Wilkie Martin - Surviving Publication


Author of the unhuman series of addictive comedy cozy mysteries set in the Cotswolds. This documents my encounters with publishing and includes things I hope will be useful later. It also covers some local writing competitions and reviews some writing events.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

John Gibbons with Armorel Weston at Writers in the Brewery - 25 April 2013

Another enjoyable evening at Writers in the Brewery with poetry and song from John Gibbens, who won the prestigious Eric Gregory Award for poetry at the age of 22, but whose books would not be acceptable to a publisher for another 30 years. Orpheus Ascending, a retrofuture love story, was published by Smokestack Books in March 2012. In the meantime, he has self-published a first fat volume (Collected Poems, Touched Press, 2000) and a poetic study of Bob Dylan (The Nightingale's Code, Touched, 2001), and recorded seven CDs of original songs with his musical partner Armorel Weston.

John read a number of poems influenced by such diverse themes as Tarot, Abbeys, cathedrals and museums, the Beatles, Bob Marley, nosalgia. I particularly enjoyed the witty word play of Alpha-Beatles. 

In the next section, he played guitar while Armorel sang a selection of 60s influenced songs with flavours of folk and jazz. Armorel has a great voice, though I could have done without the scat singing at the end of the songs. In my opinion, although it showed off the range of her voice, there is no excuse. Admitedly, I never like scat, no matter who sings it.
John's books are available on Amazon and include:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/John-Gibbens/e/B001KCE48Q/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1367526286&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Collected-Poems-John-Gibbens/dp/0953915301/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1367526286&sr=1-3&keywords=John+Gibbens


See Amorel's also sings with the group The Children (http://www.touched.co.uk/phono/children.html), see her website http://www.touched.co.uk/phono/armorelweston.html and her latest CD http://www.touched.co.uk/phono/grace/grace.html where you can find a sample song.

Open Mic:

After the interval, Nick John, who currently writes short stories for the Stow Times, read his latest one, a rather excellent piece about not judging someone on their appearance. We then had a short poem from Jacky, with fine imagery, and a thought-provoking tale from Gill Garret.

Coming up:

The next Writers in the Brewery events are on the last Thursday of each month, doors open 7pm for a 7:30pm start and 9:00pm finish. Price £4, which goes to the venue, New Brewery Arts (as does the bar money), so please also support the raffle which helps with the expenses of the speakers/performers. Events are organized by, creative writing teaching, Dr Rona Laycock.  
  • Thursday 27 June 2013 - Howard Timms will perform his solo play Let the Lady Sing. He is Playwriter at Chicago Dramatists, member of the Cheltenham Everyman Writers Lab and Cheltenham Playhouse Theatre Co, co-founder of Playhouse New Drama. Find out more about Howard on the Playhouse New Drama site howardtimmswritesite.com/

For more about Writers in the Brewery see the New Brewery Arts website newbreweryarts.org.uk/courses-events-and-groups/join-a-group/writers-in-the-brewery-c-453_312_361.html

Previous relevant blogs: 

Writers in the Brewery 29th March 2013 - Rob Palmer
Lesley Saunders at Writers in the Brewery – 28 February 2013