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Poetry, Near and Far

Poetry, Near and Far

A relatively short post this week because I've been battling a nuisance of an upset stomach which is currently being tested to see if it's a recurrence of the Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection which I picked up after being in hospital for chemo back in late 2014.

I'm just going to share a few forthcoming readings which are taking shape. The details, as yet, are only partly complete, some lacking times and others lacking dates and/or locations, but these will give you a heads-up on where you'll be able to see me reading; I'll post full details on my events page as soon as I've got them :)

In chronological order:

  • 11 October 2017 — Putney Library
    5/7 Disraeli Road
    Putney SW15 2DR
    This event was originally scheduled for National Poetry Day on 28 September, but political obstruction means the event has been rescheduled a week and a half later. I'll be reading from my pamphlet, Dressing Up, (Cinnamon Press, 2017, ) and I'll be joined by poet Emma Simon, reading from her pamphlet Dragonish (The Emma Press, 2017).
  • 10 November 2017, 7pm, Pontypridd, south Wales
    venue to be confirmed.
    Monthly poetry readings in Pontypridd, organised by Rob Cullen, usually take place at the museum, but they have decided to move to quarterly readings, and so the monthly events are currently selecting an alternative location.
  • 19-21 April 2018, Abergavenny Writing Festival
    date, time and venue to be confirmed from a range of possible Writing Festival venues. This will be the third Abergavenny Writing Festival and there will be many fantastic readings happening over those three days.
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I'm also looking into doing a reading in Exeter, sometime this year or early next, so do keep your eyes peeled for news on that if you live in the south west of England.

It’s morning and as you drift up from sleep you linger for a moment, half-submerged inside a dream. This is the liminal space that Emma Simon’s poems occupy. Objects are animate. Time is tangible. Days can be plaited like braids, dismantled like tractors or flown like kites. If you tune your ears correctly, voices rise from unusual places:

(from the introduction to Dragonish, written by Caroline Bird )

Giles Turnbull’s pamphlet, Dressing Up (Cinnamon Press, 2017), is set apart by the vivid texturing and layering of its imagery and narrative drive. Early on in the poems, colour and tone often play a prominent role [...] Combined with this light visual touch, apparently simple, clear-cut narratives acquire multiple potential meanings and ramifications in Turnbull’s poetry. Ambivalent and ambiguous counterpoints provide the key to depth.
And now on to a pivotal point when reading this pamphlet, one that takes me back to an old chestnut: the intrinsic or extrinsic approach to a text. I’ve always viewed such a separation as a waste of time, as an academic exercise, and this case is no exception. What do I mean by the above? Well, this incredibly visual verse was written by a person who has gone blind. Can we enjoy and value it without knowing that fact? Of course. Is our appreciation enriching by the knowledge? Of course. Is it warped? Of course not, so long as we ensure any absurd preconceptions are banished.
(review of Dressing Up by Matthew Stewart on his website, Rogue Strands on 2 April 2017.)

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