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I was saddened to learn of the death of my friend and fellow Essex poet Alex Smith. Alex was a fine poet and poetry critic, his poems appeared in Acumen, Agenda, Brittlestar, Poetry Review, Stand and The London Review of Books, to name but a few. He wrote reviews for many magazines including Acumen & Poetry Review.
He had five volumes of poetry published, The Appetites of Morning, the Languor of Afternoons (1996 Salzburg University), Kayserling (1997 Overstep Books), Histories (with Anne Born, 1998 Salzburg University), Ocean Myths (1999 Ino Press) and his most recent Venetian Blue (2010 dark age press).
We used to workshop poems in a group that met bi-monthly & in between we would email poems to each other, he was always generous with his time and sharp with his comments.
The Canadian poet, poetry promoter, editor and all round force for good in the poetry community, Todd Swift was one of my first victims for the Traced in the Shadows project, and has been very supportive of it. Recently he contacted me to have some new publity photos taken.
So at the end of August we got together for the shoot ay his home in Maida Vale, London. Knowing Todd’s interest in the movies, he taught film studies as well as poetry at the University in Budapest. I suggested we went for a forties noir style look, Todd was up for it and here are some of the results.
I thought they had a touch of the Third Man about them, with Todd looking, I hope he doesn’t mind me saying, like a young Orsen Wells. Todd was pleased with the portraits featuring the colour one below on his popular blog Eyeware.
Had a great time at Ledbury, meeting up with old friends, making new ones and enjoying the poetry festival events and workshops. But the main reason for me being there of course was my exhibition. Which I am pleased to say went very well, John at IceBytes Cafe was really helpful and we put the exhibition up on Friday, in time for the opening of the festival, just!
As you can see the exhibition space was large and well lit.
On Saturday, much to my delight, over twenty people turned up to hear me talk about the exhibition portraits, the poets and poems. They all seemed to be genuinely interested and asked lots of questions about both the concept and technical aspects of the photography.
Icebytes Café, 38 The Homend, Ledbury from 1st to 10th July
Photographer and Poet, Derek Adams has combined his two interests to produce a series of arresting black and white portraits of contemporary poets. The photographs, coupled with poems which explore aspects of photography written by the sitters form the basis of the exhibition
Traced in the Shadow: ways of looking at poets. Poets included are, Dannie Abse, Matthew Hollis, Allison McVety, Pascale Petit, Katrina Porteous, & Jo Shapcott, some of whom are appearing at the festival.
On Saturday July 2nd, I will be giving an introduction to the photos and answering questions about the exhibition from 3.15pm – 3.45pm at the Icebytes Café
Part of the Ledbury Poetry festival
If you don’t already know about this, it is time to get the Bugged bug. On July the 1st it is time to eavesdrop , hear it, write it, send it. See Bugged http://buggedblog.wordpress.com/.
Overheard as I was going up the stairs of the Curzon Soho, from a girl going down the stairs “we didn’t have sex because …” and the rest was lost in the noise from the bar, damn!
Tags: poetry competition
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition, and the judge is… yours truly.
So I hope that there are some great poems coming my way. If you haven’t sent any yet, you have until the 25th of June.