1. John's House

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    Phil Minton fills the empty interior of a house with his voice, singing alone. John's House is a 28 minutes film with contains several pieces, each one corresponds to a different room in the ancient house that belonged to the british playwriter John Osborne. Project and filming by visual artist Patricia Osses (Brazil/Chile). Support: British Council, Arts Council, Arvon Foundation.

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    • Susan Wicks

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      from Neil Astley / Added

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      Susan Wicks's poetry transforms the apparently ordinary into something precise, surprising and revelatory. Kathleen Jamie described her as 'a poet of deceptive power, who can transmute everyday objects and events into poems with an understated numinous edge'. Pamela Robertson-Pearce filmed her reading a set of poems during a break from teaching an Arvon Foundation course at Totleigh Barton in Devon in November 2009. In this extract from that filming session, Susan Wicks reads eight poems: 'Ha Ha Bonk', 'Buying Fish', 'The Clever Daughter', 'Persephone', 'My Father's Handkerchiefs' and 'Night Toad' from NIGHT TOAD: NEW & SELECTED POEMS (2003), followed by two poems from her latest collection, HOUSE OF TONGUES (2011), 'Pistachios' and 'Cycling to See the Fish-ladder'. Susan Wicks's work is used in this film with the permission of her publishers, Bloodaxe Books. Pamela Robertson-Pearce has been filming poets reading their work for Bloodaxe's archive, website and DVD-books. Her first DVD-book, IN PERSON (edited by Neil Astley), was published by Bloodaxe in 2008, including films of 30 poets with an anthology containing all the poems read on the films. Pamela Robertson-Pearce's poetry videos are produced by Neil Astley.

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      • The House on the Hill - four days at Moniack Mhor

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        Moniack Mhor sits high on a hill in Invernesshire. Its thick stone walls take the full brunt of the prevailing weather as it sweeps over from the distant mountains of Wester Ross and across the valley below. Those same walls enclose a living and working space used several times a year by creative writing organisation, The Arvon Foundation. Founded by the poets, John Moat and John Fairfax, and given the early boon of Ted Hughes' own hands on endorsement, 2008 marks the year of the foundation's 40th anniversary. This short film celebrates a Travel Writing course held at Moniack Mhor during July of that year, and features Rory Stewart, Mhairi Hedderwick, sixteen disparate wordsmiths....and the Scottish weather.

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