Elvis has not left the building!
As part of Clevedon Literary Festival, on Saturday 11th June we hosted a spoken word spectacular featuring Alarms stalwarts Mark Mr T. Thompson, Steve Tasane and the wonderful and much missed Cynthia Hamilton. Our headliner was Elvis McGonagall, Gie’ing it Laldy as only Elvis can! We also provided logistical support to the festival, which featured open mics, a host of speakers, events and masterclasses for adults and children, drama, live music all day at Clevedon bandstand, artist in residence, Doris Hatt’s Communist Coach and a bracing walk on the pier! Pictures coming soon and we’ll be back again next year, bigger and better than ever.
It’s all go here in North Somerset. First up, at the end of May, Isabel headlined Rhyme Against the Tide in Weston following her victory in the slam back in January. (We've got great plans for a collaboration with RATT for 2023 - watch this space) Then she featured in the Ledbury Festival slam in July. Meanwhile, Steve is planning a series of open mic events on the bandstand in Hyde Park during August. Mark has a new website - take a peek here.
Isabel’s work has been featuring in Hot Poets, Bread and Roses and the Dhaka Review. Agnes Meadows collaborated with Isabel before the onset of Covid and the fruits of that partnership were evident in the launch of a pamphlet in London on 30th June (see publications page).
A new Ukraine themed project is planned, in collaboration with More Than Words, Clevedon. There are more new projects in the pipeline, funding permitting – EKPHRASTIK PHANTASTIK; a major live event next summer in Bristol and, if it comes off, a collaboration with Motown Records in Detroit. More details on all of these will follow soon.
Isabel's third collection - Scallywag - has been flying off the shelves (slight hyperbole there missus!) but there are still a few copies left from the initial print run. She has also been featured four times across the pond in the brilliantly eclectic Jerry Jazz Musician, the periodical for all you hipsters, beatniks, aficionados, gogs, magogs and fans of the f Sharp (she is a very stylish girl -ask Dimitri - he knows!).
Members of our collective have continued to pop up all over the world, at online slams and other gigs, from New Zealand to New York and New Brighton (OK - we lied about New Brighton!). Watch out for us if you happen to sign up for an online spoken word event in your 'hood.
James is running Sydenham Arts; they have poetry events lined up for August - more details soon. Emma is studying Fine Art. Cass is back in the UK - (it won't last) and Sabina is literally flying about all over the place. Finally, check out Patricia Hammond's latest books and CDs. That's us for now!
In the meantime, how about revisiting past glories while we prepare for our next show, which we promise will be even more exciting than the last!