Friday, 28 November 2014

Another Guardian letter today. Link below, 3rd letter down:

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

25 November, 2014

An evening with David Hockney through a live film event downtown. Two hours documentary on his life and work --fascinating except music too loud, followed by an our long live interview from his LA studio.

He's doing reverse perspective and it's revolutionary! Over five hundred years after the vanishing point was discovered in western art in Italy, he shows that in fact the world comes towards us adn perspective widens out as it reaches us.

Once you see how it works, it changes your way of looking forever. Now we haven't got a vanishing point but a shifting viewpoint. That's because it's the digital age. Narrow focus,  targets, in everything are not needed anymore. Widening focus and thought, with inclusiveness and connectivity, as we are not alone or isolated, and infinity ('God') is all around us, and part of us. Of course the East knew a lot of this, but they copied us. Only some have begun to listen to what they once knew.

Amazing stuff. Lots to think about. A women got up next to me, and said 'I love that man'. Older, he's still doing it and learning --that work is all that matters -- I see what she means.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Well Versed -- Cheltenham, 27 November, 2014

'We are delighted to welcome acclaimed poet Olivia Byard to Well Versed, on Thursday 27th November.

Olivia Byard's third book The Wilding Eye, New and Selected Poems, will be published by Worple Press, next Spring. Her first, From a Benediction,  was nominated for the Forward First Book Prize. In 2011, her second, Strange Horses, met with critical acclaim. In three years she has had five poems published in the New Statesman.

The night also includes an open mic, please come and share your work.

Well Versed offers a warm and friendly atmosphere and the chance to meet other writers.

Well Versed with Olivia Byard. Thursday 27 November. 7pm. £5/4

The Muffin Man, Cheltenham. Gallery'

Monday, 3 November 2014


A full page spread of three poems in November Quadrant, from Australia: p.71

Plus a big poem should be in the New Statesman this Friday 7th November --will confirm when it is out.