Sorry for the quietness here recently, but time as usual has been taking running around with the usual madness.
Writing wise, I have one of my old poems ‘Percy’ published in a D-Day 68th Anniversary poetry book which I have just ordered and am looking forward to getting a hard copy in my hands as Percy is one of my favourite all time pieces about my deceased Uncle. More details You can find here:
The E Zine, My father lost me to the beast at cards has also published five of my poems (including two re-writes of the National Poetry Writing Month ) – Pack of Cards, Traitor, Eclipse, Last Sunset and The End of Summer IV.
More details can be seen here - http://myfatherlostmetothebeastatcards.wordpress.com/andy-n/
Although it does get depressing sometimes that rejections keep coming in, getting two as good as these above mean a lot to me as a writer as it keeps encouraging me to keep on cracking on with it.
Next up, is the Recusant for me’s launch in the North West of England in Ashton where their latest political book ‘Robin Hood’ will feature two of my poems ‘Edge of the Flames’ and ‘Edge of the Flames II’. I will be reading at the Manchester launch here on 29th June 2012.
More details can be found here - http://www.therecusant.org.uk/#/the-robin-hood-book/4563100507
Otherwise, gigswise – things have been fairly quiet since A Means to an End did a headline slot at Openmind recently at Fuel Bar. We are discussing next what we are going to do next, but there is a few places we want to explore before the end of summer and am hopefully before then, we will be able to slip in a few gigs then and hopefully also write some new material, as me and Jeff slowly write A Means to an End book II (Jeff will be bringing out his own book before the end of summer solo too which I’ll reveal more details about in due course).
I have recently done a new track with my American friend, Amanda Silbernagel called ‘Cables’ which can be listened to / downloaded here:
There is another track pending with Amanda for uploading and I did a second mix of Cables which I like as much as the first mix of Cables.
Solo wise, I did a headline slot at the first Guitar and Verse for Gullivers in Manchester which was a pleasure to do – 5 poems and a song with my band ‘Leaving Belfast’, an old favourite of ours which seemed to go down pretty well with the fairly full crowd.
Otherwise, aside from co-running part of the Cadence Festival with Jeff on Friday 15th and Saturday, 16th June 2012, I don’t really have tons planned for the rest of June. I was at Write Out Loud – Stockport which was fun but fairly quiet where I read out ‘Traitor’ as published above and the revised version of ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’ which will be get read out on the 16th June.
July, I will be assisting Jeff with Guitar and Verse on the 5th July when Avital Racz will be head-ling for us again. I’ve known Avital for years and she’s a singer from Israel and always a pleasure to watch. (Can’t confirm yet who the poet is going to be but it’ll be a good un I can hint at). The night before on the 4th July I will be doing a 10 – 15 minute set at Lead Poets in Chorlton Cum Hardy which will be a new venue for me and hopefully will have a few new faces also.