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by Raisin
Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:28 am
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Carol Ann Duffy- questions?
Replies: 22
Views: 2110

Re: Carol Ann Duffy- questions?

stuartryder wrote:"What's the key to succeeding through lack of talent, speaking from your own experience?"
Ouch!
by Raisin
Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:00 am
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Carol Ann Duffy- questions?
Replies: 22
Views: 2110

Re: Carol Ann Duffy- questions?

Defeated by the fourth bout of tonsillitis in two months so I couldn't go- completely lost my voice! Another writer's going to do a piece on the reading though. Thanks for the help with the questions anyway everyone. On a more cheerful note, I did my first open mic reading yesterday which was terrif...
by Raisin
Fri Dec 07, 2012 8:58 am
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Carol Ann Duffy- questions?
Replies: 22
Views: 2110

Re: Carol Ann Duffy- questions?

brianedwards wrote:Bacon sandwich: red sauce or brown sauce?
Ah. The ultimate question. Not sure if Duffy could handle it, I've seen people have nervous breakdowns trying to answer that.
by Raisin
Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:06 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Carol Ann Duffy- questions?
Replies: 22
Views: 2110

Re: Carol Ann Duffy- questions?

Raisin, what did Simon say? He seemed less than enthusiastic when I thrust an Antiphon flyer at him! http://thesirenswansea.com/2011/10/31/interview-simon-armitage/ That's the link to the interview I did Ros. He reckoned people will stick to books of poetry rather than go online because they like t...
by Raisin
Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:48 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Carol Ann Duffy- questions?
Replies: 22
Views: 2110

Re: Carol Ann Duffy- questions?

ray miller wrote:Why was her last record so rubbish?
:lol:

I like that last one Ros, I asked something about digital vs. print when I met Simon Armitage so it'd be good to see what Duffy thinks.
by Raisin
Thu Dec 06, 2012 6:45 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Carol Ann Duffy- questions?
Replies: 22
Views: 2110

Re: Carol Ann Duffy- questions?

Nice one Seth, very relevant. Thanks! Carol Ann Duffy would be great to have a stroll with but at the moment it's a bit chilly in Swansea for that kind of thing.
by Raisin
Thu Dec 06, 2012 6:33 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Carol Ann Duffy- questions?
Replies: 22
Views: 2110

Re: Carol Ann Duffy- questions?

Here's a few I'm sure she's never heard before: Any advice for aspiring writers? Who are your influences? When do you write? How do you write (pen & paper, typewriter, etc)? Urghh the influences question is the bane of my life, and I'm sure also for anyone who has to interview someone who's been in...
by Raisin
Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:09 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Carol Ann Duffy- questions?
Replies: 22
Views: 2110

Re: Carol Ann Duffy- questions?

Ooh that's a great one, cheers! Keep 'em coming :wink:
by Raisin
Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:01 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Carol Ann Duffy- questions?
Replies: 22
Views: 2110

Carol Ann Duffy- questions?

I've managed to get press tickets to see Carol Ann Duffy- she's going to be speaking/reading poetry at the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea tomorrow. There's a chance I may end up interviewing as well, so I was wondering if anyone has some interesting questions for her?

Thanks all,

Raisin
by Raisin
Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:36 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Sicily
Replies: 11
Views: 317

Re: Sicily

Oh and it's bloody mosquitoes, that last line, in case anyone was wondering. They're savage out there.

Thanks all,

Raisin
by Raisin
Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:32 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Sicily
Replies: 11
Views: 317

Re: Sicily

Sorry all, very rude of me to take so long to respond. Piacere David! Yes I see what you mean, I'll try and re-work that somehow. Hi k-j, most of the rhymes were actually unintentional and I only realised most of them were there when I'd finished writing the first draft but I agree there are too man...
by Raisin
Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:52 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: An Elastic Kind of Love
Replies: 11
Views: 420

Re: An Elastic Kind of Love

Hi Oskar,

Love this, lots of rhythm (ha), great way to finish as well, I do love a good last line. Only suggestion would be to scrap the "And" at the beginning of the second stanza, otherwise much enjoyed.

Ta,

Raisin
by Raisin
Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:35 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Sicily
Replies: 11
Views: 317

Sicily

Hello, me again. Just going to shove this on here then have a browse. Sicily The swallow in the still air, stretch of sky; your hollow sound, your lemon olive groves. The dust red on house-heads and scrape of stone on the river bed. The dead drone of life's touch to the skin, drinking, flies away ag...
by Raisin
Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:30 pm
Forum: Prose/Fiction Discussion
Topic: Who's reading what?
Replies: 466
Views: 141020

Re: Who's reading what?

Erm... hello. *Shuffles feet* Obviously I haven't visited for a while so I'm starting gently by posting here. Currently reading/have recently read: I, Lucifer by Glenn Duncan which is awesome, written from the perspective of you know who (not Voldemorte), and in my opinion very funny and well-writte...
by Raisin
Wed Dec 14, 2011 3:00 pm
Forum: Music and Song Lyric Discussion
Topic: Ben Howard- The Wolves
Replies: 2
Views: 317

Re: Ben Howard- The Wolves

He's one of those "rising stars" in music at the moment, supposed to be a big name for 2012. I saw him perform live and he was great.

Video for this song is fun.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADP65wbBUpc&ob=av3e[/youtube]
by Raisin
Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:01 am
Forum: Prose/Fiction Discussion
Topic: Who's reading what?
Replies: 466
Views: 141020

Re: Who's reading what?

I have just finished "A Melon for Ecstasy" (1970) by John Fortune (of later Bremner, Bird and Fortune fame) and John Wells. Difficult to sum this one up. It's a satirical comic novel about a man who fucks trees, and the turmoil his habit brings about in a sleepy, leafy English village. There isn't ...
by Raisin
Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:59 am
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Simon Armitage interview
Replies: 7
Views: 580

Re: Simon Armitage interview

He's definitely not the easiest person to talk to! I've got two comedians lined up: Ed Byrne tomorrow for a review of his latest stand-up, and hopefully Seann Walsh next week for an interview/review.
by Raisin
Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:25 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Simon Armitage interview
Replies: 7
Views: 580

Re: Simon Armitage interview

Thanks, yeah he's very tricky to talk to, you have to work out if he's being serious or not and he always seems to be watching to see if you say anything stupid. It was brilliant speaking with him though, I'm pleased you like the result.
by Raisin
Tue Nov 01, 2011 2:58 pm
Forum: Any Other Business
Topic: Back (possibly) and also Simon Armitage
Replies: 3
Views: 439

Re: Back (possibly) and also Simon Armitage

Thanks you two, well I've posted it in the poetry discussion bit so you can have a look, I hope you like it.
by Raisin
Sun Oct 30, 2011 11:47 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Tasting notes
Replies: 14
Views: 384

Re: Tasting notes

I'd agree with Suzanne that it needs some sort of narrative but I like the language in this, good use of senses. The link to the site is interesting too, this wasn't cut up from one wine review was it? Can't imagine a bottle containing that much and the taster living to tell the tale. Not keen on "i...
by Raisin
Sun Oct 30, 2011 11:41 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Resignation
Replies: 11
Views: 310

Re: Resignation

Suzanne wrote:Pretty direct.
Very direct, I think. I like it, especially "devour me" and "quietly".

Sorry I don't have anything helpful to add, need to get back into the swing of critting, but I enjoyed this.

Raisin
by Raisin
Sun Oct 30, 2011 11:12 am
Forum: Any Other Business
Topic: Back (possibly) and also Simon Armitage
Replies: 3
Views: 439

Back (possibly) and also Simon Armitage

This may fill some of you with dread but I'll probably be posting again soon-ish, been busy with university shenanigans but hoping to be flitting in and out of PG's again. Also, I interviewed Simon Armitage yesterday for the Dylan Thomas Festival going on in Swansea, so I may share when I've written...
by Raisin
Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:17 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Ammut (edit)
Replies: 15
Views: 526

Re: Ammut (edit)

I got called up on 'thrummed' as well in a poem, and when I wrote 'cascaded' I did wonder if it was one of those words that would be responsible for mixed opinions. If it works with the image though, maybe a cliche can work. Changed it back, I liked 'cascaded' in the first place anyway. Thinking abo...