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Interviews with Creative Minds. No.15: John Armstrong

Deep thinking renaissance man or perpetually perturbed poetry practitioner? John Armstrong, founder of Isle of Wight based spoken word collective Chorderize, is the 15th member of the exclusive Creative Minds club.


The links

John’s (neglected) blog
Arduity website
John on Twitter
John of Flange-face

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Interviews with Creative Minds. No.12: Adam Gaterell

I first met Adam Gaterell, aka the artist formerly known as Punk Poet, in the summer of 2013, as he stepped on an Isle of Wight stage to perform with a dozen or so whipper-snappers who he’d helped to mentor.

Since then our paths have crossed with increasing regularity, sharing venue stages and fashion tips on virtually a monthly basis. I’ve grown to respect the man, and he’s grown to tolerate me, so he was an obvious candidate for inquisition.

Interview features two tracks from Pleasurade

 

The links

Like Adam’s Facebook page!

Be the Garfunkel to his art website!

Hassle him to reform the exceptional Pleasurade! 

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Interviews with Creative Minds. No.9: Doris Doolally

A select few are able to wax lyrical about dodo plunder and endear themselves to throngs of onlookers in the process; one such exquisite specimen is Doris Doolally – the ninth victim subject of our Creative Minds series.

 

 

Those who know her intimately describe her as a festival trekking, Superman sneaker embellished, guitar-wielding poet and teacher. To find out more click —-> HERE <— and give Doris’ Facebook page a like!

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Live Review: Roger McGough – As Far As I Know

Roger McGough visited Ventnor, Isle of Wight for the Isle of Arts Festival last weekend, promoting his newly published book of poems ‘As far as I know.’ Dom Kureen was on the scene to take in a one hour show from the man dubbed ‘the patron saint of poetry.’ 

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Roger McGough strode to the podium of the marquee stage like a contented Yogi after an extended meditation session, his entrance theme a rapturous cacophony of enthused applause and sporadic yelping.

The bar was set high before a syllable had been uttered, although this kind of reception is nothing outlandish for one of Britain’s most revered wordsmiths, following almost half a century of articulate ode.

Time has only supplemented the poignancy of McGough’s sentiments – ‘A cure for aging’ and ‘A good age’ both revealed his personal introspections regarding the anxious inevitability of getting older, whilst ‘Let me die a young man’s death’ provocatively jabbed at the futility of a peaceful passing.

Large sections of the show resonated with a predominantly sexa-octogenarian demographic that ushered the venue’s attendance towards it’s 400-seat capacity.

Signing on: The poet was happy to sign for the fans.
Signing on: The poet was happy to sign autographs after the show.

The fickle nature of mortality continued to prove a fertile source of material, with some of the afternoon’s loudest pops evident during and after the hilarious ‘Carpe Diem’ and sinister undertones of ‘I am not sleeping.’

Tributes to Charlie Chaplin, Carol Ann Duffy and Enid Blyton ensured that tolls were paid and heroes respected in a one hour set that served as a ‘greatest hits’ composite for a leading light of the spoken word genre.

The pacing of the gig might not have been to everyone’s taste, but the fact that the post-show book signing was halted prematurely due to all works of literature selling out was testament to the enduring popularity of the 76-year old.

Even after that, the author continued to sign scrap pieces of paper, ticket stubs, crisp packets and whatever else people could dig out to be inscribed, McGough seemingly having the time of his life throughout.

 

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.