Visiting The Word in South Shields to see the installation of the Poetry + Video programme.
It all looked very professional and beautiful, the exhibition is in their ground floor exhibition 'pod'.
The outside wall has an introduction to the programme, while inside vinyl lettering lists all the titles, filmmakers and writers.
People drop-in to the space to take in the films. I chatted to the events manager - she says that typical visitors will stop and watch 2 or 3 films at a time.
All in all an excellent model for an alternative to a screening event for showing poetry film. I think this is a lovely way to dip in and out of poetry film, or perhaps discover it for the first time.
Happening this weekend - https://www.publicpoetry.net/reelpoetry/
From the website: REELpoetry/Houston TX international poetry film festival, JAN. 24-26, 2020. Screening cinepoetry, mini-documentaries, videopoems, from local, national and international poets and filmmakers, panels, workshops & more. Featured guests include Dave Bonta, founder of Moving Poems, filmmaker Mary McDonald (Canada) presenting “In Augmented Reality,” and poetry filmmaker, Sarah Tremlett (England), curator of “Uprooted.”
The programme page is here
Very pleased to say 'letter - to anyone who is listening' is being screened as a Judges selection.
The above image is from one of my favourite pieces in the programme - Our Bodies (A Sinner's Prayer) by Matt Mullins - you can read more about it here
A great experience at the 8th International VideoPoetry Festival in Athens... many films, live performances, music, and a workshop session.
Full review of the event here
Fab to be meeting up with Lucy English, Chaucer Cameron and Helen Dewbery, then connecting with people in person for the first time - Marie Craven, Ian Gibbins and Ana Pantic. Many thanks to Sissy Doutsiou and her team for a very varied and exciting event.
I performed some new and old writing live - I wrote about the experience on my a-n blog
Experimenting with silent film for the first time ... I have created a piece for the Window Project, in Silver Street, Cambridge - 'Relationship Scaffolded'.
21 artists will be showing work in a continuous loop.
So pleased that I have been awarded a mentoring bursary by a-n (The Artist's Information Company). I am working on developing my practice and building up a new body of work over the next year with the support of my mentor Rosalind Davis
As part of the deal - I will be posting a blog on the a-n website - further details to follow when this is set up. Watch this space...
'Moss' has been kindly selected by Lucy English to be part of the 'Focus UK: State of the Art' programme during the Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin on Saturday 7th Dec.
Wishing all who will be there in Berlin an amazing time!
'Moss' - written by Natalie Whittaker - published in Shadow Dogs by Natalie Whittaker (2019)
Announcements! 'letter - to anyone who is listening' (poet Doyali Islam) has been shortlisted for the Poetry Film Live competition at Big Poetry Weekend in Swindon happening on 4th October and for the O'Bheal competition at IndieCork film festival in Ireland on 13th October.
Doyali Islam will be on tour hopefully in the UK in November. I hope to post some dates when confirmed.