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Live screenings, virtual exhibition, theatre works

Screenings in Lewes, London & Dublin, texts in a virtual exhibition, researching a new play

micro filmpoems
Les Coffrets
live screenings

Three live screenings of microvideos from my filmpoem sequence, Les Coffrets, made in collaboration with digital artist Matt Parsons. These miniature black & white films have now variously been screened at over 30 short film festivals in more than 15 countries during 2020/21.

• On 28 November,
Excuses, voiced by actor John Cormack, will be screened at the Ó Bhéal Winter Warmer Poetry Festival in Cork City, Ireland, where it is shortlisted for the 9th Ó Bhéal International Poetry-Film Competition. Venue is Nano Nagle Place.

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Video still, from Excuses (found footage)

• On 11 December, four of the Les Coffrets filmpoems
(Excuses, Boobs, Premium and Apprenticeship) will be screened at All Saints Centre, Lewes, along with two filmpoems by poet John Agard made in collaboration with young documentary filmmaker Millie Dobres. Event hosted by Lewes Live Literature.
• On 18 December,
Premium, voiced by actress Melissa Sirol, is an Official Selection at London Super Shorts Film Festival. The film will be shown as apart of a screening running from 7pm - 9pm at Close-Up Film Centre, in Shoreditch, East London.

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Video still, from Premium (found footage)

texts online
Expiry tbc / Carnival
virtual exhibition

Two texts by myself are part of an online exhibition that will be available to visit until the end of December.

PoArtry is an ongoing annual collaboration project that invites poets and artists to work with each other to inspire new work. It is the brainchild of Rick Sanders (aka Willis the Poet) and is now in its fifth year of exhibiting mash-ups of visual art and poetry. The concept is a simple one. Artists and poets are randomly paired together by names drawn from a hat. Each pair then has three months to create new work inspired by each other’s portfolios, so each pair produces two new pieces of work.”

For the project, I was paired with Rick Sanders himself, who also makes collages. He chose to respond to my prose poem
Expiry tbc (parts 1 and 3) and I chose to respond to his collage Carnival. The outcome of this creative exchange can be viewed in gallery part 2.

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Detail from Carnival. Collage by Rick Sanders.

theatre writing & directing

Prison Dialogues / Labyrinth
Brighton Fringe 2022

Plans are underway to revive two recent stage works for further performances at Brighton Fringe Festival in 2022. My play Prison Dialogues will be on at The Rotunda Theatre from 6th - 8th May and my translation with actress Marta Carvalho of Portuguese theatre monologue, Labyrinth, will be on at The Lantern Theatre from May 24th - 29th. More details to follow once all this is confirmed.

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Prison Dialogues. Actors Connor Mills & Sonny Jaiteh. Photo © Sara Roque Peres

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Labyrinth. Actress Marta Carvalho. Photo © Sara Roque Peres