Tuesday, 1 April 2014

National Poetry Month (US)

This month, I will be attempting to write one poem (or more) each day for the duration of April 2014. Why? Because it's (US) National Poetry Month, and I like a challenge. I have a theme I'm working on, but won't go into detail until the month is finished. All I'll say is that April 1st is an important date for the start of this project....

I plan to collate the poems into an anthology for release later this year.

It should be noted, the National Poetry Month is April for the USA. Here in the UK, National Poetry Month is in October. As I've already started this poetry project for April, it looks like I'll have another chance to celebrate a month of poetry later on this year!

In the meantime, look out this summer for an exciting poetry book, which I am currently writing with the goal of getting it complete in one month!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

42 Worcester, 26 March 2014

It's the big one! It's probably the most important dates in the genre poetry and prose performance calendar for the year. 42 Worcester celebrates its third birthday, with a Zombie theme night. Of course, I'll be there, reading my poem "A Zombie's Lament".

42: when is it? 42, the premier Worcestershire gothic, horror, sci-fi and fantasy event, returns on 26th March 2014. Held at Drummonds, The Swan with Two Nicks, 28 New Street, Worcester WR1 2DP on the final Wednesday of each month, 42 Worcester starts at 19:30.

I'll see you there!

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Shave the Scottish Beavers Selfie

Damon Lord with a Bic razor
Apparently if you post a selfie photo, awareness is raised for or money goes to a good cause, depending on what you read. People have posted pictures of themselves in or out of make up, and now they are appearing in socks. I've even seen pictures on Facebook of people with beer bottles. I am posting this picture of me with a Bic razor to raise awareness of a cause that is close to my heart: Shave the Scottish Beavers. Beavers are being introduced into the wild in Scotland, and it is my firm belief that they would be able to move quicker through the water without hair/fur. Join me in proudly supporting Shave the Scottish Beavers.

Please note: some (or all) of the above text may be bullshit.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Black Pear Press book launch, Kidderminster

Black Pear Press book launch
If you've got nothing to do this Sunday (or if you've got something else to do, you can cancel it of course), get along to Kidderminster to the Boar's Head on Sunday for one of the most exciting literary events you'll enjoy so far this year!

Unfortunately due to family commitments, I can't attend, but someone will be reading an extract from one of my stories.

The press release reads:

In December 2013 Black Pear Press launched its first publication, Short Stories from Black Pear: an anthology reflecting the diverse talents of people living and writing in Worcestershire, the Black Pear County. It was the run up to Christmas, so it's just possible that you were double booked that day and you've been kicking yourself for missing it. Well, here is another chance to catch some real writers reading the stories that they … err … wrote. If you're impressed by what you hear, you might even want to buy a signed copy of the anthology.

You are invited to Short Stories from Black Pear, 4.30 - 6.30 pm, Sunday 16th March at The Boars Head, 39 Worcester St, Kidderminster. (Entry is FREE).

Black Pear Press ( www.blackpear.net ) is a small, independent publisher based in Worcestershire. It will regularly publish novels, poetry and short stories, with some of its publications originating from the Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe. www.worcslitfest.co.uk

Contributors to the anthology will read a short extract from their work. Following the readings, there will be book signings and the chance to buy copies of the anthology. We hope you'll relax and enjoy a chat with all who've been involved :)

There will be readings from stories by:
Mike Alma
Kevin Brooke
Tim Butler
Alan Durham
Tana Durham
Rod Griffiths
Tony Judge
Andy Kirk
Damon Lord
Alison May
Andrew Owens
Dunstan Power
Polly Robinson
Suz Winspear

We hope to see you there.

www.blackpear.net

If you can't make it, and still want to buy a copy, head on over to Amazon.

SpeakEasy, March 2014

Damon Lord, reading "Sunday Morning Drive"
I found myself landed yesterday with another short spot this month at SpeakEasy Worcester, back in its regular venue of The Old Rectifying House, Worcester. I really gave a rousing performance this month with a strong, loud poem called "Sunday Morning Drive". I was only on stage for two minutes, but I was sure to leave an impression!

I've also been invited back for next month, to do a full reading slot! That will be exciting, so will you be there?

Thursday, 27 February 2014

42 Worcester, February 2014

42 Worcester, February 2014
I had the pleasure of attending 42 at Drummonds, Worcester, last night. I read a trio of fantasy poems, dark as you might expect. It's now time for the countdown to the third anniversary next month!

Saturday, 15 February 2014

SpeakEasy Worcester, February 2014

Damon reading at 42
This month, I had the opportunity to attend SpeakEasy in Worcester. It wasn't at its regular venue at the Old Rectifying House on the river bank, likely due to the recent terrible floods that have been affecting the Severn valley, but held in the familiar literary venue of Drummonds. I planned to just rock along to enjoy the evening, but suddenly found myself with a 2 minute slot. I read "Who put Bella in the Witch Elm?", which, if you haven't heard it, is available to read in my poetry book "Enigma in the Darkness" (links to obtain it from Amazon over on the right). It's an enjoyable event, and I look forward to attending future nights!