Poetry by the Lake: a roaring success

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This Saturday saw the culmination of our poets in residence project at Theatre by the Lake, with a reading of the poets’ work by three of the summer season’s actors.

The afternoon was a great success. The audience heard work by Katie Hale, Elizabeth Mann, Fiona Money, John North, Phoebe Power and Jenny Walker – and a very appreciative audience they seemed, too. We received numerous positive comments afterwards, including:

“It was really good to hear the actors reading it.”

“The best poetry reading I’ve ever been to!”

If you didn’t make it, or if you’d like to relive the wonderful works of literature, you can find some of them at the link below:

Theatre by the Lake poems

A huge thank you to Theatre by the Lake and the Arts Council for making this venture possible. We had a blast!

World Book Night Party: BE THERE!

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Books:

We think this is true.

‘…reading is a sort of new synthetic instinct…’

‘In a sense, reading is a sort of new synthetic instinct, input which becomes a program and which in turn crystallizes into neural hardware, and which incorporates a cultural loop into the human nervous circuit. This “new instinct” in turn profoundly changes the environment within which young human brains are programmed. In the early stages of human evolution such new instincts (speech must have been one) had to wait for their full development while sexual selection established the necessary elaborate vocal circuitry in the cortex. Later on we were able to use our technology, which required much less time to develop, as a sort of supplementary external nervous system. A book is a sort of R.O.M. chip we can plug in to our heads.’

– Frederick Turner and Ernst Poppel, ‘The Neural Lyre’

Poetry Cartoons

In a moment of boredom, I typed ‘poetry’ into Google images. Among the results was an abundance of the much-expected photos of fountain pens and loopy handwriting, along with plenty of pictures of famous (and not so famous) poets.

However, there were also these little gems, from Savage Chickens:

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