Belated blog due to access issues to my website – Events were 1st-4th June 2023
Workshop – games and play-themed went well.
Lots of random photos from...Read More »
We did it!! And I made it to everyone and thoroughly enjoyed splitting some of the responsibility and tasks with my co-hosts and Nina, Super online event Tech. ...Read More »
Bristol Blog - Bath retreat, Banksy, brilliant venue and dog cuddles - plus lots of poetry and an after party
Co-host and performer, Caleb Parkin
From Caleb’s book All the cancelled parties my favourites in it were...Read More »
Thanks to Rose Condo for photo of me 🙂
So, this is my first local gig since moving to this county, so I felt some pressure to...Read More »
We had a widespread group for the workshop on the Tuesday (I had to move it to the day before as I have started a full-time job and run out of holiday days).
After a brief panic because both Zoom and Eventbrite...Read More »
The venue often feels like an extra performer. Bradford City Library (hosted by the excellent Dionne V. Hood) was no exception to this. They provide a cosy space between the shelves and a bust of Humbert Wolfe, a...Read More »
Return to the bay
I went back to Morecambe, a place I fell hard for last year. One of the places I felt I could escape from the lockdown hangover and find pockets of normal, where I met such a supportive and friendly bunch of creatives. I return when I...Read More »
On the way to Quiet Compere – Chatham, I called in to The Stag Café in Canterbury to perform my first live guest set since COVID started. It felt so good to be up there and engaging with an audience again. Brilliant sets from Tim Taylor, Christopher Horton, Gary Studley,...Read More »
‘Road-signs’ in The Journal #63
25th ‘Book-fort haven’ Haiflu haiku
Haiflu – Liv Torc (9 photos as part of this project too)
Stream A Northern Idol (for Clare Shaw) by Sarah L Dixon | Listen online for free on...Read More »
Mechanics Institute, Marsden, April 2022
Venue TBC, Chatham, April 2022
West End Playhouse, Morecambe May 2022
Bradford Libraries, date TBC 2022.
The Arena, Wolverhampton date TBC 2022
Venue TBC, Bristol, October 2022
Plus 3x online zoom events as part of the tour.
Watch this space!...Read More »
I am delighted to feature in this podcast hosted by Matt Chamberlain along with Bethany Goodwill and David Dykes.
My poems from the podcast are below:
I could talk of childhood beaches
of the rock-pools at RhosColyn,
and the eel...Read More »
Launch at The Lloyds, Chorlton, Manchester Friday 30th November 7.30-9.30pm
Special guests: Simon Howarth. Chris Woods and Kate Garrett.
‘Here dance the figures of anger, frustration, resentment and desire, following the skewed steps of Surrealist spells and charms for coping. Dixon’s pithy and...Read More »
Warning: This is longer than my usual blogs as it is trying to cover the Poetry Swindon weekend, rather than just Quiet Compere event.
I knew before I arrived at Poetry Swindon this was going to be the friendliest place to spend my 40th birthday weekend having met a...Read More »
Robin Williams, apple sorrow and elephants in every corner (the blog of Quiet Compere at Worcs LitFest 2016)
After a walk along Kleeve Walk beside the Severn and through the locks I found Ye Olde Talbot where I stayed last year and had a slow pint in the pub garden gazing at a small...Read More »
Firstly, The Nutclough Studio was a perfect space for a Yorkshire-sized audience, the venue was truly a 12th performer on this night, adding it’s personality to the event and we had a visit from the lovely Fern Bast to check we settled in and again at the end of the...Read More »
Secondly, a Big Crowd-funder hug to all that have supported to make this happen.
I planned a workshop and made suggestions of art-work and how attendees could use...Read More »
Quiet Compere 2015 Review of the Year (1/4) - Part 1 - Durham, Oxford and Norwich and an apology to Exeter and Manchester 52 gatherings for no blogsFirstly, an apology to the poets at both 52 gatherings I organised around the tour dates. I fully intended to write in-depth reviews of these events, but life and other poetry admin got solidly in the way, to a point when it felt like an after-thought. I loved every minute...Read More »
The Jean Brodie Room, The Grand Witches’ Ball and poets ready for rain or The Quiet Compere Exeter blogI arrived in Exeter late afternoon and checked into my accommodation. I was delighted to find I had been allocated The Brodie themed single room, with private Brodie bathroom and quotes and film posters on the wall and a copy of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie in the bedside...Read More »
The Quiet Compere Hull - Meet me at the nose of this cow a week on Friday. Bring Cake (Sue Lozynskyj).I had never been to Hull before and enjoyed a jaunt around the Arcades and the indoor market, complete with the Hull Wall of Fame including The Housemartins, Philip Larkin and others I knew of and surprisingly, to me, Reece Shearsmith. I found Ye Olde White Harte on Silver Street....Read More »
The night we left as wolves, slightly scumbled and with smudged hearts - Ulverston Quiet Compere blogI could get used to having a committee of six (?) to plan for me. Caroline swapped a workshop (I came out with two strong pieces I have already performed) for a Quiet Compere t-shirt and drove me to get ale and to the venue. We arrived there ten minutes...Read More »
A backdrop of books, fingerprints and late butterflies or Blog of Oxford event - Stop 4 Quiet Compere National Tour 2015I had checked out the location earlier and bobbed in to say Hi to Dennis at the Albion Beatnik Bookshop. I gave myself plenty of time to get there. Then my phone maps app took me on a scenic route by changing my destination to The Pitt Rivers Museum. This...Read More »
The Quiet Compere Tour 2014 - End of year blog (Part 3/3) - York/Leeds/Sheffield/Stockport/Special MentionsYork – dislocation of poets One of the parts of the tour I was looking forward to was savouring local accents and slang, in this respect York was a disappointment, but in terms of poetry, poets, audience friendliness of locals for a first gig away from home this was a...Read More »
The Quiet Compere End of Year Blog 2014 - Part 2 (of 3) - Featuring Manchester/Liverpool/Lancaster and ChesterManchester – a familiarity of poets Gina Frost and John Topliff let us hire Three Minute Theatre, a venue I knew well and loved. Narrowing down the hundreds of poets in the area was my hardest task here and I ended up choosing poets I felt most encouraged other...Read More »
Stockport blog - A buzzing finale with a 'questioning' of poets, two wasp poems and a man in a Lacoste tracksuitThe Blue Cat Café in Heaton Moor was an excellent venue to host the finale of The Quiet Compere tour of the North. I think the audience gathered earliest of all this year with the venue buzzing by doors at half seven. This could have been a very different event for...Read More »
Sheffield, I love your space and street art, your compactness and charm. Sheffield is a place I feel I could direct people around after two days of finding my way. From the back streets of Vicar Lane and Campo Lane to West Bar roundabout in rush hour and...Read More »|
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Suburban Tourist Magnolia and laburnum weigh down Selly Park roads Everywhere seems to be a Road around here. Do they hide their avenues and crescents behind huge deciduous lawn decorations that gleefully break up the sun? I wouldn’t want to meet these branches in moonlight. A sign for Kidderminster, I play the word across my tongue but know nothing of it’s people...Read More »
Shared Earth, York – My destination
As a claustrophobe
who is 30% control freak
of living within walls appeals.
where the sceptical are converted
The wavering of faith
compelled to return
a book-width at the corners
natural single volume bookshelves
I discover 13 year old me
loitering in Shared Earth
in a blanket...Read More »
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Three Minute Theatre delightful venue. All performers stuck to time (with a little nudge here and there!). The event was SOLD OUT. The audience were appreciative and reports were glowing. Everyone involved deserves a huge round of applause once more!...Read More »
Firstly, I went on the radio, which was a terrifying prospect to me. Steph Pike, however, helped me relax into it and the two hours went very fast, particularly as we had no technical assistance (and the listeners had to listen to us talking with no jingles or my...Read More »