Morning MURCH ROOM
Afternoon DUNCAN ROOM
Murch Morning : ALI BACON, VERONA BASS, AMA BOLTON , SUE BOYLE, EILEEN CAMERON, MARILYN FRANCIS, MARGARET HEATH , ANDREW LAWRENCE, ANN PRESTON , JUNE WENTLAND (10)
Duncan Afternoon : ALI BACON, VERONA BASS , AMA BOLTON , SUE BOYLE, EILEEN CAMERON, ANN CULLIS , MARILYN FRANCIS , MARGARET HEATH , ANDREW LAWRENCE, MIRANDA PENDER , ANN PRESTON, JUNE WENTLAND (12)
MEETUP DAY DESIGNED AND CO-HOSTED
BY MARILYN FRANCIS, JUNE WENTLAND & SUE BOYLE
The morning meeting in the Murch Room will be a workshop session focussing on fine-tuning submissions for competitions and magazines. The most popular submissions from subscribers will feature in the concert of readings in the afternoon. Afternoon submissions are invited from all members of Bath Writers & Artists group – poetry, prose, memoir, novel extracts, flash fiction, songs, written by yourself or by another.
Joan Baez reads James Joyce
Presented by MARILYN FRANCIS
Fern Hill by Dylan Thomas
Read by VERONA BASS, AMA BOLTON, ANDREW LAWRENCE and MIRANDA PENDER
Three ‘prize’ pieces from the morning workshop chosen and presented by SUE BOYLE, MARILYN FRANCIS, and JUNE WENTLAND
Swings and Roundabouts . MARILYN FRANCIS presents the anthology of poems about childhood which she created recently with other members of her Arvon group.
Writing Childhood. Concert curated by JUNE WENTLAND.
VERONA BASS Extract from Olive Schreiner’s The Story of an African Farm
ANN CULLIS Poems by Vernon Scanell and Edward Lucie-Smith
MARGARET HEATH It Is What It Is by Paul Muldoon
MIRANDA PENDER What Happened in Hastings ( song)
Writing to JUDE WISDOM’S exhibition images. See below. Curated by SUE BOYLE
TWO NONSENSE POEMS read by MARILYN FRANCIS and JUNE WENTLAND
FLASH MOB SURPRISE by the Performance Practice Group
SIX JUDE WISDOM IMAGES FOR THE WRITING CHALLENGE
The Breton sailor boy
Guirec, youngest of eight
grew up on an island
at the edge of the world
a wild child
spent more time in boats
than on land
more time at sea
than at school
left with no certificates
and a hunger for adventure
took any work he could find
slept on the streets
bought a boat and sailed
five years through storm and calm
through heat and frost
round the world and back
his only companion
Monique from Tenerife
the Rhode Island Red
The Hen Who Sailed Around the World by Guirec Soudeé is published by Little, Brown
Les Betes Sauvages
Gather gopher wood and await instructions.
Do not ask what gopher wood is.
You must build something
300 by 50 by 30 cubits.
Do not ask what a cubit is.
Await instructions, and in the meantime
take an inventory of the zoological gardens.
Construct an aviary.
You will need a raven and a dove.
Do not say it’s only a shower.
Do not ask questions.
I dream of animals
a horse that would fly
if only I could salve his wounds
and braid a bridle from the brittle stalks
of last year’s nettles
a goat who gives advice
a wolf who shows the way
a fox who offers food
a bird that brings news
flicking up its chequered crest
to warn of danger
or to lead me into it
MARILYN FRANCIS WRITES.….
If there’s one thing we can be certain of, it is that we were all children once upon a time. Though it may not always have been a happy time. That child is part of who we are today. We are that child.
There are many well-known poems and passages of prose, fiction and memoir as well as songs about childhood that might fire the imagination or simply be enjoyed for themselves. For instance: Dylan Thomas’s ‘Fern Hill’, the first passage from chapter one of James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the first paragraph of David Copperfield, and the beginning of J D Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, ‘… all that David Copperfield kind of crap’. Anyway, I do hope you’ll agree that childhood is a fruitful topic for our mutual exploration. At the top of this Page is a splendid interpretation by Joan Baez of the Joyce piece.
Last year some friends and I got together to produce a pamphlet of poems (and photographs) about our own childhoods, swings & roundabouts. It was a lot of fun to do, maybe that’s because it’s a subject we all know plenty about. So, for the morning session on 21st September we are looking for contributions, poetry or prose, on the theme of childhood. The most admired three pieces will be read as part of the afternoon performances.