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Lunar Poetry Podcasts

Lunar Poetry Podcasts

By Lunar Poetry Podcasts
A series of discussions, interviews and live recordings with poets from the UK and abroad in which we examine the writing process.

Now hosted by Peter deGraft-Johnson a.k.a The Repeat Beat Poet, the series was founded by David Turner in October 2014 in south east London.
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Ep. 132 - Salena Godden
This week Repeat Beat Poet is in conversation with poet, author, broadcaster, activist, and longstanding rabble-rousing doyenne of UK poetry, Salena Goddena. The pair reflect on Salena's career in poetry and literature, the inspirations behind her debut novel Mrs Death Misses Death, and have a good chat about the complications and joys of writing to and through an embodiment of Death; like how facing loss and grief can teach us how to live, love, survive, and fight for a better world. There's also chat about being a flaneuse, and writing while walking around mystical East London. We hear two readings from Salena - Pessimism Is For Lightweights - -0:35:19 (ISH) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lW0CnTXUjfc&t=58s [excerpt from Mrs. Death Misses Death. The First Mourning of the First Morning - 0:11:25] Download a full transcript here: (COMING SOON) For more from Salena: http://www.salenagodden.co.uk/ For more from RBP: linktr.ee/repeatbeatpoet https://twitter.com/repeatbeatpoet https://www.instagram.com/repeatbeatpoet/ For more from us: lunarpoetrypodcasts.com www.facebook.com/LunarPoetryPodcasts www.twitter.com/LunarPoetryPod Buy the 'Why Poetry?': The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology here: vervepoetrypress.com/product/why-poetry/ Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: snazzyrat.bandcamp.com Our production team is Mystery Planet Productions. https://mysteryplanet.net/ Also mentioned on the podcast - BBC Extra's Podcast Radio Hour (Poetry Podcast Special, 1/10/21) https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00100hj
01:09:36
October 28, 2021
Ep. 131 - Zena Edwards
Cece's Speakeasy (30th June-3rd July 2021) - https://applesandsnakes.org/project/ceces-speakeasy/ This week The Repeat Beat Poet speaks to writer, performer, creative director, and tarot-reading multi-faceted artist and activist Zena Edwards. The pair talk about navigating corporate spaces while maintaining integrity, the importance of orality and sound within self-expression, and how indigenous African peoples and systems of knowledge have guided Zena's work. The two poets also give some shine to Apples & Snakes, the UK's longstanding leading poetry organisation, discuss their involvement in the immersive climate cabaret show, Cece's Speakeasy, and highlight the artistic innovations that come from cross-artform collaborations. We hear two performances from Zena - Brother's Keeper - - 0:19:00 https://zenaedwards.bandcamp.com/track/brothers-keeper Wood and Strings - 0:45:30 https://jazzrefreshed.bandcamp.com/track/wood-and-strings Download a full transcript here: (COMING SOON) For more from Zena: verseindialog.com instagram.com/zena_e_poetics For more from PJ: linktr.ee/repeatbeatpoet https://twitter.com/repeatbeatpoet https://www.instagram.com/repeatbeatpoet/ For more from us: lunarpoetrypodcasts.com www.facebook.com/LunarPoetryPodcasts www.twitter.com/LunarPoetryPod Buy the 'Why Poetry?': The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology here: vervepoetrypress.com/product/why-poetry/ Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: snazzyrat.bandcamp.com Our production team is Mystery Planet Productions. https://mysteryplanet.net/
01:16:10
June 27, 2021
Ep. 130 - Sarah Callaghan
The terms hard-working and “jack of all trades” get thrown around a lot, but Sarah Callaghan really embodies the two. She’s been a comedian for over ten years with shows across the world from Australia to Austria, and she made the move into poetry when she used it as a tool to work through a difficult period of her life. Poetry was a space that allowed for what comedy didn’t; a space where messages didn’t necessarily have to be funny to be let out and to be seriously received by an audience. It gave her a space to speak more openly about mental health. We also discuss the importance of creative collaboration, share some performance stories, and the difficulties of navigating the trappings of social media.  “You’re never gonna achieve greatness in your comfort zone.” - 10:20-11:26 Sarah reads two poems -  23:35 - Beginning 33:21 - It's Not That Deep Download a full transcript here: (COMING SOON) For more from Sarah: http://www.sarahcallaghan.com/  https://linktr.ee/sarahcallaghan https://twitter.com/sarahecallaghan  http://instagram.com/scallaghan1 For more from PJ: linktr.ee/repeatbeatpoet https://twitter.com/repeatbeatpoet https://www.instagram.com/repeatbeatpoet/ For more from us: lunarpoetrypodcasts.com www.facebook.com/LunarPoetryPodcasts www.twitter.com/LunarPoetryPod Buy the 'Why Poetry?': The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology here: vervepoetrypress.com/product/why-poetry/ Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: snazzyrat.bandcamp.com Our production team is Mystery Planet Productions. https://mysteryplanet.net/ Also mentioned on the podcast - Imaginary Millions - Spending Our Fortune Vol.1 https://imaginarymillions.bandcamp.com/album/spending-our-fortune-volume-one  Watch Sarah Callaghan's comedy special, The Ballad Of Sarah Callaghan, on NextUp - https://nextupcomedy.com/sarahcallaghan/?fp_ref=ballad
01:01:09
June 09, 2021
Ep. 129 - Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan
This week Peter deGraft-Johnson (The Repeat Beat Poet) speaks to poet , educator, and writer Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan. The pair start by speaking about overcoming the fears of speaking your truth publicly, learning to trust readers and publishers outside of immediate live audiences, and Suhaiymah's journey discovering poetry. Next, we jump into the thick fogs of British colonialism, spend some time naming and shaming it and discussing the legacy of inequality it leaves in how histories are held and taught in our libraries, archives, and museums. Across an hour that felt like a minute, Suhaiymah also squeezes in some self-care tips, and gives another beautiful answer to the perennial ultimate question - why poetry? Suhaiymah reads three poems -  06:19 - Where Is My History? 35:03 - A Virtue Of Disobedience  42:17 - Bacon, Bank Notes, Benjamins Download a full transcript here: (COMING SOON) For more from Suhaiymah: https://www.suhaiymah.com/  https://twitter.com/thebrownhijabi https://www.instagram.com/thebrownhijabi Buy Suhaiymah's debut collection Postcolonial Banter here, published by Verve Poetry Press - https://vervepoetrypress.com/product/suhaiymah-manzoor-khan-postcolonial-banter-pre-order-free-uk-pp-out-12-09-19/?v=79cba1185463  For more from PJ: linktr.ee/repeatbeatpoet https://twitter.com/repeatbeatpoet https://www.instagram.com/repeatbeatpoet/ https://ko-fi.com/repeatbeatpoet For more from us: lunarpoetrypodcasts.com www.facebook.com/LunarPoetryPodcasts www.twitter.com/LunarPoetryPod Buy the 'Why Poetry?': The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology here: vervepoetrypress.com/product/why-poetry/ Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: snazzyrat.bandcamp.com  Our production team is Mystery Planet Productions. https://mysteryplanet.net/  Also mentioned on the podcast -  Dan Hicks - The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution http://www.plutobooks.com/9780745341767/the-brutish-museums/ Ian Cobain - The History Thieves Secrets, Lies and the Shaping of a Modern Nation https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/The-History-Thieves-by-Ian-Cobain-author/9781846275838
01:17:58
February 18, 2021
Ep. 128 - Bridget Hart
“A lot of the ethos that I learned from the punk scene – D.I.Y politics, inclusivity, that kind of thing – I brought with me into Burning Eye Books” - Bridget Hart This week Peter deGraft-Johnson (The Repeat Beat Poet) speaks to poet, editor, producer, publisher with Burning Eye Books, and Grease super-fan Bridget Hart. The pair start by discussing the ethos and success of Burning Eye as a leading independent poetry press in the UK, publishing spoken word artists, and Bridget shares a quick what-to-do (read the guidelines) and what-not-to-do (make transphobic jokes) when submitting. Bridget tells PJ about life as a poet in the DIY punk scene, touring in vans and playing house shows (ps - punks love Carly Rae Jepsen), and the value of emotional caretaking in the midst of the intensity of judging UniSlam - the UK's national university poetry slam & summit. Bridget also speaks about rediscovering a sense of freedom and joy in writing while working on their latest collection celebrating the campness, queerness, and playfulness we all know was the real star of the iconic teen classic Grease. (We don't speak about Grease 2 - who would?). Bridget reads one poem - 41:12 - 1000 Bits Of Gum Download a full transcript here: (COMING SOON) Bridget's Links -  http://bridgethart.wordpress.com http://forbooksake.net http://burningeye.co.uk/submit PJ's Links - https://linktr.ee/repeatbeatpoet https://twitter.com/repeatbeatpoet https://www.instagram.com/repeatbeatpoet/ Read PJ's poem 'What Does Black Power Mean?' in the Black Anthology, Language, available to read via 1010 Press or your local independent bookshop or library: www.sofiaamina.com/1010pressbookshop  For more from Lunar: lunarpoetrypodcasts.com www.facebook.com/LunarPoetryPodcasts www.twitter.com/LunarPoetryPod Buy the 'Why Poetry?': The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology here: vervepoetrypress.com/product/why-poetry/ Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: snazzyrat.bandcamp.com Our production team is Mystery Planet Productions. https://mysteryplanet.net/ Also mentioned on the podcast -  Neon, by Bethany Rose. Published by Burning Eye Books. https://burningeye.bigcartel.com/product/neon-by-bethany-rose Chips & Beans Podcast w/ Bridget & Cassie Agbenhu - https://www.instagram.com/chipsandbeanspodcast/  UniSlam - https://www.uni-slam.com/
01:08:24
February 10, 2021
Ep. 127 - Otis Mensah
This week Peter deGraft-Johnson (The Repeat Beat Poet) speaks to Hip Hop artist and former Sheffield Poet Laureate, Otis Mensah. They discuss how the concept of introspective documentarianism underpins Otis' work of building a personal identity and creative voice around artistic truth and vulnerability, through rap and poetry. There's also talk of surviving and decrying racial capitalism, and a breakdown of Otis' tenure as laureate.   Otis reads three poems -  17:12 - Contrary To The Intangible Grapevine 35:25 - The Thinks 1:00:00 - No Record Store Day Download a full transcript here: (COMING SOON) For more from Otis: www.otismensah.com https://twitter.com/otismensah https://www.instagram.com/otismensah/ For more from PJ: linktr.ee/repeatbeatpoet Repeat Beat Broadcast - https://www.mixcloud.com/ThreadsRadio/playlists/the-repeat-beat-broadcast/ https://twitter.com/repeatbeatpoet https://www.instagram.com/repeatbeatpoet/ For more from us: lunarpoetrypodcasts.com www.facebook.com/LunarPoetryPodcasts/ www.twitter.com/LunarPoetryPod Order 'Why Poetry?': The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology here: vervepoetrypress.com/product/why-poetry/ Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: snazzyrat.bandcamp.com  Our production team is Mystery Planet Productions. https://mysteryplanet.net/  Also mentioned on the podcast -  Rhyme & Reason (series of filmed conversations as part of Otis' Artist Residency with Sheffield University, ft. Awate, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, and Open Mike Eagle) https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKKXT6kV3PhsxOlnBZLxAg4mTWAN4IHy4  Pen-Ting Poetry - www.instagram.com/pentingpoetry Kid Cudi - Man On The Moon (2009) Warda Yassin, current Sheffield Poet Laureate.   Vanessa Kisuule's poem Hollow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3DKfaK50AU 
01:06:31
February 03, 2021
Ep. 126: Katie Ailes
In his first full interview as host of the series, Peter deGraft-Johnson (The Repeat Beat Poet) speaks to poet, producer, and academic Katie Ailes. They speak about Katie's recent PhD study on performance and authenticity in UK Spoken Word poetry, the critical discourse around poetry, and firmly refute the idea that the talented craftspeople emerging from the spoken word scene are 'Noble Amateurs'.  Katie reads three poems -   Outwith - 07:37 Soft Animal - 27:18 Spangled - 1:03:33 Download a full transcript here: (COMING SOON)  For more from Katie: www.katieailes.com  https://www.scottishdesignexchange.com/product-page/katie-ailes-homing @KatieAiles - Twitter I Am Loud Productions (@IamLoudPro) For more from PJ: linktr.ee/repeatbeatpoet @RepeatBeatPoet - Twitter, Instagram.  For more from us: lunarpoetrypodcasts.com www.facebook.com/LunarPoetryPodcasts/ www.twitter.com/LunarPoetryPod  Order 'Why Poetry?': The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology here: vervepoetrypress.com/product/why-poetry/  Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: snazzyrat.bandcamp.com www.facebook.com/snazzyrat  Referenced in the episode -  Stage Invasion - Peter Bearder Spoken Word in the UK - ed. Lucy English + Jack McGowan
01:13:60
January 20, 2021
Ep.125: Stephen Lightbown (transcript available)
In his final episode as host of the series, David Turner talks to Stephen Lightbown about his debut poetry collection Only Air (Burning Eye Books), writing as a wheelchair user and his experience of attending online events during the UK Covid-19 lockdown. Stephen reads three poems. Download a full transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/ep125-stephen-lightbown.pdf For more from Stephen: https://www.stephenlightbown.com/ https://www.instagram.com/spokeandpencil/ https://twitter.com/spokeandpencil https://www.facebook.com/spokeandpencil/ For more from David Turner: https://twitter.com/Silent_Tongue https://www.instagram.com/david_turner_books/ For more from Lunar: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.com/ https://www.facebook.com/LunarPoetryPodcasts https://twitter.com/lunarpoetrypod Order 'Why Poetry?': The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology here: vervepoetrypress.com/product/why-poetry/ Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: snazzyrat.bandcamp.com/ www.facebook.com/snazzyrat/ 347445
01:07:46
July 25, 2020
Ep.124 - Caleb Klaces & Jess Chandler (transcript available)
David Turner is in Walthamstow talking to Caleb Klaces and publisher Jess Chandler to talk about Caleb’s latest book, Fatherhood. This conversation was recorded before Covid-19 hit Britain so is refreshingly free from any virus chat. Fatherhood was published by Prototype Publishing in 2019 and was long listed for the Republic of Consciousness Prize and is Caleb’s debut novel. After reading Fatherhood I became a little bit obsessed with the book and its combination of fragmentary prose and sequences of verse. Download a full transcript here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/ep124-caleb-klaces-transcript.pdf Buy Fatherhood here: https://prototypepublishing.co.uk/product/fatherhood/ Buy my book Contained, £10 for the book, £4 for the PDF, here: www.blurb.co.uk/b/9771405-contained Listen to PJ on the series here - Ep.93; https://soundcloud.com/lunar-poetry-podcasts/ross-monaghan-stuart-mckenzie-poetry-on-the-picket-line Ep.84: https://soundcloud.com/lunar-poetry-podcasts/thomas-ghetto-geek-owoo-andra-simons-poetry-unplugged-20yrs Ep.80: https://soundcloud.com/lunar-poetry-podcasts/suzie-gray-the-repeat-beat-poet-marthe-ramm-fortun More on Sanatorium by Abi Palmer here: http://www.pennedinthemargins.co.uk/index.php/2020/03/sanatorium/ For more from us: lunarpoetrypodcasts.com/ www.facebook.com/LunarPoetryPodcasts/ twitter.com/Silent_Tongue Order 'Why Poetry?': The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology here: vervepoetrypress.com/product/why-poetry/ Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: snazzyrat.bandcamp.com/ www.facebook.com/snazzyrat/
57:43
April 10, 2020
Ep.123 - Vanessa Onwuemezi (transcript available)
David Turner is in Walthamstow, east London talking to Vanessa Onwuemezi. The pair discuss how Vanessa came to be pursuing a life in writing and how she judges the quality of her writing. This episode includes a short tribute to friend and poet Mishi 'Dulwich Hamlet' Morath who sadly passed away before Christmas. Download a full transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/ep123-vanessa-onwuemezi-transcript.pdf For more about Vanessa: https://twitter.com/onwuemezi http://www.thewhitereview.org/fiction/at-the-heart-of-things/ http://mironline.org/swim-by-vanessa-onwuemezi/ Buy my book Contained, £10 for the book, £4 for the PDF, here: https://www.blurb.co.uk/b/9771405-contained Info about Contained book launches: London, 8th February - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/contained-london-launch-tickets-87610614707 Cardiff, 15th February - Flute and Tankard Pub, free entry. Bristol, 14th March -https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/contained-bristol-launch-tickets-85104699447 More about Mishi Morath: https://soundcloud.com/lunar-poetry-podcasts/mishi-morath https://soundcloud.com/lunar-poetry-podcasts/national-poetry-day-2016 https://soundcloud.com/lunar-poetry-podcasts/christmas-2015 http://footballpoets.org/poets/dulwich-poet/ For more from us: lunarpoetrypodcasts.com/ www.facebook.com/LunarPoetryPodcasts/ twitter.com/Silent_Tongue Order 'Why Poetry?': The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology here: vervepoetrypress.com/product/why-poetry/ Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: snazzyrat.bandcamp.com/ www.facebook.com/snazzyrat/
01:05:12
January 13, 2020
Ep.122 - Steven J Fowler (transcript available)
David Turner is in central London talking to experimental poet and artist Steven J Fowler. The pair discuss Steven's approach to writing and editing (or lack of it), whether it helps to sometimes be ignored as a writer and his work as a curator of European and international literature events. Download a full transcript here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/ep122-steven-j-fowler.pdf Steven is organising the first Nordic Poetry Festival to be held in the UK and will take place 11-17 October 2019 at various venues. For more information go here: https://www.europeanpoetryfestival.com/nordic Listen to Steven on the Scaffold Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/scaffoldpodcast/ep-12-steven-j-fowler For more from Steven: http://www.stevenjfowler.com/ https://twitter.com/stevenjfowler For more from us: lunarpoetrypodcasts.com/ www.facebook.com/LunarPoetryPodcasts/ twitter.com/Silent_Tongue Order 'Why Poetry?': The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology here: vervepoetrypress.com/product/why-poetry/ Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: snazzyrat.bandcamp.com/ www.facebook.com/snazzyrat/
01:10:25
September 14, 2019
Ep.121 - Astra Papachristodoulou (transcript available)
David Turner is in Walthamstow, east London talking to experimental poet and artist Astra Papachristodoulou about the importance of collaboration and the visual look of words on a page in her practice. Astra is pretty determined not to be restricted by conventional definitions of what it is to be a poet and happily exists on the boundary of different media, so it was interesting to hear why she’s so keen to introduce rules and constraints into her writing. Download a full transcript of this episode here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/ep121-astra-papachristodoulou-transcript.pdf For more from Astra: https://www.astranaut.co.uk/books https://twitter.com/HeyAstranaut For more from us: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.com/ www.facebook.com/LunarPoetryPodcasts/ twitter.com/Silent_Tongue Order 'ten cups of coffee' here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/ten-cups-coffee-David-Turner/dp/1094842893/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=david+Turner+ten+cups+of+coffee&qid=1560961593&s=gateway&sr=8-1 Listen to David chat to Naomi Woddis on her 'The Two Of Us' show here: https://www.mixcloud.com/The_Two_of_Us/the-two-of-us-featuring-david-turner/ Order 'Why Poetry?': The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology here: vervepoetrypress.com/product/why-poetry/ Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: snazzyrat.bandcamp.com/ www.facebook.com/snazzyrat/
47:33
June 19, 2019
Ep.120 - Tom Sastry (transcript available)
David Turner is in Bristol chatting to Tom Sastry about his debut pamphlet, 'Complicity' (Smith|Doorstop) and the link between his writing and performing style. This is the final episode of this 'series'. Lunar Poetry Podcasts will return April 2019. For more from Tom: http://www.poetrybusiness.co.uk/tom-sastry https://andotherpoems.com/2018/11/16/three-poems-by-tom-sastry/ http://www.ninearchespress.com/publications/poetry-collections/a%252520man%27s%252520house%252520catches%252520fire.html Download a full transcript here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/lpp-ep120-tom-sastry-transcript.pdf For more from us: lunarpoetrypodcasts.com/ www.facebook.com/LunarPoetryPodcasts/ twitter.com/Silent_Tongue Order 'Why Poetry?': The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology here: vervepoetrypress.com/product/why-poetry/ Download a full transcript of this conversation here: lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2018/…t.pdf Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: snazzyrat.bandcamp.com/ www.facebook.com/snazzyrat/
01:03:03
November 29, 2018
Ep.119 - Shagufta K. Iqbal (transcript available)
David Turner chats to Shagufta K. Iqbal. David met up with Shagufta back in early October 2018 at her home in Bristol, to discuss her writing and the collaborative nature of providing platforms for other writers, focusing on the role she played in founding the YoniVerse collective, a platform and support network for South Asian women writers. For more from Shagufta: http://www.shaguftakiqbal.com/ https://twitter.com/shaguftakiqbal https://www.yoniversepoetrycollective.com/ For more from us: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.com/ https://www.facebook.com/LunarPoetryPodcasts/ https://twitter.com/Silent_Tongue Our episode about Developing Your Creative Practice: https://soundcloud.com/lunar-poetry-podcasts/ep114-special-developing-your-creative-practice-transcript-available Our 100th episode featuring Octavia Collective: https://soundcloud.com/lunar-poetry-podcasts/ep100-octavia-collective-a-takeover-transcript-available Order 'Why Poetry?': The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology here: vervepoetrypress.com/product/why-poetry/ Download a full transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/ep119-shagufta-k-iqbal-transcript.pdf
01:08:40
October 30, 2018
Ep.118 - 4th BIRTHDAY SPECIAL EPISODE (transcript available)
To celebrate the fourth anniversary of Lunar Poetry Podcasts (01/10/2018) host and founder of the series David Turner chats to Abi Palmer about how and why LPP began. The pair discuss how the podcast has evolved since October 2014 and the changes made because of growing audiences and funding from Arts Council England. Abi and David also talk about the brand new anthology of poems by 28 former podcast guests, 'Why Poetry?' (VERVE Poetry Press), out now in bookshops nationwide. For more from us: lunarpoetrypodcasts.com/ twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.facebook.com/LunarPoetryPodcasts Order 'Why Poetry?': The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology here: vervepoetrypress.com/product/why-poetry/ Download a full transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/ep118-4th-birthday-special-episode-trancript.pdf For more from Abi: http://abipalmer.com/ https://twitter.com/abipalmer_bot Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: snazzyrat.bandcamp.com/ www.facebook.com/snazzyrat/
01:17:25
September 30, 2018
Ep.117 - Andrew McMillan (transcript available)
I am in Manchester chatting to Andrew McMillan about his new and second full collection of poetry, Playtime (Cape Poetry). In 117 episodes, this is the first time I've met up with a poet to specifically discuss the transition from debut collection to second book. I found Andrew’s reflections on confidence in his writing, audience expectation and reaction and placing growing demands on readers just fascinating. As with his debut Physical, Playtime deals with what it is to be a man in general, what it is to be a queer man specifically and how as boys, they or we learn about other male bodies, only this time around, more so, as it were. For more from Andrew: https://www.andrewmcmillanpoet.co.uk/ https://twitter.com/AndrewPoetry For more from us: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.com/ https://twitter.com/Silent_Tongue https://www.facebook.com/LunarPoetryPodcasts Order our anthology, 'Why Poetry?': https://vervepoetrypress.com/product/why-poetry/ Download a full transcript of the episode here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/ep117-andrew-mcmillan-transcript.pdf Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: https://snazzyrat.bandcamp.com/ https://www.facebook.com/snazzyrat/
01:08:12
August 30, 2018
Ep.116 - Ross Sutherland; C.I Marshall (transcript available)
This episode is in two parts: Part one - David Turner is in Peterborough chatting to Ross Sutherland about his podcast 'Imaginary Advice' and how it now informs his writing. The pair discuss Ross' recent British Podcast Award in the 'Best Fiction' category, how sound engineering can help with character development and pushing literary ideas and devices to 'breaking-point'. Links relating to this section: https://www.imaginaryadvice.com/ https://twitter.com/rossgsutherland Part two (1:06:54) - David Turner is at Verve Poetry Festival in Birmingham talking to Consuelo Marshall about her Verve Poetry Competition winning poem 'Myself as a Playboy Bunny', in front of a live audience. The pair also chat about the influence of San Francisco and long distance running on Consuelo's writing. Pre-order 'Why Poetry? - The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology' here - https://vervepoetrypress.com/product/why-poetry-the-lunar-poetry-podcasts-anthology-pre-order-free-postage-in-the-uk/ For more info about the podcast - https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.com/ https://twitter.com/Silent_Tongue https://www.facebook.com/LunarPoetryPodcasts/?ref=bookmarks Download a full transcript here - https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/ep116-ross-sutherland-transcript.pdf Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here - https://snazzyrat.bandcamp.com/ https://www.facebook.com/snazzyrat/
01:24:14
July 26, 2018
Ep.115 - Jane Yeh; Roy McFarlane (transcript available)
This episode is in two parts: Part one - David Turner is in London chatting to Jane Yeh about assuming personas and writing characters into her poetry, why fiction is such a common starting point for her poems and the influence that fine art, particularly 'old-master paintings' has on her creative practice. Some links relating to this section: https://www.janeyeh3.com/ https://twitter.com/JaneYeh3 https://www.carcanet.co.uk/cgi-bin/indexer?owner_id=838 https://tornn.me/ Part two (00:48:07) - David Turner is in Birmingham at this year's Verve Poetry Festival interviewing Roy McFarlane in front of a live audience. Roy explains how important it is for him to try and convey the sounds of his home city through his poetry and how, often, characters in his poems are a composite of many people. Some links for this section: http://www.roymcfarlane.com/ https://ninearchespress.com/publications/poetry-collections/the%20healing%20next%20time.html Download a full transcript here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/ep115-jane-yeh-roy-mcfarlane-transcript.pdf Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: https://snazzyrat.bandcamp.com/ https://www.facebook.com/snazzyrat/
01:06:25
June 28, 2018
Ep.114 - SPECIAL - Developing Your Creative Practice (transcript available)
In this 'special' episode David Turner is at the London office of Arts Council England talking to Gemma Seltzer about the new funding scheme 'Developing Your Creative Practice'. The pair discuss how the funding will work, who will benefit from this scheme and how it differs from previous types of funding. *PLEASE NOTE - this funding scheme is only open to artists living in England* Download the funding guidance form here: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/sites/default/files/download-file/Developing_Your_Creative_Practice_Guidance_for_applicants_210518.pdf Download the application questions here: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/sites/default/files/download-file/DYCP_questions_character_counts.pdf You can read my accompanying blogpost here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.com/2018/06/12/ep-114-developing-your-creative-practice/ Download a full transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/episode-114-developing-your-creative-practice.pdf Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: https://snazzyrat.bandcamp.com/ https://www.facebook.com/snazzyrat/
25:35
June 12, 2018
Ep.113 - Leo Boix; Amaan Hyder (transcript available)
This episode is in two parts - Part one: David Turner is in London talking to bilingual poet, Leo Boix. The pair chat about translating poetry from one language to another, the different processes at play when Leo writes in either English or Spanish, why Leo doesn’t translate his own writing and the positive influences various writing collectives have had on his own writing and Invisible Presence - a developmental platform for British Latino writers. Leo reads three poems: (00:02:24) - The Somnambulist (00:27:04) - Rìo Nuevo (00:52:45) - Peregrination Some links relating to this episode: Leo on Twitter - https://twitter.com/leoboix Invisible Presence - https://leonardoboix.wixsite.com/invisiblepresence The Complete Works - https://thecompleteworkspoetry.com/ Ten: Poets of the new generation - http://www.bloodaxebooks.com/ecs/product/ten-poets-of-the-new-generation-1164 Episode 86 of LPP - https://soundcloud.com/lunar-poetry-podcasts/carlos-maurizio-rojas-nadia-drews-agnes-torok Part two (00:53:40): Poet Chrissy Williams talks to Amaan Hyder about his debut collection At Hajj (Penned in the Margins). This interview is an extension of an ongoing project in which Chrissy has been inviting a number of poets to reflect on their debut collections, roughly a year after publication. Amaan reads two poem: (00:55:12) - Coats (01:12:21) - Mohammed's Mobile Links relating to this episode: Chrissy's blog -https://chrissywilliams.blogspot.co.uk/p/hullo.html Chrissy on Twitter -https://twitter.com/chrissywilliams Amaan' collection, At Hajj - http://www.pennedinthemargins.co.uk/index.php/2017/04/at-hajj/ Download a full transcript of this episode here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/ep113-leo-boix.pdf Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: https://snazzyrat.bandcamp.com/ https://www.facebook.com/snazzyrat/
01:16:30
May 25, 2018
Ep.112 - Mary Jean Chan; Sandeep K Parmar (transcript available)
This episode is in two parts: Part one - David Turner talks to Mary Jean Chan about her debut pamphlet, 'a hurry of english' (Ignition Press), finding queer and gender-bending identities in classic English literature and how it feels to be demanding space as a published queer writer. Mary Jean also reads three poems: (00:04:00) - Rules for a Chinese Child Buying Stationery in a London Bookshop (00:28:11) - Dragon Hill Spa (1:00:30) - Tea Ceremony http://www.maryjeanchan.com/ https://www.brookes.ac.uk/poetry-centre/ignition-press/ Part two (1:02:06) - David Turner is at Verve Poetry Festival in Birmingham interviewing Sandeep K Parmar in front of a lovely crowd of festival goers. The pair discuss whether poems are always retrospective or if they can ever exist in the moment, what role live literature events play in the development of Sandeep's writing and how Sandeep balances the dual roles of writing and literary criticism. Sandeep also reads two poems: (1:05:20) - Invocation (1:15:49) - Against Chaos https://www.poetryarchive.org/poet/sandeep-parmar A full transcript of this conversation can be downloaded here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/ep112-mary-jean-chan-sandeep-k-parmar.pdf Assistant producer on this episode - Tiegan Hall-Turner.
01:17:39
April 23, 2018
Ep.111 - Jackie Hagan; Nuar Alsadir (transcript available)
This episode is in two parts: David Turner talks to poet and playwright Jackie Hagan talk about Jackie’s new play, ‘This Is Not A Safe Space’, which she’s just started touring. The play, presented by Unlimited and Big Feast, is based on interviews with over 80 people and in it, Jackie examines the impact of benefit cuts on disabled people and others on the margins of society. Perhaps predictably, considering the theme of this work, we discuss class - a lot. More specifically, when the idea of class entered Jackie’s consciousness and the effect it had on her gall bladder and mental health. Dates for 'This Is Not A Safe Space': 23 and 24 March 2018 at the Attenborough Centre in Leicester as part of De-Stress Fest 25 March 2018 the Alhambra Theatre in Morecambe 29 March 2018 at the Creation Space in Basingstoke 30 March 2018 at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield 17-21 April 2018 Camden People’s Theatre in London Part two [00:58:33]: David Turner is in front of a live audience at the Verve Poetry Festival in Birmingham talking to Nuar Alsadir about writing for an imagined reader and treating our notebook and pen as tools of the trade. LPP: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.com/ https://twitter.com/Silent_Tongue https://www.facebook.com/LunarPoetryPodcasts/?ref=bookmarks Jackie: https://twitter.com/JackieHagan https://www.jackiehagan.org/ Nuar: https://twitter.com/FrthPrsnSnglr https://liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/products/86418 A full transcript of this conversation can be downloaded here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/ep111-jackie-hagan-nuar-alsadir.pdf
01:15:28
March 20, 2018
Ep.110 - Caroline Bird (transcript available)
David Turner is in south east London talking to poet Caroline Bird about her fifth collection, 'In These Days of Prohibition' (Carcanet Press, 2017). The pair discuss how Caroline chose, in this collection, to confront feelings of shame and guilt and examine why we might deny these feelings. As it frequently does, the topic of honesty in poetry rears its head. Caroline reads three poems: (00:04:37) - Eye Contact (00:33:11) - To Be Explicit (01:00:53) - Megan Married Herself http://www.carolinebird.co.uk/ https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.com/ https://www.facebook.com/LunarPoetryPodcasts/?ref=bookmarks https://twitter.com/Silent_Tongue Transcript available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/ep110-caroline-bird-transcript.pdf
01:04:26
February 19, 2018
Ep.109 - Byron Vincent (transcript available)
David Turner is in Bristol chatting to documentary-maker, performance poet and director, Byron Vincent. Byron talks about the role that slam poetry played in his development as a writer and how it allowed him time on stage to shape his writing style. The pair also discuss writing as a mental health service user. Byron reads two poems: (00:40:35) - 'Wot' (00:42:50) - 'Citroën DS' https://twitter.com/Silent_Tongue https://www.facebook.com/LunarPoetryPodcasts/ http://www.byronvincent.com/ https://twitter.com/IAmByronVincent A full transcript is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/ep109-byron-vincent-lpp-transcript.pdf
46:55
January 09, 2018
Ep.108 - Susannah Dickey (transcript available)
David Turner is at Bristol Central Library talking to Belfast-born poet Susannah Dickey about her debut pamphlet, 'I had some very slight concerns' (The Lifeboat) and beginning her creative writing MA at Goldsmith's University. The conversation covers prose poetry, naming titles and spending too much time on mumsnet. Susannah reads three poems including two from issue #230 of Ambit Magazine: 00:03:56 - 'We are not nearly as sad as we think we ought to be' 00:21:49 - 'I have a reason for asking but I'd rather not share' 00:39:04 - ' 'Plywood is the liberation of wood.' Frank Lloyd Wright, in conjunction with the United States Plywood Corporation. Episode transcript can be downloaded here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/ep108-susannah-dickey-lpp-transcripts.pdf You can find Susie on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/susannahdickey?lang=en You can buy Susie's pamphlet here: http://lifeboatbelfast.tictail.com/
46:05
November 16, 2017
Ep.107 - SPECIAL - National Poetry Day 2017 (transcript available)
To celebrate National Poetry Day 2017 here in the UK we gathered some poets together to share their work with us. This episode contains some strong language and as it's in the poems I've decided not to bleep the words. Poets and Readings are as follows: David Turner - "Milk" by Susannah Dickey (00:02:00) Rishi Dastidar - "Contour" (00:06:10) Mary-Jean Chan - "Conversation with fantasy mother" (00:07:07) "They would have all that" (00:08:02) Holly Corfield-Carr - "Z" (00:10:16) Lizzy Turner - "Putting the art back in K-mart" by Scott Laudati (00:14:11) Thomas Darby - "Alfresco in waves" (00:1702) Khairani Barokka - "Meteorology" (00:18:40) "Pineapple" (00:21:19) David Turner - "over skype" by Sean Wai Keung (00:24:14) A transcript can be downloaded here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-107-national-poetry-day-2017-lpp-transcript.pdf
25:48
September 27, 2017
Ep.106 - Poetry In Schools - revisited (transcript available)
This is a revisit of episodes 77 and 78 as i don't think I did a good enough job of editing the discussion the first time around. Host Jacob Sam-La Rose is joined by Miriam Nash and Keith Jarrett, they talk about the work they do within schools with poetry education, how they got into educational work in the first place and what they wish they’d known when they first started out. There are lots of great tips here for those already working as educational facilitators or those thinking about moving into this area of work as well as teachers looking to introduce poetry into their lessons. http://www.jsamlarose.com/ http://zoneonetosix.blogspot.co.uk/ https://miriamnash.com/ Transcript available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep106-poetry-in-schools.pdf
01:17:34
September 05, 2017
Ep.105 - Access To Publishing (transcript available)
Khairani Barokka is joined by poets Raymond Antrobus, Sandra Alland and Giles L. Turnbull for a discussion about access to publishing in the UK. Link to transcript below. The quartet discuss the variety of barriers they have faced or addressed during their careers. Taking the recently published anthology, Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back, as their starting point, they move on to cover magazine submissions, live reading, poetry competitions, and the often 'tokenistic' approach to diversity within poetry publishing. More info about the host and guests: Khairani: http://khairanibarokka.com Sandra: www.blissfultimes.ca Raymond: http://www.raymondantrobus.com/ Giles: http://gilesturnbullpoet.com A transcript of this conversation can be downloaded here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/episode-105-access-to-publishing-lpp-transcripts.pdf Accompanying blogpost with further details about guests etc: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.com/2017/08/20/episode-105-access-to-publishing/
01:10:12
August 19, 2017
Ep.104 - Wrexham (transcript available)
This episode is in two parts: Part 1 - David turner is in Wrexham, north Wales talking to Young People's Laureate of Wales, Sophie McKeand. The pair discuss her role as YPLoW with Literature Wales, her educational work and why politics features so heavily in her writing. Sophie reads three poems from her debut collection, Rebel Sun: 'Paper News' - (00:02:19) 'Rebel Sun' - (00:17:27) 'From The Ashes (00:30:45) Part 2 (00:31:52) - David Turner briefly chats to Tim Humphrey-Jones and Natasha Borton about their regular spoken word night, Voice Box Spoken Word which takes place at Undegun Arts space in Wrexham. A selection of performers from the night follow this chat including the feature act for the evening, Tukaiisloveletter; Pat Edwards, 'Facelift' -(00:39:46) Graham Weaver, 'Runaways' - (00:41:10); 'Wrexham Baths' - (00:42:12) Lucid, 'BEATBOXING' - (00:42:52) Evrah Rose, 'Slithering' - (00:47:40) Natasha Borton, 'Dminor7th' - (00:49:45) Tukaiisloveletter, Feature Act - (00:53:53) A transcript of this episode is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/interview-with-sophie-mckeand-and-voicebox-wrexham-lpp-transcript-ep104.pdf
01:10:60
August 06, 2017
Ep.103 - Rishi Dastidar (transcript available)
David Turner is in Kennington, south London, talking to Rishi Dastidar about his latest collection, Ticker Tape (Nine Arches Press), editing for The Rialto magazine and poetry blog And Other Poems and how this editing experience has informed his own writing. A transcript of this conversation is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/interview-rishi-dastidar-lpp-transcript-ep-103.pdf www.lunarpoetrypodcasts.com https://twitter.com/betarish?lang=en-gb http://ninearchespress.com/publications/poetry-collections/ticker-tape.html https://andotherpoems.com/
43:11
July 16, 2017
Ep.102 - Belfast (transcript available)
This episode is in three parts: Part One/Intro - David Turner talks to Editors of the new Belfast-based literature magazine, The Tangerine. https://thetangerinemagazine.com/ Part Two (06:29) -David Turner talks to poet Matthew Rice about his writing practice and the importance he places on recognising those that have influenced his writing practice. Part Three (27:10) - Lizzy Turner talks to Anne McMaster about the Northern Ireland-based Women Aloud NI. The pair discuss the work that the organisation does in providing a platform for women writers in the region. This section also contains a reading by the poet Mary Montague. http://womenaloudni.com/ https://marymontaguewritersite.wordpress.com/ A transcript of this episode is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-102-belfast-lpp-transcript.pdf
51:51
July 01, 2017
Ep.101 - Kim Moore; Zeina Hashem Beck (transcript available)
This episode is in two parts: Part One - Recorded in February 2017, David Turner talks to Kim Moore about the links between her poetry and teaching brass instruments to school children. Kim reads from her collection The Art of Falling (Seren) and the pair also discuss the subject of her phD. https://kimmoorepoet.wordpress.com/ Part Two (25:20) - David Turner is at the Royal Festival Hall in London talking to Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck. The pair discuss Zeina's writing, Punch the poetry event she established in Dubai and Zeina reads three poems from her recent collection Louder Than Hearts (Bauhan Publishing). http://www.zeinahashembeck.com/louder-than-hearts A transcript of this episode is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-101-kim-moore-zeina-hashem-beck-lpp-transcript.pdf
52:46
June 17, 2017
Ep.100 - Octavia Collective: a takeover (transcript available)
In celebration of our 100th episode we gave over our microphones to the wonderful Octavia Collective, a collective for women writers of colour based at the Southbank Centre in London. Collective director Rachel Long invited members Sunayana Bhargava and Tania Nwachukwu to respond to the works of both June Jordan and Safia Elhillo. As well as reading their response poems the trio discuss the impact and influence of June and Safia along with whether there needs to be established a separate canon for writers of colour or if the established poetry canon needs to do more to acknowledge the work of writers of colour. A transcript of this conversation can be downloaded here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-100-octavia-collective-lpp-transcript.pdf For more info: https://writesrachell.com/ https://twitter.com/gwehgweh?lang=en https://twitter.com/sunayanab?lang=en
01:02:10
June 04, 2017
Ep. 99 - Come Rhyme With Me; Anthony Anaxagorou (transcript available)
This episode is in two parts. A transcript of this conversation is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-99-come-rhyme-with-me-anthony-anaxagorou-lpp-transcript.pdf Part One: David Turner talks to Dean Atta and Deanna Rodger about their regular poetry night, Come Rhyme With Me which takes place at Ovalhouse Theatre in south London. https://www.facebook.com/ComeRhymeWithUs/ https://twitter.com/comerhymewithus https://sites.google.com/site/deanatta/about https://deannarodger.co.uk/ Part Two (30:58): David Turner talks to Anthony Anaxagorou about his poetry organisation, Out-Spoken. The pair discuss live events, publishing and writing masterclasses under the Out-Spoken umbrella. https://twitter.com/OutSpokenLDN http://www.outspokenldn.com/ http://anthonyanaxagorou.com/
58:28
May 15, 2017
Ep. 98 - Poetry & theatre-making in West Yorkshire (transcript available)
This episode is in two parts. A full transcript is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-98-theatre-making-in-west-yorkshire-lpp-transcript.pdf Part One: David Turner is in Leeds talking to poet and playwright Zodwa Nyoni about incorporating spoken word poetry into her plays, their development process and the pros and cons of casting actors as poets. https://www.zodwanyoni.com/ Part Two (30:24): David Turner is still in Leeds, this time, talking to playwright Javaad Alipoor about poetry and politics and the role, if any, artists can play in affecting political change. http://blacktheatrelive.co.uk/companies/bradford-javaad-alipoor http://www.ovalhouse.com/whatson/detail/the-believers-are-but-brothers-by-javaad-alipoor1
58:27
May 01, 2017
Ep. 97 - Rachel Long; Raymond Antrobus (transcript available)
This episode is in two parts. Full transcript available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-97-rachel-long-raymond-antrobus-lpp-transcript.pdf Part One: David Turner talks to Rachel Long about her work as a poetry educator and facilitator for Barbican Young Poets, leading Octavia - the collective for Women of Colour and the effect this has on her own writing practice. https://writesrachell.com/ https://www.barbican.org.uk/education/young-people/young-poets Part Two (30:51): David Turner talks to Raymond Antrobus about the influence Derek Walcott has had on his writing, taking a relatively fresh look at his Jamaican heritage and his new pamphlet To Sweeten Bitter out through Out Spoken Press. Frankie the cat also makes an appearance. http://www.raymondantrobus.com/ http://www.outspokenldn.com/ http://chill-pill.co.uk/
59:00
April 17, 2017
Ep. 96 - Poets and prose writing. (transcript available)
Melissa Lee-Houghton (Sunshine)talks to Joe Dunthorne (Submarine) and Max Porter (Grief is the Thing with Feathers) about writing as a compulsion, the differences between poetry and prose in practice and how as readers we still aren’t able to divorce the writer from their work. Transcript: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-96-poets-and-prose-writing-lpp-transcript.pdf For more info about the host and guests: https://melissaleehoughton.wordpress.com/ http://joedunthorne.com/ https://twitter.com/maxjohnporter
53:43
April 03, 2017
Ep. 95 - Khairani Barokka; Wayne Holloway-Smith (transcript available)
This episode is in two parts. A full transcript is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-95-khairani-barokka-wayne-holloway-smith-lpp-transcript.pdf Part one: David Turner chats to Khairani Barokka about co-editing the first major UK anthology of poetry and essays by Disabled and D/deaf poets, Stairs and Whispers. The pair also talk about Khairani's upcoming debut collection, Rope. http://www.khairanibarokka.com/ http://docs.tenderjournal.co.uk/tender-eight.pdf http://disabilityarts.online/magazine/opinion/khairani-barokka-poetry-collection-indigenous-species/ Part two (27:39): Lizzy Palmer talks to Wayne-Holloway-Smith about his debut collection, Alarum (Bloodaxe Books) and teaching a short course at The Poetry School. http://www.bloodaxebooks.com/ecs/product/alarum-1133
53:57
March 19, 2017
Ep. 94 - Birmingham (transcript available)
This episode is in three sections and opens with an introduction which includes a quick chat with Verve Poetry Festival organiser, Stuart Bartholomew. A full transcript of this episode is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-94-birmingham-lpp-transcript.pdf Part One (3:35) - David Turner is talking to Brummie poet and youth worker Amerah Saleh about the work she does in and around Birmingham with the youth engagement organisation, Beatfreeks as well as her own writing. http://www.amerahsaleh.co.uk/ http://www.beatfreeks.com/ Part Two (25:20): David Turner is talking to the founder of The Emma Press (now based in Birmingham), Emma Wright about why she started the press and their new Birmingham based anthology, This is Not Your Final Form. https://theemmapress.com/ Part Three (32:52)- David Turner talks to Luke Kennard, a poet and lecturer at Birmingham University. The pair discuss Luke's latest collection, Cain which has recently been long listed for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. http://www.pennedinthemargins.co.uk/index.php/2017/01/cain-2/
57:58
March 05, 2017
Ep. 93 - Ross Monaghan; Stuart McKenzie; Poetry on the Picket Line (transcript available)
This episode is in three parts. Transcript available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-93-ross-monaghan-stuart-mckenzie-poetry-on-the-picket-line-lpp-transcript.pdf Part One - The Repeat Beat Poet chats to spoken word artist Ross Monaghan at the monthly event Poetry at the PAD in Dagenham. The pair chat about activism, youth work and street art. https://www.facebook.com/RustPoetry/ https://twitter.com/RustPoetry https://www.facebook.com/thepadtv/ Part Two (19:53)- Lizzy Palmer is talking to Stuart McKenzie about his writing and the cross-overs and differences between his poetry and lyric writing. Stuart reads three poems from the Laudanum Chapbook Anthology One. http://www.laudanumpublishing.co.uk/chabook-volume-one/4592761194 Part Three (42:25) - David Turner is out on the Hackney Picturehouse picket line talking to founder of Poetry on the Picket Line, Grim Chip. The pair briefly discuss the motives of the group and why the poets involved want to show solidarity with strike action before we hear readings from some of the poets involved. https://www.facebook.com/Poetry-on-the-Picket-Line-1700015110275934/?fref=ts
57:29
February 20, 2017
Ep. 92 - Creative Writing as Therapy (transcript available)
Emily Harrison leads a discussion about how creative writing can be used in therapy both within a medical setting and 'in the community'. Emily is joined by Wendy French and Marie Larkin who talk about how their approaches differ and cross-over as well as giving tips to any writers that may be interested in facilitating creative writing workshops for those with mental health problems. A full transcript of this episode can be downloaded here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-92-creative-writing-as-therapy-lpp-transcript.pdf For more info go to: https://guccipig.wordpress.com/ - Emily Harrison www.wendyfrench.co.uk www.marielarkin.uk
59:54
February 05, 2017
Ep. 91 - Matt Abbott; Catherine Madden (transcript available)
This episode is in two parts. A full transcript of this episode can be downloaded here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-91-matt-abbott-cat-madden-lpp-transcript.pdf Part one - David Turner talks to Matt Abbott about politics and poetry and his spoken word record label Nymphs & Thugs. http://www.mattabbottpoet.com/ http://www.nymphsandthugs.net/ https://twitter.com/MattAbbottPoet http://www.thestateofthearts.co.uk/ Part two (30:37) - David Turner speaks to The Grapevine Zine co-editor, Catherine Madden about the different identities that writers show in their writing and the motivations behind starting an online zine. https://twitter.com/CatherineEMIMad http://thegrapevinezine.com/ https://twitter.com/thgrapevinezine
56:19
January 15, 2017
Ep. 90 - Savon Bartley; Belinda Zhawi; Travis Alabanza (transcript available)
This episode is three parts: Part one - David Turner talks to American poet Savon Bartley about how he got started with spoken word, teaching in the States and his impressions of the UK poetry scene. www.savonbartley.com https://www.facebook.com/savonbartley/?fref=ts https://twitter.com/SavonBartley Part two (31:43) - David Turner chats with Belinda Zhawi about the role of Associate Poet at the ICA in London and writing as part of a collective. http://mamoyobornfree.tumblr.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Belinda-Zhawi-162606697272034/?fref=ts https://twitter.com/MamoyoBornFree Part three (59:38) - David Turner talks to Travis Alabanza about their role as Artist in Residence at Tate Britain and moving back toward acting after a few years as a solo performer. https://www.facebook.com/travisalabanzaartist/?fref=ts https://twitter.com/travisalabanza Download a transcript of this episode here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/ep90-savon-bartley-belinda-zhawi-travis-alabanza-transcript.pdf
01:27:59
December 18, 2016
Ep. 89 - Accessibility in The Arts (transcript available)
Harry Giles is in conversation with poets Abi Palmer and Andra Simons about what accessibility in the arts means to them, how it informs their practice and the obligations on arts organisers when using the term. A full transcript of the conversation is available to download as a PDF here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-89-accessibility-in-the-arts-lpp-transcript.pdf For more info see: Harry Giles - https://harrygiles.org/ https://twitter.com/HarryGiles Andra Simons - https://andrasimons.wordpress.com/ Abi Palmer - http://meetmytongue.tumblr.com/ https://twitter.com/abipalmer_bot https://www.facebook.com/meetmytongue/?fref=ts
58:34
December 04, 2016
Ep. 88 - Hannah Silva; Nick Makoha; John Hegley (transcript available)
This episode is in three parts: Part One - David Turner is in Haggerston, London to talk to Hannah Silva about her solo show Schlock! which runs until 26/11/2016. The pair discuss the writing of Kathy Acker, the novel Fifty Shades of Grey and accessibility in theatres. www.hannahsilva.co.uk www.twitter.com/HannahSilvaUK www.rosemarybranchtheatre.co.uk Part Two (27:14) - David Turner is in Lambeth, south London chatting to poet Nick Makoha about professionalism, Nick's own development as a writer and poetry's place in society. www.nickmakoha.com www.twitter.com/NickMakoha www.fathersuperhero.com www.twitter.com/FatherSuperhero www.peepaltreepress.com www.twitter.com/peepaltreepress Part Three (56:16)- David Turner talks to comedian, musician and poet, John Hegley. Songs, poems, biscuits and coffee..... www.johnhegley.co.uk www.twitter.com/JohnHegley Download a transcript of this episode here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/ep88-hannah-silva-nick-makoha-john-hegley-transcript.pdf
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November 21, 2016
Ep. 87 - Bristol & Bath (transcript available)
David Turner is at PAPER Arts in Bristol talking to local poet Rebecca Tantony, poet and lecturer at Bath Spa University Lucy English and founder of Burning Eye Books, Clive Birnie. The quartet discuss the spoken word scene in Bristol and Bath compared to the rest of the UK as well as reading a few poems. A transcript of this episode is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-87-bristol-bath-lpp-transcript.pdf For more info see: Rebecca - www.twitter.com/RebeccaTantony www.rebecca-tantony.com http://burningeye.bigcartel.com/product/talk-you-round-till-dusk-by-rebecca-tantony-with-illustrations-by-anna-higgie s://www.facebook.com/AllthejourneysInevertook/?fref=ts Lucy - www.twitter.com/Lucyenglish1 http://www.lucyenglish.com/ http://thebookofhours.org/ Clive - https://twitter.com/clivebirnie https://www.instagram.com/clivebirnie/ http://www.clivebirnie.com https://twitter.com/BurningEyeBooks https://www.instagram.com/BurningEyeBooks/ http://www.burningeye.co.uk
01:13:03
November 07, 2016
Ep. 86 - Carlos Maurizio Rojas; Nadia Drews; Agnes Torok (transcript available)
Download a transcript of this episode here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/ep86-lpp-transcript.pdf This episode is in three parts: Part 1 - David Turner is in south London talking to poet and musician, Carlos (Emlyn) Maurizio Rojas. They talk about identity, queerness and the passing on of stories as the child of an immigrant. Carlos reads three poems. Part 2 (28:38) - Lizzy Palmer talks to Nadia Drews about her writing and how that practice finds a place in her life sitting beside politics and music. Nadia reads three poems. Part 3 (59:51) - David Turner meets up with Swedish/Scottish spoken word artist Agnes Torok to chat about the release of her new book Happiness is an Artform (Burning Eye Books), the differences between UK and Swedish spoken word and beginning to write again in Swedish. www.agnestorok.org www.facebook.com/AgnesTorokPoetry www.twitter.com/AgnesTorokPoet www.soundcloud.com/agnes-torok www.patreon.com/AgnesTorokPoet
01:28:59
October 24, 2016
Ep. 85 - Maria Schrattenholz; Melissa Lee-Houghton; Rest & its Discontents (transcript available)
This episode is in three parts: Part one - David Turner is at Oslo Literaturhuset speaking to local poet Maria Dorothea Schrattenholz. The pair discuss the influence that science fiction has had over her work. Image of Maria by Carsten Aniksdal. http://www.oktober.no/Forfattere/Norske/Schrattenholz-Maria-Dorothea https://soundcloud.com/soundafrica/7-special-african-space-the-live-documentary Part two (33:04) - David Turner talks to, recent, Forward Poetry Prize nominee Melissa Lee-Houghton. The pair discuss all manner of things and there is some rude language in this section. https://melissaleehoughton.wordpress.com/ http://www.pennedinthemargins.co.uk/index.php/category/authors/melissa-lee-houghton/ https://twitter.com/mleehoughton Part three (01:15:05) - Two recordings taken from the “Rest & its Discontents” exhibition at Mile End Pavilion. First is a piece for three voices devised by James Wilkes called “and I remember a feeling of tightness on the skin…”. This work is based on transcripts of interviews about three people’s experiences of a poetry reading. The transcripts have been organised into a score that explores the ways in which speech elaborates moments of experience, bringing them into being through the work of the voice and through a kind of digestion, of chewing over, which is shared, public and provisional. The second recording (1:31:33) is Emma Bennett’s “SHIFT”. “SHIFT” is a composition drawn from a night-long navigation through a neglected iTunes account. What should be a curated collection of self-defining music is, on this battered laptop, an accidental archive of an artistic practice: stocked with fragments of performance, attempted bird imitations, recorded conversations, and cheap sound effects. “SHIFT” shuffles, impetuous and fascinated, through this database, using indecision, boredom and defiant shamelessness as compositional techniques. https://twitter.com/wilkesjames https://twitter.com/emmbenn http://hubbubresearch.org/ http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/first-thursdays/galleries/art-pavilion/ A transcript of this episode is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-85-maria-schrattenholz-melissa-lee-houghton-lpp-transcript.pdf
01:47:54
October 17, 2016
Ep. 84 - Thomas "Ghetto Geek" Owoo; Andra Simons; Poetry Unplugged 20yrs (transcript available)
This episode is in three parts: Part 1 - Thomas "Ghetto Geek" Owoo is at Poetry at the PAD in Dagenham. We hear three poems from his feature set before he is joined on stage by the evening's host, The Repeat Beat Poet, and they chat about his writing practice. www.twitter.com/imaghettogeek www.facebook.com/imaghettogeek www.twitter.com/ThePADtv www.facebook.com/thepadtv Part 2 (31:42)- David Turner is talking to poet and performer Andra Simons about identity and how this informs his writing. Image of Andra taken by Joao Trindade. www.andrasimons.wordpress.com Part 3 (1:06:34)- A recording taken from the 20th anniversary celebrations of the weekly open-mic night Poetry Unplugged. The night (and this part of the episode) was broken into three sections. Section 1 - (1:07:49) Paul Birtill (1:09:01) Dean Wilson (1:10:09) Tim Wells (1:11:20) Jason King (1:13:49) Tamsin Kendrick (1:15:59) Jon Citizen Section 2 - (1:17:15) Graham Buchan (1:18:40) Deryll Walsh (1:19:50) John Stiles (1:21:11) Jeremy Quinn (1:22:38) Project Adorno (1:23:58) Carl Dhiman Section 3 - (1:25:43) Joshua Idehen (1:29:27) Nadia Drews (1:33:02) Anna Kahn (1:36:23) The Bros Grim (1:37:26) Niall O'Sullivan www.facebook.com/poetryunpluggedlondon poetryunplugged@gmail.com A transcript of this episode is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/interview-with-andra-simons-thomas-owoo-lpp-transcript-ep84.pdf
01:39:55
October 10, 2016
Ep. 83 - SPECIAL - National Poetry Day 2016
In celebration of National Poetry Day 2016 (UK) we invited ten poets to read a favourite poem to go out as a special episode. The readings are as follows: 00:00 - David Turner reads "Hairdresser" by Emma Hammond. 04:16 - Sarah Fletcher reads "Incubus" by Frances Leviston. 09:08 - Rachel Long reads "The News" by Arda Collins. 10:39 - The Repeat Beat Poet reads "Down to a Tea" by Spike Zepahania Stephenson. 13:10 - Nadia Drews reads "The Centre Ground" by Niall O'Sullivan. 15:27 - Mishi Morath reads "Slough" by Atilla The Stockbroker. 17:25 - Lizzy Palmer reads "Give Me No Love" by The Bros. Grim. 20:41 - Anna Kahn reads "Poem After Frida Kahlo's Painting - The Broken Column" by Eduardo C. Corral. 24:27 - Travis Alabanza reads "Frank Ocean and all Black things that disappear" by Jonathan Jacob Moore. 25:37 - Melissa Lee-Houghton reads "Enter Cain" by Luke Kennard.
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October 05, 2016
Ep. 82 - Show Me The Money (transcript available)
Artist, Paula Varjack is joined by writer & activist Liv Wynter and poet Dan Simpson to discuss the realities of getting paid as an artist. They talk about their own experiences of talking to other artists about financial matters and whether there is a need for greater transparency when it comes to fees and financial support. A full transcript of this conversation is available to download as a PDF here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-82-show-me-the-money-lpp-transcript.pdf More info: Paula Varjack: www.showmethemon3y.tumblr.com www.facebook.com/paulavarjackartist www.twitter.com/paulavarjack www.paulavarjack.com Liv Wynter: www.facebook.com/thuglyfznicewife www.twitter.com/livwynter Dan Simpson: www.facebook.com/dansimpsonpoet www.twitter.com/dansimpsonpoet www.dansimpsonpoet.wordpress.com www.dansimpsonpoet.co.uk Rebecca Atkinson-Lord: www.twitter.com/BexAtkinsonlord Spread The Word: www.facebook.com/spreadthewordwriters www.twitter.com/STWevents www.spreadtheword.org.uk Sisters Uncut: www.facebook.com/sistersuncut www.twitter.com/SistersUncut www.sistersuncut Planet Money Podcast: Episode 550 - When Salaries Aren't Secret Harry Giles: www.twitter.com/HarryGiles
01:18:29
October 02, 2016
Ep. 81 - SPECIAL - Poetry Island (open-mic), Torquay
David Turner is at the Blue Walnut Cafe in Torquay talking to host of Poetry Island, Ian Beech ahead of his feature set at the monthly open-mic event. The pair have a brief chat before we hear from each of the open-mic performers and close with three poems from Ian himself. See below for the times of the individual performers. For more info go to: www.twitter.com/poetryislanduk www.facebook.com/poetryislanduk www.ianbeechpoetry.com www.twitter.com/BlueWalnutcafe www.bluewalnuttorquay.co.uk 08:50 - Robert Garnham 11:39 - Paul Mortimer 12:47 - Ellie Davis 14:10 - Rich Green 15:45 - Rosie Stewart 17:02 - Ken Beavers 19:25 - Chrissy Banks 20:56 - Nick Kitto 22:35 - Rose Cook 23:23 - Graham Burchell 24:45 - Ian Beech
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September 25, 2016
Ep. 80 - Suzie Gray; The Repeat Beat Poet; Marthe Ramm Fortun. (transcript available)
In this episode we talk to three young poets. In the first interview you'll hear Lizzy Palmer chatting with spoken word artist and playwright Suzie Gray. The second section (17:00) has David Turner talking to Peter DeGraft-Johnson, a.k.a The Repeat Beat Poet, in south London. The final conversation (52:37) takes place in Oslo between David Turner and Norwegian poet and performance artist Marthe Ramm Fortun. A transcript of this episode is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/interview-with-suzie-gray-repeat-beat-poet-lpp-transcript-ep81.pdf For more info about our guests follow these links: Suzie - www.suziegeeforce.co.uk www.twitter.com/Suzie_Gee Peter - www.howlingonthebeat.tumblr.com www.twitter.com/RepeatBeatPoet Marthe - www.martherammfortun.com
01:23:32
September 18, 2016
Ep. 79 - SPECIAL - Lunar Poetry at the Betsey Trotwood Summer All-dayer 2016
This episode is a live recording of a set I was asked to organise for poet, Tim Wells' annual summer "poetry-all-dayer" at the Betsey Trotwood pub on Farringdon Road in London. This was the first time I was using our new recording equipment so the sound quality isn't the best but we're ironing out these issues. Here are the readers and their start times: Paul McMenemy - 03:50 Michelle Madsen - 12:30 Kadeem Beresford-James - 23:39 Lizzy Palmer - 29:40 Donald Chegwin - 39:55 David Turner - 48:15
56:14
September 11, 2016
Ep. 78 - Poetry In Schools - Part 2 (transcript available)
Jacob Sam-La Rose is joined by Miriam Nash and Keith Jarrett to discuss poetry education in schools. They talk about the practicalities of getting projects into schools as well as lessons they've learned along the way. This episode is in two parts. A full transcript of this conversation is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-78-poetry-in-schools-part-two-lpp-transcript.pdf www.tumblr.com/lunar-poetry-podcasts www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue Jacob: www.twitter.com/jsamlarose www.jsamlarose.com Miriam: www.twitter.com/miriamnash www.miriamnash.com Keith: www.twitter.com/keithjlondon www.facebook.com/keithjarrettpoet
43:45
September 05, 2016
Ep. 77 - Poetry In Schools - Part 1 (transcript available)
Jacob Sam-La Rose is joined by Miriam Nash and Keith Jarrett to discuss poetry education in schools. They talk about the practicalities of getting projects into schools as well as lessons they've learned along the way. This episode is in two parts. Accompanying image of Jacob by Sam Burnett. A full transcript is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-77-poetry-in-schools-part-one-lpp-transcript.pdf www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue Jacob: www.twitter.com/jsamlarose www.jsamlarose.com Miriam: www.twitter.com/miriamnash www.miriamnash.com Keith: www.twitter.com/keithjlondon www.facebook.com/keithjarrettpoet
52:53
September 04, 2016
Ep. 76 - Ölmo Lazarus (transcript available)
July 2016. A transcript of this conversation is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-76-olmo-lazarus-lpp-transcript.pdf David Turner talks to poet and teacher Ölmo Lazarus. The pair discuss trying to engage with drinkers by taking poetry into pubs in Essex and taking poetry slams into primary schools in Basildon. Ölmo reads three poems. www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.facebook.com/olmolazarus www.twitter.com/olmolazarus www.facebook.com/questmusicservices www.thamesdeltamusic.com
36:09
July 31, 2016
Ep. 75 - English PEN (transcript available)
Download a transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/ep75-english-pen-transcript.pdf June 2016. Paul McMenemy talks to Cat Lucas and Robert Sharp from English PEN about writers at risk. Includes readings of translations of poetry by Ashraf Fayadh and Liu Xia, as well as Andrew McMillan’s poem in response to Ashraf’s work, recorded at the Modern Literature Festival. (00:00:58) - Cat Lucas reads, 'A space in the void' by Ashraf Fayadh (trans. Jonathon Wright) (00:20:54) - Andrew McMillan reads, 'Week of living blasphemously' (00:42:53) - Paul McMenemy reads, 'June 2nd 1989' by Liu Xia (trans. Ming Di and Jennifer Stern) www.englishpen.org Writers in translation: http://worldbookshelf.englishpen.org/ PEN at the Ledbury Festival: https://www.englishpen.org/campaigns/english-pen-at-the-ledbury-poetry-festival-2016/ Modern Literature Festival videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/fowlerpoetry Poetry by Ashraf Fayadh in English: https://arablit.org/?s=Ashraf+Fayadh&x=0&y=0 Poetry by Liu Xia in English: https://pen.org/poetry/five-poems-liu-xia
44:12
July 31, 2016
Ep. 74 - The Cockney Bard; Garry Johnson (transcript available)
June 2016. A transcript of this conversation is available here; https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-74-garry-johnson-lpp-transcript.pdf David Turner is in Pitsea, Essex talking to 'The Original Punk Poet' Garry Johnson. The pair talk poetry, Oi! and all manner of things anti-establishment (and inevitably the EU referendum). Garry reads five poems from his new collection, The Cockney Bard (New Haven Publishing): (00:00:22) - 'Young Conservatives' (00:13:25) - 'We want our country back' (00:20:30) - 'National Service' (00:33:18) - 'United' (00:39:04) - 'The dead end yobs' www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue http://thepunkpoetgj.blogspot.co.uk www.twitter.com/familycourts (Garry Johnson) www.newhavenpublishingltd.com https://cargorecordsdirect.co.uk/coll... United Against Austerity - Single by Garry Johnson & Insane Society https://itun.es/gb/yJBB8
41:07
July 31, 2016
Ep. 73 - Jo Hauge (transcript available)
June 2016. A full transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-73-jo-hauge-lpp-transcript.pdf David Turner is in Peckham, south-east London talking to performance artist, writer and (some time) activist Jo Hauge. The pair discuss Jo's involvement with the recent protest action at Tate Modern 'Where is Ana Mendieta?', the implications of being read as female by audiences and using humour to talk about traumatic experiences. Jo reads four poems. Image of Jo by Manuel Vason. (00:00:37) - 'Ana' (00:01:35) - 'Chicken' (00:14:23) - 'Untitled' (00:16:02) - 'Killjoy' www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.twitter.com/johannehauge www.johannehauge.com www.twitter.com/anamendietauk
30:17
July 31, 2016
Ep. 72 - Sophie Cameron (transcript available)
June 2016. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-72-sophie-cameron-lpp-transcript.pdf David Turner is at the Royal Festival Hall talking to poet, Sophie Cameron. The discuss Sophie's writing style and motivations, stage personas and her new monthly spoken word/cabaret night Red Raw. Red Raw has a dedicated 'fan page' on Facebook. Sophie reads three poems: (00:00:21) - 'Once Upon A Time' (00:18:24) - 'Untitled' (00:37:42) - 'To Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.twitter.com/RedRawLondon www.resistancegallery.com www.twitter.com/ResGal
38:58
July 31, 2016
Ep. 71 - Bryan Baker (transcript available)
May 2016. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-71-bryan-baker-lpp-transcript.pdf Lizzy Palmer talks to Brian Baker about his writing process, over-coming writer's block (keep on writing!) and gathering inspiration people watching in the park. Bryan reads three poems: (00:00:42) - 'A central character complains about his author' (00:06:24) - 'Fitness' (00:15:15) - 'The Stunt' www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue
17:04
July 31, 2016
Ep. 70 - Proletarian Poetry (transcript available)
May 2016. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-70-proletarian-poetry-lpp-transcript.pdf David Turner is in Kentish Town, north London talking to editor of Proletarian Poetry Peter Raynard. They discuss the reasons for Peter starting the blog, how he identifies working class poetry and the need (and wish) to pay poets for public readings. www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.twitter.com/ProletarianPoet www.proletarianpoetry.com
26:38
July 31, 2016
Ep. 69 - Jemima Foxtrot (transcript available)
Download a transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/ep69-jemima-foxtrot-transcript.pdf May 2016. David Turner talks to writer and performer, Jemima Foxtrot. The pair discuss Jemima's interest in the sound of language, her award nominated solo show 'Melody' and up coming debut collection 'All Damn Day' (Burning Eye Books). www.twitter.com/Silent_Tomgue www.jemimafoxtrot.wordpress.com www.twitter.com/JemimaFoxtrot www.burningeyebooks.wordpress.com www.twitter.com/BurningEyeBooks
01:03:06
July 31, 2016
Ep. 68 - Speaking Volumes (transcript available)
April 2016. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-68-speaking-volumes-lpp-transcript.pdf David Turner is in Camden, north London talking to co-founders of Speaking Volumes, Sharmilla Beezmohun and Sarah Sanders. They tell David about the motivations behind starting the organisation, future projects and the current tour in the U.S., Breaking Ground. Breaking Ground is an initiative to promote black British writers in the U.K. and abroad. www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.speaking-volumes.org.uk www.twitter.com/Speak_Volumes www.twitter.com/BreakGroundUS
39:28
July 31, 2016
Ep. 67 - James Ross-Edwards (transcript available)
April 2016. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-67-james-ross-edwards-lpp-transcript.pdf David Turner talks to James Ross-Edwards about blogging, story telling at open-mic spoken word nights and haikus on sub-district rugby union in Australia. www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.newalbionsports.com www.themoderationhotel.com
24:45
July 31, 2016
Ep. 66 - Paul Cree (transcript available)
Download a transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/ep66-paul-cree-transcript.pdf April 2016. David Turner talks to Paul Cree. They discuss the influence music has had over Paul's writing and how writing poetry has lead onto longer forms of writing. The intimidating nature of open mic events for beginners also crops up. Paul reads three poems: (00:00:16) - 'Crows' (00:14:14) - 'Turbo Breeze' (00:34:40) - 'Trap It' www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.twitter.com/PaulCree www.paulcreewrites.blogspot.com www.soundcloud.com/paulcree
38:39
July 31, 2016
Ep. 65 - Anna Kahn (transcript available)
March 2016. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-65-anna-kahn-lpp-transcript.pdf Lizzy Palmer talks to Anna Kahn about her writing, seeking 'electricity', stumbling across The Poetry Cafe four years ago and recently being part of Barbican Young Poets writing programme. Anna reads three poems: (00:00:47) - 'Elvis' (00:07:35) - 'Three physicists walk into a classics department for an open unit' (00:14:17) - 'Like the English' www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue
18:56
July 31, 2016
Ep. 64 - WORDUP 411 (transcript available)
Download a transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/ep64-wordup-411-transcript.pdf March 2016. Michelle Madsen talks Olumide Holloway about setting up and financing spoken word events in Nigeria. Olumide also explains how WORDUP 411 find and nurture new poets and plans for a 'talent-style' TV show. Olumide reads two poems: (00:09:21) - 'Talent can be a burden' (00:12:52) - 'I' www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.twitter.com/mishmadsen www.wordup411ng.com www.twitter.com/WORDUP411 www.twitter.com/Olulu4ever
22:45
July 31, 2016
Ep. 63 - Wana Udobang (transcript available)
Download a transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/ep63-wana-udobang-transcript.pdf March 2016. Michelle Madsen is in Freedom Park in Lagos, Nigeria talking to Wana Udobang. Wana tells Michelle how depression originally led her to start writing poetry. The pair discuss the enforced silence that Wana feels hangs over Nigerian women and how that may be changing. Wana reads two poems: (00:05:39) - 'This is how you break a broken flower' (00:16:31) - 'Tales from the dark planet' www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.twitter.com/mishmadsen www.wanawana.net www.twitter.com/MissWanaWana
20:37
July 31, 2016
Ep. 62 - Rest - Hubbub in residence at Wellcome Collection (transcript available)
March 2016. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-62-rest-lpp-transcript.pdf David Turner talks to Dr Holly Pester and Dr James Wilkes about their involvement in the residency programme, 'Hubbub at Wellcome Collection'. Holly and James discuss how the residency's theme of 'Rest' has come to inform new work. This episode contains three readings: (00:33:47) - 'A rush of bad sleep' by Holly Pester (00:36:49) - 'Tell us how' by Holly Pester (00:51:27) - Excerpt from 'So even the tree has its yolk' by Jamie Wilkes For more info see: www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue Holly: www.hollypester.com www.twitter.com/hollypesty James: www.renscombepress.co.uk www.twitter.com/wilkesjames Residency: www.hubbubgroup.org www.twitter.com/hubbubgroup www.wellcomecollection.org www.twitter.com/ExploreWellcome
01:00:43
July 30, 2016
Ep. 61 - Keith Jarrett (transcript available)
February 2016. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-61-keith-jarrett-lpp-transcript.pdf David Turner talks to Keith Jarrett about his writing, working as a spoken word educator and stuttering rappers. Keith reads three poems as the birds sing in the trees: (00:00:30) - "A new spelling of my name" (00:13:13) - "Whom shall I fear?" (00:25:50) - "Ten ways to avoid hearing him say sorry" www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.twitter.com/keithjlondon www.zoneonetosix.blogspot.com
28:26
July 30, 2016
Ep. 60 - Kayo Chingonyi (transcript available)
February 2016. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-60-kayo-chingonyi-lpp-transcript.pdf David Turner talks to Kayo Chingonyi about his role as Associate Poet at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, the role that sound plays in his work and the influence that he takes form the UK Grime scene. Kayo reads poems form his recent pamphlet, The Colour of James Brown's Scream which is available through Akashic Books. Kayo reads three poems: (00:00:21) - 'Martin's Corner' (00:10:40) - 'The colour of James Brown's scream' (00:25:13) - 'Self portrait as a Garage MC' www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.twitter.com/KayoChingonyi www.kchingonyi.wordpress.com www.akashicbooks.com
33:27
July 30, 2016
Ep. 59 - Rachel Nwokoro (transcript available)
February 2016. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-59-rachel-nwokoro-lpp-transcript.pdf Lizzy Palmer talks to, newly crowned, Farrago Poetry Slam champion Rachel Nwokoro. Rachel tells Lizzy about why she writes poetry, her influences and the role that performing plays in her writing style. Rachel reads three poems: (00:00:21) - 'Baby Blue' (00:05:50) - 'Oh Dear' (00:15:03) - 'How Much?' www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.twitter.com/RayNwoks www.youtube.com/RayNwoks
20:52
July 30, 2016
Ep. 58 - Amir Darwish(transcript available)
February 2016. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-58-amir-darwish-lpp-transcript.pdf Lizzy Palmer talks to Syrian-Kurdish poet, Amir Darwish about the influences over his writing style and his own attempts to answer whether he performs or reads poetry at live events. Amir's collection Don't Forget the Couscous is available from Smokestack Books. Amir reads three poems: (00:00:21) - 'Stand up and walk' (00:04:00) - 'The Brain' (00:09:14) - 'Dream' www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.twitter.com/darwish_amir www.smokestack-books.co.uk
12:29
July 30, 2016
Ep. 57 - Black QTIPOC (transcript available)
February 2016. A transcript of this conversation is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-57-qtipoc-poets-lpp-transcripts.pdf David Turner talks to SA Smythe and Travis Alabanza about their writing and experiences as QTIPOC, specifically queer and trans Black writers and performers within the established poetry and spoken word scene (in the UK). They both give their opinions on the barriers facing QTIPOC writers looking to get published and offer advice to QTIPOC youth. (00:00:36) - Travis reads 'Sing it to my body' (00:39:51) - SA reads ' You cannot ordain the end of times of disillusion with the wave of your hand' www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.twitter.com/trvisalabanza www.twitter.com/essaysmythe www.twitter.com/THEMLit
01:22:45
July 30, 2016
Ep. 56 - Bang Said The Gun(transcript available)
January 2016. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-56-bang-said-the-gun-lpp-transcript.pdf David Turner talks to Dan Cockrill & Rob Auton of Bang Said the Gun ahead of their upcoming relocation to Bloomsbury Theatre. The pair discuss what the move holds for the regular night and upcoming projects they are each working on. For more info about Bang see: www.twitter.com/bangsaidthegun www.bangsaidthegun.com www.thebloomsbury.com Dan: www.twitter.com/DanielCockrill www.danielcockrill.com Rob: www.twitter.com/RobertAuton www.robauton.co.uk
45:41
July 30, 2016
Ep. 55 - We Should Talk (transcript available)
January 2016. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-55-we-should-talk-lpp-transcript.pdf David Turner talks to Paula Varjack & James Harris about peer critiquing of their writing in development. Specifically the group that Paula runs called 'Invite Only'. The pair also discuss the differences they've found between living and working in Berlin & London. This episode contains two readings: Paula reads: 'I Am An Artist' - 00:02:39 James reads an excerpt from a novel in progress - 00:18:48 For more info about Paula see: www.twitter.com/paulavarjack www.paulavarjack.com www.showmethemon3y.tumblr.com For James: www.twitter.com/JamesHarrisNow www.shoeleatherexpress.org www.thefourlineblog.wordpress.com
51:16
July 30, 2016
Ep. 54 - Tim Kiely (transcript available)
January 2016. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-54-tim-kiely-lpp-transcript.pdf Lizzy Palmer talks to Tim Kiely about the biggest influences over his writing and what attracts them both to writing in a formal style. Tim reads three poems: 'Sestina to an Unknown Italian Artist' - 00:00:36 'Reasons for Learning and Chanting the Suttas' - 00:08:28 'Some Excuses for Keeping Quiet' - 00:20:44 www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.twitter.com/TimKiely1 www.timkielypoetry.wordpress.com
23:20
July 30, 2016
Ep. 53 - SA Smythe (transcript available)
January 2016. David Turner talks to SA Smythe about how language and colonialism has and continues to inform their life and writing. SA reads three poems and chats about their current position as Visiting Fellow at University of London. SA reads three poems: 'Language' - 00:00:46 'Rictus' - 00:09:47 'The Truth Is' - 00:19:45 Download a transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/ep53-sa-smythe-transcript.pdf www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.twitter.com/essaysmythe www.twitter.com/THEMLit
27:58
July 30, 2016
Ep. 52 - Amy K Blakemore (transcript available)
January 2016. A transcript of this conversation is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/interview-with-amy-blakemore-lpp-transcript-ep52.pdf David Turner talks to Amy Blakemore about exploding teeth, her debut collection 'Humbert Summer' (available from Eyewear) and trusting readers to interpret her work as she intended. Image of Amy by David Rothwell. Amy reads five poems: 'Teeth Dreams' - 00:00:37 'Humbert Summer' - 00:02:36 'Introversion Forum' - 00:10:04 'My Pale Pink Bedspread' - 00:10:37 'Our Town' - 00:11:13 'Valerie Solanas' - 00:25:05 'Patterns' - 00:25:48 www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.eyewearpublishing.com www.twitter.com/akblakemore www.blueofnoonpoetry.tumblr.com
32:56
July 30, 2016
Ep. 51 - Abi Palmer (transcript available)
January 2016. Lizzy Palmer talks to Abi Palmer about the influence that Wayne Holloway-Smith, Bobby Parker and Salena Godden have on her writing. Abi also talks about the interactive nature of some of her recent work. You can get involved with the last poem (22:30), just grab some salt! Image of Abi by Andrej Chudy. Download a transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/ep51-abi-palmer-transcript.pdf www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.abipalmer.com www.twitter.com/abipalmer_bot
26:20
July 30, 2016
Ep. 50 - Lewis G Parker - Morbid Books (transcript available)
January 2016. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-50-lewis-g-parker-lpp-transcript.pdf David Turner talks to Lewis Parker of Morbid Books about his two most recent publications and why he spends so much time on the Southbank in London typing poems, to order, for passers-by. (We also, ridiculously claim we'd turn down publishing deals. Yep.) Lewis reads five poems: 'Garden of the Winter Moon' - 00:00:14 'Haemorrhoid Haiku 21' - 00:04:48 'Woman' - 00:05:30 'Man' - 00:05:54 'The Neighbours' - 00:21:50 www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.morbidbooks.net www.twitter.com/LGParker1
22:54
July 30, 2016
Ep. 49 - Tangerine Press (transcript available)
December 2015. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-49-tangerine-press-lpp-transcript.pdf David Turner talks to Michael Curran of Tangerine Press in advance of the ten year anniversary of the press. Michael talks about how his background in carpentry led to bookbinding and why he feels it is so important to publish poetry. www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.eatmytangerine.com www.twitter.com/TangerinePress
22:11
July 30, 2016
Ep. 48 - Christmas 2015
December 2015. David got some poets to read because it's christmas and (sort of) the one year anniversary of the podcast. Poets wishing you (sort of) a merry christmas on this episode are Lizzy Palmer, Niall O'Sullivan, Fikayo Balogun, Grim Chip, Travis Alabanza & Mishi Morath. Readings: Lizzy Palmer reads 'Snowflakes' by Henry Longfellow - 00:01:38 Niall O'Sullivan - 'Untitled' - 00:03:57 Niall O'Sullivan - The Red Menace' - 00:05:52 Fikayo Balogun - 'Untitled' - 00:07:45 Grim Chip - 'The Power of Positive Thinking' - 00:13:15 Grim Chip - 'A Little of Both' - 00:15:08 Travis Alabanza - 'To Be Read in Church' - 00:15:50 Travis Alabanza - 'Holiday Season' - 00:18:08 Mishi Morath - 'Say Cheese' - 00:19:27 Mishi Morath - 'Bugger Bognor' - 00:20:56 Mishi Morath - 'Contentedly Bah Humbug' - 00:22:40 David Turner reads 'Christmas in Bedsit Land' by Paul Birtill www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.fikayobalogun.wordpress.com www.twitter.com/trvisalabanza www.niallsullivan.co.uk www.themundanecomedy.wordpress.com
28:10
July 30, 2016
Ep. 47 - Fikayo Balogun (transcript available)
December 2015. David Turner talks to Fikayo Balogun about her writing and literature education in her country of birth, Nigeria. Fikayo also talks about her favourite African writers; Wole Soyinka, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Chinua Achebe and J.P. Clarke. Fikayo reads three poems: 'Untitled' - 00:00:50 'Tonight' - 00:13:27 'Lust' -00:20:37 Download a transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/ep47-fikayo-balogun-transcript.pdf www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.fikayobalogun.wordpress.com
23:19
July 30, 2016
Ep. 46 - Collaboration (transcript available)
December 2015. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-46-collaboration-lpp-transcript.pdf David Turner talks to Sarah Lester and Nathan Penlington about collaborating on their recently published book, 'An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in London' (available from Burning Eye Books). George Perec's, 'An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris.' www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.nathanpenlington.com www.sllester.tumblr.com www.burningeye.bigcartel.com
01:00:06
July 30, 2016
Ep. 45 - Emily Harrison (transcript available)
November 2015. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/interview-emily-harrison-lpp-transcript-ep-45.pdf David Turner talks to Emily Harrison live at Silence Found a Tongue at I'klectik Artslab in Lambeth, south London. Emily talks about the early influence of her mum over her writing and the similarities between the creative process and living with bipolar. Emily reads three poems: 'I Look On All The World As My Parish' - 00:02:08 'When your girlfriend tells you she's bi (but you soon find out she meant polar) - 00:09:20 'The girl with the jade earrings' - 00:17:30 www.twiter.com/Silent_Tongue www.79ratpress.wordpress.com www.twitter.com/emilyharrii
19:29
July 30, 2016
Ep. 44 - Jason Pilley & Oktawia Petronella
November 2015. Jason Pilley & Oktawia Petronella perform their epic 'The Invention of Opera' live at Silence Found a Tongue at I'klectik Artslab in Lambeth south London. www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.jasonpilley.wordpress.com
19:02
July 30, 2016
Ep. 43 - Lisa Luxx (transcript available)
July 2015. David Turner talks to editor of Prowl, Lisa Luxx live at spoken word night, Silence Found a Tongue. Lisa talks about her own writing and the history and development of Prowl an online and print publication with a focus on poetry. Lisa reads three poems. Download a transcript of the conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/ep43-lisa-luxx-transcript.pdf www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.prowlhouse.co.uk www.lisaluxx.com www.twitter.com/ProwlHouse
22:44
July 30, 2016
Ep. 42 - Rosemary Tonks (transcript available)
July 2015. A transcript of this conversation is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/interview-rosemary-tonks-lpp-transcript-42.pdf David Turner talks to Lizzy Palmer and Lucy Reynolds about the poet Rosemary Tonks. They discuss Rosemary's life, her poetry, collaboration with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and her later rejection of her own work and ultimate 'disappearance'. Lucy reads 'Orpheus in Soho' by Rosemary Tonks - 00:30:10 Lizzy reads 'Badly Chosen Lover' - 00:47:07 and Bedouin of the London Evening' - 01:18:03 both also by Rosemary Tonks. The three recordings discussed are available through the British Library: "The Poet Speaks" - ref: 1CDR0003848 "Sono-Montage" - ref: NP1004R "The Disappearing Poet" - ref: C1199/187 www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.bloodaxebooks.com
01:19:20
July 30, 2016
Ep. 41 - Mishi Morath (transcript available)
June 2015. A transcript of this conversation is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/interview-mishi-morath-lpp-transcript-ep-41.pdf David Turner talks to Mishi Morath about poetry, class and Dulwich Hamlet FC. The pair discuss over coming the embarrassment of telling peers that you write poetry and finding a place within the art form. Mishi reads six poems: 'Unclean' - 00:01:02 'For Gazza' - 00:02:16 'Post Match Chill' - 00:11:03 'Colour Blind' - 00:13:46 'When The Time Is Right' - 00:23:56 'Another One Bites The Dust' - 00:25:17 http://dulwichpoet.blogspot.co.uk/ www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.dulwichhamletfc.london
28:57
July 30, 2016
Ep. 40 - Caridad Atencio (Spanish transcript available)
June 2015. Michelle Madsen is in Havana, Cuba talking to poet, Caridad Atencio. THIS INTERVIEW IS IN SPANISH. Download a transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/episode-40-caridad-atencio-en-espanyol.pdf www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue
24:44
July 30, 2016
Ep. 39 - Soleida Rios (Spanish transcript available)
June 2015. Michelle Madsen is in Havana, Cuba talking to poet, Soleida Rios. THIS INTERVIEW IS IN SPANISH. Download the transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/episode-39-soleida-rios-en-espanyol.pdf www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue
33:03
July 30, 2016
Ep. 38 - Ginger John (transcript available)
June 2015. Download a transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/ep38-ginger-john-transcript.pdf David Turner talks to Ranting poet Ginger John about gigging in the eighties, his influences and how younger audiences take to his poetry at his current gigs. John has a tour coming up this autumn and details about dates can be found on his Facebook page - John Lunn (Ginger John Ranting Poet). Photo of John by John Bolloten. John reads six poems: 'Tesco Chain Store Masacre' - 00:00:30 'Untitled' - 00:02:20 'Paranoid Attack' - 00:10:19 'Nowt' - 00:11:11 'Things Have Changed On The Magic Roundabout' - 00:22:34 'You're Like An Unknown' - 00:23:28 www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.standupandspit.wordpress.com/tag/ginger-john
24:18
July 30, 2016
Ep. 37 - Freedom News (transcript available)
June 2015. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-37-freedom-news-lpp-transcript.pdf David Turner talks to the editor of Freedom News, Ella Harrison. Ella talks briefly about the history of The Freedom Press and possible future after the recent introduction of a quarterly free-sheet. Ella also talks about why she felt it important to start to publish poetry again after a deliberate previous omission. www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.freedomnews.org.uk www.freedompress.org.uk
21:11
July 30, 2016
Ep. 36 - James Mckay (transcript available)
June 2015. A transcript of this conversation is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/interview-james-mckay-lpp-transcript-ep-36.pdf David Turner talks to James McKay live at spoken word night, Silence Found a Tongue. James talks about how he began reading poetry to audiences for the first time and how it has led, twenty years later, to his latest solo show The Boy With The Moomin Tattoo. James performed the show over various dates beginning 10/8/2015 at Electric Circus Lizard Lounge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. James reads five poems: 'In The Beginning' - 00:00:27 'Experience Not Essential' - 00:02:22 'Faggot Hexameters' - 00:08:15 'In The Neolithic Age' by Rudyard Kipling - 00:20:57 'We Are All Grand Babies' - 00:23:48 www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.mckaypoetry.wordpress.com
26:26
July 30, 2016
Ep. 35 - Inzync Poetry Collective (transcript avavilable)
June 2015. Download a transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/ep35-inzync-poetry-collective-transcript.pdf Peter Odendaal and Adrian van Wyk, members of Stellenbosch-based poetry collective Inzync, talk to Michelle Madsen about the township where the collective is based, the fragmented poetry scene across South Africa and its varying regions and languages, the political nature of much South African poetry, and their own work and aims for the future. Peter and Adrian each read two poems: P.O: 'Untitled' - 00:05:43 A.vW: 'Untitled' - 00:08:46 P.O: ‘Reaching Shore’ - 00:18:08 A.vW: 'Untitled' - 00:25:02 www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.slipnet.co.za www.twitter.com/InZyncPoetry
26:46
July 30, 2016
Ep. 34 - Cheryl Mclennan (transcript available)
June 2015. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/interview-cheryl-mclennan-lpp-transcript-ep-34.pdf Cheryl Mclennan talks to David Turner about poetry and its succinctness helping her to find her voice, joining a writing group and sharing ideas as a way of continuing to write, how she started performing after winning a prize at an open mic event, and her carefully crafted rhythms and language. Cheryl reads five poems: ‘Silverback Gorilla’ - 00:00:23 ‘The Colorado River Toad’ - 00:01:06 ‘Sherbet Lemon’ - 00:05:46 ‘Fruit Teas’ - 00:07:12 ‘Catherine’ - 00:15:12 www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue
18:15
July 30, 2016
Ep. 33 - Molly Rivkin (transcript available)
June 2015. Molly Rivkin talks to David Turner about emotional trauma leading to writing poetry, her introduction to American slam poetry via YouTube, turning poetry into performance, and the influence of feminism and dreams on her work. Molly reads three poems: 'Untitled' - 00:00:34 ‘Summer Youth Program’ - 00:09:14 'Untitled' - 00:18:31 Download a transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/ep33-molly-rivkin-transcript.pdf www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.twitter.com/mollyrivkin Or contact Molly here: mollt.rivkin@gmail.com
27:59
July 30, 2016
Ep. 32 - Niall O'Sullivan (transcript available)
June 2015. A transcript of this conversation is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/interview-niall-osullivan-lpp-transcript-ep-32.pdf Niall O’Sullivan talks to David Turner about his history of hosting open mic night Poetry Unplugged, the need for better critiquing at spoken word events, the difference between critiquing and reviewing, ideas around how the poetry scene should develop, sensitivity in choosing how to perform poetry, and the effects that one’s social class can have on writing and image. Niall reads three poems: ‘Interglacial’ - 00:14:43 ‘Shanked on a Clear Winter’s Day’ - 00:38:37 'Untitled' - 01:04:07 www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.niallosullivan.co.uk
01:07:35
July 30, 2016
Ep. 31 - Donald Chegwin (transcript available)
May 2015. A transcript of this conversation is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/interview-with-donald-chegwin-lpp-transcript-ep31.pdf Donald Chegwin talks to David Turner about the economical, precise nature of poetry and short stories, the catharsis he finds in performance poetry, his love of horror films for being equally funny and sinister, and using surreal humour to channel real emotions and issues. Donald reads three poems: 'Kingdom' - 00:00:30 'Egg City Blues' - 00:06:54 'Waking of Insects' - 00:12:13 www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue
17:10
July 30, 2016
Ep. 30 - Alexander Woodward (transcript available)
May 2015. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/interview-alexander-woodward-lpp-transcript-ep-30.pdf Lizzy Palmer talks to Alexander Woodward about being read poetry at bedtime, how he came to writing poetry through stand-up comedy, writing specifically to read aloud, the lack of a definite writing process, and the differences between performing poetry, acting and comedy. Alexander reads three poems: ‘Should I Have a Daughter’ - 00:00:28 ‘Why Can’t I Sleep?’ - 00:07:11 ‘On Humanity’ - 00:16:27 www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.adwoodwardthings.blogspot.com www.twitter.com/adwoodward227
22:56
July 30, 2016
Ep. 29 - Tim Wells (transcript available)
Download a transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/ep29-tim-wells-transcript.pdf May 2015. David Turner talks to poet and editor of poetry zine, Rising, Tim Wells. Tim gives a brief history of Ranting Poetry and talks about his Ranting archive project Stand Up and Spit, as well as reading poems by himself and other Ranting poets. For more information about Stand Up and Spit go to: http://www.speaking-volumes.org.uk/SUS/ https://standupandspit.wordpress.com www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue
24:23
July 30, 2016
Ep. 28 - Paul McMenemy (transcript available)
May 2015. David Turner talks to Paul McMenemy about getting into poetry by accident as a way of passing exams, the immediacy of poetry and the beauty of how it lingers in the mind, publishing and selling Lunar Poetry magazine, and the failure of most poetry to market itself well. Paul reads three poems: 'Untitled' - 00:00:43 ‘Scottish Country Dancing’ - 00:11:40 ‘It’s not the economy and don’t call me stupid’ - 00:25:37 Download a transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/ep28-paul-mcmenemy-transcript.pdf
29:38
July 30, 2016
Ep. 27 - James Massiah (transcript available)
May 2015. A transcript of this conversation is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/interview-james-massiah-lpp-transcript-ep-27.pdf David Turner talks to James Massiah talks the mixed influences on his work of memorising and reciting Bible verses alongside hearing dub music and poetry when young, how performance has always been tied into poetry, working through multiple disciplines as an artist, and his spoken word night, The A and the E. James reads three poems: 'Death Dance' - 00:00:14 'The Funk' - 00:10:00 'South London Style' - 00:24:45 www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.theaandthee.com www.jamesmassiah.com
33:53
July 30, 2016
Ep. 26 - Selina Nwulu (transcript available)
May 2015. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/interview-selena-nwulu-lpp-transcript-ep-26.pdf Kyla Manenti talks to Selina Nwulu about writing as a natural process, links in her work with political activism, publication and sharing her work, and how she aims to publish as many books as possible. Selina reads three poems. Image of Selina by Nadyah Aissa. 'Encyclopaedia' - 00:00:16 'Two Sides of A Coin' - 00:03:02 'Be Silent' - 00:07:19 www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue
11:21
July 30, 2016
Ep. 25 - Janine Booth (transcript available)
April 2015. A transcript of this conversation is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/interview-janine-booth-poet-lpp-transcript-ep25.pdf David Turner is in Hackney, east London talking to Janine Booth about her part in the ranting poetry scene in the 1980s, poetry as one of many different platforms from which to speak and bring about change, political activism and union work, and being taken seriously as a woman in male-dominated scenes. Janine reads three poems: 'Mostly Hating Tories' - 00:00:14 'Real Rape' - 00:16:32 ‘The Housewife’s Trial’ - 00:24:47 www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.janinebooth.com
28:55
July 28, 2016
Ep. 24 - Hannah Gordon (transcript available)
April 2015. Lizzy Palmer is in Kennington, south London talking to Hannah Gordon about how she came to writing poetry through prayer and confession, words as expression and therapy, spoken word performance, open-mic night Spoken Word London, and losing ownership of work through publication on the page. Hannah reads three poems: 'So Drunk' - 00:00:25 'Untitled' - 00:07:22 'Uncle Monkey' - 00:12:20 Download a transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/06/ep24-hannah-gordan-transcript.pdf www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue
15:18
July 28, 2016
Ep. 23 - Kadeem Beresford-James (transcript available)
April 2015. David Turner is in Camberwell, south-east London talking to Kadeem Beresford-James about how he came to start writing poetry, how poetry helps with processing emotions, seeking validation through performance and sharing of work, and being a perfectionist in critiquing his own work. Kadeem reads three poems: 'Creatives' - 00:00:22 'Contradictions' - 00:10:12 'Incomplete Masterpiece' - 00:23:27 www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.kerosenechronicles.com Download a transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/ep23-kadeem-beresford-james-transcript.pdf
29:35
July 28, 2016
Ep. 22 - Spoken Word Istanbul (transcript available)
April 2015. David Turner is in Turkey talking to the host of Spoken Word Istanbul, Justin Pahl. They talk about the spoken word scene in the city and its influence over writers. The episode includes readings from Eric James Beyer, Mosab Al-Nomaire, Lydia Beardmore and Johnny Day. Download a transcript of this episode here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/06/ep22-spoken-word-istanbul-transcript.pdf www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.facebook.com/spokenwordistanbul Justin - www.justinpahl.blogspot.com Eric - www.ordinarytalent.wordpress.com Lydia - www.manicpixieanalogue.wordpress.com Johnny - www.thatcrippledspace.com
48:59
July 28, 2016
Ep. 21 - Bethany W Pope (transcript available)
April 2015. David Turner talks to Bethany W. Pope about poetry as something which is necessary to survival though not necessarily a pleasant experience, about the poetry scenes of Swindon and Wales, writing in complex forms using mythical imagery, and the pitfalls of workshopping poems. Bethany reads three poems: 'Machete' - 00:00:44 'Three-legged Crow' - 00:07:01 'No Exit' - 00:15:04 www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.bethanywpope.com www.blacksheepjournal.com Download a transcript of this episode here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/ep21-bethany-w-pope-transcript.pdf
20:03
July 28, 2016
Ep. 20 - Martin Pettitt (transcript available)
April 2015. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/interview-martin-pettitt-lpp-transcript-ep-20.pdf In the first 'live' recorded podcast David Turner talks to poet Martin Pettitt at the spoken word event, Silence Found a Tongue in Waterloo, south London. Martin read three poems. www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue
19:30
July 28, 2016
Ep. 19 - Elisa Pieper (transcript available)
April 2015. David Turner is in Istanbul talking to Elisa Pieper about her poetry and short story writing. Download a transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/ep19-elisa-piepr-transcript.pdf www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.elisasymptom.com
18:54
July 28, 2016
Ep. 18 - Ender Baskan (transcript available)
April 2015. David Turner talks to Australian-Turkish novelist Ender Baskan at MauMau Works in Istanbul about his time in Turkey and his novel in development. Download a transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/ep18-ender-baskan-transcript.pdf www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.maumauworks.com www.enderbaskan.com www.enderbaskan.tumblr.com
25:42
July 28, 2016
Ep. 17 - MauMau Works, Istanbul (transcript available)
April 2015. David Turner is in Istanbul talking to Sine Ergun and Naz Cugouglu about their own writing and the artist residency programme they run at MauMau Works. The artists they recommend at the end are: Camila Alegria and Ernesto Klar. Download a transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/ep17-maumau-works-transcript.pdf www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.maumauworks.com www.turkishculture.org (search for Sine Ergun)
26:45
July 28, 2016
Ep. 16 - Mosab Al-Nomairy (transcript available)
April 2015. David Turner is in Istanbul talking to Syrian poet Mosab Al-Nomairy about his poetry and the development of his writing. Download a transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/ep16-mosab-alnomaire-transcript.pdf www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue
22:41
July 28, 2016
Ep. 15 - Cecilia Erismann (transcript available)
April 2015. David Turner is in Istanbul talking to Cecilia Erismann about her poetry, writing process and taking part in the residency programme at MauMau Works. Download a transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/ep15-cecilia-erismann-transcript.pdf Cecilia reads three poems: 'Untitled' - (00:00:30) 'Maybe' - (00:05:06) 'Mimar' - (00:09:13) www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.ceciliaerismann.com www.charlottejward.com
13:13
July 28, 2016
Ep. 14 - Tory Town Poets (transcript available)
March 2015. A transcript of this conversation is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/interview-tory-town-poets-lpp-transcripts-ep-14.pdf David Turner is in Basildon, Essex talking to Olmo Lazarus and Sioni Richards a.k.a Tory Town Poets about their poetry, creative process and growing up in a satellite town. Olmo and Sioni each read a poem: Olmo: 'Untitled' - (00:21:46) Sioni: 'We Were The Kids' - (00:32:48) www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue
53:29
July 28, 2016
Ep. 13 - The Bros Grim (transcript available)
March 2015. A transcript of this conversation is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/interview-the-bros-grim-lpp-transcript-ep-13.pdf Lizzy Palmer talks to Grim Chip at The All Stars Boxing Gym in Kensal, north-west London. Chip reads three poems and chats about his writing and creative process. Poems: 'I Spy' - (00:00:51) 'A Class Act' - (00:10:52) 'Not Half-empty. Drained' - (00:19:44) www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.facebook.com/facebook.com/GrimChippoet
25:55
July 28, 2016
Ep. 12 - Kyla Manenti (transcript available)
March 2015. David Turner talks to host of Union, Kyla Manenti about running a regular spoken word event yet almost never reading in public herself. You can download a transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/ep12-kyla-manenti-transcript.pdf www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.facebook.com/union
16:53
July 28, 2016
Ep. 11 - Lizzy Palmer (transcript available)
March 2015. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-11-lizzy-palmer-lpp-transcript.pdf David Turner is in Camberwell, south-east London talking to LPP host Lizzy Palmer about her writing, influences and where she finds inspiration. Lizzy reads three poems: 'The Lost Man' - (00:00:30) 'Untitled' - (00:07:26) 'Untitled' - (00:12:37) www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue
18:25
July 28, 2016
Ep. 10 - Liv Wynter (transcript available)
March 2015. A transcript of this conversation is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/interview-liv-wynter-lpp-transcript-ep-10.pdf David Turner is in Brockley, south-east London talking to Liv Wynter. The pair discuss her spoken word poetry, rap battling and performance art. There really was a chicken!! Image of Liv by Meg Lavender. Liv reads two poems: "Fucking Artists" - (00:15:55) "Outward" - (00:31:46) www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.twitter.com/livwynter
55:24
July 27, 2016
Ep. 9 - Fen Speak (transcript available)
March 2015. A transcript of this conversation is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/interview-fen-speak-lpp-transcript-ep-09.pdf David Turner is in Ely, Cambridgeshire talking to Leanne Moden, Elaine Ewart and Poppy Kleiser. The quartet discuss their poetry, being Fenland Poet Laureates and the monthly spoken word night Fen Speak. Fen Speak logo designed by Lizzy Doe. Each guest reads a poem: Poppy; "The Optimist" - (00:13:01) Elaine; "Harvest at Morwenstone" - (00:31:06) Leanne; "Kubla Kahn's Bar and Grill" - (00:41:04) www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.tenyearstime.blogspot.com www.flightfeather.wordpress.com www.poppykleiser.wordpress.com
53:11
July 27, 2016
Ep. 8 - Rachael Black (transcript available)
February 2015. David Turner is in south-east London talking to Rachael Black about her poetry and performing. Rachael reads three poems: "Angel Station" - (00:00:26) "Frustrated" - (00:09:38) "Two Minutes" - (00:16:53) Download a transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/episode-08-rachael-black-transcript.pdf www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.twitter.com/rachaelblack
22:52
July 27, 2016
Ep. 7 - The Audience - Are They Important? (transcript available)
February 2015. A transcript of this conversation os available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-7-the-audience-lpp-transcript.pdf Lunar Poetry Magazine editor Paul McMenemy talks to LPP founder David Turner along with Tom Bland and Jason Pilley. The quartet discuss their writing, performing and the relationship between performer and audience. Each guest reads a poem: Tom Bland; "Our Death" - (00:14:30) Jason Pilley; "Words For Catherine" - (00:33:19) David Turner; "Your Pocket" - (00:49:12) www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.tomblandblog.wordpress.com www.twitter.com/TomBland_Story www.jasonpilley.wordpress.com
01:05:12
July 27, 2016
Ep. 6 - Sean Wai Keung (transcript available)
February 2015. David Turner is in west London talking to Host of World's End Poetry, Sean Wai Keung about his poetry and performing. Sean reads three poems: "Running At a Loss" - 00:00:42 "What Happened Was" - 00:05:42 "I Won't Stop Looking" - 00:10:10 Download a transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/episode-6-sean-wai-keung-transcript.pdf www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.waikeungpoetry.wordpress.com www.facebook.com/worldsendpoetrynight
14:03
July 27, 2016
Ep. 5 - Mel Jones (transcript available)
February 2015. David Turner is in Camden, north London talking to host of Friggers of Speech, Mel Jones. At times it sounds like mighty Thor is punching the mic... (I was getting used to the equipment. OK!?!?) Mel reads three poems: "Fuck Me If You Think You're Hard Enough" - (00:00:48) "Mmm" - (00:05:14) "For The Poet Who Harmed Herself" - (00:08:56) www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.facebook.com/friggersofspeech Download a transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/ep5-mel-jones.pdf
14:08
July 27, 2016
Ep. 4 - Michelle Madsen (transcript available)
January 2015. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/interview-michelle-madsen-lpp-transcript-ep-04.pdf David Turner is in east London talking to occasional LPP host Michelle Madsen. They discuss her writing and performing and Michelle reads three poems from her collection, Alternative Beach Sports (Burning Eye Books): "Not The Right Season For Nisse" - (00:00:48) "How Real Models Lose Weight" - (00:07:15) "We'd All Melt" - (00:14:48) www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.twitter.com/mishmadsen www.michellemadsenpoet.com
24:06
July 27, 2016
Ep. 3 - Helen Mort (transcript available)
December 2014. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/interview-helen-mort-lpp-transcript-ep-03.pdf David Turner is in Sheffield talking to Helen Mort about her poetry, educational work, class and her neuroscience blog. This episode includes Helen reading two poems from her collection Division Street: "Stainless Stephen" - (00:18:31) "Other People's Dreams" - (00:43:02) www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.twitter.com/HelenMort www.helenmort.com www.poetryonthebrain.blogspot.co.uk
54:53
July 27, 2016
Ep. 2 - Sweden (transcript available)
November 2014. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-2-sweden-lpp-transcript.pdf David Turner is in Stockholm talking to Olivia Bergdahl, Niklas Mesaros & Tswi Hlakotsa about their writing and the spoken word/poetry scene in Sweden. www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.oliviabergdahl.se www.niklasmesaros.se
01:26:54
July 27, 2016
Ep. 1 - Pat Cash - Spoken Word London (transcript available)
October 2014. A transcript of this conversation is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/interview-pat-cash-lpp-transcript-episode-01.pdf The first ever Lunar Poetry Podcast. David Turner is in New Cross, south-east London talking to the founder of Spoken Word London, Pat Cash. The pair discuss poetry, journalism, sexuality and starting one of the most popular open-mic nights in London. Pat reads two poems: 'Hate' - (00:23:07); 'Gay's the Word' - (00:44:08)
01:09:27
July 27, 2016