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Shared with us: Sonnet

We’ve been lucky enough that during our Culture @ Home programme some of our participants have felt confident and kind enough to share what they have worked on during our sessions with us.  Below is a sonnet that was shared to us by Sara-Jane Arbury after attending our session run by novelist and creative writing tutor, Sarah Bowers.  Participants were asked to collect 14 objects from around their homes without identifiers and use them to construct their work.

 

Sonnet written in Sarah Bower’s Sonnet Writing workshop on 24th June 2020

 

The chattering mouth opens and closes,

Pegs words to lines, thoughts flap, memories come,

My nan clicks her needles and a jumper appears,

My dad clips his tape measure to his faded jeans,

I strain tea for a friend from a perforated house,

An empty beer bottle still smells of swilled cheer,

Then the lightbulb blows, mushroom cloud,

A mash-up from spark to dark drawers, corners,

We dust shadows before the hidden power

In our nipppled, tubed bodies leaks out,

Beaded water clings to plugs, will not flow

On an Earth so functional, tight and compact,

Cut new shapes from the rolled-out world,

A star, a donkey, a snowman, a bird.

 

Sara-Jane Arbury

 

Household items used:

Potato masher, tape measure, toenail scissors, knitting needles, light bulb, empty beer bottle, AA battery, screwdriver, bathroom plug, toothbrush, peg, tea strainer, duster, pastry cutter

 

 

If you have been inspired and would like to have a go yourself just visit our VIDEOS section and do the workshop at home in your own time, we would love to see you results and share them here!

Week 5 – Sarah Bower – Write a Domestic Sonnet

Our fifth Culture@Home session featured novelist and creative writing tutor, Sarah Bower who facilitated a session on writing a sonnet inspired by the domestic objects that surround us.

Our Culture @ Home sessions are made possible thanks to Emergency Arts Council funding that enables us to pay the workshop leaders, all other work is done for free by Live Art Local.

 

If you missed this session you can access it below, along with the slides and Chat text that breaks down the activity for those with hearing impairments:

The English Sonnet.

session chat

 

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Micro Commission: Micro Performance – Culture @ Home

Liv Art Local CIC are excited to announce our latest opportunity for creatives in the UK.  With news that live performance still cannot take place, but that soon families will be able to spend more time with friends and family members outside of their home, we are looking to commission a micro play/performance (between 5-10 minutes in length), that can be performed by a group of socially distanced people at home without any prior experience or training.

We view this as a great way to bring theatre into the home this summer and to bond people by creating something together, we are also keen to support UK talent, although we can only offer a modest sum of £250, and to take their work to a wider audience.

We will be inviting people to share their performances with us if they feel happy to share and we hope to be able to upload some of these to our website in the months ahead.

This opportunity is open to all creatives, whether from a theatre, writing, art, music, or dance background, and can take the form of a mirco play, a way of creating music/sound together, or a movement piece.

It is up to you how you convey this, however, all works must be on the theme of connection.

To apply for this opportunity please fill out our brief application form and submit an outline of your idea (max 250 words).  The deadline is the 7th August and we will contact the selected applicant by 10th August and would look to have the work, whether that be a script, a video lesson, a sheet of instructions etc. .. completed and uploaded to our website by 22nd August.

 

If you would rather you can send a video application via WeTransfer to us at help@liveartlocal.co.uk using the application form questions, and up to 5 minutes to explain your idea.

Payment will be made the following Friday (28th August) via Paypal or bank payment.

 

Culture @ Home week 3: Rosa Torr – Playwrighting for ZOOM performance

Join playwright and dramaturg, Rosa Torr as she hosts a workshop focused on writing for performance over ZOOM.  This session uses automatic writing exercises and gets the writer to think about how they can use the medium as a core part of the storytelling experience.  Due to its length it does not get down to the minutiae of writing for Zoom but seats it within the general framework for writing for performance, because of this the workshop may be best for those newer to playwrighting.

 

The Criminal Conclusion: Fareham Library

Lovers of Crime fiction will not want to miss this great event at Fareham Library on Wednesday 30th September.

The Criminal Conclusion is a great evening event where a panel of local crime authors including:

Tracey Gorman

Richard V Frankland,

and

Diana Bretherick

will draw you in to their dark and twisted world of murder, mystery and suspense.  Find out more about the writers by clicking on their names to be take to their websites.

This is a ticketed event priced at £3.  As with all evening events at the library the panel begins at 7pm

Lucy Cruickshanks at Fareham Library

Meet the Author Lucy Cruickshanks as she visits Waterlooville Library this September to talk about her novels.

Join Lucy as she talks about her novels. Trader of Saigon and Road to Rangoon and how her travels have inspired her writing.

Lucy’s first novel, trader of Saigon was well received when it was published in 2013 with the Guardian describing it as having “a pacy plot” and a good debut.

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If you would like to know more about her process  then  book your tickets for Thursday 10 September 2015.  The event has a 7.30pm start and tickets are priced at £3

To book visit hants.gov.uk/library