Thought I'd share a sample piece resulting from family collaboration. Somehow even our dog got managed to make herself known in this one (see photo!).
On another note, I'm looking forward to the new Storm and Golden Sky reading series starting tonight 7pm at the Caledonia in Liverpool. Organised by Michael Egan, Robert Sheppard, Eleanor Rees and Nathan Jones, this inaugral event will have readings by Melissa Lee-Houghton and Crispin Best.
Michael Egan has also organised a publication, Veild the Pole, copies of which I believe will be available tonight. I have seen a copy of the magazine - Michael has kindly published a piece of mine in there - and it is well worth a read!
Following a trip round Ramsbottom by Andrew's mum, I am now the happy owner of a working typewriter - she even sourced a new ribbon for it.
Over the last day or so I've been getting to grips with how to work it. I did get a red plastic one for my 9th birthday so I am familiar with some of the quirks involved. Though I did have to be reminded that the ribbon needs to run left to right - inky fingers to show for that. It makes lovely sounds, which are enticing others in the house to come and play with it - tapping away until they reach the ting at the end of the line. And asking questions such as, why doesn't it have an exclamation mark...
Using a typewriter to make poems feels a bit like getting back to nature - the increase in sounds and the physical 'demand' of producing marks on a page. In tiny type in the photo is the title of the piece I've been working on - 'What the Tree Said' - intended (amongst other preoccupations) as a collaboration in producing marks between a regular printer and typewriter. And a third party that I haven't made yet...