Monthly Archives: July 2013

A Poet’s Guide To Self Publishing: Part 5 – Done Gone And Published!

Published This is the fifth and final part in this series.  The first, second, third and fourth parts are here, here, here and here respectively.  – Hi again. I suspect you may have thought this series had sunken into anonymity. I suspected that for a bit too, but I couldn’t let it be. Work kicked off big time, and I ...

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Review – Queer Episodes

queer_episodes_anthology Like folk music, poetry has the ability perhaps not to change societal views on mass alone but instigate the possibility for change. Little Episodes is a part of this instigation and is doing vital work in empowering LGBT young people through art. The organisation has recently published a new poetry anthology, Queer Episodes, which aims, ...

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Musa Okwonga – Personal Best

article-0-1ACC4163000005DC-739_634x396 Poet/broadcaster/journalist/musician/general Renaissance man Musa Okwonga has created the above brilliant video as part of the Olympic Legacy project Britain’s Personal Best and as one of its ambassadors, to convince you to “move beyond anywhere you’ve gone before, yesterday’s best is this morning’s platform” You can read his equally brilliant piece considering the legacy of the Olympic Games a ...

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New Music – Mariam the Believer – Invisible Giving

mariam Much like Thom Yorke or James Blake in our eyes Mariam the Believer can sing about anything, repeat any phrase and include like 10 changes in a song and we’ll basically buy whatever she’s selling, because she has one of the most compelling voices we’ve ever heard. The Wildbirds & Peacedrums vocalist, real name Mariam ...

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New Music – Anna Meredith – Orlok

lookingup_w We’re a bit late on this one..it’s been a busy month y’all with multiple festival appearances to work around but we couldn’t let this month end without a very honourable mention of one of the most exciting names in electronica’s latest single. Orlok is quite simply a mammoth, beast of a song, it engulfs you ...

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Poetry – What To Look Out For In Edinburgh Fringe And Beyond

scroobius The one-person show format is a popular next step in a spoken word artist’s career,  and fromthe medium some genuinely exciting art have emerged, propelling their creators from ‘yeah he’s good I saw him down that that poetry night whatsthename’ to ‘OH MY DAYS KATE TEMPEST WON THE TED HUGHES PRIZE POETRY IS REAL!’ Inua ...

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Jodi Ann Bickley – TEDxBrumTalk

maxresdefault-1   The wonderful poet Jodi Ann Bickley, she of one million lovely letters fame, has recently given a TEDxBrum about the very idea that inspired one million lovely letters: stepping back from the kerb, taking time or someone else taking the time to show you that when things get really difficult that rather than needing saving ...

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Video of the Week – Fiona Apple – Hot Knife

fiona-apple-and-sister-in-hot-knife-music-video   Fiona Apple bravely reunites with the ex boyfriend, director Paul Thomas Anderson, that had her all messed up on the last album, Extraordinary Machine, to create the video for catchy but cutting single Hot Knife. The single is taken from The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords ...

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Poejazzi at Latitude Festival 2013

latitude-festival-dyed-painted-sheep   We loved, loved, loved performing 90s BPM for the first time at Latitude, here is some official Latitude Festival footage of some of the artists who star in the show, including Paul Cree, Bridget Minamore and Poejazzi Founder Joshua Idehen....

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Music – Hibou – Above Us

qzj4-Hibou 1 (1) Sometime earlier this week we said something like: 1. It’s summer 2. So we like Garage band rock again. 3. No one is trying to reinvent the wheel. 4. But with all this blasted heat going down there’s nothing like some sweet sweet reverb’d guitar licks and just-above-nonchalant vocals to remind you of the eighties ...

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Music – Native Sun – Senses

Native Sun bright-thumb-473xauto-9461 Native Sun have been an frustrating proposition for us; we’ve felt the concept has been a lot more enticing than the product; that is,  until Senses came along and just ran a vibe train through our ears. Yes, yes, we can nitpick at the issues with the saccharine lyricism all day until our teeth fall ...

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Music – Safia – Listen To Soul, Listen To Blues

SAFIA-Pic We shouldn’t really like this. The faux 90′s new jack swing drums, the black and white shots of the band flirt dangerous with bad boy Cringe. And then the drop comes and you are assaulted by what should be turd-in-punch-bowl worthy… what is this, techno? dubstep? techstep? But it has a charm through all of ...

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Music – Major Leagues – Endless Drain

y0n8_MLtest3bWEB It’s definitely summer: we’re liking new Garage bands. That’s what Major Leagues is, isn’t it? *looks at press release* yes, Garage Band music; we were right. Endless Drain is blessed with an enjoyable tempo; sprinting along like a good yet familiar drive down an empty long road to your mum’s house who you don’t really ...

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New Music – Sampha – Without

5718331347_fa430a1c2d   Erm..WHEN IS THIS MAN’S ALBUM COMING OUT? That’s all we really have to say. Ok, we have a bit more to say than that. The most memorable voice behind all those great SBTRKT songs has been teasing us for months with little slithers of offbeat, synthy, slightly messy light. Here’s the latest, a single ...

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New Music – Reshaun Massey – Inter Nos

f919855103920f0c2b4148bb3e5a0bd5       We’re very intrigued by 19 year old Reshaun‘s sound, it’s a beautifully awkward mixture of Prince/Terence Trent D’arby style vocals and folk melodies, let’s call it power folk (just because no one has called it anything else yet and we like the sound of it) He is currently camping outside Radio 2 ...

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Enter The Roundhouse Poetry Slam 2013

Roundhouse Studios image It’s that time of year again, the time of year when The Roundhouse stage one of the most revered competitions for 16-25 year old spoken word artists in the country. Many of last year’s runner ups, Jack Rooke, Kareem Brown, Laurie Bolger, to name a few as well as winner Hibaq Osman were introduced to ...

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Tommy Robinson’s Diary: ‘Are TVs muslimists now?’

Dear Diary 19 December 2012 Went to the local shopping centre to buy the kids Christmas presents. “I’m amazed we’re even allowed to celebrate Christmas anymore!” my friend, Michael said. “Everything has to be about Islam these days!” There was a large gentleman, imposing, with the typical Imam beard that they all have, preaching to the children, ...

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Hana Walker-Brown – ManKindness

©-DemotixPress-Association-Images-528x377 listen to ‘Mankindness ’ on Audioboo A lovely documentary from prize winning freelance radio producer Hana Walker-Brown, Hana explores how this generation gets its messages across, inspired by the schism between perceptions of young people and what they are actually saying after the London Riots. “My final MA feature explores the idea of the 2011 ...

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Kojey Radical – Peter Pan Diet 2

tumblr_mpb2e4sRVH1rfz4k8o1_500   We’re on page 4 of Kojey Radical’s increasingly personal spoken word project/multimedia narrative and he’s delivered, in collaboration with Griswold Barclay and CMPH , another beautiful visual that works in perfect tandem with his words. Peter Pan Diet 2 is about growing up and realising your full potential, particularly love the schooling at the end ...

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sTaTe

Bearheart_square_light_BG Polarbear, poet and Roundhouse educator/mentor, has combined forces with creative producer Amy Martin, Tristan Vanger aka Gustav Balderdash to call themselves Bearheart Their project sTaTe will be housed on a multi faceted online platform, built by digital agency, Substrakt. With some help via Arts Council England funding they have created an amazing looking project, check ...

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Review – Rhyming Thunder

97819091360381-1 I imagine Rhyming Thunder is in the pockets of most modern poetry fiends by now. But for anyone who is not familiar with Britain’s young poets emerging on the scene, you could do worse that to read this publication from Burning Eye. This anthology quells any fears that contemporary poetry has simply died, or retreated ...

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Channel 4′s Ramadan Season has highlighted a very real bigotry against Islam

Ramadan “Dear Diary,” writes Tommy Robinson, “my television is broadcasting Azaan. In the morning I came down and it had covered itself with a tea towel. Only one-fifth of the screen was left open. By dinnertime it was making pipe-bombs in the garden and re-tweeting Ahmadinejad. It won’t even let me watch Songs of Praise.” Tommy ...

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