Archive for February, 2011

Saturday’s workshop, next workshop

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Good workshop. More multivoice. Lots of other stuff. Musical stuff, for want of a term; visual stuff for want of a term. Jennifer Pike did a fine reading from Cobbing’s ABC in Sound.

This is to speak of it in performance terms. More, importantly, perhaps, was the true workshop element. Much of this was tentative and exploratory: how shall we do this?

We meet again in three weeks, 19th March 2011. We’re rebuilding our numbers well now but there’s still room for more.


Monday, February 21st, 2011

Some of you may know that Writers Forum has books in the ICA bookshop on trial — it only came about in the last few days.

This is an important development because it could help us reach customers who would not go near our books otherwise.

They went in last Wednesday, early afternoon.

This is the same ICA whose Education Dept expressed surprise in 2009 that there were not many students around in late July and August; but was jolly interested to know about academic holidays – thanks for telling us. And the same ICA which hung a large Kriwet poem upside down. (They thanked those who told them, but didn’t rehang it.)

Anyway, a friend of Writers Forum went in, found a copy of Bob Cobbing’s “with our tongues” and took it to the sales desk. At the sales desk they refused to sell it because, they said, they did not know the price and took the book off sale.

Presumably they did that with all our titles because the price is on the delivery sheet; so if they can’t read one then they probably can’t read any. So much for the trial. (“But Mister Upton, it hasn’t sold.” — I am guessing, but years of trying to communicate with BT, British Gas, EDF, London Borough of Sutton etc have prepared me)

I am not keen to encourage anyone to buy from a bookshop when they could buy direct, it costs commission; but if you are passing ICA perhaps you could go in and give them a hard time (I’m sorry but we don’t know the price. Yes, you do; it’s bookselling you don’t know)

Quick update – not that anyone has answered about the books – somebody else’s problem. No, it’s a young man, not a fool, a Masters student who went to the ICA on Wednesday who went there and asked for direction to the Notation exhibition which had opened that day.

Don’t know anything about that, they said.

So he walked around and found it himself.

Further update. The bookshop says there must have been a misunderstanding; and that analysis can’t be faulted. It does seem to be more together than the place as a whole and our books are, I believe, still on sale.

If you happen to go in there and have a moment, do check it out for us and say if there’s a problem.

Schedules and next workshop

Friday, February 18th, 2011

The problem with our ISP is over.
They’re still insisting that they didn’t ignore an email even though it is there on the screen, acknowledged by them and not acted on
Then there’s a paragraph that I just don’t understand. English for Outwitting Clients
Anyway, it’s back on.
I am now saving the mailing list locally so that if I am locked out again I can still write to those on it from another email

Earlier doubts about the workshop dates in April and May have now gone

The schedule holds

Schedules and next workshop

Friday, February 18th, 2011

NEXT WORKSHOP 26th February 2011

We have a slight problem with our ISP

One of their members of staff appears to be suffering extreme cognitive dysfunction. A letter is on its way to the Managing Director; but there is always the possibility that it is company policy to be idiots

We do, after all, have a Prime Minister ranting about Common Sense

I am therefore unable to send out reminders

I do not know how long it will be before this access is denied if the problem isn’t sorted

See you all at the workshop



Monday, February 7th, 2011

An alert to readers that the April and May dates have been marked “to be confirmed” – see Schedule.

This will probably come to nothing and only arises from possible complications arising from organisation of the forthcoming Bob Cobbing exhibition.

It will be sorted as soon as possible; possibly within days. It is only announced now for the benefit of those coming from a distance who like to book their tickets in advance — have a chat back-channel first!

mid February: Problem solved. The schedule holds. Book your tickets now!

Last Saturday’s workshop

Monday, February 7th, 2011

We met at The Betsey Trotwood on Saturday 5th February 2011 and had a highly enjoyable workshop.

There was poetry in translation, “system poetry”, a range of multivoice poetry approaches and collaboration between poet and musician.

We launched the new edition of Bob Cobbing and Writers Forum (an announcement follows this week)

We meet next 26th February 2011. All of good will are welcome.


Second workshop of 2011

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

We meet at The Betsey Trotwood on Saturday 5th February 2011.

A reminder message has been sent to everyone on the emailing list.

The book Bob Cobbing and Writers Forum edited by Peter Mayer with documentation by Bob Cobbing will be launched again — so good they launched it twice.

There probably won’t be anything else new as a number of deadlines have suddenly dropped on me. But I do hope to have other books.

Bring yourselves and your poems (in the widest sense, of course) – or not – and see you Saturday.