Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Live appearances & dates for your diary

Already over a month into being the Bard. Tempus, as ever, fugit.

Here are some things that I've been booked for or are, in any case, happening; that will involve me wearing my robes and probably saying some words to anyone who'll listen - do come if you can.

2015
9th July - Divided Families gathering in London
The third anniversary of rules that divide thousands of British Citizens from their loved ones, or else force them to live in exile. Full details here.

11th September - Night at the Abbey
There will be a Bardic stage again this year. And we're assured that organisers are aware of last year's sound problems and have taken steps to stop that happening again! Always a lovely night. Tickets here.

19th September - Library of Avalon Residency Launch
I am thrilled to be appointed as the Library of Avalon's Writer in Residence. This afternoon event will be the launch for the residency; incorporating spoken word performances, readings from the Library's shelves, and a 1-hour taster creative writing workshop. Altogether it runs from 2:30 til 5. Entry by magic hat (ie £donation). Full details at http://libraryofavalon.org.uk/?page_id=340

21st September - Poetry Lunch Club, Street LibraryThe Friends of Street Library run a Poetry Lunch Club - this is about an hour from 1pm in the library itself. I'm their guest in September and am planning to read a few things as well as say a bit about the Bardic contest. All welcome and apparently you can bring sandwiches!

23rd September - First afternoon in residency at Library of Avalon
I will be present at Library of Avalon all afternoon as its new Writer in Residence. The plan is to explore the library and produce writing inspired by its work and its stock. I will also be available to discuss library members' own creative writing - this is by £donation, but free to Library of Avalon volunteers.

2016
February 24th - World Read Aloud Day
I'll be taking part in World Read Aloud Day for Library of Avalon.

~sometime in the new year, probably March ~
Announcement of the theme for the 2016 Bardic Contest. Time, date, place TBC

nth of May
Trials of the 2016 Contest for the Bardic Chair of Ynys Witrin

19th May
Finals of the 2016 Contest for the Bardic Chair of Ynys Witrin

More dates and more details to follow in due course. Please get in touch if you would like to book the Bard of Glastonbury for your event.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Aadeilop Rsst

An alphabetical repent of Eden, with a cameo appearance by a prehistoric whale. Apple bitten,
Code defied.
Eden flitten,
(Garden hide).
In justice’s keeping:
Labour, multiplication; now.
Of paradise's quarrel reaping -
Serpent’s tongue: uncertain vow.
Why cross, YHWH?
Zeuglodonta!


Apple bitten,
Labour now.