Meetup 23rd March 2019

Please note THERE WILL BE NO MORNING WORKSHOP ON 23rd MARCH BECAUSE WE WILL ALREADY HAVE MET ALL OUR COMMITMENTS TO THE 20 SUBSCRIBERS TO THE 2018 SERIES.

UNDER CONSTRUCTION : suggestions and contributions welcome now 

provisional ORDER OF EVENTS

MORNING 10am – 12.30pm : Presentations on the themes of the day ( see below )

AFTERNOON 2pm – 3pm : More presentations on the themes of the day ( see below )

TEA

FLORY WISDOM SHOWCASE  c. 10 minutes

SUE SIMS LAUNCH c. 20 / 30 minutes

FINISH c. 4.30pm

BOOK LAUNCH : Splitting Sunlight by Susan Jane Sims  ( confirmed) 

When Susan Jane Sims’ son was diagnosed with terminal cancer in February 2015, she began to keep a poem diary to record events, because what else can a poet do but bear witness. The resulting collection is an account of lives being lived in the shadow of illness. It is also a narrative of courage and hope.

Reviews so far:

In Splitting Sunlight, Susan Jane Sims has transformed the searing grief experienced during her beloved son’s diagnosis with melanoma, his final illness and his subsequent death, into pure poetic gold.  Splitting Sunlight is devastating in its honesty and extraordinary in the courage with which it faces loss in order to give it shape and meaning.  A work of life-affirming alchemy. Susan Castillo Street, Harriet Beecher Stowe Professor Emerita, King’s College London

Poetry is there for us perhaps most when things are impossible, are unnamable but the soul needs to name that something just beyond reach of the tongue. These poems reach into numbness, impossibility, acceptance and mortality, not with bravery but with something more solid and human, a mother’s love and unaskable/unanswerable questions regarding the life and death of her son. John Siddique, author of Full Blood

Sample poem: Sunlight in the witness box

Sunlight, do you swear to tell the truth,

the whole truth, and nothing but?

Yes, I swear.

Did you harm Mark?

Harm him? No, I warmed him up. I kept his bones strong.

I nourished him with sticky fruit and ripened grains.

Did you ever entice him to stay too long within your rays?

Did you beguile him with images of tanned bodies?

Did you tell him this was healthy?

Not at all. I never set out to deceive

but it’s hard for me to warn people.

My heat rays fail to burn; it’s my cool ultraviolet rays,

that damage cells.

 

SHOWCASE READING : young Bath poet FLORY WISDOM will present her work with slides based on drawings and photographs. (confirmed)

 

THEMES FOR THE DAY

The Place of the Arts in a Time of Catastrophe

The Hero’s Journey and The Healing Power of Myth

Singing in the Face of Catastrophe : how three simple poems found their place as universal songs.  Sue Boyle is hoping to collaborate with three Bath Writers & Artists singers to explore the histories of ‘Bella Ciao’, ‘Hatikvah’ and ‘Ena to Helidoni’.

Journey of Healing : the Kelston Barn .  A rehearsed performance of the collective poem 26 of us  created a year ago.  Volunteer performers wanted please.