Monday, 26 November 2012

Poetry News and Jacob Nordby

'Blessed are the weird people ~ 

poets, misfits, writers, mystics, painters, troubadours

~ for they teach us to see the world through different eyes.'

Hi everyone! Even though this is 'Poetry News' there isn't much news to report at the time besides the continued writing of 'Dragonflies in Amber'. The bones of the whole play is more or less written and now it needs a bit of rearranging, polishing and fattening out. I am quite proud of myself that I have 15 pages already and over 5000 words (not bad for me! lol) but it is still far from finished. I am so excited about Scratch @ Fruit on the 11th of December. I get really excited and then that fades to paranoia and total fear! I have been out today looking for something nice to wear on the night since I never have been the most stylish of people - my favourite quote as a child when arguing over getting washed or brushing my hair was 'Why does it matter, I'm not meeting the Queen?!' I don't think that stubborn little girl has ever really left!

Today has been a great day for another reason. Carl started work today as assistant manager - this is his second promotion this year. He is such a hard worker that obviously has the luck of the Irish! (and he is Irish too, according to his family tree)

I hope you all have a great week :) Next blog post 'New Poem for the Month for December' - I'm looking forward to it.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

'Dragonflies in Amber' at Scratch @ Fruit

Very exciting news! I entered the first part of the play I am currently writing into a competition. We could enter an excerpt of a play of up to 10 mins - it didn't have to be finished or polished. If they really liked your play it would be read out before a live audience.

Well 'Dragonflies in Amber' (the play I mentioned in the last post) got picked!! It's going to be read out to a live audience, along with loads of others - including my Mum who also entered the play she is currently writing and got chosen too! The congratulations email I received had a personal note saying 'I really like the piece - a really original piece of work'

This is all taking place at Scratch @ Fruit on 11th of December - I now have to find two actresses to play the two main characters in my play, sounds stressful! lol. I don't know if many of my readers are around Hull in East Yorkshire, but I would be happy to see any of you there.

I'm thinking maybe I should change the name of my blog to 'Writing Musings by Jade Kennedy' because my writing career (with a lot of help, support and love from my Mum and the lovely Morgan Sproxton and Tom Wells) is talking me in a lot of different directions that I hadn't even imagined. I'll let you all know more about the story of the play later and also update you all after the big night :)

'I fear I have come here looking for answers that cannot be known to me.' 
From Dragonflies in Amber

Friday, 16 November 2012

A Play in Progress

'Her mother had a piece of amethyst in the shape of a small shoe and to her as a child and all throughout her life this was Cinderella’s slipper.

It was so small that it could have been a baby shoe but the imagination is never bound by fact, never restrained when fantasy can take you to untold heights.' 

This is an excerpt from a play I am currently writing - I won't give the title just yet as I am scared I'll jinx it! lol I said in an earlier post that I am part of a female writer's group at the minute - I wanted to expand my writing experience and meet like-minded people, and this is where I met Tom Wells. I have shown him the first draft of this play and he would like to meet up and talk more about the next step and of developing it! I was totally thrilled that he loved my writing, and very excited (I still am!).

The play is a collaboration between Mum and me - she came up with the concept of the play and will also be really involved in the artistic side - sadly I didn't inherit her wonderful artistic talents! The writing is all mine though and hopefully I will explain a bit more in the future, but for now I'm keeping it secret.  

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend :) 

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Automatic Writing #6

'Winter has come this hour, the dusk settled on Autumn and the night lays heavy on a new Winter in the north - where the ground waits in anticipation coated in gold, red, and deep brown leaves, a patchwork quilt of a passing season. 
The days are shortening, the stars see more and more of the northern skyline - magic springs from every falling leaf, every rain tinted gale. The sparkle, too soon, returns to the air. The breath of mortals will soon be visible to all and Winter will hold us all in her awe, too beautiful to describe.'

It's getting really cold now here in Yorkshire and it feels like Winter is knocking at the windows. It's been really lovely watching the trees change colour outside the back of my house. This short piece of automatic writing is about my musings on the turning of Autumn to Winter - I love watching the seasons change and the seasons/nature feature a lot in my poetry. 

There is nothing much to report at the moment but I don't know if any of my readers know yet that Amazon has set up a new feature where 'Prime Members' can borrow ebooks for free! So if anyone is a member you can now borrow 'Silver Threads' for free :) 

I am still plodding along nicely with my many writing projects - my desktop is now covered in different writing files, all half finished lol

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend :)

Monday, 5 November 2012

Poetry News and Virginia Woolf

Yet it is in our idleness,

                    in our dreams,

that the submerged truth

sometimes comes to the top.

Hello everyone! :) I hope you enjoy the beautiful quote by Virginia Woolf (I love her writing) As I type this I am being deafened by a cacophony of fireworks! - they are beautiful though and there is something special about bright colours against a dark November night sky.
Maybe some of my readers from outside the UK won't know but tonight is Bonfire Night, as I used to sing as a kid 'Remember, remember the 5th of November - gunpowder, treason and plot' I didn't realise then that it was a 400 year old celebration of a foiled plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament and a man being burnt at the stake! It was just a really fun night, full of food and fireworks around a massive bonfire. 

In other news 'Silver Threads' has received another 5 star review on Goodreads from the lovely Emma Ramos who interviewed me on her blog some months ago. I thought I would share her full review on here; 

'This is a beautiful, completely unpretentious poetry collection by an up-and-coming British poet. If you're looking for a small book of poems that will make you both nostalgic and cheerful, Jade Kennedy's Silver Threads will deliver as promised.'

Thank you so much Emma for the lovely review, I'm so glad you enjoyed my poetry :) 

I am also working on quite a few other projects at the moment, but I'm going to keep them quiet for the time being and hope that they grow into something amazing! Watch this space...

Happy Monday.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

New Poem of the Month for November - 'As White as Ghosts'

Separated and divided
by colour and silhouettes.
A dropped sin becomes
knowledge and something more
A broken bowl gilded with gold
becomes perfect in its imperfection
and thrown blades find the truth
of an angel with wings of crystal
that ring like wind chimes.
A smile of knowing is all
that keeps her here.

Two swords
one for each word borne
On the other side of the tree lay another season,
filled with blossom and wishful boats,
ready for the harvest.
A dagger marks the line
where a soul is caught in decision.
Go west and find who calms the fire
and find those separated by its heat.

You reach for the sun without knowing
that on the other side someone else
reaches for the moon,
fingers outstretched to whisper to another.
Let the musicians play and carry you
to find a new guise
and let the leaves fall in an undisturbed dance
onto a fair palm.
Dance towards a colourless friendship and see the eye
for what it is;
a rain blushed beauty showing you the way to another
vain girl with hair as white as ghosts .

If winged creatures could write letters
would they use a pen or a sword?
The written word melts to a black ink and forms a demon
thirsting for black thoughts
Childhood is short
and the dolls we play with
become part of the swell of past memories
to walk on their own.
A wind full of petals takes its part in a cutting of crowns
created from midnight waters;
accept the divide
and reach for each other
in the end to become
but a fragment of the whole.

Hello everyone! It's the 1st of the month again so that means a brand new poem and I love this one! 'As White as Ghosts' is inspired by 'Bad Apple' (the video link). For the most part of this year I have been obsessed with this song and I've lost count of the amount of times I've listened to it. Its been stuck in my head for months now, I even find myself singing the words. If a Japanese person could hear me they would probably be grimacing in pain! lol But I just love it all, the video and the song, I couldn't help writing a poem inspired by it. I'm sure that some of my readers who are into anime or Japanese culture will notice some little references that I added to the poem like 'gilding a bowl with gold' which is in reference to Kintsugi and also the references to ghosts which are prevalent in Japanese mythology. I would have to thank Carl for getting me into all things anime, since he is anime mad! lol 

I would love to hear your thoughts on the video and the poem, do you think I have done the song/video justice? :)