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October 8th, 2010

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07:55 am - Two interesting women
Yesterday's poetry event was very small, and I really didn't want to go because I've got a stinking cold now. But then it was brilliant, mainly because I met two interesting women, who made my evening.

I read out the little bit of Neruda translation that I posted here before, and preface it with a little spiel about how much I like him. An Indonesian woman came up to me afterwards, and it turns out she is the biggest Neruda fan ever. She's learning Spanish just so she can read Neruda in the original, and she has set up a Pablo Neruda society in Jakarta (he was Chilean consul in Batavia - now Jakarta - in the 1930s). Very interesting.

The other person I spoke to was a young woman performance poet from N. Ireland who I thought was great. Her name is Catherine Brogan and here is her YouTube channel. I think the best work I saw her do was The Omagh Ah, which is about the bombings. This is a better video of the same poem, but it's rotated 90 degrees for some reason. None of those really capture how energetic and engaging she was, performing right in front of you. Her work is something like rap, but using the rhythm of a Northern Irish voice.

And you might like this one about St Catherine and the pagan martyr Hypatia. I think she is more nervous in that performance than she was last night, because it's a book launch.

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Date:October 8th, 2010 10:21 am (UTC)
I'm really glad you went and met some cool people. Doing something a bit different has to be a Good Thing. :-) Hot lemon, honey, and tot of something alcoholic sounds like the remedy for the cold!
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Date:October 8th, 2010 11:14 am (UTC)
I was amazed at how much fun it was. Also S came home for a visit last night - we watched the DVD of Airplane that the Guardian gave away free, and it really cheered me up

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