This year, as part of International Dylan Thomas Day, 14 May, I was able to realise a recent dream of mine – to create the world’s longest love poem. Not by my own hand, but by the combined pens of people around the world, as part of Love The Words, the literary competition element of Dylan Day.
Thanks to writers from all around the world, we managed to beat the current record and create that poem, which you can view now on Discover Dylan Thomas.com, the website of Dylan’s grand-daughter, Hannah Ellis.
Entitled The Love Club (after a phrase from the poem), Hannah and myself collated the poem from all of the many entries.
If you entered but don’t see your entry included, please email Hannah at firstname.lastname@example.org to get this remedied.
Enjoy the poem! Here is is:
I teach the following 10 week courses at Cardiff University. They are currently open for enrolment, beginning Thursday 18th January. Each course is worth 10 credits at Level 4 (undergraduate level).
Draw on your own history and experience to tell the story of your life.
Whether you want to engage readers, share your history with family and friends, or simply write for yourself, this module will give you the methods and means of composing compelling life writing, autobiography and memoir.
Reading and Writing Poetry
This course adheres to the sound advice that if you want to write poetry you should read it.
It is open to anyone who wants to have a close but open-minded look at how poetry, in all its shapes and styles, succeeds in capturing the reader’s imagination. If you would enjoy this, and the inspiration to write your own poems, come and be part of a friendly, supportive class that welcomes all abilities.
I will be tutoring a couple of courses in Cardiff beginning next Tuesday 17th October. Please sign up / share the details of these. They are free !!!
Many thanks to poet Angela Topping for a wonderful review of my latest book, and thanks also to Sabotage Reviews for giving space to it. So pleased, and so grateful, and so nice that a brilliant poet such as Angela has written these things!
To quote from the review:
“Mab Jones is a poet of detail, of concrete objects pulling their weight. Occasionally surreal, she has originality of thought and imagination. Technically, she is skilful. Indigo Dreams have created a quality slim volume with a striking, fitting cover, and the poems within do not disappoint. I look forward to reading more of Mab Jones’ work in future; this was my first taste of her lush imagery and deft forms.”
You can read the review in full here: http://sabotagereviews.com/2017/03/06/take-your-experience-and-peel-it-by-mab-jones/
And the book is available to read sample poems from and to buy here: http://www.indigodreams.co.uk/mab-jones/4592595599
This lucky ducky (rhyming already, cos She Is Poet) was in London over the weekend, and as part of her schedule of pleasures popped to the impeccable, plush, and positively gorgeous Vout-o-Reenee’s for a swift drink. In fact the drink was tea, for the proprietors of the property, Sophie Parkin and her delightful partner, who’s name I did not ask the spelling of, were being very busy and bee-like prepping the pictures for mum Molly Parkin’s 85th birthday and art exhibition this week.
The exhibition is a retrospective of the past sixty years of Molly’s painting. The icon still paints today, and this collection of mixed pieces surely has something for everyone. My particular favourites were some of the small self-portraits, like these, although the larger, vibrantly-coloured canvasses were also very striking, and there were several small, very delicate works that looked like they belonged in the museum.
If you’d like to attend this once in her lifetime (and yours too) event, please do get in touch with the venue to book in. The popularity of Molly Parkin and her wonderful work requires it, though you will have a couple of chances to attend a private view. If the date this Friday 10th February is full then another night may be possible. And you get to meet Molly, too!
I was also at the fantastic venue because of an International Dylan Thomas Day event that will be happening there… But, watch this space for details of that! And in the meantime, get to the venue and look at what’s adorning that space asap.
Private View- Friday 10 February 2017 6-11 www.Vout-O-Reenees.com
Please RSVP – if we are full we will invite you on another night -Thestashgallery@gmail.com – 07753702910-
The Show is on until March. Opening times- Tues-Sat 5-11pm and by appointment.
Vout-O-Reenees and The Stash Gallery – The Crypt, 30 Prescot St. London. E1 8BB.(TowerHill/Aldgate)