Had a wonderful evening at Aberystwyth bookshop: drunk a couple of glasses of red and recited three poems that were published in the anthology. Some of the other contributors read selections of their work – mainly flash fiction and poetry. The quality of writing was extremely high. Some of the people in the photos are completing Master’s Degrees in Literature and Creative Writing. I even got a copy of my anthology signed by the following authors:
- Jenni Hyatt (Diversify Poet and Chinwagger)
- Mary Jacob (Sound Studio Writer and Chinwagger)
- Emma Musty
- Nicky Herriot (short story writer and regular Chinwagger)
- Dean Tsang (writer and degree student, also a fellow Chinwagger)
- The very talented George Sandifer-Smith (M.A. student & editor of the Anthology)
- Keely Celia Laufer (Degree student, Sound Studio writer and fellow Chinwagger)
- Holly Venus (Occasional Chinwagger)
- Tom Dockerill
- Heather McLean
- Caroline Stockford (Editor and M.A. student)
I took my trusty old Samsung – snapped some photographs and got Caroline to video me, which she did – and she did a brilliant job! It can be a bit testing keeping your wrist dead straight for five solid minutes, while somebody recites their stuff.
with orange feet
like melted lollies
on the end of sticks
There’s even a translated haiku, a true story of a mugging, where the only revenge is a defecating seagull! Caroline published: South Beach, looking West, which she workshopped in the sound studio. There’s also a mad story in there about a Night on the Town, - a shark attack and a mad alcholic fueled drinking binge! Word Distillery Poet, Heather Williams, wrote a superb poem, which is called: Aberystwyth War Memorial.
… spikes of light
beating out from the streetlamp,
bashing the darkness and leaving
tattered shopfronts awash
in gold lacquer.
Also, I contributed a short poem, and two sonnets with ballad meters (well that was the intention!) Anyway, you can listen to them in this Journal as I will be uploading them soon. There are also many other pieces of writing in this wonderful little anthology.