Firstly congratulations to Stuart Hancock who took home a British Composer Award last week for his excellent work on 'Snapshot Songs'. This means the work will be getting some coverage over the next few days which includes my poem 'This City' being performed with an 80 deep choir and a full orchestra!
The awards ceremony is going to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on the Hear and Now programme at 10pm this Saturday (12th). Stuart's was the third of ten awards – you’ll hear his acceptance speech and the first two minutes’ worth of a compilation (covering excerpts of ‘This City’ / Mat Lloyd, ‘Bulletin 1’ / Kieron Rennie, and ‘Black Dog’ / Kate Donnachie, Bobbi Leet) and later in the show, an interview he did with the presenter at the after-party.
Finally BBC Three Counties Radio will be talking to Stuart about Snapshot Songs next Wednesday the 16th. He'll be on the Nick Coffer around 1.15 – and will hopefully get to play a song or two!
I still count my blessings that my work was chosen for the project and will not forget sitting in a sold out Barbican hearing it for the first time.
Both should be available to catch up on iPlayer if you miss them.
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We've all been there, those days when we lack inspiration. Those days when we just can't seem to get anything down on the page, those days when everything we write just doesn't cut it. First I would say write anyway, even if what you've written today is bad, at least you have written. I try to write something everyday, and if you follow me on instagram you can see some of these daily scribbling's under the hashtag #notadaywithoutaline Writing everyday keeps me thinking and developing ideas. Of course not all (read most) of the ideas are good, but at least I'm writing. And every so often those ideas, some new, some old eventually develop into full poems that I use on stage.
Secondly when you're feeling really uninspired, remember, CREATIVITY BREEDS! Its true!! Whenever my tank is low I find surrounding myself with creative people is the best way for me to get inspired to be creative. Recently I've found myself going to the Poetry Cafe for Poetry Unplugged and just sitting watching other poets. Seeing other people perform gives me ideas and the drive to put pen to paper and start writing! Just being around creative people makes me want to create!!
Back in May I started recording a podcast called 'Skateboarder And...', where I get to sit down with skateboarders who have an artistic passion. Across eight episodes (number 9 is in the works), I've talked to; illustrators, photographers, company owners, furniture makers, artists and skate shop owners, and their passion is infectious. The great upside to taking the time to sit down with all these creative people is that it's made me more creative! It really has improved my writing, my drive and the ideas just kept coming. I would advise everyone, when your tanks running low, push yourself to write something everyday (good or bad), watch/read other performers/poets and definitely talk to other creative people and share your ideas!
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As Gil Scott Heron sang "No matter how far wrong you've gone, You can always turn around". And this is the case for Kevin 'Spanky' Long. Back in 2010 he had a part in EMERICA Stay Gold, was Pro on Baker Skateboards and had what looked like a promising future ahead of him. By 2013 however after a lot of partying and a now legendary incident with fire he was dropped from the Baker skateboards team losing his Pro model and (I would think) his primary source of income. That's when things got interesting...
Vice.com just launched a two part Epicaly Later'd 'Revisiting Kevin 'Spanky' Long' that documents his fall from pro to flow and his rise back to pro in 2015. His journey is inspiring, and reminds us that no mater how far you feel you may have strayed from your current path, what ever it may be...put in the work and don't give up!
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