Schedule 16/07/18

Good morning people of York!

This week we prepared some fantastic shows for you; some permanent residents, some brand new but all exciting and full of great music!
Tune in form midday till 11pm.

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12pm-1pm –  It’s Declan Minskip with Lunchtime Rush!! Music madness and a dose of good humor to start you off with!

1pm – 2pm – On The Poetry Show + Stairwell Books Presents, we air The Poetry Show S2.10 AMERICA: PART ONE, which is our last show before we take a summer break. Back soon!
On Stairwell Books Presents: we meet with members of a new Two Rivers show, The FanFiction Show!

2pm – 3pm -Special One-off Music and Musings! Rob G. playing some choice electronica from the last three decades.

3pm – 4pm – What Rock? this week is going to explore Grunge. Bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden as well as some newer grunge inspired rock like Wolf Alice.

4pm-6pm – Mr. Judge run away from us today, so we will replay some of his very best for those who missed out!

6pm – 7pm – Bob Horton brings The Weirdness. This week, on the weirdness: Monsters. Oh god, there are monsters. Why are there monsters? Did they have to bring the monsters? *groaning with despair*

7pm –  8pm –  This hour is going to be a bit of pick an mix, but worry not we have some most special stories coming your way quite soon!  (It’s all in the making!!! PROGRESS!)

8pm – 9pm – In Glass Half Full Kate will be joined by representatives of York cycling groups and Clean Air York to discuss how the city could transition to an Amsterdam-style cycling culture. And, as the heatwave continues, Kate talks to Yorkclimate scientist Dr Andreas Heinemeyer about the implications for us all in a warming world. Plus, if Trump is making you blue, Ned Hoste of One Planet York has some tips on how to channel your creative passions to build a positive outlook!

9pm – 10pm – Something New! Our new presenter Maxime Maigret
will be focusing on the French artist “Fakear” who has released his new album in April this year.
It’s a chilled electro music quite popular in France. Maxime will also talk about some similar French artists : Møme, Petit Biscuit, Rone and Superpoze

10pm – 11pm – Upside Your Mind will close the day with some blissful tunes. A trip from the basement to the tropics and back is waiting for you…

 

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Two Rivers Radio is a community radio station dedicated to providing unique, original and independent media for the people of York. Run by a dedicated team of hard-working volunteers, Two Rivers Radio is “By the people of York, for the people of York, in the heart of York”
 
We broadcast every Monday from midday ’til 11pm from our pop-up studio at the The Corner Pin, Tanner Row, York.
 
Further to this, you can find us broadcasting live from all sorts of special events this summer, including , Dunnington Fayre Goes Live ’18 & Staxtonbury Family Music Festival among others. Get in touch if you’d like to work with us on your event!
 
www.tworiversradio.stream
 
We are a not-for-profit oganisation and all of what we do costs money. If you would like to support us as an individual or a business, please contact us: tworiversradio@gmail.stream
 
If you like what you see, read and/or hear – please ‘like’ our page, comment, share us with your friends, follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Get in touch!! 🙂
 
We are always looking for new presenters, producers, writers, journalists and other team-members – if you’d like to get on board, please drop us a line: tworiversradio@gmail.com
 
www.tworiversradio.stream

 

 

 

On The Poetry Show + Stairwell Books Presents, we air The Poetry Show S2.10 AMERICA: PART ONE,

On The Poetry Show + Stairwell Books Presents, we air The Poetry Show S2.10 AMERICA: PART ONE, which is our last show before we take a summer break. Back soon!
On Stairwell Books Presents: we meet with members of a new Two Rivers show, The FanFiction Show!

First up, on The Poetry Show:

Monday’s show is about AMERICA.

With Trumpsky just now (finally) leaving the UK, we can breathe a sigh of relief. But is he really ‘someone else’s problem’? This final Eden Agency-produced episode from last year finds the planet now even less safe than when 3 million more votes were cast for Hillary. Our guests are Alicia Fernández and Joe Williams. We plan to bring these brill poets back soon for AMERICA: PART TWO. Stay tuned.

I aim for a certain timelessness in our podcasts. Wouldn’t it be great if you are out there listening to this 10 years from now? And when is ‘now’? Doesn’t matter, right?

Well…. history cannot help but show that in 2016, Reality TV star and arrogant egomaniac Donald ‘Cheatin Donald’ Trump became President. So, that does affect my recent work. In 2017, Alan and I took a long road trip from CT to FL and we saw Confederate flags rippling in the breeze; flags painted on giant water towers; and guns worn casually by lots of people. Really strange. The America I knew as a child has changed dramatically and it started with national PTSD after 9/11.

And yet, when you drive 2500 mi, along with the Confederate flags, you see regular people just trying to go about their lives.

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Stairwell Books Presents: Meet the new hosts of THE FANFICTION SHOW! Becca Miles, Elly Brine and Emily Drew will discuss Fan Fiction in a new once-a-month show on Two Rivers Radio.

Schedule – 9/07/18

Sunniest of hellos!
Check out the great shows that we’ve prepared for you today!
Lots of fantastic music, live band, interesting guests, so tune in on:

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12pm-1pm –  It’s Declan Minskip with Lunchtime Rush; we will be talking about Staxtonbury and there is an exciting interview with band Kaya waiting for you!

1pm – 2pm – It’s The Poetry Show and we will replay not one but two episodes for those who missed them! So get read for: S01 Episode 18: Dreams and S01 Episode 25: Politics and Blame !
Next week we will have the last episode of the Poetry Show and Stairwell Books before Rose and Allan go away for a bit of an adventure to record brand new episodes!

2pm – 3pm – Black York with Fasil Demsash. Fasil’s guest this week is Mr. Jaeh Daycon, aka #Brother_Soul – Singer/Songwriter, DJ, Producer, Composer, Radio Presenter and Radio Station Owner , Creator of Dayconmusic , Co-creator and Owner of LABR – Love A Brother Radio.

3pm – 4pm – Compost John’s Recycled Radio Show has a slightly different time slot this month! John will be interviewing Robert Griffin , who’s taken up a nomadic lifestyle. Rob used to DJ with a pirate rave-music station and helped John with the York Green Festival!

4pm – 5pm – On this week’s Information Takeaway, Juliet will be chatting to Claire Cutler-Casey about the cycle of emotions which begins with an experience or event and then our thoughts, emotions, physical reactions and behaviours which occur afterwards. Claire is a knowledgeable practitioner with great insight. Plus great music from the 60s onwards.

5pm – 7pm –  Just Jessin’ About with Live DJ Jess Parker and his new mix! Pop into the Corner Pin studio to see him work his magic live!

7pm – 8pm – We will replay and episode of Music History 101!

8pm- 9pm – All That Brass will be hearing about – and from- the young York brass musicians and percussionists of Shepherd Youth Brass Band, who took part in the national Music for Youth Festival at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on Friday. Presenter Kate Lock will be joined by Mike Pratt of the Shepherd Group family of brass bands, who will be talking about the Youth Band’s progress and previewing the famous Durham Miners’ Gala which sees brass bands leading the colliery banners for the “Big Meeting” this weekend in Durham.

9pm – 10pm – It’s the Soul Hour with our favorite Soul man: Paul Coull

10pm – 11pm – Upside Your Mind will close the day with some blissful tunes. A trip from the basement to the tropics and back is waiting for you…

www.tworiversradio.stream
 
Two Rivers Radio is a community radio station dedicated to providing unique, original and independent media for the people of York. Run by a dedicated team of hard-working volunteers, Two Rivers Radio is “By the people of York, for the people of York, in the heart of York”
 
We broadcast every Monday from midday ’til 11pm from our pop-up studio at the The Corner Pin, Tanner Row, York.
 
Further to this, you can find us broadcasting live from all sorts of special events this summer, including , Dunnington Fayre Goes Live ’18 & Staxtonbury Family Music Festival among others. Get in touch if you’d like to work with us on your event!
 
www.tworiversradio.stream
 
We are a not-for-profit oganisation and all of what we do costs money. If you would like to support us as an individual or a business, please contact us: tworiversradio@gmail.stream
 
If you like what you see, read and/or hear – please ‘like’ our page, comment, share us with your friends, follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Get in touch!! 🙂
 
We are always looking for new presenters, producers, writers, journalists and other team-members – if you’d like to get on board, please drop us a line: tworiversradio@gmail.com
 
www.tworiversradio.stream

 

 

Schedule – 2/07/2018

HELLO YORK – This is Your Community Radio.

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Midday – 1pm It’s THE Lunchtime Rush with Declan Minskip,
tune in for some absolutely fantastic music choices!!!
We are #liveandloud #lunchtimerush

1pm – 2pm The Poetry Show  we discuss War & Peace.  Stairwell Books,  at long last, introduces episodes with Alicia Fernandez and Joe Williams!

2pm – 3pm  This hour is a bit of a musical Pick and Mix! But next month the LGBT Hour returns to our regular schedule.

3pm – 4pm  What Rock!? this week we’re doing a Math Rock show – indie/alternative rock. Think  Marmosets, Toe, Chon and Yvette Young!

4pm – 6pm –   “Rename That Tune in Three”… Mr Judge To You will be interviewing and playing tracks from York Trio… The Renames, fresh from their tour of Northern France with a host (from the host) of tracks he hopes will sit well with his guests… Join us for like minded music and chatter and natter on MJTY 4 to 6 PM on the AORtastic… Two Rivers Radio!!

6pm – 7pm –  Coastin’ is gonna take us for another big ride with the eclectic mix of music!

7pm – 8pm –  Tracy Neasham-Allan and Stephen Allan present MTTY – bringing you all the best music of the last 60 years!

8pm – 9pm  – We will do a replay of an episode of All That Brass and Kate will rejoin us next week!

9pm -10pm – A brand new, exciting show Beats & Pieces with Jonah who just joined the TRR team! He will be introducing us to the Global HipHop stage – Los Angele’s electronic beat scene, 1980’s Kingston’s hot and heavy dub, South Londons burgeoning jazz scene, the psychedelic funk which exploded out of Peru in the late 60’s. ‘Beats and Pieces’ plays anything with a beat. Shifting between hiphop, funk, dub and jazz we’re all about rhythm here. No drab, 4/4 repetitions here – it’s all syncopation, groove and feeling. You’ll be hearing Flying Lotus, Linton ‘Kwesi’ Johnson, Gil Scott Heron, Thundercat, Kamasi Washington, Mad Professor, Nxworries and that’s just for starters

10pm – 11pm – Upside Your Mind will close the day with some blissful tunes. A trip from the basement to the tropics and back is waiting for you…

www.tworiversradio.stream
 
Two Rivers Radio is a community radio station dedicated to providing unique, original and independent media for the people of York. Run by a dedicated team of hard-working volunteers, Two Rivers Radio is “By the people of York, for the people of York, in the heart of York”
 
We broadcast every Monday from midday ’til 11pm from our pop-up studio at the The Corner Pin, Tanner Row, York.
 
Further to this, you can find us broadcasting live from all sorts of special events this summer, including , Dunnington Fayre Goes Live ’18 & Staxtonbury Family Music Festival among others.
 
www.tworiversradio.stream
 
We are a not-for-profit oganisation and all of what we do costs money. If you would like to support us as an individual or a business, please contact us: tworiversradio@gmail.stream
 
If you like what you see, read and/or hear – please ‘like’ our page, comment, share us with your friends, follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Get in touch!! 🙂
 
We are always looking for new presenters, producers, writers, journalists and other team-members – if you’d like to get on board, please drop us a line: tworiversradio@gmail.com
 
www.tworiversradio.stream

 

The Poetry Show S2.9 WAR & PEACE and Stairwell Books Presents: PJ Quinn’s Poetic Justice 

The Poetry Show S2.9 WAR & PEACE and Stairwell Books Presents: PJ Quinn’s Poetic Justice

The Poetry Show, Season Two Episode 9

At long last, we’re getting to our episodes with Alicia Fernandez and Joe Williams. And first up, we discuss War & Peace.

Don’t worry, we’re not going to discuss Tolstoy, though maybe that would be interesting! In this episode, we’re joined by Joe Williams, and Alicia Fernandez. Alicia has written about the Spanish Civil War, and how her family was involved. I have a few poems on WAR but not so many about PEACE.

America’s mental breakdown and war war war endless war began with 9 / 11. Europe has been at war since, idk. French Revolution? Crimean War? WWI? WWI? Cold War? Now, with the new Cold War?

Have we ever had peace?

After TPS, Stairwell Books Presents: PJ Quinn and DI Ambrose Book 4: Poetic Justice.

Stairwell Books have two launches coming up in the first two weeks of July: Poetic Justice, the fourth book in the DI Ambrose series penned by PJ Quinn (Pauline Kirk & Jo Summers), and the long-awaited story collection Something I Need to Tell You, by Wakefield author William Thirsk-Gaskill. The first event will be most convenient for those in York, and though William’s event is a bit farther afield for York residents, it’ll be much closer for our friends in West Yorkshire. Something for everyone!

First up: Pauline and Jo’s event at Jacob’s Well, York, this coming Thursday, July 5th. This will be the fourth DI Ambrose Mystery. This series examines British life in the late 50s and early 60s, with a few murders thrown in for good measure.

Pauline and Jo will be supported by Claire Patel-Campbell and Alan Smith, and there’ll also be acted readings from the book.

Thursday 5 July, 7.00 for 7.15 pm to 9.00 pm
Jacob’s Well, off Micklegate, York
Trinity Lane YO1 6EL

Come and see one of York’s beautiful Guild Halls and enjoy a relaxing evening. Refreshments will be available and of course copies of Poetic Justice for sale.

Finally: Let’s talk about Beyond the Vote Fest at York St John’s and Staxtonbury! You aint never gonna sleep again.
Well okay you will but not til mid-July.

Schedule – 25/06/18

This is Two Rivers Radio – Your Community Radio.  By the people of York, for the people of York, in the heart of York!

www.tworiversradio.stream

Midday – 1pm It’s time for Lunchtime Rush with Declan Minskip,
Great music, fantastic cheer and good humor.
We are #liveandloud #lunchtimerush

1pm – 2pm The Poetry Show S2.8 THE MOON featuring Kit Marshall and Becca Miles. Stairwell Books Presents: William and Valerie. YES this time we mean it

2pm – 3pm – Black York with Fasil Demsash will give us some good music and an interview with Nasr Moussa Emam close friend of football legend Pele and world champion Muhammad Ali!

3pm – 4pm – This hour is a bit of Pick and Mix with Declan and Daddy Cool! We have some great new shows coming up in next few weeks! If you want to get involved with Two Rivers Radio and create your own show get in touch on:  tworiversradio@gmail.com

4pm-5pm – On Yor Living Well with Juliet Powell listen to a heart breaking story of Catherine’s journey to adoption and family breakdown. Be uplifted by how she put her life back together – a must listen show.

5pm – 7pm –   Catch A Fire  will be bringing the sunshine vibes with the very best in reggae, dub, roots and dancehall.

7pm – 9pm –  The HMGW Show is back live with awesome live music from the Punk/ Garage band NoseBleed and wrestling interviews with three Great British Wrestlers Pop Punk Kid, Natalie Sykes and the returning David Graves. We will also have our monthly Kid B Challenge and play independent and mainstream music throughout the show!

9pm – 10pm –  Paul ‘the Soul Man’ Coull is back in the hot-seat for your weekly dose of classic and contemporary Soul Music.

10pm – 11pm – Upside Your Mind takes us on another trip from the basement to the tropics and back. Taking in chillout, funk, tropical house and more…

We hope that you enjoy all or some of our content. There is something for everybody in the Two Rivers Radio schedule – that is because we are by the people of York, for the people of York, in the heart of York.

Two rivers radio is run by a very dedicated and hard-working team of volunteers. If you would like to get involved please do contact us by messaging on Facebook or emailing: tworiversradio@gmail.com

We do have costs to cover and we are looking to expand our schedule and reach, so if you would like to sponsor us either as an individual or a business then do contact us.  tworiversradio@gmail.com  //  07913 685823

Please also ‘like’, share, comment on and invite people to view our content. You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram: @TwoRiversRadio

The Poetry Show S2.8 THE MOON and Stairwell Books Presents: William and Valerie

The Poetry Show S2.8 THE MOON and Stairwell Books Presents: William and Valerie. YES this time we mean it

The Poetry Show, Season Two Episode 8.

Monday’s show is about THE MOON, and features Kit Marshall and Becca Miles

Along with Roses being red, and violets blue, poets have written about Junes and Moons.

The moon is our own dear satellite and creates tides; influences the internal tides in a female body; and really does bring out the madness in some. Once, I took Em thru to A&E and there were people shouting at the wall, ranting, singing and so on. I looked at a nurse; she shrugged. I said helpfully “It’s a full moon, you know” and she visibly brightened and called to a colleague: “FULL MOON!” She smiled back and said “That explains it! It’s not normally like this, you know!”

From werewolves to witchcraft, a full moon has taken a lot of blame. I used to say “The moon’s always full at the East Gate” which was a small restaurant with a busy bar that I tended. I’ve got an ‘occasion poem’ I wrote for my sister, when her son Matt and his wife had their first child. If I get to it, I also have one about Alan’s old flat, abandoned to mice and moon.

After TPS, we have Stairwell Books Presents: William Thirsk-Gaskill and Valeri Gaskill.

Two weeks ago, SWB celebrated an excellent somewhat local launch for RETURN OF THE MANTRA, in Susie’s old stomping grounds of Holmfirth. William came along as a support reader, and after the books had sold and the cake been eaten, we sat down with William and Valerie to chat about short stories. William’s launch of SOMETHING I NEED TO TELL YOU will be at the beautiful, 250 year old Leeds Library on Weds July 11th. Join us!

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Just want to add: Well done, Declan! SleepEasy, our themed open mic on Sleep, Insomnia, Dreams and all things in-between, was a smash success on Friday. Thanks also to Tom, Jeannette and their family of restauranteurs at True Story Café. Delicious food, fab ambience, and every seat filled. Dec and I will be back with another themed night in two months!

Schedule -18/06/18

This is Two Rivers Radio – Your Community Radio.  By the people of York, for the people of York, in the heart of York!

www.tworiversradio.stream

Midday – 1pm It’s time for Lunchtime Rush with Declan Minskip,
Lot’s of cheer and good humor with a pinch of good old madness!
We are #liveandloud #lunchtimerush

1pm – 2pm The Poetry Show today  talks about Inspiration. Then Stairwell Books Presents: William Thirsk-Gaskill and Valerie Gaskill

2pm – 3pm Ask York is Two Rivers Radio’s monthly panel show looking at all of the key issues affecting the city.  The format is simple: we put together a panel of local politicians, journalists, academics and thought leaders who field questions from a live studio audience.

3pm – 4pm  What Rock!? this time  will be doing an Indie rock show and talking about the genre itself,  with additional music news and upcoming gigs in York and beyond!

4pm – 6pm –  “House of Scouse and The Mehhrseybeats”… A handpicked walk and talk around the Liverpool of the early 1960’s brought personally to you by Mr. Judge To You

6pm – 7pm – Bob Horton Brings the Weirdness.
The Earth is Flat. Apparently. On this month’s Weirdness, we will be discussing the recent renaissance of Flat Earth theory, and the people who believe in it. There will also be possibly York’s first ever live radio Flat/Globe debate. This is not one to miss. Meanwhile in the York Zoo, the Killer Whales have been misbehaving…

7pm – 8pm –  We will be re-playing and episode of Ask York

8pm – 9pm  – In #GlassHalfFullYork , we’ll be featuring #CleanAirDay and meeting a new group in York helping to promote awareness of air pollution on public health. Presenter @KlockworksKate (aka Kate Lock) will be talking to York MP Rachael Maskell about sustainable transport in the city, and we meet Dr Gary Haq, environmental scientist from SEI-York and author of a new children’s book, #MyDadTheEarthWarrior. Plus we have Ned Hoste reviewing One Planet York Healthy City summit at the University of York! So much good stuff going on!

9pm – 10pm – Paul Coull is back. Tune in for some of the very best music in the world, ever – brought you you by York’s very own Soul Man!
 

10pm – 11pm – Upside Your Mind will close the day with some blissful tunes. A trip from the basement to the tropics and back is waiting for you…

 

www.tworiversradio.stream
 
Two Rivers Radio is a community radio station dedicated to providing unique, original and independent media for the people of York. Run by a dedicated team of hard-working volunteers, Two Rivers Radio is “By the people of York, for the people of York, in the heart of York”
 
We broadcast every Monday from midday ’til 11pm from our pop-up studio at the The Corner Pin, Tanner Row, York.
 
Further to this, you can find us broadcasting live from all sorts of special events this summer, including Bishy Road Street Party 2018, Dunnington Fayre Goes Live ’18 & Staxtonbury Family Music Festival among others.
 
www.tworiversradio.stream
 
We are a not-for-profit oganisation and all of what we do costs money. If you would like to support us as an individual or a business, please contact us: tworiversradio@gmail.stream
 
If you like what you see, read and/or hear – please ‘like’ our page, comment, share us with your friends, follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Get in touch!! 🙂
 
We are always looking for new presenters, producers, writers, journalists and other team-members – if you’d like to get on board, please drop us a line: tworiversradio@gmail.com
 
www.tworiversradio.stream

 

Schedule – 04/06/18

Tune in and join us for some really good musical radio,
Let’s see what we’ve got prepared for you today!
We will be broadcasting live from The corner pin from Midday till 11pm.

Midday – 1pm – The Lunchtime Rush!
Sun or rain it’s gonna be a great start with some cheery tunes
and mad, interesting facts from Declan Minskip. Let us be #liveandloud

1pm- 2pm – The Poetry Show will be talking about Gender in the first half, the Rose Drew & Alan Gillott will be live in the studio for Stairwell Books with composer Nick Williams

2pm – 3pm – Is a bit of a Pick and Mix! Some good music for our one and only: Daddy Cool.

3pm – 4pm – We’ve got first episode of a brand new show for you this week! What Rock? Join Alex Fisher and Sam Booth for an exploration of the rock genre, one sub genre at a time. From classic to post rock Alex and Sam’s choice picks will be sure to have you both banging your head to some big hits and scratching it at some more interesting choices that’re sure to introduce you to your new favorite band!!

4pm – 6pm – Mr. Judge to You! will go under the title “Native New Yorker”… A natural progression from our last show where Paul Simon got by with a little help from his New York and New Jersey friends… We will be Jazzy, Jivey, Alternative, Disco and Rocky on our two hour trip to The Big Apple with our very own rough musical and geographical guide to York’s younger and bigger…. MUCH Bigger Brother and Sister City across T’Atlantic Ocean!

6pm – 7pm – Coastin’ is gonna take us for a big ride with the eclectic mix of music, a review of# Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s new £16.25 million pound attraction, and another re-located ride, now flourishing in Italy!

7pm – 8pm – MTTY with Tracy and Stephen Allan this month is all about the music and events of the year 1969!

8pm – 9pm – All That Brass is tooting it’s horn for … well, anything with horns in it! Presenter Kate Lock is joined by leading York brass player Mike Pratt , who will be picking more of his favourite tracks and discussing the banding scene. Expect 70s music, classic brass and a few euphoniumisms!

9pm-10pm – Soul Hour with the one and only Mr. Paul Coull, let us soothe the mind and hearts! (This will be a show from the archives as Paul is at the Cricket today)

10pm – 11pm – Upside Your Mind takes us on another trip from the basement to the tropics and back. Taking in chillout, funk, tropical house and more…

We hope that you enjoy all or some of our content. There is something for everybody in the Two Rivers Radio schedule – that is because we are by the people of #York, for the people of York, in the heart of York.

Two Rivers Radio is run by a very dedicated and hard-working team of volunteers. If you would like to get involved please do contact us by messaging on Facebook or emailing: tworiversradio@gmail.com

We do have costs to cover and we are looking to expand our schedule and reach, so if you would like to sponsor us either as an individual or a business then do contact us. tworiversradio@gmail.com // 07913 685823

Please also ‘like’, share, comment on and invite people to view our content. You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram:

The Poetry Show 2.4 is on Gender (a controversial concept) & is followed by Stairwell Books Presents: Composer Nick Williams.

The Poetry Show 2.4 is on Gender (a controversial concept) & is followed by Stairwell Books Presents: Composer Nick Williams.

Last week we slipped in the episode on Sleep (S2.5) AND on Friday June 22, we’re having SleepEasy at True Story Café! Declan Minskip and I will host a low-key, friendly open mic for stories, poems, tales and yes… even lullabies about sleep. Or insomnia. Or peaceful things. Think: Hot (soy) Chocolate, lots of candles, and maybe even wearing comfy clothes as we share restful thoughts in our northern city that doesn’t get all that dark this time of year. Especially right around the longest days of the year.

But first up on Monday… a discussion on Gender.

This episode features Kit Marshall as co-host, Becca Miles, and Rose & Alan.

I start off talking about gender roles, and normative behaviour and the difference – and there is one! – between gender and biological sex. The poem I’ll do is based on poems written by a well-meaning guy in the early 2000s. He ran an open mic in Borders, in Stamford CT and that’s where I met Alan. This guy was a decent man but OH MY he thought rigidly about ‘men’ and ‘women’ and is the sort of person who makes sweeping statements, with conviction, along the lines of “Women do this and Men do that” and “All women want this”, and so on. Ghastly. So, I’ll read a poem from 2002 that replies to such biological determinism. Then I’m turning this over to Kit who will talk about gender more coherently than an old-school physical anthropologist who looks at skeletons and tries to determine PROBABLE sex. But I’ll never be able to tell what someone’s gender was. Like disability and race, gender is a social construct.

After The Poetry Show: Composer Nick Williams.

From Nick’s online bio: “Nick Williams studied music at York and Huddersfield universities. In 1982 he co-founded Soundpool, an organisation of York-based composers and performers. In 1989 to 1991, Nick was composer and performer with Snapdragon Circus, a company which brought together theatre, dance, circus and music and toured extensively with them.

“His music draws on minimalism, modernism and the immediacy of post-punk to create what The Times called ‘a hyperactive…postminimalism’ that has affinities with the urban energy of New York’s Bang On A Can composers and the rhythmic conceptualism of the Hague School.”

Let’s find out how circus and composing go together, and how we can all bring a bit of hyperactive postminimalism into our lives.