Jellied Eels (Film-Poem)

I had a great time reading poems at the Poetry Cafe in Soho tonight as part of the Southbank Poetry Competition awards. Valerie and I also collaborated to turn my third-prize-winning poem, “Jellied Eels”, into the following film-poem.

<a href=""><img src="" alt="jellied-eels" class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-6013" /><br />Click here to play the video</a>

Process Notes

I recorded the poem through a pair of walkie-talkies to achieve the desired vocal effect. When then paired Valerie’s piano composition with morse code sounds. With so much going on auditorily, and because the poem itself is quite visual, we opted for a simple pan-out on time-lapse footage of light on water, which ends with a serpentine blur-cut that seemed to converge upon and reinforce the ending image of the poem quite well.

South Bank Poetry 16 Launch

South Bank Poetry 16I had a great time this evening reading my poems in the current and previous issues of South Bank Poetry. The sweltering basement of the Poetry Cafe was packed with friendly faces. The reading combined Londoners and urban Irish in a refreshingly down-to-Earth mix of voices. Many thanks to Peter Ebsworth and his co-editor for a lovely evening. As I tap this brief report into my phone on the train ride back to North Hertfordshire, I feel a small part of the London poetry tribe.