The Heinrich Boll Foundation’s name sake is a Nobel prize winning laureate. The foundation is part of an international green party movement. It is a state of the art, award winning building on Berlin’s east side. It’s greener than green: uber modern. It even uses the computer network servers as a source of heating. They’re kept in cool racks which remove heat as a fridge does. Water flows into the cool racks at a temperature of 23 degrees C, where it is warmed by the servers to around 30 degrees C. It is then fed into the heating system and circulated through the offices to keep them comfortably warm. Cool huh.
I have been invited to read here tonight at the snappily titled The European Governance of Migration conference on The Political management of Mobility Economy and Security. The event is planned in the run-up to the second UN Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in October of 2008. I was on stage in five minutes time and my books where in an office which I had been using to prepare for the reading. I left the office to visit the toilet. But as the office door efficiently closed I just knew. It was locked. I had five minutes I was dying for the toilet and the books were now locked in an office. Nice.
So I entered the adjacent room to see if there was a connecting door to the library, but as the door of that room closed behind me I just knew. I was now locked in to one of the most energy efficient buildings in Germany. There was no connecting door and I could see the speakers stage on the other side of the building, through the glass, where the audience waited patiently.
They could not see me and the glass was soundproofed so I unceremoniuosly jumped around like a mad man trying to get their attention. No luck. I eventually found a door and raced down an internal fire escape until I reached the back of the reception area. The shocked receptionist rushed me back up to the library keys in hand, where I collected my books and skipped over to the stage, regained my breath drank a little water. it was the literature equivelant of spinal tap.
I read the entire text of Something Dark. I have only ever read it once before at California State University. And even then i only read the first half. But after reading the first half of the play I ask the audience “would you like me to continue”. They respond enthusiastically. So I continue until the end of the play. It was really special.
People from all over the world whom had been in a conference, some since nine this morning, have just sat and listened to me read my play, not even perform it, for one hour and ten minutes. I first read poetry in Germany twenty years ago. It all began in Hamburg. I have released records here and performed many of the main cities and literature festivals, but I should tour Germany with Something Dark as a gift to them and to myself. Touring the play abroad is what I should do.