No Space to Think

So, this week I went to Jawdance.  I had to go after Chris Syrus, and his poetry band.  He was delivering a great message for some school children, and it sounded great combined with the musician, and the female singer had an amazing voice!  I thought I bet I’m next.  And I was. Still, it went okay and there were a couple of people who said they enjoyed my poem.  I had been to Nando’s (again) with Hannah, but she had gone.  I had got a sore throat after talking to my friend Natalie on Skype the day before (I’m not sure how big a part the conversation played) and I was starting to feel even worse.  Although I couldn’t find any online material on her, Subi Shah was another highlight.

On Thursday, my boyfriend Matt (who isn’t picking up his phone grrr… hence I’m making use of the time by writing this and watching Stephen Fry on BBC Iplayer.) … where was I?  Okay, so we went to Wetherspoons for some dinner and made it just in time to the Donald Hope Library, which I had never been to before.  I’m not going to lie… I could have really done with the £25 prize, but the winner gave a great speech.  Gutted that I didn’t even make the top 5, but there were some kind comments, and I’m happy to try again next time!

Kathryn Corrick was guest speaker for my MA course this week and we were set a task to create a story from one of two photos from her Feet on the Overground project.  I attempted at a Twitter/Facebook story but it didn’t work, so as a back-up, I did a YouTube video.  As I’m so busy, genius that I am, I dried my hair whilst filming the still photograph and created a kind of train movement/sound image, which I annotated on the website itself, with speech bubbles.

I got offered background work in a film, but being realistic about money, time, MA work, and wanting to see my boyfriend this week… I had to pull out.  But it seems like MSFT is a great place to look out for opportunities like that.  With this cold not getting any better, I am in deep need of a rest… and going up to Norwich for a few days is the closest I’ll get to a rest these days!  Funnily enough, the next event I’m going to is a Speech Motion one!  I’m hoping to feel better by then, but at the moment I’m powering through my last shift of the week at Sainsbury’s.  I just hope UEA London have sorted the bloody heating system out, because if that room gets any colder I’m going to shrink away into a giant wooly scarf.

Also!  Russell, who puts together Apples & Snakes London events, says I’m overdue for a guest spot at Jawdance!  Watch this space!


Speech Motion at The Horse & Groom, Shoreditch

So, I had a great time at this one. I was on pretty early and so got to enjoy the rest of the night properly, was wicked seeing Dean Atta, The Ruby Kid and Poeticat in particular, makes me want my own Cajon player haha! The only musicians I know are like the ruskins and my ex boyfriend… and I don’t think the ruskins would be up for starting a poetry side-project, and I don’t think my ex is up for being a a poetry band called “The Exes”… I think that name’s taken anyways!

After I went to get more drinks for me and my mate Elliot, a couple said how they liked my set and I chatted to them for a bit, and they were really nice.  SuperPennie chatted to me for a bit as well, and said how she likes London accents, and that my accent gets more “London” when I read my poems.

I found this a funny thing to say cos I’ve grown up in London, therefore I have a London accent… I think she meant it gets stronger… but in what sense? My voice isn’t cockney and it’s not really posh (though my cockney mates may disagree… compared my my grans proper posh accent!)  So yeah, my accent isn’t strong in anyway, plus I’m softly spoken a lot of the time… but when I do poetry or get angry my emotions come out and my words have more force I guess?

My accent is very similar to the friends I grew up with in south london, where I still half live haha.  One of my friends said my voice is like Leona Lewis, which I don’t mind, she seems like a nice girl.  I think my singing voice is most similar to Laura Marling… but I base that on the fact that I think I can sing her songs and not sound totally shit haha.  But yeah, basically this is just my voice, I don’t like it all the time but that’s just the way it is.

Anyway, that comment just got me thinking.  I really enjoyed the format of the night and the cool short films they showed, some were quite weird, but I like weird!  I also remembered I added Ruby Kid on my MySpace and he commented he liked my stuff.  I feel a bit weird when meeting people in those situations who you’ve like communicated with online.  I felt like such a dick when he let me pass through on the stairs and I didn’t say anything!

All in all, it was a good night and I hope to go again!