Last week I wrote a post about the sensitivity of performing confessional poetry given that it might violate the privacy of those people mentioned in the poems. Today I want to discuss how listeners tend to react to confessional performance poets, both audience members immediately following the performance as well as members of the press and academics. I was … Continue reading Do Confessional Poets Forfeit our Right to Privacy?
Month: November 2014
Confessional Work: On the Effect of Technology
Last week, I wrote a post on confessional poetry and being conscious of others whose privacy is disrupted in the sharing of personal material. In it I discussed how being a confessional poet requires one to be comfortable with sharing the details in his/her poems with a room of strangers. Luckily, poetry events are generally safe spaces, with the … Continue reading Confessional Work: On the Effect of Technology
Confessional Work: On Respecting Others’ Privacy
Something on my mind lately has been the politics of confessional poetry: how does one honestly perform personal poems while also being mindful of their effect on the people whose privacy is interrupted by these poems? Slam poetry has always been a genre which encourages poets to share intimate details of their lives. Susan B. A. Somers-Willett … Continue reading Confessional Work: On Respecting Others’ Privacy
BOOK WEEK SCOTLAND The Inky Fingers Literary Edinburgh Scavenger Hunt Performance Extravaganza
Inky Fingers : Words and Performance
BOOK WEEK SCOTLAND
Whether you collected every item in the Inky Fingers Literary Edinburgh Scavenger Hunt or not, please come to celebrate vibrate Edinburgh’s literary community!
Between 2-5pm, teams who participated in the scavenger hunt can bring their collections to be officially recorded. Details about this will be provided when you register.
At 4pm, the Performance Extravaganza begins!
Keep an eye on @InkyFingersEdin and our website to find out which writers and musicians will be performing for your entertainment. The prizegiving ceremony takes place at 5.30pm. We’ll award prizes to the top scavenger hunt teams, and a few bonus prizes as well. Teams who are unable to attend can make arrangements to collect their prizes at a later time, but we will be sure to celebrate everyone who spent Book Week Scotland hunting…
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On Working a Piece until it’s Worn Through
Performing intensely personal pieces, be they poems, dances, songs, theatre, etc., can take a toll on the body and psyche. To share that much emotional energy with an audience can be exhausting. But aside from the personal toll (which does come with rewards as well, lest we forget that there’s a reason why we do … Continue reading On Working a Piece until it’s Worn Through