Somewhere Else Writers’ latest broadcast ‘Birds in Books’ is a spring-themed programme celebrating the many ways writers have portrayed birds. The programme features work by Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes and Lewis Carroll as well as local authors Selwyn Morgan, Graham Bruce Fletcher and Frank McMahon.
The broadcast ran from 4.30pm to 5pm on Sunday 19th May and will be repeated at the same time for the following three Sundays. You can also hear it on Corinium Radio’s ‘Listen Again’ page or on the Somewhere Else ‘Broadcasts’ page.
Delighted that my poem ‘A Song for the Yazidi Women’ is included in the anthology ‘A Scream of Many Colours’ published by Poetry Space. All profits from the anthology will be donated to Médecins Sans Frontières.
The poem was originally published on the website ‘I am not a Silent Poet’ and may be read here.
Iris Anne Lewis’ story ‘The Cry of the Wolf’ won 1st prize in Writing Magazine’s weather competition. Described by the judge as ‘lyrical, atmospheric…a finely wrought and satisfying story – a fantastic example of a fairy tale successfully retold’.
It is published in this month’s Writing Magazine and may be read online, together with the judge’s analysis here.
It’s been a good week for Iris Anne Lewis, whose short story ‘The Cry of the Wolf’ has won first place in Writing Magazine’s weather competition.
She was also thrilled to hear that she was one of eleven commended poets on the shortlist for the Frosted Fire Firsts Pamphlet competition. Final results will be announced at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival which runs from 25th April to 4th May.
Chair of Somewhere Else, Frank McMahon was invited to talk about the inspiration behind his poetry in a podcast for the editor of The Curlew magazine, Lynn Parr. The magazine, a print periodical dedicated to writing and illustration celebrating the natural world, featured Frank’s poem ‘Wordsmiths’ in October and has just accepted a second poem ‘Flint’ for the next edition.
In the podcast Frank talks about setting himself the challenge of writing about a known but inanimate object existing over a long passage of geological time. The full interview can be listened to here:
Click here for more information about the magazine.
Many congratulations to Richard Lutwyche, whose book ‘The Pig: A Natural History’ is being published by Princeton University Press in August and is now available to pre-order on Amazon. Beautifully designed and illustrated, it covers every aspect of pig existence – from the prehistoric “hell pig” to today’s placid porker. Evolution, domestication, anatomy, biology, behaviour, and breeds are all discussed and there are fascinating insights into the pig’s important – and sometimes strange – role in human life and culture.
Richard ran the Gloucestershire Old Spots Pig Breeders’ Club, was editor of The Ark magazine for the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, and its chief steward and organiser of one of Britain’s largest pig shows. In 2010 he received the lifetime achievement award in the BBC Food and Farming Awards for his work in pig husbandry and the conservation of rare breeds.
The Arts House Cafe in Bristol was buzzing with excitement on March 15th, when the Poetry Film Collective brought ‘Adventures in Poetry Film’, its show of a dozen or more poetry films to LYRA, Bristol’s brand new poetry festival. The show, featuring ‘Matryoshka’, by Somewhere Else writer Iris Anne Lewis, was the final event of its tour of South West England. The films have also been shown in venues as far away as Greece and Australia.
So is it the the end of the adventure? Probably not, as plans are afoot for the collective to create more poetry films, so watch out for more shows in the future. In the meantime, click here to watch ‘Matryoshka’ on Vimeo.