NOVEMBER began with wind and rain ushering me through the streets of Canterbury to run an ECO- POETRY workshop.
The stormy weather continued as I made my way to Margate for the first Thanet Writers Conference, an afternoon of talks and Q & A where writers shared their experiences of the craft.
Responding to requests, I’ve been recording some of my poems aiming to release a cd hopefully by next month. The CD, entitled MOTHER TONGUE is a selection of rhythmic and lyrical poems enriched by my Guyanese oral language. Some members of Margate Stanza, namely Sarah Tait, Val Tyler, Jessica Taggart and Cathy Chilly, have kindly collaborated on two of the poems, and Kanisia Mounty has added her beautiful voice to my song, Caribbean Lullaby, to which I’ve added a little rapping! It’s been fun to take my poetry that bit further, which I’m doing with the help of Andre Mackenzie, who’s been doing the recording.
The lemon and I are heading to Cardiff this week to share our journey poems at First Thursday, at the Chapter Arts Centre, organised by Seren Books Poetry Editor, Amy Wack. Other readers include Jane Lovell and Alexandra Ford.
On Saturday 9th I’ll be celebrating Black History Month in Brighton, at the Museum of Arts, reading from the Writing Our Legacy anthology, Hidden Sussex. 3.15 -4.15.
On Saturday, 16th Nov , I’ll be reading at the last gathering for this year at Confluence Sessions, organised by Barry Fentiman-Hall, at Breaking Bread, Rochester, Doust Way, ME1 1FG 2-4pm
The weekend of 22-24th Nov is MARGATE BOOKIE festival, a packed programme of events at the Turner Contemporary whose line-up includes Enua Ellams and Louis de Bernieres. I’ll be reading alongside other local writers on Fri 22nd at 2.30, a story from my collection of short stories, IN MARGATE by LUNCHTIME.
To round November up I’ll be at Beaches Cafe Bar in Broadstairs, hosted by Steve and Melissa Todd, on 23rd from 7.30 – 9.30 reading alongside an absolute treasure trove of poets including Christopher Hopkins, Mark Holihan, and Rosemary Macleish.
And then it will be Christmas!