#KnowingtheDance #NewMovements Showing @DanceIreland #DanceHouse (11 Aug, 4pm)

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Date: Fri 11 Aug 2017
Time: 16:00 – 16:30
Venue: DanceHouse
Admission: Free!

All welcome to join Paula, Martin and myself for a Dance Ireland ‘New Movements’ showcase of development work of project entitled Knowing the Dance. We have been fortunate to have had a residential residency DanceHouse in Dublin which started on Tuesday in preparation preparing for upcoming shows, later this year at the Down Arts Centre (9 Septmber Downpatrick, NI) in September and in October at the Brian Friel Theatre.  Get a sneak early preview of this new work at this New Movements showing!

Knowing the Dance is a performance of dance, poetry and live music. The piece integrates the experience of holding a shared space between dance improvisation and poetry writing, with music improvisation supporting this relationship. Within this shared space, layers of dancing, sensing, writing and conversing inform and shape a performance that will bring both expressions closely together to form a oneness. From this dialogue, we have been developing a collection of dance-poems, weaving various themes into a piece through the creation of a ‘middle place’ between dance improvisation and poetry so the art forms work together in an indivisible way.

Paula is further supported by the Dance Ireland Residential Residency Fund which enables her to work in DanceHouse, away from her regular base in Belfast. More about the ‘Knowing the Dance‘ project can be found here.

For further information:

Wine & Rhymes @ Blackberry Path Arts Studio, Bangor (15 September – 8pm to 10.30pm)

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Really looking forward to reading with this wonderful bunch of people, at the invitation of the elegant, generous hosts of Blackberry Path Arts Studio in Bangor during the Aspects Festival.  A great range of diverse voices. Delighted to part of it.
Tickets cost £10 and shall be available to purchase from The Aspects website soon. (Price includes a complimentary glass of wine and canapés upon arrival. A donation bar shall be available on the night) Seats are very limited. — with Peter Adair, David Braziel, Geraldine Dardis O’Kane, Colin Dardis, Lara Sunday, Paul Daniel Rafferty, Ross Thompson, Matthew Rice, Olive Broderick, Stephanie Conn and Amy Wyatt Artist at The Blackberry Path- Art Studios.

 

Landing Places @CrescentArts (29 July, 8pm) – #saveheaneycountry #A6winwinsolution

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Come join #SaveHeaneyCountry for a beautiful Heaney-themed evening celebrating our natural & cultural heritage

Poet, playwright and photographer Maria McManus is spearheading the gathering of poets, spoken word artists and musicians for this fundraiser at the Crescent Arts Centre. (BOOK HERE).

Lough Beg

The strand at Lough Beg, one of the most epic, serene landscapes in Ireland, and practically hidden from view, is one of the last great undisturbed wetlands in Ireland. Alive with some of the rarest species of plants and birds in Europe, archaeologists tell us that the now endangered whooper swan has come to Lough Beg from Iceland for 80,000 years…to overwinter and to breed.

This is the landscape that nourished, obsessed and inspired perhaps the greatest literary figure of the twentieth century, Seamus Heaney.  However, landscape in which the thematic triumphs of Nobel Prize winning literature are located: Mossbawn, Anahorish, Lagan’s Road, The Broagh, Creagh, places immortalized by Heaney, now face the prospect of 22,000 vehicles per day, motorway bridges & further development.

Now more than ever we need to protect our last few wild places and our cultural heritage.

The protection of Lough Beg & a creative solution to the rerouting of the A6

Judges will make a final decision on the fate of Lough Beg on 11th August 2017.  One couple have fought this in a David & Goliath battle and they need your financial and moral support. This is your chance to help them save Lough Beg and protect it for future generations. #SaveHeaneyCountry are fully in support of better road infrastructure for ‘west of the Bann’ but feel that with thought and creativity a win-win solution can be found to reroute this small 4mile section away from this precious habitat and with the recently built Homeplace Centre the value of this special landscape can truly be realised.

We hope you can make it on the night but, if not, do consider donating to the campaign clicking here.

Correspondence – #lettersfromladyn #knowingthedance

“It is not then, that things have agency; rather they are actively present in their doing – in their carrying on or perdurance. And as things carry on together, and answer to one another, they do not so much interact as correspond. Interaction is the dynamic of the assemblage, where things are joined up. But correspondence is a joining with; it is not additive but contrapuntal, not ‘and…and…and’ but ‘with…with…with’.

from ‘Correspondences’ by Tim Ingold – knowingfromtheinside.org

6tag-3088414843-1540764965929439424_3088414843(2)June was a very packed, very wonderful month and, in this wet, wintery start to July, I am just getting to take in all that happened. Early on in the month, I had the bizarre, good fortune to actually meet Prof Tim Ingold whose work I have been reading as part of the ‘Knowing the Dance‘ project. In the midst of chatting, I discovered he was coming to the end of a project that takes in art, architecture and anthrology called ‘Knowing from the Inside’. He kindly organised for me to get hold of copies of the beautifully produced publications that come from this project. I have just begun to read his volume of essays on ‘Correspondences.’ You can find pdf versions of all on the Knowing from the Inside website.

Though I will have to wind my way slowly through the ideas about how we come by what we know (or think we know), I am really loving the correspondence between this work and ‘lettersfromladyn’ which was, itself, inspired by the decades-long correspondance between Lorine Niedecker and Louis Zukofsky. This correspondence between the backwater of Blackhawk Island and bright lights of New York, not only kept two people in contact with each other, but was the medium by which their practice as Objectivist poets was teased out on a day-to-day basis.

And, the fact that correspondence, in the form of ongoing conversation with recording through video, email and in the creation of the work itself, is at the heart of the ‘Knowing the Dance’ project itself.

Le gach dea-ghuí

Olive x

PS: Edit – I have just realised that I’ve spelt correspondence as correspondance – and have hopefully corrected it – too much dancing…

June News – #Belfastbook #CastleWard & more

 

June begins and there is a lot happening. Just a few things coming up at my end, that all are invited to! I’ll be sharing further details of individual events in due course.

‘Knowing the Dance’ – Performance/Workshop

6 June: 4-6pm – As part of QUB’s Anthropology Department’s ‘Evolving Fields’ Conference Paula Guzzanti and I, with musician Martin Devek, will be showcasing ‘Knowing the Dance‘ – including a workshop element. The conference programme and registration details can be found HERE. Venue: Queen’s University Belfast

Castle Ward ‘OPEN BOOK’ Fair

10 June: various times – Castle Ward’s ‘OPEN BOOK’ Fair happens over the weekend of the 10 & 11 June and as resident creative writing group, Words for Castle Ward have an active programme of events happening on the Saturday. Take an ‘Open Book’ workshop in the Education Suite (10.30am-12pm – I am the facilitator), hear an impromptu reading in the Stableyard Cafe (12.15-12.45pm tbc) & join us in celebrating the launch of new works by Words for Castle Ward authors in Lord Bangor’s Sitting Room in the Main House (3pm). More info about this and the group HERE. Venue: Castle Ward, nr Strangford

Belfast Book Festival Events

8 June, 8pm, & 15 June, 6.30pm – The magnificent Belfast Book Festival is just about upon us!! What a programme and best wishes to all involved. I’m delighted to appear on the 15 June as one of the two 12Now showcase events organised by Lagan Online. All twelve writers are included over the two events and you can find, & book, the 8 June installment HERE and the 15 June installment HERE. Venue: Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

17 June, 2-4pm – Women Aloud NI bring their multi-various talented voices to Belfast Book Festival with a rapid fire readathon and then a simultaneous reading ‘en masse’. It’s a privilege to be part of this showcase that gives you a flavour of the breadth of women’s writing HERE. Get further details and book HERE. Venue: Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

17 June, 5-6pm – Not…long..now… very excited to launch ‘Night Divers’ in Belfast as part of the Templar Poetry launches – with Paul Maddern and his latest pubication ‘Pilgrimage’. I’d be thrilled to see you there. More info and booking HERE. Venue: Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

Poems on a Sunday Afternoon, Downpatrick

25 June, 2-4pm – A very lovely finale to a busy month is the Down Arts Centre/Words for Castle Ward Poems on a Sunday Afternoon. As always everyone is invited to be part of the shared reading space – bring your own words or a favourite (songs are very welcome). Delighted to be featuring both a selection of participants on the Down Arts Centre current writing workshop facilitated by Dr Catherine Kelly and, as part of Refugee week, a special Amnesty organised reading. Further details about Poems on a Sunday Afternoon HERE. Venue: Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick

I know it’s a really busy month for very many – so good luck out there and hope to meet you in transit. And good luck to those doing exams as well!

The Clock Repairer’s Companion (No 21-30): #KnowingtheDance #NaPoWriMo

6tag-3088414843-1483269340422047431_3088414843Nos 21 to 30: the third (and final) installment of three-line pieces which I have been sharing each day this April on Instagram – @pearldiver32 – as part of NaPoWriMo.

The work is a creative response to my consideration of the moving parts of poetry composition – and it is part of the ‘Knowing the Dance’ project. The final 10 tristichs form a sequence which was called ‘The Body is all Water’ when shared on instagram.

 

The Clock Repairer’s Companion

Now the clock tells the time right,
inseperable as water, light and shade,
all one body – moving, turning.

The body is all water and returning
to its source: its fluid nature all surge and
gathering together as it covers old ground.

Fear is real – the cell wall, the membrane,
the karstifying rock, a place of waiting,
of permeation – it has its own time.

Inseparable, those times that we don’t talk about,
forty days and nights of rainfall, the turlough
and freshwater lake flow into each other.

Far from gone forever, this place of surface stone
is a conjuring trick, a feat of dry spells,
sunlight and vapour mirages that rise, evaporate.

Neither you nor I, and far from lost for ever, this water
flows, filling in and filling out, though I’ve needed
to contain you in a limestone-walled oubliette.

Fear is mostly mind – and badly scripted voice-over
that speaks in a whisper to a face behind a mirror, who,
if not pixelated, is certainly dried out and all 2D.

The body is all water – and sometimes walking away
from its surge, its eddy, retreat – the sound
makes its way through the membrane of the ear.

Dance with me. The clock in its waterproof case
will beat, will beat. Let it be the meeting point
between the river here and the river beneath.

The shade is you. The Lough is all sunlit and still.
Anchored boats with phantom people. The call
to water, of the woodland beyond, goes unanswered.

‘Fear of the body…Fear of words…Sometimes the two are inseparable’ (‘The Body has its Reasons’, pg 123) is the epigram for this and its reflection in the water – shimmering slightly, not a perfect mirror.

The shade is you. The Lough is all sunlit and still.
Anchored boats with phantom people. Call
of water, of woodland birds, go unanswered.

Dance with me. The clock in its waterproof case
will beat, will beat. Let it be the meeting point
between the river here and the river beneath.

The body is all water – and walking away
from its surge, its eddy, retreat. But the sound
makes its way through the membrane of the ear.

Fear is mostly mind – and badly scripted voice-over
that speaks in a whisper to a face behind a mirror, who,
if not pixelated, is dessicated and all 2D.

Neither you nor I, and far from lost for ever, this water
flows, filling in and filling out, though I’ve needed
to contain you in a limestone-walled oubliette.

Far from gone forever, this place of surface stone
is a conjuring trick, a feat of dry spells,
sunlight and vapour mirages that rise, evaporate.

Inseparable, the times that we don’t talk about,
forty days and nights of rainfall, the turlough
and freshwater lake flow into each other.

The fear is real – the cell wall, the membrane,
the karstifying rock, a place of waiting,
of permeation – it has its own time.

The body is all water and returning
to its source: its fluid nature all surge
and holding together as it covers old ground.

Now the clock tells the time right,
inseperable as water, light and shade,
all one body – moving, turning.

 


A note about what I have been reading

This three-lines-a-day discipline for April has been away of me working through the learning elements of the ‘Knowing the Dance’ project – practice sketches is at were.  The ten-tristich sequence above is a response to ‘The Body has its Reasons’ and my rereading of it.  These last days of April,  I have also acquired the ‘Lines of Thought’ catalogue which accompanies the British Museum touring exhibition that has been on at the Ulster Museum, and ‘The Life of Lines‘ by Tim Ingold..and so the reading continues…in a linear fashion…

About NaPoWriMo

April is (Inter)National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) and the idea is to write a poem a day for the month. You can find some great prompts at the official site, and poetry support organisations like the Poetry School

Image: from Time Bug series (10cm x 10cm) by Emma Whitehead

‘Night Divers’ Launch Invitation #lettersfromlady

You are heartily invited to join me at the launch of ‘Night Divers’ (Templar Poetry 2017) and the launch of ‘Mapping Emily’ by Kathleen Jones happening at Keats House London on the 25 April, 7pm. Admission is free and includes a glass of wine. Advance booking is advised HERE. More info (and details about current submission opportunities with Templar Poetry) in the e-bulletin HERE.

9781911132257There will also be a Belfast launch with Paul Maddern and myself at the Belfast Book Festival on the 17th June, 5pm Crescent Arts Centre. Booking information to follow.

More info about Night Divers HERE

 

Some acknowledgements

‘Night Divers’ has been a long time in progress and now that it is almost here I’ve been thinking about and appreciating the many people who have been part of the creation of this collection – muses, supporters and friends.  I’d wanted to say a particular word of thanks to Templar Poetry for taking it on, the support and then the patience, it has to be said, during the final edits. There is an as-standard thanks to the Arts Council – and, while, standard, it is genuine and worth unpicking a bit. SIAP awards gave me both working time and a wonderful computer which became like a companion we were together so much, and, no less wonderful, Damian Smyth who dispensed invaluable wise counsel while being very inspiring in his own practice. It’s strange how this piece of work has had its own timeframe. I don’t know if this is the ordinary way of things, but it appears to me that my universe has moved into the future of the collection, and that there are a whole new community of people that are in my writing world now that weren’t there in the writing stages but are here now. There is a loveliness about that too. Heartfelt thanks for being part of the journey. May fortune find you.