The Poetry Show & Stairwell Books Presents…

In just 5 short minutes, The Poetry Show, Season 2, Episode 6 will discuss MACHINES with Neil Cathan and Becca Miles. Then in Stairwell Books Presents: we actually have Susie Williamson!

Today’s show is about MACHINES

I was trolling thru my poems, the old snippets of stuff, the finished stuff, notes and so on, and I discovered, I don’t write about machines!! At all!! Very funny. Maybe cars, and I might do a poem about riding on a bus past some hot dry scenery in Cyprus; and I have a piece about bells.
But most of what I do doesn’t require more equipment than a pen or a magnifying glass. Well okay and a camera: that’s indispensable.
I do write on a computer and I used to feel very creeped out by leaving the word processor behind, and that in itself was a jump from carbon paper and a type writer.

In examining skeletal remains, I use simple, old fashioned things: calipers and camera, books, and paper. Even analysing ancient DNA the way my friend Rika did it (in 2002, 2003) involved a gel, and running electrical charges over samples. Is that steam punk?

Next up, Stairwell Books Presents: Susie Williamson, who has now enjoyed two smash success book launch events for RETURN OF THE MANTRA, her fantasy novel that examines environmental destruction, greed and human rights. But in an adventure story! Not too preachy, just a great, rollicking ride.

Don’t forget to join Declan and I at True Story Cafe, Friday, 22 June, for an open mic about sleep. Restful, wonderful, necessary, sleeeee………………………

Schedule for today… (11/06/2018)

Its a beautiful day, so fill your ears with sunshine! Tune into Two Rivers Radio to find Community Radio at its best.

 
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Midday – 1pm – Declan Minskip brings you the Lunchtime Rush. He’ll be #liveandloud #thelunchtimerush
 
1 – 2pm – The Poetry Show looks at “Machines” and Stairwell Books present, Susie Williamson, who has now enjoyed two smash success book launch events for RETURN OF THE MANTRA, her fantasy novel that examines environmental destruction, greed and human rights. But in an adventure story! Not too preachy, just a great, rollicking ride.
 
2 – 3pm – Fasil Demsash brings us another fantastic and insightful edition of Black York. #BlackYork
 
3 – 4pm – Visit, The Other Side of the Tracks with the one and only Glenn Hewitt. Little known album tracks, B-sides, international releases and other such sexy numbers await your eager ears….
 
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In this weeks show Juliet will be chatting to HR specialist Siobhan Clarke who will be discussing wellbeing in the workplace, what we can do to take better care of our selves and the use of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) in her work.
Accompanied by great music from the 80s up to the present date.
 
5 – 7pm – Jess Justjess Parker live and in the mix on Two Rivers Radio! Tune in, lock on, get down.
 
This month Christian Simon will be looking at the life, music and times of the The Divine Comedy
 
8 – 9pm – John Compost Cossham‘s Recycled Radio Show (this will be one from the archives as John can’t be in the studio today)
 
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9 – 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!
 
10 – 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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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.
 
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The Poetry Show & Stairwell Books Presents

The Poetry Show  –  1-2pm

The Poetry Show talks about GRANDPARENTS followed by Stairwell Books Presents: Declan Minskip & barriers to writing: how can we surmount these?

The Poetry Show Season Two Episode Two is about our grands: the ones we inherit from our parents, the ones we find, the elders we may eventually become.

After that we have a Stairwell Books Presents discussion about writing, and barriers we may face before we even get started. Two Rivers producer Declan Minskip bravely endures Rose’s questions (eeek) (only kidding. I’m not scary….am I?) with planned input from Emily Drew. Can depression stop creativity dead or can we harness the isolation and introspection of at least a milder depression to tap our thoughts? No one will suggest we just “snap out of it.” Mental health issues will affect most of us at some point in our lives.

Schedule: 30/04/2018

Good morning!! A fantastic 11 hours of #communityradio awaits – by the people of York, for the people of York, in the heart of York!

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We will be #liveandloud from our pop-up studio at The corner pin from midday ’til 11pm – bringing you fresh chat, great music and good vibes. Check out our schedule below:

  • Midday – 1pm – #thelunchtimerush with Declan Minskip
    Upbeat with a stellar song selection
  • 1 – 2pm – The Poetry Show & Stairwell Books Presents…
    We will be looking again at ‘work’ with the Podcast
    Poets.
  • 2 – 3pm – Fasil Demsash presents another edition of Black
    York. Tune in for insightful chat and great music from
    around the globe!
  • 3 – 4pm – This hour is currently vacant so it’ll be a pick ‘n mix.
    If you would like to present/produce your own show,
    please contact: tworiversradio@gmail.com
  • 4 – 5pm –  Juliet chats to Mike Phan about his journey from Vietnam to the UK after being saved by the Red Cross. We talk about him arriving in Britain, how he and his family settled and how this affected his life trajectory. Listen in to a great mix of 70s and 80s music and thought provoking conversation.
  • 5 – 7pm – Catch A Fire will be burning up the Two Rivers Radio
    studio. Expect some big tunes and heavy bass – get
    your skank on this Monday evening. #morefiyah
  • 7 – 9pm – HMGW is back with you monthly dose of fantastic
    #livemusic, gaming & #ukwrestling news.
    Tune in this evening for “Soul soaked rock” as
    Van Der Neer are live in session and for interviews
    with not one, not, two, but three of the finest local
    wrestlers! Boris Koslov @hotbloodeddom
    @myles_kayman
  • 9 – 10pm – We will be visiting the archives and bringing you a
    Soul Show from weeks gone by as Paul Coull can’t
    be with us this evening.
  • 10 – 11pm – Upside Your Mind takes you on a trip from the
    Basement to the Tropics and back – eclectic.
    exciting. electric.

Two Rivers Radio C.I.C is run by a dedicated team of volunteer presenters, producers and technicians. We produce 11 hours of fresh, independent content every week and are looking to expand our schedule.

If you would like to come on board as a producer or a presenter or would like to know about how else you can support this exciting community media project then please email: tworiversradio@gmail.com

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The Poetry Show & Stairwell Books presents…

What’ve You Been Reading??

A few years ago, when I was down in Winchester a lot, I went to an excellent poetry workshop organised by Matt West. We were all to bring poems along, but they could not be OUR poems: at all. Poems that we find meaningful, memorable and important reflect on us, on our way of looking at the world, as much as anything we may choose to write.

One of my favourite poets is Charles Rafferty, who is based in Connecticut, a small state to the east of New York. About 12 years ago, Charles was the featured poet at the amazing Bethel Wednesday Night Poetry Series, which met Every Single Week for about 15 years. Charles talks about important things but he has a wonderfully light touch, very reminiscent of Billy Collins. I’ll read “Staying in Love”, which is about obsession and control.

Followed by: Stairwell Books Presents: MORE Other people’s poems!

If I had had time in that episode, I’d have read Tim Clare’s “In the unlikely event you spot my face in the seething zombie horde”, which is sort of about surviving (or not) a zombie apocalypse but might really be about trust. On Monday, Alan and I will continue the theme set out in The Poetry Show S1:32, and read poems by others. Maybe send a few in!

Tune in here between 1-2pm to listen and find out more!

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The Poetry Show Season 1 Ep 30: History Rewritten, and Stairwell Books Present: Bob Horton.

“Bob is on the Left”

First up, a playback of a show w Laurence O’Reilly and guest Tanya Parker: History Rewritten! Or, Tory Policy heh. Then we’ll chat with Bob Horton, scientist and poet, about his thoughts on society, history, science, poetry, and so on. I’ll also promote the upcoming Poetry For All event, this Saturday, March 24, at St Clements Hall, presented as part of the York Lit Fest.

Monday’s podcast is S1.30, and is HISTORY, the redux.
Yes, we covered history a little while ago with guest STEVE NASH, [and Two Rivers guest that same day!] but after all, history is constantly being rewritten. And if we don’t remember history, we are doomed to REPEAT IT.
or, if we don’t like it, we can just REDO it. Hence Trumpsky claims his inauguration was the BIGGEST ONE EVER (despite photographic evidence to the contrary)
And, your memories are someone else’s ancient history.
We were at an event recently, took place in a grammar school and students were working as assistants. As usual, I’m talking about politics: Trumpsky, war, angry people trying to solve things with violence, etc. I was talking to several thoughtful young people. “Well” I finally said, “you know, after 9/11…” and she blinked at me. “I was 1 when that happened.” “One?” I repeated weakly. “You’ve always known only a state of war”. “True, but that means I don’t fear it.” HER history starts about two thirds of the way into mine. And at least I’m still here to discuss the past! What happens when it’s not 15 yrs from now, but 115?

And then, there’s Bob.
We promise not to argue about GMOs. Heheh

The Poetry Show waffles about AMBIGUITY and Stairwell Books Presents: John Gilham

John Gilham is the ME of his notorious tales of FOSDYKE AND ME: two malcontent youths living “under the flight path from Heathrow” in the 1960s. Actually, John and Fosdyke are more benign than malign and have delighted York audiences for at least 15 years. John will set me straight on their longevity.

More recently, John is the editor of international arts magazine Dream Catcher, truly a home-grown journal, founded over 20 years ago as part of a York St John’s project by then-student Paul Sutherland. John will no doubt chat to us about trains, Fosdyke, Dream Catcher, poetry, and bicycles!

The photo is John Gilham, speaking as editor of Dream Catcher at the May 2017 London Poetry Magazine Fair. Alan is lurking in the wings.

But before all that, Monday’s The Poetry Show Season One episode is about Ambiguity. I think…. I’m not sure…. Perhaps I’m a little vague.

When you write a poem, are you being clear? Actually, that’s a big deal isn’t it. Some of us *ahem* like to have multiple meanings, a sort of Pollock canvas spatter of words. Or, Picasso. Poem Descending Staircase.

Others want it blunt. Clear. Open to all. To that end, I’ll read “A Celebration of My Ignorance.” There are plenty of snide comments about “approachable” poets, such as were made about Carol Ann Duffy when she became Poet Laureate, and more recently about Hollie McNish. The most damning comments seem to be along the lines of ‘she’s too popular’. I like that their poetry isn’t elitist. At Yale, I was accused of writing in too popular a style. “Oh, you mean, I sound stupid?” The man blinked but demurred to answer.

On the other hand, laying it all out, spoon-feeding the reader is a guaranteed way to bore them. Why do all the work? Why lock down every image so that the listener or reader can add NOTHING?

So, is it better to be explicit, or a little vague?

TUNE IN BETWEEN 1-2pm TODAY!!

The Poetry Show & Stairwell Books Presents…

On Monday at 1pm, The Poetry Show talks about FEAR followed by Stairwell Books Presents: Becca Miles

The Poetry Show Season One episode is on FEAR, which features Laurence O’Reilly and guest Neil Cathan. After that, Alan will sit down with Becca Miles, SWB editorial assistant and LARP expert. What is LARP, you ask? Tune in and find out! Or are you afraid…..?

The Poetry Show Season One Episode 26: Today’s show is about FEAR.

What makes you frightened? What IS ‘FEAR’? I once heard someone say “people lie when they’re afraid,” so before you lie, ask yourself: what am I scared of? Okay, maybe.

I have felt fear: walking down a street at night. Walking through a parking lot at night. Stairwells in big, emptyish buildings, at day OR at night. In fact I’ll do a poem (an old one) on the very certain, specific fears, that women can have. I once had a personal tragedy and so, I was left even MORE afraid after it. You’d think the worst has happened, and yet I actually was more fearful of it happening again, afterward.

Fear can be healthy: we are aware of our surroundings; we’re being careful. Every soldier is scared shitless, or they’re dead…. do you agree? Okay: Is fear GOOD? Should we have fear? Isn’t keeping an eye out for the sabre tooth tiger just part of being human?

The Poetry Show & Stairwell Books Present:

Today, The Poetry Show (Eden Agency) will be investigating ‘Hidden Languages’.

David Lee Morgan couldn’t stay up in Yorkshire: but he’ll be back in March. So Stairwell Books presents: Alice Tomlinson!

What is Twilight Birth? Alice has researched this and we can be thankful those days are long behind us.

Or with You-Know- Whose in power in the US, are they? #HandMaidsTale

Twilight was the early to mid-Twentieth Century practice of Twilight Birth.

Yeeesh! Alice is in Dream Catcher Magazine and performs in York and London. Alice also just supported new novelist Claire Patel-Campbell at a packed launch of Abernathy at New School House Gallery.

The image is of Alice reading at this launch, attended by no less than 7 new-born babies, and about 50 full-sized folks.

And just before we sit down with Alice, we’ll hear The Poetry Shows! (Eden Agency). This week, guest Lucy Furlong, back up from London visiting us in the provinces, discusses Secret or Hidden Languages.

Today’s show is about secret languages. Pig Latin, Cockney slang, anything designed to avoid The Man and throw authorities off the scent.

I’m totally out of my depth here, but an unrelated phrase that rhymes with the real, target word or phrase is used and then even just one word that reminds you of the phrase is good enough.

Trouble & Strife for wife. (Heyyyyyyy, where’s one for ‘husband’?) And you can shorten them to add to the secrecy and confusion for outsiders. Scooby (as in Scooby Doo) for clue.

Give it a Butcher’s Hook for ‘Look’ can become “So go give it a butcher’s”.

Lucy had remarked she wouldn’t Eve it, as in Adam and Eve or ‘Believe’ it and that led to this topic.  Now in MY field, we’ve discussed indigenous languages that are used to keep the conquerors off your back, but we just don’t have the Cockney language in America. Or do we?

CALL IN or email me and yell at me if I’m wrong.  Closest I have was when some Polish guys who worked in the same shabbily posh country
club as teenage me spoke their language to get by the bosses; or how a smile can be taken wrong… or maybe is just too self-analysed.

Job Share and Tom Dixon. The Poetry Show and Stairwell Books Presents:

On The Poetry Show episode (1pm ’til 2pm) , Job Share, we have the original crew of Charli, Laurence, Alan and me, but also with guest Lucy Furlong up from London.  So the ep was a job share too. If I recall it was a seat share too!  The recording studio at Eden Agency is a small space with four chairs, but we somehow fitted five of us in the room.

Job sharing is popular among parents of tiny kids. Back in the 1990s, job sharing became a feminist issue, a way for women to keep a foot in the job market and yet still have a life. Sort of.  Tiny babies are HARD WORK!  When I first had my baby, I had dreams: I was gonna learn sign language, maybe brush up on my French….. and I was grateful when I managed to get dressed and clean my teeth the same day.  I then went back full time and it was hard.

Then, following the Poetry Show episode, we have Tom Dixon joining us on Stairwell Books Presents:

Tom has a book out this summer called ON SUICIDE BRIDGE and Tom will talk to us about the inspiration for the book.  The featured picture above is of Tom at the Spoken Word, December 2016. No, the people gazing down at the floor aren’t praying, they’re listening intently. That was a very packed night!