. What constitutes new work, when does a poem stop being new? *Makes note for another post*
I think the most heartening thing for me was that other people came. I was astounded to see the lovely Josephine Corcoran waiting outside the venue when I arrived. She’d travelled up from Trowbridge, admittedly to see her Son as well but the fact she came along makes me very pleased.
Everyone of the readers brought at least one “punter” with them, so we made the room look full. Some people even turned up because they wanted to, eg Josephine, Oliver Comins, Andrew Neilson, Rob Selby and my friends Matt, Mark and Mike. A huge, huge thank you to them all for showing up to support this event and, perhaps most importantly, The Trussell Trust.
While I’m mentioning The Trussell Trust, I’ve not quite totted up all we’ve raised, but we took about £100 on the night, we had about £278 in online donations before. Not quite at the £500 I was hoping for—you can still donate here — but it’s a good amount and I am pleased it all goes direct to The Trussell Trust.
It’s been a week of campaigning where the incumbent government continue to show how little they care about the general population and/or folks in need, so anything we can do to help is fine with me.
So, now what follows are a few learnings I’ve noted to myself following the evening.
1. Make sure you book Katy Evans-Bush, Robin Houghton, Neil Elder, Rishi Dastidar, Clarissa Aykroyd, Rory Waterman and Ramona Herdman.
2. Take notes as you go…I wish I’d made notes as while I remember every reading, I’m unclear about it all/able to make full reviews. I think I was all over the shop as it was happening trying to keep an eye on timings, thinking about my own work, trying to take pictures, etc..so notes would be a big help.
3. Don’t drink two pints quickly before you start. Half way through the second reader I was desperate for a pee…I made sure my set was bang on 10 minutes as I was leading into the break…
4. Take photos or ask someone else to of every reader. Due to a poor choice of seat I was unable to take a picture of Robin – sorry, Robin, but I asked my friend Mike (who happens to be a photographer) after that to take a few shots in case I forgot. See below for details
5. Make sure you check your readers know when they are reading. I’d emailed everybody with a running order, but Katy seemed very shocked when I mentioned she was reading first. I suspect the email was lost in spam…so CHECK/CONFIRM everyone’s read it!!
6. Enjoy the bejesus out of it.
7. Book the King & Queen – excellent venue, great room…
Right, the pictures of our lovely readers.
THE WEEK IN STATS
I’ve created a page for the Title Giveaway, so they are now there as well
- Die Fingermouse
- Deadball Specialist
THE WEEK IN STATS
14k running – Slower week due to not being able to go on Thursday day or evening – some event on
1 Poem worked on A draft of a poem for our office Xmas lunch next week. It won’t win an award, but it has some excellent punning in
0 days without cigarettes. I was doing so well, then had a bit of a relapse this week. Oh well, onwards and sideways
1 amazing meal at Ting at The Shard – Thursday afternoon before the reading. A Xmas lunch with a supplier for work. I stayed off the booze while everyone else was tanning the wine. Couldn’t mention it on Thursday as Shard is a banned word in the poetry world.
1 acceptance for 1 poems – The lovely ladies at Atrium have taken my poem, Gift, for publication in Feb next year. Another almost made it too.
1 rejection By Frogmore, again. However, two nearly made it in
1 review to be rewritten – You’ll see when you see.
1 more week that I’m not having an affair with Eva Green
READ, SEEN, ETC
Why? Robin Houghton
A new running sleeve and new headphones.
Craft ed. Rishi Dastidar
4 ep of Spiral
Laura Veirs, The Lookout
The National, I Am Easy To Find
Girl Ray, Girl
Caspian, Dust & Disquiet, Waking Season, Tertia and Live At Old South Church
Galaxie 500, On Fire
Ride, This Is Not A Safe Place
Athletico Mince, a couple of eps...
and of course, The Archers…