Sunday, 13 October 2013

SUNDAY NIGHT NEWS: Radio Interviews, Oxjam and Spunky Magazine

This week, I went on Sue Dougan's radio show on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, to talk about Fen Speak.
This was my third time on local radio, and I didn't feel quite as nervous as the last time! Maybe I'm finally getting the hang of this 'talking in public' lark! That being said, I still stumbled over my words and went bright red. Baby steps, baby steps

Anyway, it was great to chat to Sue again and it was lovely to meet Lee Searle, a local session musician and Christian leader, who was on the show to talk about being a victim of an internet scam. The three of us talked about almost everything and the hour-long show flew by, but I did manage to fit in a few cheeky plugs for the Fen Speak open mic nights!

If you missed the radio show last Thursday, you can listen again here. (But be quick! It's only available until 17th October.)

Also this week one of my poems was published in a brand new arts magazine! Spunky is an online photography and visual arts publication that features work from creative women who make art. The first issue includes incredible photography from Dee Elegia, Jen Brook, Erin Elizabeth Kelly, Sarah Kathleen Page, and Lisa Leverseidge, with a great interview with musician Alice Walker.

Seriously, this photography is amazing! You should definitely check it out. 

It was a real privilege to be asked to contribute to the first issue of the magazine, and I'm really looking forward to working with the editors again in the future! You can read issue one of Spunky Magazine here.


This Week:

After a lot of hard work, and a pretty steep learning curve, Fen Speak is finally here!

We've already had six people sign up for open mic slots, and there's been lots of interest on the facebook group, so it's shaping up to be a pretty good night! Huge thanks must go to ADeC and Atelier East for all their support, and to Elaine Ewart for all her super-efficient organisation!

If you're in Ely on Wednesday 16th October, and you fancy catching some spoken word poetry and storytelling, we'll be at the Babylon Gallery, Waterside CB7 4AU from 7:30pm. It's free entry, and there's no obligation to perform, so don't worry about losing your nerve and being forced on to the stage - we definitely won't do that!

The open mic starts at 8pm and all ages and abilities are welcome, so pull on your poetry boots, and we'll see you there! 

Next weekend, I'll be taking to the stage again, to perform for charity as part of Oxjam Cambridge takeover!

In case you're not familiar with Oxjam, let me explain: Oxjam is Oxfam's month long music festival, which runs throughout October in cities and towns across the UK. It's a chance for bands and performers to celebrate the local music scene, while also raising money to help support poor and vulnerable people all around the world with Oxfam's many charitable projects.

It's a great cause, and I'm really pleased to be involved.

Oxjam Cambridge is taking place on Saturday 19th October, with shows at six venues across the city. I don't know about you, but I'll be taking the opportunity to see as much live music as possible on the day. It's only £8 for a wrist band to get into all the venues, and you can buy yours in advance here.

I'll be telling some poems on the cabaret stage at The Great Northern Pub on Hills Road from 5:30pm, so do come and catch me if you can!

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