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 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!!

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!

Schedule – 29/01/18

Tune in today for ALL of this!!!

From midday to 1pm Declan Minskip presents the Lunchtime Rush – all the upbeat tunes and zany chat required to get you going this Monday lulnchtime. #thelunchtimerush #liveandloud

At 1pm the Podcast Poets are back with The Poetry Show – this week’s topic for discussion and muse will be ‘Job Share’ for the first half. In the second half Rose & Alan will be joined live in the studio by Tom Dixon who will be talking about writing (of course) and also how to overcome that initial fear of doing an open mic!

Between 2-3pm we will be airing Ask York for the very first time. Ask York is a political panel show recorded in front of a live audience. In this debut edition the chairman is Pete Kilbane and the panelists are Prof. Kate Pickett (Uni of York), Cllr. Jonny Crawshaw (Lab), Paul Healey (Con) & Helen Graham of My Castle Gateway.

From 3-4pm the Soul Man himself, Mr. Paul Coull will be caressing your ears with the very best in classic and contemporary #SoulMusic.

Upside Your Mind is back from 4pm ’til 5 with a brand new mix – he could be in the basement, he could be in the tropics, he could be anywhere and everywhere in between. Get locked in and find out for yourself!

The Stray Wolf of Rock ‘n Roll is back from 5-7pm. Mr. Judge to You! With special guests and as ever – excellent musical selections.
Tonight we will be interviewing Leah Bennett, a life coach and consultant from the USA, and now British citizen. She will be sharing some of her ‘pivotal’ tracks with us, as Mr. Judge shoe horns in his own vaguely related titles.

Between 7-8pm we will be repeating Ask York for those that didn’t hear it earlier this afternoon.

8-9pm Kate Lock will be in the hot-seat, presenting Glass Half Full. There will be a foodie theme today as Kate talks to Chill In the Community CICAndrew Waller, Food Circle York, Good Food York & One Planet York.

9-11pm The Cowboys From Hell are going to be rocking the TRR studio ’til it shakes!  Tune in to join Steve Allan & Black Dog for some of the heaviest metal around.

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