Forza Zine is a beautiful and thoughtful publication, put together by my very good friend Rory Porter in Glasgow. The first issue is a collection of words and pictures centred around the themes of home, place, space and exile. I am pleased to have one of my poems included in it and illustrated by the wonderful Liepa Kuraite.
Hey! My short story The New Job is in Not So Popular’s latest ‘zine Objects. I wrote this a few years ago and it’s about being a precarious worker, the price of tampons, and unrequited love.
Also in there are some great poems by Johanne M. Hauge, who is one of my faves and has read at both of the poetry evenings that I organised.
We made this great video based on my crowd pleaser ‘All the People I’ve Slept with This Week’.
Directed and edited by James Baxter of Baxter Media.
Here we all are at The Feminist Library for the launch party of Exchange, a collaboration between me and my pal Louise.
Photographs by Morgan Hill-Murphy.
Visit the Exchange site to find out more info, and buy a copy.
About six months ago, my friend Louise Evans and I decided to “do a book”. She sent me five pictures, which I responded to with a poem, and I sent her the same amount of poems, which she illustrated. We called the end result Exchange.
We’ve printing them, binding them by hand, and having a super cool launch party at The Feminist Library on 13th September, as part of their Salon series.
They’ll be copies of Exchange to buy, and readings from me, Johanne Haugue, and Tracy Mathewson. Tracy will also be playing some accordion music, and they’ll be refreshments, and the library’s amazing book shop will have a stall.
Entry is by donation, with £3 as a suggestion.
Poetry@The Talbot, or Catherine Madden&Friends as it came to be known, was my first venture into organising a poetry evening, and it went very well.
In the photo you can see me, Rory Porter, Alan Zapata and Tracy Mathewson. Johanne M. Hauge also read and we had an impromptu performance from Danny P!
Extra credit goes to Rory and Tracy, as these were their début appearances as poets.
Belated thanks to everyone who came, Nick Tatch for the printing, and The Talbot guys, Clare, Phil, and especially Rich Clarke who is an endless inspiration to us all.
The next event which I am helping to organise and reading at is something, also involving Alan Zapata.
On the 2nd August Alan and his partner Samira are hosting a fundraising even at Dig, Lewisham to raise money for setting up a volunteer project of English teachers for primary school children in a small village in the Amazon.
See here for more details about the project and this particular event. Sneak peek – it will involve barbecued fish.
So, I should be reading during the open mic’ session at this event, but I’m not sure what time.
It looks good anyway.
In other news, the collaborative project with my friend Louise is coming along nicely, and we should be able to tell you about the book launch soon.
I’m really excited to be reading at this event on Thursday as part of week of events at The Talbot in Brockley/Lewisham.