I have had a pretty good start to the new year. At the beginng of January I was wondering if there would be enough going on for a regular once-a-week post. Now I find I am inundated.
Firstly I have had my first ever print publication. It was in Poetry Scotland, a broadsheet edited by Sally Evans. It was a very small contribution, but pleasing for me none-the-less.
At the end of this month I will be performing at Hidden Door. Hidden Door is an interdiscaplinary arts festival held in Edinburgh. There will be musicians, artists, filmakers and poets. I shall be performing on the Saturday at 4.00 – 4.30 in the lounge and then from 4.30 on the Main Stage – a bit scary but I’m sure the adrenaline rush from doing two slots back to back will leave me on a massive natural high for long afterward. I shall also be helping poet Andrew Philip, and artist Geri Loup-Nolan with their planned raidal poem, which festival visitors can participate in. Please come along and check things out.
Lastly I will also be performing next month at Poetry at the GRV. As it is Valentines Day the organiser, Rob MacKenzie, has asked poets to write a response to a specific line from the Song of Songs, and ancient love poem. The line I have been given is “Adjure, Oh daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved; tell him I am love-sick”. So wether you celebrate Valentines Day or feel it is a load of rubbish drummed up to sell cards please come along, it will be a great night.