Saturday, 28 November 2015

A WORD FROM SHOREDITCH

Shoreditch, Hackney, early evening.
Shoreditch the cradle of partying, clubbing and mixed messages
Words and inventiveness in advertising. This is a mini Selfie by the way.

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BUSKING AND DRUMMING IN BRICK LANE

This is one of those Sunday Afternoons.
Brick Lane has become an exciting, vibrant spot of London. Hundreds of visitors, local families, lovers, tourists, peddlers, musicians and artists flock here especially on weekends. Akin to Camden Town,  where all sorts of things happen. Or Porto Bello ,  West London. Maybe even Shepherds Bush . Brick Lane has a different feel to those three though.  A mostly South Eastern Asian feel. The smells of Bengali and Indian food is one hint. But there are many other cultural beats. Like ...what?

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Monday, 23 November 2015

SHAKESPEARE 400 YEARS - Diary of Events

BARDS WITHOUT BORDERS- Stepping up
Second rehearsals at King's College


We met at the entrance; before even signing in, slid immediately in-n-n-nna Shakespeare mode...
Hugs, jokes and handshakes sandwiched in the chilly room somewhere above the Strand traffic. Yup. Supercharged. Even as we trudged to the lift, an assigned task. As usual.  In twos or threes. Discuss this. Reflect. Check out that. Not a minute wasted. Best thing about this project is the work ethic...


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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

BRIEF WRITING SURGERY AT HACKNEY COOP DEVELOPMENT


The drizzle might have put one-off. But you don't stay home on a Saturday afternoon.
Not unless you are writing something.
Or if that very writing actually needs evolution, encouragement and what else?
The surgery I attended with EIGHT other poets on Saturday 14th, November, 2015 was about writing development.
 Writer Development Manager, Eva Lewin of Spread the Word, flanked by poet Laila Sumpton during the 3 hour afternoon workshop at Hackney Development Coop in London.

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Monday, 16 November 2015

DIARY OF SHAKESPEARE'S 400 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

BARDS WITHOUT BORDERS
Rehearsals Kick Off at Arcola Theatre

Laughter- Words- Voices -Images-Fun


There were some amazing lines oozing from session leaders Laila Sumpton and Arne Pohlmeier's lips. One that stood out most ( for me) was Arne Pohlmeier , constantly, referring us as "you Poets usually are good with that"- which was what we were. Standing and sitting and shouting and working on speech. For that is what William Shakespeare reminds us. Words, poetry, words, drama, words, poetry, speech, words.
Literature...


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Thursday, 12 November 2015

40 YEARS OF BRITISH TANZANIA SOCIETY

Lovely maandazi- which people in the West call Dumplings...made throats feel sweeter.
It was an evening to remember with loads of fun, rhythm, laughter and chatter. Pic by F Macha

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