We have made a new video over the last few days. I composed a short piece of music to accompany my poem Anything. The poem is about friendship and is suitable for younger children (KS1), but it is likely to appeal to older students (KS2) as well. This poem is in my new book, What Are You Like, which is due for release 23 February 2018.
Karen, my wife, is the guest performer reading the poem and also she made the video. The images are all shared by Creative Commons License. They are credited in the description on YouTube and below the video here.
Images in their order of appearance:
- kittens CC-BY-SA Susan https://flic.kr/p/52JU7z
- Chicks CC-BY-NC Andy Purvlance https://flic.kr/p/665D8X
- Labrador-Puppy CC-BY Tyler Allen https://flic.kr/p/a1gG6S
- Baby’s Best Friend CC-BY Brandon Atkinson https://flic.kr/p/96KrY6
- Buds CC-BY Juhan Sonin https://flic.kr/p/6DSpcV
- kids CC0 klimkin https://pixabay.com/en/kids-girl-pencil-drawing-notebook-1093758/
- children CC0 Bess Hamiti https://pixabay.com/en/child-children-girl-happy-people-817369/
- Best Friends CC-BY-SA Rod Waddington https://flic.kr/p/Wq9E51
- girls whispering CC0 Olichel https://pixabay.com/en/girls-whispering-best-friends-young-914823/
- Handsome Indian boys CC-BY Nithi Anand https://flic.kr/p/qpzJmX
- Cups Full of Chats CC-BY-NC Mo Riza https://flic.kr/p/3JM8pt
- Best friends CC-BY Robert de Bock https://flic.kr/p/UsGxgR
- The Cat-Circle of Love CC-BY-NC Gloson Teh https://flic.kr/p/8119Px
- Maternal instinct CC-BY-ND Tambako The Jaguar https://flic.kr/p/Muizu
If you’re in Barmouth on Wednesday 20th August you may see a dancing Chinese lion, giant puppet, bubbles and exploding custard, amongst other things. There’ll be a carnival feel when St Johns Hall Gallery will be holding an Open Day event and procession to celebrate the launch of the Gallery as a not-for-profit Community Interest Company.
Programme for the day:
- 1-6pm there will be a variety of live music and entertainment, poetry and puppetry, films and performance.
- 7:30-10pm a free entry evening of eclectic music and poetry.
“I want the Gallery to be a dynamic centre connected with Art in its widest sense, a place that draws the enormous pool of creative and intellectual talent in Barmouth and the surrounding area. A place where all kinds of people can come to be inspired, create, discuss, perform, display and share their ideas.” says Bernard Barnes, artist and curator of the Gallery.
A lighter moment with Bernard Barnes in the Gallery
I will be part of this extravaganza, reading and performing a few of my poems for a family audience in the afternoon and for adults in the evening. Barry Lim will be dancing the lion and hosting/performing the music evening. Ian “The Bubbleman” Russell will be making his huge bubbles and exploding custard. Bernard Barnes will be giving a talk in the afternoon about the ideas and themes behind his huge wall painting “The Captives of the Cosmic Web”, 24 paintings on the North wall of the Gallery measuring 20′ high by 28′ wide .
Nose and Finger
Does the odour
of last night’s
fish supper linger?
Have you got an itch?
The human touch?
Is that what you long for?
What can you smell?
Who are you singing
your purring song for?
I’ve used this song for many years and find it works very well as a template for children to work on their own ideas, putting in the things that they like and looking for rhymes. As a special Christmas gift we’ve turned it into a video.
In 2012, UK National Poetry Day is on Thursday 4 October. The theme is STARS. Be a star, read, write or buy some poetry.
This is a new song, written to order. Cats are always a popular topic and this one seems to work well even with younger pre-school children.
This is a poem that I do regularly as part of a school performance. It can go on a lot longer than this. Bet you end up humming it to yourself afterwards.
Did some more recording at the weekend, and my good friend Karen has made another video for me. It’s a lot of fun making these and all with easily available equipment and software. Captures the warm weather, don’t you think?
Adding some new strings to the bow, new media to the repetoire, new audience opportunities. This poem/song is one that I often use to open up a day workshop. It works very well for audience participation and can go on for far longer than this version, which was recorded at home. Thanks to Karen for making it into a video and all of the people whose photos are on here for making them available under Creative Commons licence.
Link to Animoto version.