My positive from 2020 was working through the year with a mentor - Rosalind Davis - through the a-n Mentoring Programme. I have written about this experience on the a-n website
My goal was to build my own confidence and to challenge myself to build a body of work. The project evolved and changed throughout 2020 as the pandemic brought in restrictions and challenges. And I certainly didn't get as far as I'd hoped. However I think this constant refining of my project and focussing in on the essentials was ultimately no bad thing (as frustrating as it was along the way). By the autumn I had clarity and a clear plan, and put together my application for an Arts Council Develop Your Creative Practice grant. At Christmas I heard I was successful. An amazing ending to the year!
So now ... 2021 - the project takes shape and really can get underway. The funding will mean I can be a little more ambitious with the production, and more importantly work with collaborators and be able to pay them. I am collaborating with an amazing writer - Rosie Garland, and we are creating a series of ten 60-second films inspired by the life of 1930s dancer Tilly Losch. We are looking at the creative credibility and equality of women - thinking about how far we've come in 90 years, and yet how far we've still got to go.
Because goddess is never enough.
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.
So pleased and excited to announce that my film of Natalie Whittaker's poem 'Moss' recently won third prize in the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre and Ignition Press poetry film competition.
Congratulations to the other prize winners Gabrielle Turner and Marie Craven for their wonderful films of Patrick James Errington's poem Half Measures.
A screening event is planned for October.
The Weimar Poetry Film Award has partnered with the Poetry Festival of Singapore to showcase a selection of the finalists and winners from the competition, including my film 'Blue Flash Flash' which was awarded the Jury Special Mention.
Excited to announce that my new filmpoem 'Blue Flash Flash', featuring the poetry of Julia Bird will be projected onto the Argos Building, Kingland Crescent, Poole during Light Up Poole over half-term. 'Blue Flash Flash' came fourth in the Poole Film Poetry competition. If you'd like a preview of the film, you can see it on Vimeo
Many thanks to Julia for allowing me to work with her poem, and to Robert Glennie who kindly recorded the voiceover for it.