…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.)