Monday, 3 June 2013

I'm a finalist in the Worcestershire Poet Laureate competition! Plus June appearances

I'm having a little happy dance here. In fact, if you want to know, I'm doing the Safety Dance. I'm making an S with my hands.

Why am I dancing? I'm through to the final!

After working on poems in April, I heard a little while ago that I'm through to the final of the Worcestershire Poet Laureate Competition to select the Bard for Worcestershire 2013-14. The theme for one of the poems had to be "thirteen", and as 13 seems to be a lucky number for my family (my parents met, got engaged, and married on the 13th, for example), I'm keeping all thirteen of my fingers crossed! I'll be performing my two poems at the Worcestershire Poet Laureate Final at Worcester Guildhall, High Street, Worcester, at 7pm on Friday, 14th June 2013.

In addition to this, I'll be reading at You Can't Be Serious, held by Worcester Writers' Circle on Tuesday 18 June at 7:30pm at Worcester Hive. An evening of humour and comedy, it's going to be a great night for all.


Damon Lord reading his poetry (photo by Geoff Robinson)

There's also going to be a brilliant night for horror enthusiasts such as me, the following night. As a warm up, local Goth diva and genius poet and prose performer Suz Winspear will be giving a presentation about Worcester's Lost Theatre, with signed copies of her book on the topic at Drummonds, New Street, Worcester. That's at 6pm.

This will followed at 7:30pm, also at Drummonds, New Street, Worcester with a 42 Worcester Special, with special guests including the amazing horror writer Adam Millard, Dave Jeffery, and Steve Byrne. I'm one of the warm up acts on that night, so I'll be performing my long-awaited narrative poem "The Ballad of the Wolf House" (I was originally scheduled to perform it in March for 42's second birthday, but illness put paid to that).