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VERTIGINOUS: multi-poet, multi-media poetic interpretation of Hitchcock's Vertigo on its 60th Anniversary
Friday 13 July, 19:00-20:00
BFI Southbank, Blue Room, Upstairs from Ticket Office
Tickets available from the BFI Box Office or online here.
£8 for the Vertiginous show alone, or you can buy a joint ticket with the later screening of Vertigo on Fri 13 July
(Film starts 20:30 in NFT1 £15, Concessions £12; BFI Members pay £2 less)
To mark the 60th anniversary of Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock’s intense and disturbing masterpiece of obsession, manipulation and loss, 6 cinephile poets reinterpret the film in performance, with original music, and images. Vertiginous was devised by Simon Barraclough and the show features Mona Arshi, Dzifa Benson, Isobel Dixon, Chris McCabe, Chrissy Williams and Simon Barraclough in live performance with visuals and music. Original music by Oli Barrett and Simon Barraclough.
Here's a clip of my reading 'Late Knowledge' for the Hwaet! anthology at the Ledbury Poetry Festival 2016.
More recordings of my work are available on The Poetry Archive.
My fourth collection Bearings was published by Nine Arches Press in the UK and Modjaji Books in South Africa in 2016.
Also in 2016, Edinburgh publisher Mariscat launched The Leonids, a pamphlet of poems mostly about that force of nature, my mother, Ann Dixon, who died in 2015. The Herald Scotland chose 'My Mother's Dress' (part of 'Notes Towards Nasturtiums') as Poem of the Day and The Scotsman published 'binding' from the pamphlet. You can read '9 a.m', a poem from the collection, on Aerodrome here. Copies can be ordered from Mariscat, or if you want a signed copy, contact me.
My mother had Parkinson's, and some of this experience is reflected in the final poems of The Leonids.
I ran a 10 km race in Havana to raise money for Parkinson's UK's research and support work via my JustGiving Page.
In 2016 I was thrilled to contribute to a documentary presented by Owen Sheers about David Jones's great World War I poem In Parenthesis, which you can download for a small fee from the BBC Store.