The performance of reading

IMG_1805 The same way video killed the radio star the internet kills the evaluation form. I’ve spent the  week in West Yorkshire at The Arvon Foundation in Lumb Bank with co-tutor Hannah Pool.  It’s been a blast. Our mid week guest author was  thIMG_1969e inimitable Rosie Garland. The Garland is fun, deep articulate angered and at peace –  all in one person.  We are smitten.   The week ended  with something  invented on my course years ago.  It is The  Performance of ReadingIMG_1994

At 6pm on friday (the last day) of the residential course all poems articles and short stories  written throughout the week  are suspended from string criss-crossing the library ceiling. This task is completed by three  students.   Gorecki’s Sorrowful soIMG_1948ngs is the only sound. The lights are  switched off and the work is plunged into darkness.

The gallery opening is 8.30pm after the last dinner.  Each entrant is given a torch and one instruction – no speaking.  It is a beautiful beautiful thing. The shifting torchlight,  Gorecki, and the intimate emotional essential connection with words.



1 thought on “The performance of reading

  1. I met you (Lemn) many years ago on an Arvon Foundation course. It was a great experience. At the time I thought prose was my thing but I have discovered a new love for poetry. I thought your TED talk was Amazing. TM

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