Cafe Poet: Dominique Dunne

It’s the weekend, and it’s a beautiful sunny day in St Andrews, so if you’re around, why not head down to Bibi’s Cafe to check out some poetry? (They also do a great weekend brunch, which I will definitely be making the most of in an hour or so.)

If you can’t get to Bibi’s, or you need a little nudge in the right direction, here’s a little taste of what you might find when you get there.

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Featured Cafe Poet: Dominique Dunne

Pieces

It’s almost like I’ve drowned
except I have no mouth,
nothing to swallow this water.

Nothing to stop the pull,
the whim of the tide.
Sucked across a bed

of hopeless lost property
that no-one looks for anymore.
I am in five pieces

spilt and carved.
One was found in a suitcase
and one in the boot of a car.

I am with the forgotten,
trailing the bottom of the canal
in this red plastic bag.

Nothing will swallow this water.

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Dominique Dunne was born and raised in the heart of London; she completed a BA in poetry and film at Bath Spa University, 2011. Since then she has been travelling, working with Literary Festivals and been part of ‘The Barbican Young Poets’ scheme. She is currently working on a growing collection entitled ‘Words Through the Glass’ which she hopes to get published one day. Alongside poetry, Dominique loves kayaking, sloths and winning at Scrabble.

Launch Photos

They’re here!

The photos from our launch have arrived!

The launch took place at Deptford Lounge in London, on May 26th 2012. It was a fantastic event – but if you missed it, never fear! We have all the pictures up online, in our Launch Gallery, so you can catch up on all the excitement there. And if you were at the launch, head on over to check out the photos and relive the event!

Below are just a couple of taster photos – check out the rest here.

Above: Harry Wilson reading to the crowd.

Below: Alice Anokhina.

Deptford Lounge teaser photo

Yes, I know, we’re making you wait. But while you’re waiting, here’s another teaser photo from the reading at Deptford Lounge last weekend. Featuring poets: Alice Anokhina, Harry Wilson, Katie Hale, Alex Knox and Dominique Dunne.

More photos to follow, and hopefully some video footage as well. (See how good to you we are?)

IT’S HERE!

The paper copies of the zine are now complete!

And they look beautiful.

‘Dawn Killing Darkness’, poetry zine, May 2012

It’s been great producing them, and we really enjoyed reading through everyone’s submissions. Obviously we couldn’t include everyone because of space, but the amount of material we received was incredibly promising. It got [insert text here] off to a good start. Let’s keep it up, folks!

We will be distributing them over the next couple of days. Keep a wary eye out!

Unfortunately, we can’t afford to send out copies to everyone who would like one. However, if you desperately want one, then contact us, and we should be able to post you one at cost (plus postage).

Meanwhile, check out the content online.

Bundled up ready for distribution…

(Thank you to Royal Holloway Students’ Union for use of their extra long stapler. We couldn’t have done it without you.)

Zine Publication: ‘Dawn Killing Darkness’

That’s right – the zine is here!

The physical copies will take a little longer to complete, owing to the need for superior binding technology (in other words, a bigger stapler). However, because we’re so lovely at [insert text here], we didn’t want to keep you waiting. So we decided to put the pages here on our site for you. They don’t look quite as pretty as they’ll look on the paper version, but the content is all there (minus the blank pages, which we didn’t see the need to upload – after all, everyone knows what a blank page looks like).

You can check the zine out here.

Not too great with on-screen literature? Never fear – the zines will soon be spreading their metaphorical wings and making their way out into the big wide world. Once they’re complete (within the next day or two), we’ll be placing them in strategic top secret locations (well, maybe), where they will await the unsuspecting reader. We’ll keep you posted.

 

Just because we love you

Here is a picture of the [insert text here] staff trying to look both inspired and inspirational on London’s South Bank, and failing because of a combination of wind and hair.

(This is another of a taste-bud tickling photos relating to yesterday’s wonderful event, and is strategically posted in order to whet your appetite for more. In other words, follow the blog, ready for when we take the world by storm with the other pictures. Not convinced? Follow the blog anyway, so you can decide for yourself when the time comes!)

Staff on the Southbank, May 2012

‘Half Remembered Dream’

Below is a brilliant video from the Barbican Young Filmmakers, based on extracts from poems by Kieron Rennie, Harriet Creelman and Kemi Fontaine, and featuring the performance talent of our very own Dominique Dunne: