Poet, playwright and drama teacher GRAEME RYANwas for thirty years Head of Drama at Heathfield School ,Taunton 1998 – 2017. Graeme has authored eight full-length plays for young adults, including Heartland, Brave New World and The Name of the Beast, which were performed at The Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre Taunton. Graeme also directed and performed in productions of Sue Boyle’s Report from the Judenplatz (2016) and The Letters From Mexico (2017). A contributing member of Bath Writers and Artists since 2017, including a recent poetry performance with Ama Bolton entitled Fathers Lost and Found as part of a day on memoir. He was winner of Teignmouth Open Poetry Competition 2018 and third-placed in Torbay Open Poetry Competition 2017. He performed at Teignmouth Poetry Festival 2017 and 2018 and is a member of and frequent performer with Fire River Poets, Taunton.
Graeme with Chair of Bath and North East Somerset Council at the Bath Writers & Artists inaugural meetup on 24th March 2018. Graeme is holding the script of the Bathscape collaborative poem, Building the Kelston Barn, which he directed that afternoon.
PROJECT ONE : Writing and assembling a pamphlet of poems for hoped-for publication – rough working title ‘Lintel’.
Standing in a dream in the sea-tunnels, hearing the first knock of the tide out there, the first nudge, then waking to the metal sea-roar of the motorway. Danse Sacre et Danse Profane. Rainbow of petrol and a halo round the moon. The gleam and stink of kelp. A key dropped between rocks in the dark. Wet footprints spelling Kardia Gnosis. Pavement or sand?’
PROJECT TWO : Verse-drama meets film noir
QUOTE : Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut (Click quotation to hear the Debussy piece.)