Simon Williams discusses the very popular and long running poetry forum currently titled April 2021 Poem a Day. Thoughts on this community of first drafts to encourage productivity in practising poets. With poems and audio extracts.
Thursday, 8 April 2021
Richard Hughes, Executive Secretary from the Geological Society on the importance and wide history of the institutions at a critical point in its lifespan. Find out about upcoming exhibition on the geology of Mars and support the campaign for the Geological Society to remain at Burlington House in Piccadilly, keep the UK national society for geoscience visible, in its historical home and in the heart of the London together with the Linnean Society and the Society of Antiquaries. For more information see thenewsagents.blogspot.com
Saturday, 20 March 2021
Poetry and music don't always come together but when they do interesting hybrid forms emerge. Looking at 'VERSUS' by Bettina Schroeder vs JCM out on Wormhole World, a 'weird Lancashire' label - the album is also a video project with contributions from filmmakers including Anne Savitie, Andrew Stys (UU) Mark Rathmell and Suzie Hanna. Thoughts on making this album and other interesting pop hybrids including 'Plague Songs' by Martin Rowson, Jon Tregenna and guest artist-performers.
Thursday, 11 March 2021
Colonial Countryside. Professor Corinne Fowler in conversation on colonial connections in the country house, child-led creative projects on British history and empire and new writing on rurality. Chasing tales of rurality, slavery and material culture. Her book 'Green Unpleasant Land' is out on Peepal Tree Press.
Tuesday, 2 March 2021
London Animation Club and Perestroika film. Talking to Martin Pickles from the LAC about the club and its events. With extracts from recent special show The Perils of Perestroika (1) with Soviet Child (aka Riitta Hakkarainen and Jude Cowan Montague) presenting animated films from the Soviet Union in the 1990s including work by Ivan Maximov and Igor Kovalyov.
Animal rights, stage and trans-theatre. Heather Tweed on lost characters of Victorian performance. Tales of the difficulties behind the brilliant bright acts that thrilled nineteenth-century audiences. Meet the bird-lady who directed scenes with her avian actors and who travelled the world with her feathered menagerie and many more poignant characters, researched through archives of the stage with enthusiasm and expertise.
Sunday, 21 February 2021
Pollock's Toy Museum, one of London's interesting independent museums. Jack Fawdry Latham talks about what makes the Victorian collection and toy shop so unique and valuable as part of the heritage of the capital for children and adults now and in the future. An introduction to the practice and culture of toy theatre and an insight into the lasting enthusiasm for Victorian entrepreneurship and play.