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.
To mark St Patrick’s Day this Sunday (March 17) Somewhere Else welcomes Irish guests Clare O’Sullivan and Prof Nigel McLoughlin along with Sophie Livingston and Frank McMahon in a programme celebrating Irish writing.
The programme, directed by Tina Baker and Clare Finnimore, will be broadcast on Corinium Radio at 7.30pm and then repeated at 4.30pm on Sunday March 31 and for the following three Sundays. It can also be found in our Broadcasts section.
Sophie has been waiting almost a year for this story to appear. It was based on a hike along the Ridgeway and was first accepted by Woman’s Weekly. She withdrew it when they changed their contract conditions ( beware ‘All Rights’ contracts). People’s Friend is bucking the trend and still offering contracts that allow authors to retain copyright.
Check out our new Story of the Month, ‘Cargo’ by Stephen Connolly. It’s an unusual and moving take on refugees and childhood, first read at the 17th Stroud Short Stories event in November. It has since been published in the online literary magazine ‘Fictive Dream’.
Congratulations to Graham Bruce Fletcher and Clare Finnimore for their success in the Graffiti Magazine travel writing competition: ‘Travelling in Heaven and Hell’. Graham was Highly Commended for ‘Begging for it’ and Clare was runner up with ‘Strawberry Road’.
The short story section was judged by Jan Turk Petrie. Jan is the author of the future world thriller: ‘Until the Ice Cracks’; the first of her Eldisvik trilogy set in 2068 in a fictional state just below the Arctic circle. Volume two of the trilogy ‘No God for a Warrior’ has just been released.
Both stories, along with judges comments will be published in the next edition.
Enjoy listening to Clare Finnimore interviewing another founder member of Somewhere Else Writers; Gill Garrett, in our latest In Focus programme now available on our website and on Corinium Radio this Sunday 24/2/19. In this moving programme you will learn about the life of this prize winning poet/writer, educator and health professional who now lives in Wales, some of her adventures and why she is a much missed member of the SE writing group.
The Swindon Poetry Film Collective were invited to present their show ‘Adventures in Poetry Film’ at a fringe event at the third Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival. The Arts Bank, situated in the heart of the town and the home of the Rubbish Arts Project, proved a convivial venue for the screening. Surrounded by works of art made entirely from recycled material, and well supplied with tea, coffee and Somerset cider, the audience enjoyed an evening of poetry films made by the Collective, including ‘Matryoshka’ by Somewhere Else member, Iris Anne Lewis.
The Snowdrop Festival was established by the Shepton Mallet Horticultural Society in to celebrate the work of James Allan, the first person to propagate new varieties from wild snowdrops. He undertook this work at his home in Shepton Mallet. The aim of the Festival is to plant Shepton Mallet with hundreds and thousands of snowdrop bulbs and to restore the Allen family memorial in the town’s cemetery, in order to celebrate James Allen’s and the town’s place in gardening history.
Poetry and photography have been an important part of the Festival from its inauguration and the collective were delighted to add the further dimension of poetry film to the Festival.
Clare Finnimore attended Southwest Scriptwriters at Bristol Old Vic this month to hear actors take part in Briony Pope’s play ‘Detached’, which made the top 10% of scripts submitted to Bristol Old Vic open sessions 2018. Also performed was Matt Sander’s 12 minute, comic two-hander ‘#Me Neither’ about the unknown victims of #Me Too.
Following the very successful Scratch Nights 1 in October, Southwest Scriptwriters are staging Scratch Nights 2 aboard the Lightship Theatre in Bathurst Basin, BS1 6SG. Four professional actors (two male and two female) will give script-in-hand performances of the selected work to a paying audience in the evening of 13 March after rehearsing it with an established director during the day.
The submission deadline for Scratch Nights II is midnight on Monday, 4 February. Find out the upload address for script submissions at one of the forthcoming meetings.