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Last week to wander the labyrinth

In 100 Poems, Community, Edinburgh, film, Performance, poetry on May 9, 2011 at 11:13 pm
Fragment of Helen and laura's lovely mural

dis-place thiscollection in the Glue Factory a microfragment of the magic.

Remember Enid Blyton’s classic “The Magic Faraway tree” with Moon-Face,  Jo, Bessie, and Fanny and those loving descriptions of treacle toffee pies and treats? There was always a new world at the top of the tree and one always had to take a leap of faith and it almost always worth the trek.

Well since April 30th, the installation of thiscollection’s poems and films as a labyrinthine library has been the site of discussion, curiousity and wonderment.

This is the last week to see thiscollection’s dis-placement in the Glue Factory in Glasgow. As usual the installation was a result of the contributors of thiscollection who wanted to explore the space, we only realised what we had as each contributor decided how to present their work in the space.

Playful, thought-provoking and an expression of the processes that have gone on through developing thiscollection to date. The installation is a labyrinth put together with the help from thiscollection contributors Rocio Jungenfeld, David McAfee, Helen Askew, Laura Mossop & Blochestra member Ming Tse, Dominique De Groen, Glasgow Open School’s Liam and Nathan and Stefanie Tan.

The opening night was well attended  Zorras‘ rendition of Brian McCabe’s “It” was witty and engaging. Blochestra‘s adaptation of Kate Charles’ “Cables” was dark and soulful. Videos will be uploaded soon.

AP and Swedo stirred up a storm, invading and breaking all health & safety codes they could find, performing adaptations of the remaining poems and responding to the immense space as only the two adventurous word pirates could.

The special preview with Glasgow Open School attempted to discuss how the installation provoked ideas of democracy, learning and collective. Notes from the discussion are exhibited in the space, special thanks to Stevphen Shukaitis, Glasgow Open School who invited participants from Free Hetherington, Transmission, Ultra Red, Arika, So We Stand and its members to reflect on the work to begin considering what truly free education could and should look like.

The space has since welcomed over 30 new works by F/32 Fine art photography students and every nook and cranny holds an idea that can captivate the restless soul – so pick a quiet day or a bustling Friday to come see the magic, and how your poem or film is making an impression.

Thanks also to Open Source theatre‘s talented cast of Property & Theft who have braved the challenge to take their show to Glasgow May 6-8th. The interventions created some really golden moments from philosophical playfulness investigating our subjective measures of time, value and scarcity. The company of actors exchanged a ripped J.G Ballard book for 2 nanoseconds of bad dancing, reaffirmed with a hand made certificate, cosy cups of tea and conversations all to the soundtrack of reflective confessions about daily life in late capitalism.

We are consciously not putting any images up of the installation, and strongly encourage you to come and experience the work for yourself and make your own memories.

It is the last week of the showcase, the space is open til May 14th 12-6pm and is a 10 min walk from St Georges’ Cross SPT, 22 Farnell St Glasgow. Entry is Free.

Upcoming events:

May 13th Friday: Farewell Welfare

2-4pm

Hillhead Library Writers’ Group meets in the Glue Factory, sharing their protocols to run a self organised group and Cathy McCormack, activist and author of Wee Yellow Butterfly, shares her writing experience.

5-7pm

Free Screening of Cathy’s film: “At the Sharp end of the Knife” followed by a conversation with local communities and activists, folk keen on social justice and alternatives.

May 14th Saturday

5-630pm

Ginetta Correlli filmmaker of Sam Meekings’ “The Hanging Stanes” premieres “The Earl Sessions” a film about people struggling with perfection.

Followed by a closing party hosted by the good people of the Glue Factory.

All very welcome.

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MAKE YOUR OWN POETRY ZINE workshop

In 100 Poems, Community, poetry on March 1, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Make your own poetry zine: workshop

MAKE YOUR OWN POETRY ZINE WORKSHOP
TOLLCROSS COMMUNITY CENTRE
TUESDAY 15TH MARCH
5pm — 7pm
A MERE £3 PER PERSON!

Calling all poets!

Come and learn about the awesome art of zine-making: find out a bit about zine culture, read some classic fanzines, and use our resources to create your very own zine — a compendium of your own work that you can give to friends, sell at readings or turn into a series.

You’ll need to bring:

* yourself
* at least one of your poems (printed/typed/handwritten/whatever)
* enthusiasm
* OPTIONAL: stuff to decorate your zine — anything 2D that will stick to a bit of paper. Photos, drawings, newspaper clippings, locks of hair, random scribblings, stickers, ticket stubs –anything that inspires you. We will supply a whole array of this stuff too, but the more you bring, the more original and personal your zine will be!

Come along and meet fellow poets and zine enthusiasts, use our resources and create something cool! All we ask is that you bring along three shiny pounds — this will cover the cost of making copies of your zine for you to take away!

Claire Askew is the Editor in Chief of Read This, a literary zine founded in 2007, based in Edinburgh and printed with assistance from the Forest Free Press. Read This has to date produced twenty issues showcasing the best in poetry, prose and drama from brand new writers worldwide. The zine is due to re-launch soon after a year-long hiatus. Claire is currently reading a PhD in Creative Writing and Contemporary Scottish Poetry at the University of Edinburgh and lectures in Literature and Communication at Edinburgh’s Telford College. Her poetry has been published by The Guardian, Poetry Scotland and The Edinburgh Review, among others, and she also runs the writing blog onenightstanzas.com.

Poets in search of filmmakers –>FFF – Films@The Forest Fundraiser!

In 100 Poems, Community, film, poetry on February 23, 2011 at 12:13 am

Films glorious films...

ALL thiscollection’s films collected to date will be screened in the Forest this FRIDAY 25th Feb 2011. Films from local talent are being screened from 3pm onwards.

Seek out a filmmaker who will bring your poem to life.
FREE ENTRY.

This is a fundraising event to help save the Forest Café. The Forest is under threat of closure due to the bankruptcy of its landlords, the EUS. Read more here.

17.20-17.50: Break, Soundtrack Jam
Have your coffee, go for a smoke or play your guitar or anything that you find! Some of the thiscollection short movies don’t have any music in them, and we’re planning to ask you, viewers, to create a soundtrack for it. Anyone can join in! Doesn’t matter if you’re not a musician or you don’t have your instrument with you, take some spoons or sing. You have more or less half an hour to improvise and rehears together and then to perform when you get the sign… And the fun part: this Jam will actually be filmed and used in a future project of Glue Factory, Glasgow.

17.50 – 19.40: This Collection
Sit back and enjoy this vivid snapshot of the range of creative talent auld
reekie has to offer through poetry and film art!
Thiscollection.com is a copy left non-hierarchical, non-curatorial experiment to engage film with local poems set in the postcodes of Edinburgh.
Every scratch, every shake, every poetic pause in our digital canvas makes art a right not a privilege, and our terms of engagement must shift.
Familiar streets and scenes take on a new look from these films collected to date, all
short poetic vignettes and some imaginative reinterpretations of poems written by
poets from all walks of life.

Flash fiction writing challenge based on short films shown by This Collection. You can submit a short 100 word flash fiction based on one or several of the poems/films by the end of the screening and access a workshop where you can develop it. Thoughtful submissions will be published along with the poems.

The fee to enter this challenge is £2 and all proceeds go to the Forest Fundraiser.

Organic, home made pop corn sale…
Forest Goodies…
TV-s in the gallery…

We’d like to thank ALL the amazing people who are participating to this event by giving us their films, all the ECA students, This Collection, and the Word of Mouth Café. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

For the FULL, DETAILED PROGRAM and more info on film activities at the Forest, check out FFF’s website.

Build your own filmmaking kit: Smart Tips For DIY Filmmakers

In 100 Poems, Community, film on February 19, 2011 at 8:18 pm

A self build track dolly on a Western themed film Chris made (2009) Inset: Chris Brooks

Who?
Christopher Brooks is an Edinburgh filmmaker who has built and modified many pieces of equipment and props for projects over the past few years. In the past he has worked for the BBC (including time spent designing DIY projects for a programme on BBC One) and has experience filming events, working on commercial shorts and on many local short films as cinematographer, producer, director or writer. He is also a photographer specialising in headshots and runs his own website: www.cbrooksphotography.co.uk

What?
A hands-on workshop with demonstrations of how homemade equipment can be made to do as good a job as the professional equivalent, including a discussion about the creative reasons for using DIY equipment and what benefits can be brought narratively or stylistically to a film.

Christopher will explain how to make equipment for smooth camera motion including jibs, fig rigs, steadicams, car mounts & dollies and how to replace or modify lenses to give a 35mm look, or tilt-shift, or a pinhole effect. He will also talk about DIY & home solutions to lighting and filtering light.

There will be examples of homemade equipment to demonstrate how they are constructed, including a track dolly and a home lighting set up, and we will record some footage using this equipment to show the potential to get great, unique looking footage.

The Challenge:All films made in the workshops will be based on your own personal response to a poem from thiscollection.org.
All workshops are free but donations are welcome.

When?
Friday 4th March 6-9pm
Customised follow up workshops on Mondays in March will be determined after the first session.

Where?
The Art Room @
Tollcross Community Centre
117 Fountainbridge
Edinburgh EH3 9QG
View map

How?
To book your place email Christopher Brooks: christopher_at_cbrooksphotography.co.uk

The this collection McEwan Hall showcase: THANKS!

In 100 Poems, film, poetry on March 31, 2010 at 12:28 pm

this collection McEwan Hall showcase

this collection would like to thank the following people for helping to make our two-day showcase such a huge success!

First of all, none of it — and we mean none of it! — would have been possible without all the hard work and enthusiasm of the DMSP Masters volunteers, who dedicated hours and hours of manpower and creativity to making the event a reality. Also known as ThatCollective, these people are:
Simon Herron
Liam Boyd
Mousa Al-Rawahi
Marzieh Jarrahi
Liang Zheng
Yunika

We are also incredibly grateful for our contact at the University of Edinburgh, the fantastic Mr John Lee, and to the dream-team that is Mike Spells & Garry Gale of City of Edinburgh Library Services. Thank you for your patience, and your dedication to our project!

The evening could also not have happened without the input of the following lovely people:
The University of Edinburgh servitors
Glasgow School of Art
CRA:CC ensemble, in particular Nicole McNeilly and Liene Rozite
Dave Woods
Heather Bowry
Justin Vitello
Leon Crosby
Everyone who helped with or facilitated our free film workshops
in the run-up to the showcase.

Films made by members of the public during the workshops were inspired by the poems and films of Norman McLaren, Stan Brakhage, Rose Lowder, Standish Lawder, DA Pennebeker and Maya Derren.

But finally, we’d like to thank all our hugely talented poets and filmmakers, without whom this collection could not exist — and massive thanks to everyone who came along to the McEwan Hall to watch, listen, enjoy and respond. See you next time!

Claire and Stefa

this collection showcase photo by Tom Bishop.

Day Two: the this collection McEwan hall showcase finale

In 100 Poems, film, poetry on March 31, 2010 at 10:38 am

this collection McEwan Hall showcase

Following the success of our film exposition the day before, expectations were high for our poetry-film finale on Friday 26th…

The evening kicked off at 6.30pm when we flung open the doors of the McEwan Hall, and were delighted to find an already-sizeable gaggle of keen poets, filmmakers and enthusiasts waiting on the doorstep. We quickly uncorked the first of many bottles of free wine and sat back to watch the influx of visitors. Once the crowd had gathered, Claire kicked off with a speech welcoming everyone to the event, giving a potted history of this collection and explaining what the evening had in store. Stefa then gave a brief round of thanks to all the wonderful people who’d helped make the event happen, and then without further ado, the party got under way!

The first four poets to read were Dan Mussett (a late addition, stepping in to replace Morgan Downie who sadly couldn’t be with us), Russell Jones, Anita John and McGuire. Russell was spotted brandishing copies of his pamphlet, The Last Refuge (Forest Publications), which would suggest his reading went down very well with those who gravitated towards Poet Station #1. At Station #2 Dan Mussett gave a beautiful reading in spite of his late addition to the bill, and Anita John gathered a sizeable audience in the upper gallery at Station #4. Meanwhile at gallery Station #3 McGuire was a total triumph — even gathering a crowd in the main hall below! These four poets were followed by Tom Bristow, Juliet Wilson, Simon Jackson and Andrew C Ferguson respectively — Juliet brought along copies of her hot-off-the-press pamphlet ‘Unthinkable Skies’ (Calder Wood Press) and read a particularly lovely poem about a sycamore tree, among others. Simon Jackson was multi-tasking, as two of his films were also showing in the hall below, and Andrew and Tom both received rapturous rounds of applause from their respective audiences.
The third sets were provided by Rob A Mackenzie, our very own Claire (standing in for Aileen Ballantyne who also sadly couldn’t make it in the end), Christine de Luca and Chris Lindores. Rob and Christine both read excellently and Chris Lindores was a tour de force, gathering the largest crowd of the evening — and the most glowing feedback! — and shifting a fair few copies of his pamphlet, You Old Soak (Read This Press) over the course of the evening! The poetry was wrapped up by Andrew Philip, who read from his critically-acclaimed book The Ambulance Box (Salt); Jane McKie, whose film adaptation of La Plage (courtesy of Alastair Cook of DISSIMILAR) played in the background as she read; Hayley Shields, who entranced a small but attentive audience with her ghostly tales and accounts of Edinburgh’s darker side; and Mairi Sharratt, whose audience were asked to pick her set themselves, by shouting a series of numbers which each corresponded to a poem.

this collection McEwan Hall showcase

All the poetry readings were accompanied by a continuous stream of beautiful, dark, inspiring and moving images courtesy of our many talented filmmakers. Adaptations by Helen Askew, Sean Gallen, Abhinaya Muralidharan, Alastair Cook, Ginnetta Correli, Diana Lindbjerg Jorgense, Dominique De Groen, Hans Peter, Heather Bowry, James Mildred and Francesca Sobanje, Laura Witz, Lewis Bennett, Rawan Mohammed, Rose Creasy, Simon Jackson, Stefanie Tan and ThatCollective all graced our projector screens as the evening progressed. Although some of the films included audio (piped through headphones at each station), the McEwan Hall had its own soundtrack for the evening. This took the form of a mercurial city soundscape, put together by the super-talented Simon Herron of ThatCollective; as well as improvised music and ethereal sounds from the CRA:CC experimental ensemble.

this collection McEwan Hall showcase

The evening rounded up just before 9pm, but the festivities continued well into the night at various alternative venues around the city! Altogether, the this collection team worked out that over 200 people had come along to be a part of our showcase, and so far we’ve received glowing feedback from poets, filmmakers, musicians and visitors alike. Thanks so much to everyone who came along, everyone who helped us organise, set up, take down, fund, promote or otherwise realise the event, and of course to all the brilliant artists who lent their creativity to us for the evening!

Here’s to the next…
Love,
Claire and Stefa

this collection showcase photos by Tom Bishop.

Day One: the this collection McEwan Hall showcase

In 100 Poems, film, poetry on March 25, 2010 at 11:29 pm

this collection day one

So unless this is your first visit to this blog, you’ll know that today marked the first half of our two-day March film and poetry showcase at Edinburgh’s magnificent McEwan Hall

…and what a first day it was! We flung open the doors at 10am and greeted the good people of Edinburgh as they came in to escape the swirling haar. Our DIY flags, posters and flyers drew a crowd made up of all sorts of people — some told us they’d had the date marked in their diary for weeks, while others just wandered in for a look and seemed to like what they saw! The film screenings were spread across four screens within the main hall space, with each screen housing around five or six films. These were subtly grouped by theme — warm, cold, stop-motion, palimpsest — and accompanied by their respective poems either on-screen or in DIY pamphlets for viewers to pick up and read. Sound engineer Simon Herron provided a spectacular non-stop city soundscape which played throughout the hall, and Glasgow-based experimental orchestra CRA:CC provided an improvised musical soundtrack in response to the films as they played out. Visitors were also able to congregate around our free press merchandise table: a source of books, pamphlets, magazines, journals, promotional materials and all manner of other poetry- and film-related paraphernalia, all of it completely free!

Through the afternoon we saw a steady stream of visitors, all of whom responded positively to the installation and the project as a whole. Documenting their reactions to the films was almost as enjoyable as the films themselves — watch this space for photos, video and stop-motion footage of the event in due course! We were particularly happy to see people who’d never heard of this collection, but who left raving about it and asking how they could come on board and get involved!

If you missed us today, please don’t worry — the event continues tomorrow (Friday 26th March) at the McEwan Hall in Bristo Square, Edinburgh. This time it’s our grand finale: an evening event at which the poets get a chance to take to the spotlight and read their works. The films will be screened throughout, and the whole thing will again be accompanied by our soundscape and brilliant improvised sounds from the spectacular CRA:CC ensemble. Our free merch stall will again be open for business, and there’ll also be free wine for anyone who turns up! Entry to the event is also totally free, and everyone is welcome. Doors open at 6.30pm and the readings kick off at 7pm. We really hope you’ll come and join us, and spread the word!

(this collection image by Marzieh Jarrahi.)

Detained by Struan Robertson

In 100 Poems, poetry on March 4, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Title: Detained
Author: Struan Robertson
Number: 100/100
Allocated postcode: EH8

Detained

Standing downstairs in the cells
at St. Leonards Police Station,
I turn and watch my father’s profile,
whiskied head held high
as he argues with our captors –
his chin jutting, his arms
the stubborn folded arms of a child.

I wonder, mentally comparing behaviour
and baby-photos, how similar we are,
and remember that the cells we share
are not just those we share tonight.

But later, as he preaches at me
through his single-malt smog,
I forget our blue eyes and cheekbones
as our cells forget their domestic bond
in handcuffs, half-bottles and nights like these.

Overflow by Priscilla Chueng-Nainby

In 100 Poems, poetry on March 4, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Title: Overflow
Author: Priscilla Chueng-Nainby
Number: 99/100
Allocated postcode: EH9

Overflow

leave it on the window sill
this half emptied cup of Rooibos

Belfast sink choker full
hot tap’s running slow
Fairy liquid’s finishing
into overflow

leave it on this window sill
let it air into stain
stay and wait and see

on the right to Arthur Seat
twinkling stars budding on bare branches
on the left to the Castle
hot lemons scenting into thin air

at the centre lies the Meadows
where they coalesced into a heavenly scroll
as bubbles escalating into miracles

and now
and many nights to come
a Rooibos stain
a fairy ephemeral
a witnessed dream

overflow

Same place, different view by Anna Dickie

In 100 Poems, poetry on March 4, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Title: Same place, different view
Author: Anna Dickie
Number: 98/100
Allocated postcode: EH41

Same place, different view

We stand on a narrow strip
of beach and watch a wild day
ebb on a menacing tide.

At our feet cut-throat clams
and strops of slack, slippery
kelp litter the sand.

Across the bay the square bulk
of Cockenzie Power Station
squats before Edinburgh.

Twin stacks belch tarry trails,
and a dragon’s tail
of pylons flexes ever west.

Offshore winter waders huddle,
while a skein of geese unzips
pink-layered folds of sky.

I call the dogs and we turn
for home as night pours
from every rock and crag.