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Launches

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Within my role as celebrant, I make launches with other people, for their projects and books.

Whether launching a book, building, art exhibition or other project, the moment of making it public signifies both the end and beginning of two momentous journeys. A launch is the hinge of the creation’s existence. It is the bridge between the private and public life of what has been made.

I have launched, if not a thousand, many many books – of fiction,
poetry and anthologies – print and electronic.

These events have taken place in art galleries, libraries, a maritime museum, a judges’ lodgings and village halls. Each subtly took on the personality of the book, and proved, rightly, to be celebratory
affairs, whether among a few friends and colleagues or public events open to whoever is curious.

I also launch buildings, homes and art exhibitions, ensuring that the
essence of the work is reflected in the nature of the occasion.

As with all my ceremony work I am keen to collaborate as much as possible to define, design and deliver exactly what fits to purpose.

Fees will vary depending on the nature of your event, beginning at £50.

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Namings

dollYour child’s name will be the word they hear more regularly than any other. Its sound and rhythm will inform their identity.

The sound and rhythm of the naming ceremony will be present in the environment, rituals, words and music you choose for the occasion.

Welcoming this person into your life, and that of your family and community, can also include your hopes for them as well as for
yourselves, your knowledge of them, other people’s understanding of you, and vows you may wish to make. Whatever you choose to
focus on, we’ll create a loving event that truly reflects your feelings.

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Event Maker

poetry tours

I have produced poetry readings, poetry tours, multimedia exhibits and small literature festivals.

In 2012 and 2013 I produced, marketed and managed two tours for Arc Publications.

In 2012 the tour comprised seven international poets (from Iceland, Turkey, Burma, Punjab, Armenia and Brazil) visiting 29 venues for readings, discussions and workshops on translation.

In 2013 the tour took 12 poets (four from the UK, others from Sri Lanka, Serbia, Germany, New Zealand, Armenia and Catalonia) and two translators around 34 venues giving readings, workshops and discussions.

Before working with international poets I orchestrated smaller tours for North West writers featured in the Flax publications.022 launch

And before that I worked for Calderdale Libraries as their poet in residence where I orchestrated, alongside the Reader in Residence two mini festivals.

Before that I skated the freelance world and made events to suit whatever project I was involved in

Editor

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I was editor of Flax, Lancaster Literature Festival’s publishing imprint from 2006-2011.

Alongside designer Martin Chester and then Anat Kaivanto, we produced 29 publications that ranged from pdf pamphlets of poetry and prose, illustrated posters, ebooks, films and walking tours. We launched all the publications in one way or another, celebrating the coming together of great quality work.

A sample of our work is below. You can see more on the Flax page of ISSUU

Walking in Circles – poetry walksguide for walks

Seed Haiku
Another collaboration with Maya Chowdhry
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I continue to edit anthologies created in workshops and with fellow writers.

Most recently, Solstice, with Rebecca Bilkau.
An anthology of hours. Twenty four poems clocking the twenty four hours of the longest day in 2012. This ‘hinge’ of the year is tracked by transience, evident in the views of street lamps, hedgerows, cafes, the rising light, swallows, rain, and ultimately the growing dark, its rituals, noises, pathways disappearing ahead.

Poems from Helen Ivory, Andrew McMillan, Wayne Burrows, Jane Routh, Seni Seniviratne, Maya Chowdhry, David Tait and many more.

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Poetry films

Nothing as Quiet as a House

A film by Maya Chowdhry based on a poem by Sarah Hymas

Incorruptible Aura

Harrogate Bedrock

A film by Jonathan Bean/Litfest 2008

Wonder Child (from Host)

Neither Up Nor Down (from Host)

Echo Soundings

 

Facilitator

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I create spaces in which to think, through coaching and mentoring; I facilitate workshops; I create live literature events and tours; and I edit on- and off-line publications.

My guiding principle when working with others is to keep myself out of the frame. The work is what is important.

As a coach my aim to enable you to clarify exactly what it is you want and how you can best achieve it.

As a mentor or workshop facilitator my job is to help you write what you want – and in the best way to suit you.

As a producer of live literature events my focus is on creating
engaging, vibrant and inclusive occasions, introducing new writing and writers. I want to share and spread the imaginative reach of performed poetry and prose.

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