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“The Bells of Canongate” for Radiophrenia 2020.

A new radio drama, “The Bells of Canongate” has been commissioned for Glasgow’s Radiophrenia project. It will be airing during the last week of November, on FM across Glasgow and on the internet.

Maternal Journal – Polyphonic Diary

The brilliant maternal journal project, developed in association with Kings College London have asked me to contribute a creative journaling idea to their portfolio. This is the finished product. Click the picture to link through to more guides by artists and poets such as Holly McNish, Bridget Minamore and more.

Emerging Playwright at the Minack Theatre

 

I have been selected for the emerging playwright course at the iconic Minack Theatre in Cornwall for 2020. My play, ‘Forces’ will be staged in  October, Coronavirus notwithstanding.

Docu-drama “Pulse, Dissipate, Disrupt” Commission

“On The Trail of Joan Lyneham” docu-drama was commissioned by FIMTEC and broadcast on Resonance FM and Soundart Radio. It tells the story of Joan Lyneham, the mysterious music pioneer who disappeared during WW2 and how several musicians and artists have been working to recreate and revive her ideas.

I have categorized it as a ‘Docudrama’, following from the guidance of Sue Roberts of BBC Radio on a recent Arvon Course. It combines experimental poetry and sound poetry elements, improvised by musicians.

Polyverse Supporting Jo Bell in September

I will be performing a short set of Polyphonic poetry in Totnes, supporting the excellent Jo Bell.

New polyphonic poetry project: Polyverse

I am working with Jennie Osborne on a polyphonic poetry choir. Our first gig will be in Plymouth on 27th August.

“Medicine Wheel” is now a guest poem on the Acumen website

You can read it in full here: https://www.acumen-poetry.co.uk/kerry-priest/

Headlining The Word Cafe at the Cott Inn, Dartington, 25th October

Julie Mullen’s superlative spoken word night, The Word Cafe, has survived its move from London down to the wilds of Devon. It is now firmly established as one of the best poetry events in the South West and it is an absolute pleasure to be reading there.

Sharing the bill are Susan Taylor, whose wild and mythical words are simply spellbinding and also Antonia Eastwood, who brings a phenomenal energy to the stage.

Can’t wait!

 

Last few signed copies left. Give the gift of poetry this Christmas!

May as well try and send these out while it’s stil 2018, I guess!

A copy can be yours for only £10 including post and packaging to the UK. Send me a message through the contact me page or via @kes_priest on Twitter to get your hands on it.

 

“Medicine Wheel” to appear in Acumen September 2018.

I am working on a sequence of poems about my experiences of IVF, drawing together themes of science and magic. Medicine Wheel was the first fruit of what I hope will one day become a pamphlet.

The poem uses the language of shamanic ritual and explores what happens when we fail to tame nature through either natural or supernatural means.

 

“The Assisi Machine” radio drama to be broadcast on 26 Radio stations

I wrote a play and did the sound design for it. It was my first foray into radio drama and an amazing learning exercise. The play has been syndicated to 26 radio stations through the Radia network, based in Vienna.

It is now permalinked here :

Here’s the blurb:

If we could hear the voice of nature, what would it say? And could humans use technology to strengthen their connection with nature?

Starting with the music and letting this guide the story, the Assisi Machine is a thrilling murder mystery which puts electronic sound technology at the heart of the action.

The show features three drone music sound collages which help move the plot along.

Parts of the play are written in dramatic verse, a favourite form of Shakespeare and Goethe, which is pretty unknown in recent times.

 

I have been selected for Eyewear’s anthology, Best New British and Irish Poets 2018.

Here it is.

My poem “The unintentional side-benefits of a slow and premature death” will appear alongside poets such as Mary Jean Chan and Geraldine Clarkson.

Maggie Smith says in her introduction that she particularly liked “Kerry Priest’s… brilliant use of gallows humour”.

 

SOME NEW PUBLICATIONS

“Mid-afternoon” and “Learning the Ropes” will appear in the Moor Poets Anthology 2018.

“St Davids” was published in The Broadsheet in September 2017.

 

PRIZES 2017

Highly commended in the Bradford on Avon Arts Festival Poetry Competition for my poem, “Debussy writes Images”.

Shortlisted for this year’s Bridport Prize with two poems, “The unintentional side-benefits of a slow and painful premature death” and “Lines written in intensive care in Croatia”.

 

SOME PAST READINGS

Pucker poets stage, Glas-Denbury Festival, July 2017 and 2018.

Stanza Extravaganza at the Artizan Gallery in Torquay, Monday 29th Jan 2018

The Word Cafe at The Cott Inn, Dartington, 24th November 2017

Stanza Extravaganza at the Artizan Cafe in Torquay, 23rd October 2017 (headline set)