After much procrastination, I have finally decided to set up a SoundCloud account and publish some audio files of my writing.
To begin with, I’ve recorded Biodegradables, which I posted here on the blog yesterday.
But setting up a profile and only posting a single audio file would be a bit of a poor show, so I’ve also posted the poems I read last week when I took part in an open mike event, where all the readings – poetry, stories, creative non-fiction… – were connected in some way, however tenuously, to Shakespeare or the Bible.
The event was part of the Shakespeare400 celebrations and associated with the “History, Heritage & Faith” exhibition at St Mary’s, Warwick, where a Shakespeare First Folio (1623) and a first edition of the King James Bible (1611) are on display.
I read three pieces at the open mike, all of which have appeared here on the blog at some time. (The titles link through to old posts where you can read the poems.)
The first poem I chose was Amor, Amor, a fairly traditional love sonnet based on an original by Garcilaso de la Vega; he’s not quite a contemporary of Shakespeare, but seemed to fit reasonably well in the period.
Then I read Workshop-in-Arden, which I wrote after attending a creative-writing workshop in a tiny patch of woodland that dates back to the ancient Forest of Arden.
The final poem I read was Noche de San Juan, a piece that essentially describes a midsummer night’s dream:
So, I’m going to try and do more recordings whenever I post a poem here, and will probably also try and record some of the pieces I’ve posted in the past.
Incidentally, I’m also going to be making a couple of my books available for free download from Amazon at the start of July, so please remember to come back and check on that next weekend, when I’ll be posting details.