Interview with Paul Hawkins and Simon McCormak about Boscombe Revolution
Q. What is Boscombe Revolution all about? And how did it come about?
Si: We’re going to find more out as we go along, but BRev is in part about Boscombe using its voice & hearing other voices. We depend on dialogue for definition, even if it’s just the voice in my head, what is said and what is heard, call and response; poetry is a process of definition and transformation. We wanted to start a conversation, and Boscombe Revolution is an extension of that.
Paul: We had an idea that came about from a completely different project that may or may not see the light of day; a spoof event and set of characters who are based in Boscombe, a suburb of Bournemouth (the south coasts premier venue for Stag and Hen nights) created entirely using social media, and being acted/played out on social media. One of the hashtags we thought of using was #BoscombeRevolution; it grew and moved very rapidly from there to planning Issue 1.
Si: We also wanted to find out if we could turn an idea into an object. We found minimum funding to cover a print run. We sent a call for submissions via social media, generating a massive response. We spent a long-time turning 300 plus submissions into 22 accepted poems. Then there were considerations of layout, size, paper quality and weight, artwork, font type, binding etc. I’m really happy with the finished book, both in content and presentation.
Paul: It has been a great experience, and the success of Issue 1 and the Launch night has enabled us to see Boscombe Revolution Issue 2 on the horizon of 2014.
Q. You got a full audience for the launch night, what did you want to achieve by organising these types of poetry slams?
Si: I wanted to celebrate the book, and sell enough of them to produce another! What I liked about the night was the confluence of people and poetries–experimental film-poem from Greek poet watched by London performance poet; Boscombe based Brazillian photographer talking Portugese with a poet from Coventry; page and performance poetry sparking off each other. I like the energy and friction of live poetry, be that reading or performing, and I like the talk afterwards: new ideas, new combinations, new friends.
Paul: Like Si says, we wanted to celebrate publishing these great poets, and spread the word about Issue 1, and TableGlock Press. Yeah, and also experience the meeting of complete strangers; a rallying point for a few hours of people who have mostly never met before and who can perform their work and find common or uncommon ground in an interpretation of the vectors of place and revolution.
Q. What does poetry performance mean to you?
Si: See above.
Paul: An engine of expression, of expansion made from the blunt edges and silky subtleties of language; voice, posture, tone, the selection of words (and of non-words — physicality, movement and the use of silence) and the choice of how one orders them into a coherence of solidarity or opposition, or maybe both…
Q. Do you think it is important for artists to express themselves consciously where they draw on their realities?
Si: Man! Big question. It depends what your goals are. It was important to launch BRev in Boscombe because our goal was to start a conversation there. I think practicing art, the process from idea to realisation, can be a way of becoming more conscious of your reality. Reality is arguably a coded experience; it can be re-coded to perform, or be experienced, in different ways. Place is an important consideration in that process.
Paul: Using words is a way of making sense of the world we live in, an expression of what it means; of experiences with the animate and inanimate, of protest and celebration; an announcement of frustration, joy and celebration. I guess it’s simply another form of communication, like art or speech or body language, a particular posture, a code, as Si says, of reality. We must use our expression-engines.
Q. What can we expect of Boscombe Revolution in the future, along with… any other projects/creations?
We’re discussing ideas and new projects–certainly another publication next year.
Q. What are your thoughts on the Poetry and Spoken word scene in Boscombe?
Si: There are some stunning poets and Spoken-word artists walking the streets of Boscombe.
Paul: I couldn’t agree more…
Q. How can we buy issue 1, the poetry pamphlet of Boscombe Revolution?
Online at www.boscomberevolution.wordpress.com and at The Community Shop in The Sovereign Centre, Boscombe.
Boscombe Revolution Issue 1 ISSN 2054–2828 is an anthology of twenty one poems responding to the provocations of ‘place’ and ‘revolution’, features a stellar bunch of poets; Matt Haw, Mike Castro, Craig Dobson, Maureen Jivani, klipschutz, Ellie Walsh, Ross Taylor, Graham Allinson, Jackie Wills, Carrie Etter, Martin Malone, Sarah Crewe, Tim Suermondt, Lana Bell, Sophie Mayer, Catfish McDaris, Francis K. Johnson, Julia Boore, Tim Cumming, Iordanis Papadopoulos and Mark Burnhope.
It is an A6, perfect bound, limited edition pamphlet printed on a Risograph stencil duplicator, using soy based solvent free ink on 100% recycled paper from sustainable sources.
Issue 1 comes in 3 limited editions of 50 copies each in the following coloured covers; Mandarin, Stone and Vermillion.
Big thanks to Mark Lloyd for allowing TableGlock Press to use ‘three fear registers of artificial reality’ as the front cover artwork.
Typesetting and prep by John Hawkins.
Printed by Pictogram Studio.
Published by TableGlock Press and edited by Simon McCormack and Paul Hawkins.
Issue 1 is available to purchase at a suggested donation of £4.00 + p&p to anywhere in the world and from some selected outlets in Bournemouth and London.
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