Friday, 18 May 2018

Shared Shed Space and Private Eye

This week I got another cartoon in Private Eye!

Hurrah! And chin-chin! I feel like it might be time for some levity myself!
(Both the cartoons I have had accepted have been set in the seventeenth century. Now that I know what they are looking for, nothing can hold me back ...)
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Over the last two weekends, I have had a very pleasant time sitting in a shed with my good friend Uta Baldauf recording a podcast called “Shared Shed Space”.

We invited passers-by to come in and answer our questions about sharing and space.  I found the enormous variety of answers to our six simple repeated questions utterly fascinating.  
The results have been edited into the three podcasts here:
Session 1 (20 minutes)
Session 2 (20 minutes) 
Session 3 (32 minutes)

This project was organised with Atelier Craft Club and Workshops in Stroud, whose shed we were sharing. Many thanks, Kath!

Thursday, 19 April 2018

The Plight of the Polite

And midway through our lives
we found ourselves in a desolate wasteland,
our clothes ragged,
our tongues parched,
a small crowd of us at our hope’s end
and guided by guards
with malice in their hearts.

“This is nice,” we said.

A Little News of Miserable Malcolm
Miserable Malcolm will be headlining the “Poetry Blast” at Kempley Village Hall in Gloucestershire this Friday (20th April), providing a damp squib after the stellar line-up of Brenda Read-Brown, Chloe Jacquet, Samantha Pearse, Peter Wyton and Melanie Branton. It starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £10. More details here.

Then on Tuesday 24th April, Malcolm will be running a workshop at Cheltenham Poetry Festival called “Write More Depressing Poetry with Miserable Malcolm”. Incredibly (and a sad sign of the times we live in) this workshop has been over-subscribed and so has been moved onto the main stage of the Cheltenham Playhouse. So there are now more tickets available. It starts at 2pm and there are more details here.

Lastly, on Saturday 28th of April, Malcolm will be showing his sorry face once again at Mr Fluffypunk’sPennygaff at the SVA, John Street, Stroud, alongside Uta Baldauf, Liz Bentley and Project Adorno. Tickets are £10 for an unmissable night (if you can manage to miss Malcolm’s bit, that is).

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

A Poet! At last!

In other news, Miserable Malcolm has returned from his pleasant trip to the Blue Walnut Cafe in Torquay for Big Poetry and will be performing in Stroud this Saturday at Mr Fluffypunk’s Pennygaff. 
He’ll be supporting the incredible Rob Auton who will be performing the whole of “The Hair Show” – hair being a topic very close to Miserable Malcolm’s head – and the wonderful Tina Sederholm. (Tickets £10, £8.50 advance. More details here.)
Then on Thursday 8th March he’ll be over in Cheltenham at the Bottle of Sauce in a preview night Uncorked for the CheltenhamPoetry Festival (and which is free).

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Valentine's Day. Love and Poetry!

I have recently been reading a book on the Victorian language of flowers, which seems frankly fraught with dangers. So here are some suggestions for your Valentine’s bouquet:

“These leaves in their sweet fragrance remind me of yourself.”
“Your attentions are unwelcome.”
“How radiantly lovely you are!”
“I have put aside worldly thoughts and shall never marry.”
White Campion:
“Meet me at dusk!”
Yellow Rose:
“I love another.”
“I regret my impetuousness. Do not take me too seriously …”

Wishing everyone all the best luck this Valentine’s!