thoughts of home

Old terraced houses, England

I’ve already mentioned here that I was invited to take part in TEDx Leamington Spa last November, not as a speaker, but as a performer. There were just over a dozen speakers, and several other performers, each with their own take on the theme of “home”.

Before the event, I attended meet-ups and rehearsals and scribbled notes about all the different presentations, trying to make sense of a huge and very daunting task. During this time, I produced a couple of poems – including “fade to blue” and “information overload“, which can be read by clicking through to earlier blog posts – that I didn’t use on the day.

I’ve noted before that the poems that are best for reading aloud to an audience are not always the ones you are proudest of or that are likely to get published or win competitions. At the end of the day, what was wanted was not “page poetry” but performance, to punctuate a day of performances and presentations.

This is the teaser/trailer video for the event:

While much of what I wrote doesn’t bear viewing as page poetry, there is one other piece that I’ll include here on the blog, based on the talk Learning to look up again: controlling your smart phone addiction by Ross Sleight.


Heads down, smartphones grasped tight, we want to be connected,
kept in constant touchscreen contact with those friends we’ve never met.
Our homes are in our hands, our families are partying without us
on a five-inch screen; the FaceBook light is bright and – swipe –
it’s impossible to stop: we’re afraid of missing out on all the gossip;
we may put them in our pockets but they’ll goose us with a greeting,
never mind we’re on the bus or in a meeting with the boss.

Don’t pause to think: just pick up and click that link.

If you’ve made it this far, you may want to click through and watch some of the talks.

Author: don't confuse the narrator

Exploring the boundary between writer and narrator through first person poetry, prose and opinion

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