Last Wednesday 30 May Part 3


So, swinging writers – sort of – in a safe space of course – safe word anyone? Anyway, full of apprehension, work was shared voices swapped. And what happens in The Box stays in The Box . Maybe . . .

And, after fighting over who’d go first, up Oran Ryan went to the mic with Bob Shakeshaft’s ‘Molly Knew’. After Oran – Bob it was the turn of Ross Hattaway , insulting classical music and all listeners thereto , before reading Helen Dempsey ‘s ‘Voices on the Streets ‘. Next up , in a possible prequel to ‘Killing my Husband’ Phil Lynch read from Anne Tannam’s Take this Life readf – ‘Compare yourself to noone’. Helen Dempsey was next with Ross Hattaway’s ‘Feast of The Assumptions ‘. Next it was Anne Tannam , reading Steve Conway’s memory of Cahir .
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Then Bob Shakeshaft read Ryan’s St Bernadette Meets Albert Camus at Roswell’ and then Steve Conway read Phil Lynch’s Mirage ‘ Very interesting all round . And lots of fun

And that’s us till next time – next Last Wednesday at the end of June .

Last Wednesday 30 May 2012, Part 2


So back after the break to part 2. First up was novelist Oran Ryan – reading poetry this time with ‘For the want of something better to do in Buffalo’, from "Einstein meets Camus in a Quantum State and a new poem because of the neighbours and because of and because of and because . . . ‘Your Mother and the Government and your Aunt’s Secret Drinking’. After Oran it was the turn of Phil Lynch, starting with ‘Summer’, celebrating the recent good weather, followed with ‘Life Blood’, about getting by and keeping going; he followed this with ‘Trends’ – an evolutionary poem, a sonnet ‘Painted Dreams’. Phil finished with a poem inspired by the celebrations in Genoa 25th June 1990 – the last world stage quarter finals and roll on Poland and Ukraine, which almost inspired Declan to watch the Euros! Next up was Steve Conway reading from his current work in progress – which comprises a prequel and sequel to Shiprocked, Life on the Waves with Radio Caroline – chapter 11 – ‘If a Band falls in a forest . . . is it worth it’, introducing it with a word to the regulators! The chapter includes passion, demos, rancid ham sandwiches and some unexpected photos! And then it was Ann Tannam to the mic, sitting under the weight of a coconut daquiri. Anne opened by pretending to be Ross, readingthe end part of Ross Hattaway’s ‘Killing My Husband’ (should someone be worried?). She followed up with some newish works ‘Feral’, ‘By Numbers’. She followed up with ‘Jazz’, an ode to quiet men and ended with ‘All the Good Words’ from her book Take this Life. Quiet night at Last Wednesday Dublin – but stay posted – we might be back!

Last Wednesday Dublin, 30 May 2012


This blog is as fresh as it comes – posted while the open mic is going on! Live Wire!

So, Declan opened the proceedings on this quiet Last Wednesday open mic night wearing his informal suit, confusing Sarah with Oran, almost forgetting where he was! Any he recovered his equilibrium and introduced Ross Hattaway, fresh from the recent launch of his second collection Pretending to be Dead, and to a background of bursts of applause from the event upstairs in the Twisted Pepper (who were obviously tuned in to our event!)reading about a nude gospel choir in ‘Vicar Street Dreaming’, beer tourism in ‘Beer Drinking in America’, psychopaths (maybe) ‘Samuel Marsden, who hunted humans’ (one of the publisher’s favourite poems in the new collection), and the ravages of organised rhyme in ‘Election Manuscript’. His gift was from The Raintown Review, readindying himself for the treaty vote tomorrow with Rob Griffith’s ‘When the Zombies Come’. After Ross, it was the turn of Bob Shakeshaft, back after an absence, now that he sun is out. Bob started with an untitled new work, followed by ‘The Plague of Uncertainty’ and ‘Nanny Anne’, from a memory of his wife’s from her childhood growing up in Dublin city centre. His next poem was ‘White Stone’s Pure’ – a celebration of a father’s bike, and magic trips associated with it. Bob’s gift was from Yeats – ‘The Nineteenth Century and After’. After Bob it was the turn of Helen Dempsey also making a return after an absence, but she has been busy, abd brought with her a long poem based on a Bavarian Folk Tale about a Swan Knight, with a touch of the current economic downturn (!),a flavouring of hope for the future and a pinch of Wagner. The complete poem takes over an hour to read and she tonight read the first part – ‘A Lone Swan on the Estuary’.

And now, a short break – be right back!

Last wednesday GIG 30th May 2012 – THE BOX Twisted pepper middle abbey st 7.30 pm


Hi

A quick reminder of the Seven Towers Last Wednesday Open Mic on the 30th MAY 2012, in the BOX (first right as one goes in AND DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE)

at the Twisted pepper Middle Abbey St D. 1

At 7.30 pm. As always feel welcome, Come one, come all !

Strong Social Element and guaranteed to enhance ones endorphin levels J

For more info go Here and Go Here . Newcomers ARE always welcome. TEA AND REFRESHMENTS AND A BAR AVAILABLE (Please drink Sensibly)

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Last wednesday GIG 30th May 2012 – THE BOX Twisted pepper middle abbey st 7.30 pm


Hi

A quick reminder of the Seven Towers Last Wednesday Open Mic on the 30th MAY 2012, in the BOX (first right as one goes in AND DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE)

at the Twisted pepper Middle Abbey St D. 1

At 7.30 pm. As always feel welcome, Come one, come all !

Strong Social Element and guaranteed to enhance ones endorphin levels J

For more info go Here and Go Here . Newcomers ARE always welcome. TEA AND REFRESHMENTS AND A BAR AVAILABLE (Please drink Sensibly)

Seven Towers

(Sorry if I have double posted – email me if you want off this list J)

ARTICLE IN TODAYS SUNDAY INDEPENDENT 27th MAY 2012 ON ROSS HATTAWAY NEW BOOK


 

THIS COLLECTION IS AVAILABLE  HERE

 

EUROS (below)

 

Pretending to be Dead by Ross Hattaway

ISBN 978-09571510-3-1 RRP €11.99

86 pp 100 gsm Munken

Seven Towers is proud and delighted to be publishing Ross Hattaway’s brilliant new collection, Beautifully illustrated by the artist Paul Hattaway, brother to the poet.

Pretending to be Dead is Ross Hattaway’s second collection of poems since his critically acclaimed first collection The Gentle Art Of Rotting. Again in this collection drawing from the traditions of Japanese tanka, haiku and his own gift for the pun and telling laconic portmanteau phrase, Hattaway’s Volume is at time brilliantly funny, heartbreakingly sad and leaves one with a profound sense of the authors own insight into humanity and awareness of the complex seemingly antithetical motivations that sometimes lead humanity down such dark corridors of action and motivation.

The volume is illustrated with deeply evocative and apposite paintings by the New Zealand Artist and brother of the poet, Paul Hattaway

About Pretending To Be Dead and other entertainments

“Well, yes, entertainments . . . Ross Hattaway has always been one of those old-school Romantics who covers his tracks by talking out the side of his mouth. And he can be brilliantly laconic: think Raymond

Chandler or Humphrey Bogart. But in these poems he’s far more than a bunch of wise-cracks and off-hand noises. Get ready for a clear gaze. A good ear. A fully human heart.”

Bill Manhire

Ross Hattaway was born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1962 and grew up in Wanganui. He went to Victoria University of Wellington and has lived in Dublin since 1990. He has been published in periodicals and collections, including Mutes and Earthquakes, Poetry Australia, Census, Poeziyos Pasavaris and The Raintown Review. He has read widely in Ireland, including the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series, and has read in the UK, the USA, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Poetry Spring Festival in Lithuania. This is his second collection. The first, The Gentle Art of Rotting, was published by Seven Towers in 2006.

Paul Hattaway is an artist and sculptor. His work has been recognised through various prizes, awards and residencies and is represented in private and corporate collections around the world. Paul examines the world by drawing and painting, and sculpture has become part of this exploration in recent years. In 2001, one of Paul’s pieces was selected as a finalist in the Art Gallery of New South Wales Wynne Prize

Exhibition. Paul exercises his artistic temperament in Sydney, where he lives with his wife Catherine Parr, with whom he has raised their two sons..

This Collection was launched at the TWISTED PEPPER ABBEY ST ON the 23rd MAY 2012 at 6.30 pm

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LAUNCH OF ROSS HATTAWAY THE LOFT TWISTED PEPPER 23 RD MAY 2012


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PUBLICATION AND LAUNCH OF BOOK

PRETENDING TO BE DEAD

BY ROSS HATTAWAY at

THE TWISTED PEPPER

ABBEY ST

23 rd MAY 2012 at 6.30 pm

Pretending to be Deadby Ross Hattaway

ISBN 978-09571510-3-1 RRP €11.99

86 pp 100 gsm Munken

Seven Towers is proud and delighted to HAVE PUBLISHED Ross Hattaway’s brilliant new collection, Beautifully illustrated by the artist Paul Hattaway, brother to the poet.

Pretending to be Dead is Ross Hattaway’s second collection of poems since his critically acclaimed first collection The Gentle Art Of Rotting.Again in this collection drawing from the traditions of Japanese tanka, haiku and his own gift for the pun and telling laconic portmanteau phrase, Hattaway’s Volume is at time brilliantly funny, heartbreakingly sad and leaves one with a profound sense of the authors own insight into humanity and awareness of the complex seemingly antithetical motivations that sometimes lead humanity down such dark corridors of action and motivation.

The volume is illustrated with deeply evocative and apposite paintings by the New Zealand Artist and brother of the poet, Paul Hattaway

THIS COLLECTION IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE ORDER RIGHT HERE

About Pretending To Be Dead and other entertainments

“Well, yes, entertainments . . . Ross Hattaway has always been one of those old-school Romantics who covers his tracks by talking out the side of his mouth. And he can be brilliantly laconic: think Raymond

Chandler or Humphrey Bogart. But in these poems he’s far more than a bunch of wise-cracks and off-hand noises. Get ready for a clear gaze. A good ear. A fully human heart.”

Bill Manhire

Ross Hattawaywas born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1962 and grew up in Wanganui. He went to Victoria University of Wellington and has lived in Dublin since 1990. He has been published in periodicals and collections, including Mutes and Earthquakes, Poetry Australia, Census, Poeziyos Pasavarisand The Raintown Review. He has read widely in Ireland, including the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series, and has read in the UK, the USA, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Poetry Spring Festival in Lithuania. This is his second collection. The first, The Gentle Art of Rotting, was published by Seven Towers in 2006.

Paul Hattawayis an artist and sculptor. His work has been recognised through various prizes, awards and residencies and is represented in private and corporate collections around the world. Paul examines the world by drawing and painting, and sculpture has become part of this exploration in recent years. In 2001, one of Paul’s pieces was selected as a finalist in the Art Gallery of New South Wales Wynne Prize

Exhibition. Paul exercises his artistic temperament in Sydney, where he lives with his wife Catherine Parr, with whom he has raised their two sons..

This Collection will be launched at the TWISTED PEPPER ABBEY ST ON the 23rd MAY at 6.30 pm