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Gearing Up

29/07/2007

I’m off to a course with Matthew Hollis and Colette Bryce at the Lumb Bank Arvon centre tomorrow, so this online tongue will stop wagging for the next five or six days at least. Still, there’s a reasonably amount for you to enjoy in the virtual cupboard under the stairs.

It should be a fun week. I know Matthew Hollis from his days at Edinburgh University, when he was president of the university’s poetry society. He was a couple of years ahead of me and was largely responsible for making EUPS an interesting place to be. I last saw him when he read for the Shore Poets in November. Colette Bryce I met and chatted to briefly when she read for the Shore Poets in, I think, 2003. The course is about working towards a first collection, so it comes at just the right point in time for me.

Speculating as to what kind of people the other course participants might be is always* fun but a little less necessary in this instance, as it transpires that Alex Pryce of Poetcasting note is going on the same course. She’ll have her podcasting gear with her, so it looks like I’ll be recorded and cast ahead of the expected schedule**. Poetcasting is an impressive project, all the more so given that it’s the brainchild of a 19-year-old student. It’s one of the most interesting and vibrant UK poetry websites–unique in its mix of emerging and established voices, performance poets, mainstream literary poets and more experimental writers–and I’m looking forward to meeting the person behind it.

*I say “always”, but I’ve only ever been on previous Arvon course, which was way back in 2002.
**Alex is planning a Scottish recording trip early next year.

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