GPS braved some particularly persistent Edinburgh rain to attend The West Port Book Festival Literary Twestival in the (very cosy) Tea Tree Tea Cafe, Bread Street. Innovative uses of microblogging were everywhere: you could tweet on a typewriter, lend your voice to a podcast of ‘Pass The Plot’ (‘the game of consequences on Twitter’), and join in West Port’s various literary tweeting challenges. It was great to meet the lovely ‘moonlighting’ Peggy, from Scottish Poetry Library, a GPS partner. GPS were there memorialising memories, and Peggy let us film her recitation, a tribute to her grandmother. Thanks also to Joe, who tells us why Burn’s ‘To a Mouse’ still strikes a chord. All the GPS posts from the night can be found on the West Port Book Fest GPS profile page. Follow WPBF on Twitter to join in the ongoing fun.
Abergavenny is Poetryville. The town is filled with words. There’s poetry in the air. I know this because I’ve just been there on the GPS map.
What an enchanting visit it was. The Year 6 students of Ystruth Primary School have recently taken to the Abergavenny streets, collecting found words and phrases. They then arranged them into verse, and planted the results on the map, which is now wonderfully full of poetic distillations of what makes this town unique. Found, made poems like these are truthful and timeless. Take a trip there on the map and see for yourself.
And while you’re there, visit the posts relating to Jeff Nuttall, a champion of rebellion and experiment in the arts, who passed away in Abergavenny in 2004. He was another element to the poetic tradition that seems to run through this town. In these posts, Ric Hool has provided some lovely insight into this fascinating man.
Southbank Centre has partnered with Apples and Snakes, Academi, Litfest, Wordquake, Verbal Arts Centre, Scottish Poetry Library, Dylan Thomas Centre and NALD to set up projects that help map our poetic landscape.
Some projects have already got underway. Year 6 pupils in Abergavenny have been finding wonderful examples of poetry in the area with the help of Academi. Once these finds are mapped they should ensure that Abergavenny is one of the hottest spots on the GPS map!
Verbal Arts Centre in Derry has also taken to the streets, armed with digital cameras and audio recorders, gathering found poetry during workshops and poetry walks. They’ve even given us a sneak preview of what are some really beautiful pieces! Watch this space.
Dylan Thomas Centre has hosted a poetry evening where audience members made dada poetry from newspaper clippings and by recording their favourite lines of the night in a composite poem. These will be posted on GPS soon.
Lyricist, musician and spoken word poet Ruckus is leading summer workshops to gather poems from the Derby area for Apples and Snakes. This is bound to result in some exciting posts, so looking forward to seeing those.
Staff at Scottish Poetry Library are gearing up for a busy few weeks as they lead poetry walks round Edinburgh, tour other libraries across the city and help GPS make links between poetry around us and poetry online with special ‘Twitterature’ events as part of the West Port Book Festival. GPS hope to be there too, helping people to connect with the site and making the most of exhilarating Edinburgh!
In October , Litfest in Lancaster and Wordquake‘s Beverley Literature Festival in Yorkshire will be in full swing. GPS will be a great way for people to be directly involved in the experience of poetry at these festivals, and to map their discoveries.
Ambassadors for NALD met recently at Southbank Centre to discuss GPS and to start thinking of ways they can get people involved in the project. Thanks to all those who responded with poems they had found or remembered themselves.
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