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Lunar Poetry Podcasts

A series of discussions, interviews and live recordings with poets from the UK and abroad in which we examine the writing process. Now hosted by Peter deGraft-Johnson a.k.a The Repeat Beat Poet, the series was founded by David Turner in October 2014 in south east London.

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Ep. 77 - Poetry In Schools - Part 1 (transcript available)

Jacob Sam-La Rose is joined by Miriam Nash and Keith Jarrett to discuss poetry education in schools. They talk about the practicalities of getting projects into schools as well as lessons they've learned along the way. This episode is in two parts. Accompanying image of Jacob by Sam Burnett.A full transcript is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-77-poetry-in-schools-part-one-lpp-transcript.pdf www.twitter.com/Silent_TongueJacob:www.twitter.com/jsamlarose www.jsamlarose.comMiriam:www.twitter.com/miriamnash www.miriamnash.comKeith:www.twitter.com/keithjlondon www.facebook.com/keithjarrettpoet

52mins

4 Sep 2016

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Ep. 73 - Jo Hauge (transcript available)

June 2016. A full transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-73-jo-hauge-lpp-transcript.pdfDavid Turner is in Peckham, south-east London talking to performance artist, writer and (some time) activist Jo Hauge. The pair discuss Jo's involvement with the recent protest action at Tate Modern 'Where is Ana Mendieta?', the implications of being read as female by audiences and using humour to talk about traumatic experiences. Jo reads four poems. Image of Jo by Manuel Vason.(00:00:37) - 'Ana'(00:01:35) - 'Chicken'(00:14:23) - 'Untitled'(00:16:02) - 'Killjoy'www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.twitter.com/johannehauge www.johannehauge.com www.twitter.com/anamendietauk

30mins

31 Jul 2016

Rank #2

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Ep.124 - Caleb Klaces & Jess Chandler (transcript available)

David Turner is in Walthamstow talking to Caleb Klaces and publisher Jess Chandler to talk about Caleb’s latest book, Fatherhood. This conversation was recorded before Covid-19 hit Britain so is refreshingly free from any virus chat.Fatherhood was published by Prototype Publishing in 2019 and was long listed for the Republic of Consciousness Prize and is Caleb’s debut novel. After reading Fatherhood I became a little bit obsessed with the book and its combination of fragmentary prose and sequences of verse. Download a full transcript here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/ep124-caleb-klaces-transcript.pdfBuy Fatherhood here: https://prototypepublishing.co.uk/product/fatherhood/Buy my book Contained, £10 for the book, £4 for the PDF, here: www.blurb.co.uk/b/9771405-containedListen to PJ on the series here -Ep.93; https://soundcloud.com/lunar-poetry-podcasts/ross-monaghan-stuart-mckenzie-poetry-on-the-picket-lineEp.84: https://soundcloud.com/lunar-poetry-podcasts/thomas-ghetto-geek-owoo-andra-simons-poetry-unplugged-20yrsEp.80: https://soundcloud.com/lunar-poetry-podcasts/suzie-gray-the-repeat-beat-poet-marthe-ramm-fortunMore on Sanatorium by Abi Palmer here: http://www.pennedinthemargins.co.uk/index.php/2020/03/sanatorium/For more from us:lunarpoetrypodcasts.com/ www.facebook.com/LunarPoetryPodcasts/ twitter.com/Silent_TongueOrder 'Why Poetry?': The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology here: vervepoetrypress.com/product/why-poetry/Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here:snazzyrat.bandcamp.com/ www.facebook.com/snazzyrat/

57mins

10 Apr 2020

Rank #3

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Ep.123 - Vanessa Onwuemezi (transcript available)

David Turner is in Walthamstow, east London talking to Vanessa Onwuemezi. The pair discuss how Vanessa came to be pursuing a life in writing and how she judges the quality of her writing.This episode includes a short tribute to friend and poet Mishi 'Dulwich Hamlet' Morath who sadly passed away before Christmas.Download a full transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/ep123-vanessa-onwuemezi-transcript.pdfFor more about Vanessa:https://twitter.com/onwuemezi http://www.thewhitereview.org/fiction/at-the-heart-of-things/ http://mironline.org/swim-by-vanessa-onwuemezi/Buy my book Contained, £10 for the book, £4 for the PDF, here: https://www.blurb.co.uk/b/9771405-containedInfo about Contained book launches:London, 8th February - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/contained-london-launch-tickets-87610614707Cardiff, 15th February - Flute and Tankard Pub, free entry.Bristol, 14th March -https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/contained-bristol-launch-tickets-85104699447More about Mishi Morath:https://soundcloud.com/lunar-poetry-podcasts/mishi-morath https://soundcloud.com/lunar-poetry-podcasts/national-poetry-day-2016 https://soundcloud.com/lunar-poetry-podcasts/christmas-2015 http://footballpoets.org/poets/dulwich-poet/For more from us:lunarpoetrypodcasts.com/ www.facebook.com/LunarPoetryPodcasts/ twitter.com/Silent_TongueOrder 'Why Poetry?': The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology here: vervepoetrypress.com/product/why-poetry/Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here:snazzyrat.bandcamp.com/ www.facebook.com/snazzyrat/

1hr 5mins

13 Jan 2020

Rank #4

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Ep.114 - SPECIAL - Developing Your Creative Practice (transcript available)

In this 'special' episode David Turner is at the London office of Arts Council England talking to Gemma Seltzer about the new funding scheme 'Developing Your Creative Practice'. The pair discuss how the funding will work, who will benefit from this scheme and how it differs from previous types of funding.*PLEASE NOTE - this funding scheme is only open to artists living in England*Download the funding guidance form here: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/sites/default/files/download-file/Developing_Your_Creative_Practice_Guidance_for_applicants_210518.pdfDownload the application questions here: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/sites/default/files/download-file/DYCP_questions_character_counts.pdfYou can read my accompanying blogpost here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.com/2018/06/12/ep-114-developing-your-creative-practice/Download a full transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/episode-114-developing-your-creative-practice.pdfEpisode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: https://snazzyrat.bandcamp.com/ https://www.facebook.com/snazzyrat/

25mins

12 Jun 2018

Rank #5

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Ep.106 - Poetry In Schools - revisited (transcript available)

This is a revisit of episodes 77 and 78 as i don't think I did a good enough job of editing the discussion the first time around. Host Jacob Sam-La Rose is joined by Miriam Nash and Keith Jarrett, they talk about the work they do within schools with poetry education, how they got into educational work in the first place and what they wish they’d known when they first started out. There are lots of great tips here for those already working as educational facilitators or those thinking about moving into this area of work as well as teachers looking to introduce poetry into their lessons.http://www.jsamlarose.com/ http://zoneonetosix.blogspot.co.uk/ https://miriamnash.com/Transcript available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep106-poetry-in-schools.pdf

1hr 17mins

5 Sep 2017

Rank #6

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Ep. 96 - Poets and prose writing. (transcript available)

Melissa Lee-Houghton (Sunshine)talks to Joe Dunthorne (Submarine) and Max Porter (Grief is the Thing with Feathers) about writing as a compulsion, the differences between poetry and prose in practice and how as readers we still aren’t able to divorce the writer from their work. Transcript: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-96-poets-and-prose-writing-lpp-transcript.pdfFor more info about the host and guests:https://melissaleehoughton.wordpress.com/ http://joedunthorne.com/ https://twitter.com/maxjohnporter

53mins

3 Apr 2017

Rank #7

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Ep.121 - Astra Papachristodoulou (transcript available)

David Turner is in Walthamstow, east London talking to experimental poet and artist Astra Papachristodoulou about the importance of collaboration and the visual look of words on a page in her practice. Astra is pretty determined not to be restricted by conventional definitions of what it is to be a poet and happily exists on the boundary of different media, so it was interesting to hear why she’s so keen to introduce rules and constraints into her writing. Download a full transcript of this episode here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/ep121-astra-papachristodoulou-transcript.pdfFor more from Astra:https://www.astranaut.co.uk/books https://twitter.com/HeyAstranautFor more from us:https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.com/ www.facebook.com/LunarPoetryPodcasts/ twitter.com/Silent_TongueOrder 'ten cups of coffee' here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/ten-cups-coffee-David-Turner/dp/1094842893/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=david+Turner+ten+cups+of+coffee&qid=1560961593&s=gateway&sr=8-1Listen to David chat to Naomi Woddis on her 'The Two Of Us' show here: https://www.mixcloud.com/The_Two_of_Us/the-two-of-us-featuring-david-turner/Order 'Why Poetry?': The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology here: vervepoetrypress.com/product/why-poetry/Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: snazzyrat.bandcamp.com/ www.facebook.com/snazzyrat/

47mins

19 Jun 2019

Rank #8

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Ep. 7 - The Audience - Are They Important? (transcript available)

February 2015. A transcript of this conversation os available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-7-the-audience-lpp-transcript.pdfLunar Poetry Magazine editor Paul McMenemy talks to LPP founder David Turner along with Tom Bland and Jason Pilley. The quartet discuss their writing, performing and the relationship between performer and audience. Each guest reads a poem:Tom Bland; "Our Death" - (00:14:30)Jason Pilley; "Words For Catherine" - (00:33:19)David Turner; "Your Pocket" - (00:49:12)www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.tomblandblog.wordpress.com www.twitter.com/TomBland_Story www.jasonpilley.wordpress.com

1hr 5mins

27 Jul 2016

Rank #9

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Ep. 71 - Bryan Baker (transcript available)

May 2016. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-71-bryan-baker-lpp-transcript.pdf Lizzy Palmer talks to Brian Baker about his writing process, over-coming writer's block (keep on writing!) and gathering inspiration people watching in the park. Bryan reads three poems:(00:00:42) - 'A central character complains about his author'(00:06:24) - 'Fitness'(00:15:15) - 'The Stunt'www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue

17mins

31 Jul 2016

Rank #10

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Ep. 10 - Liv Wynter (transcript available)

March 2015. A transcript of this conversation is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/interview-liv-wynter-lpp-transcript-ep-10.pdfDavid Turner is in Brockley, south-east London talking to Liv Wynter. The pair discuss her spoken word poetry, rap battling and performance art. There really was a chicken!! Image of Liv by Meg Lavender. Liv reads two poems:"Fucking Artists" - (00:15:55)"Outward" - (00:31:46)www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.twitter.com/livwynter

55mins

27 Jul 2016

Rank #11

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Ep.120 - Tom Sastry (transcript available)

David Turner is in Bristol chatting to Tom Sastry about his debut pamphlet, 'Complicity' (Smith|Doorstop) and the link between his writing and performing style. This is the final episode of this 'series'. Lunar Poetry Podcasts will return April 2019.For more from Tom:http://www.poetrybusiness.co.uk/tom-sastry https://andotherpoems.com/2018/11/16/three-poems-by-tom-sastry/ http://www.ninearchespress.com/publications/poetry-collections/a%252520man%27s%252520house%252520catches%252520fire.htmlDownload a full transcript here:https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/lpp-ep120-tom-sastry-transcript.pdfFor more from us:lunarpoetrypodcasts.com/ www.facebook.com/LunarPoetryPodcasts/ twitter.com/Silent_TongueOrder 'Why Poetry?': The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology here: vervepoetrypress.com/product/why-poetry/Download a full transcript of this conversation here:lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2018/…t.pdfEpisode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: snazzyrat.bandcamp.com/ www.facebook.com/snazzyrat/

1hr 3mins

29 Nov 2018

Rank #12

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Ep. 36 - James Mckay (transcript available)

June 2015. A transcript of this conversation is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/interview-james-mckay-lpp-transcript-ep-36.pdfDavid Turner talks to James McKay live at spoken word night, Silence Found a Tongue. James talks about how he began reading poetry to audiences for the first time and how it has led, twenty years later, to his latest solo show The Boy With The Moomin Tattoo. James performed the show over various dates beginning 10/8/2015 at Electric Circus Lizard Lounge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. James reads five poems:'In The Beginning' - 00:00:27'Experience Not Essential' - 00:02:22'Faggot Hexameters' - 00:08:15'In The Neolithic Age' by Rudyard Kipling - 00:20:57'We Are All Grand Babies' - 00:23:48www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.mckaypoetry.wordpress.com

26mins

30 Jul 2016

Rank #13

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Ep.109 - Byron Vincent (transcript available)

David Turner is in Bristol chatting to documentary-maker, performance poet and director, Byron Vincent. Byron talks about the role that slam poetry played in his development as a writer and how it allowed him time on stage to shape his writing style. The pair also discuss writing as a mental health service user. Byron reads two poems:(00:40:35) - 'Wot'(00:42:50) - 'Citroën DS'https://twitter.com/Silent_Tongue https://www.facebook.com/LunarPoetryPodcasts/ http://www.byronvincent.com/ https://twitter.com/IAmByronVincentA full transcript is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/ep109-byron-vincent-lpp-transcript.pdf

46mins

9 Jan 2018

Rank #14

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Ep. 98 - Poetry & theatre-making in West Yorkshire (transcript available)

This episode is in two parts. A full transcript is available to download here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-98-theatre-making-in-west-yorkshire-lpp-transcript.pdfPart One: David Turner is in Leeds talking to poet and playwright Zodwa Nyoni about incorporating spoken word poetry into her plays, their development process and the pros and cons of casting actors as poets.https://www.zodwanyoni.com/Part Two (30:24): David Turner is still in Leeds, this time, talking to playwright Javaad Alipoor about poetry and politics and the role, if any, artists can play in affecting political change.http://blacktheatrelive.co.uk/companies/bradford-javaad-alipoor http://www.ovalhouse.com/whatson/detail/the-believers-are-but-brothers-by-javaad-alipoor1

58mins

1 May 2017

Rank #15

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Ep. 37 - Freedom News (transcript available)

June 2015. A transcript of this conversation is available here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/ep-37-freedom-news-lpp-transcript.pdfDavid Turner talks to the editor of Freedom News, Ella Harrison. Ella talks briefly about the history of The Freedom Press and possible future after the recent introduction of a quarterly free-sheet. Ella also talks about why she felt it important to start to publish poetry again after a deliberate previous omission.www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.freedomnews.org.uk www.freedompress.org.uk

21mins

30 Jul 2016

Rank #16

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Ep.113 - Leo Boix; Amaan Hyder (transcript available)

This episode is in two parts -Part one: David Turner is in London talking to bilingual poet, Leo Boix. The pair chat about translating poetry from one language to another, the different processes at play when Leo writes in either English or Spanish, why Leo doesn’t translate his own writing and the positive influences various writing collectives have had on his own writing and Invisible Presence - a developmental platform for British Latino writers. Leo reads three poems:(00:02:24) - The Somnambulist(00:27:04) - Rìo Nuevo(00:52:45) - PeregrinationSome links relating to this episode:Leo on Twitter - https://twitter.com/leoboixInvisible Presence - https://leonardoboix.wixsite.com/invisiblepresenceThe Complete Works - https://thecompleteworkspoetry.com/Ten: Poets of the new generation - http://www.bloodaxebooks.com/ecs/product/ten-poets-of-the-new-generation-1164Episode 86 of LPP - https://soundcloud.com/lunar-poetry-podcasts/carlos-maurizio-rojas-nadia-drews-agnes-torokPart two (00:53:40): Poet Chrissy Williams talks to Amaan Hyder about his debut collection At Hajj (Penned in the Margins). This interview is an extension of an ongoing project in which Chrissy has been inviting a number of poets to reflect on their debut collections, roughly a year after publication. Amaan reads two poem:(00:55:12) - Coats(01:12:21) - Mohammed's MobileLinks relating to this episode:Chrissy's blog -https://chrissywilliams.blogspot.co.uk/p/hullo.htmlChrissy on Twitter -https://twitter.com/chrissywilliamsAmaan' collection, At Hajj - http://www.pennedinthemargins.co.uk/index.php/2017/04/at-hajj/Download a full transcript of this episode here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/ep113-leo-boix.pdfEpisode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: https://snazzyrat.bandcamp.com/ https://www.facebook.com/snazzyrat/

1hr 16mins

25 May 2018

Rank #17

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Ep. 8 - Rachael Black (transcript available)

February 2015. David Turner is in south-east London talking to Rachael Black about her poetry and performing. Rachael reads three poems:"Angel Station" - (00:00:26)"Frustrated" - (00:09:38)"Two Minutes" - (00:16:53)Download a transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/episode-08-rachael-black-transcript.pdf www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.twitter.com/rachaelblack

22mins

27 Jul 2016

Rank #18

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Ep. 6 - Sean Wai Keung (transcript available)

February 2015. David Turner is in west London talking to Host of World's End Poetry, Sean Wai Keung about his poetry and performing. Sean reads three poems:"Running At a Loss" - 00:00:42"What Happened Was" - 00:05:42"I Won't Stop Looking" - 00:10:10Download a transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/episode-6-sean-wai-keung-transcript.pdf www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.waikeungpoetry.wordpress.com www.facebook.com/worldsendpoetrynight

14mins

27 Jul 2016

Rank #19

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Ep. 5 - Mel Jones (transcript available)

February 2015. David Turner is in Camden, north London talking to host of Friggers of Speech, Mel Jones. At times it sounds like mighty Thor is punching the mic... (I was getting used to the equipment. OK!?!?) Mel reads three poems:"Fuck Me If You Think You're Hard Enough" - (00:00:48)"Mmm" - (00:05:14)"For The Poet Who Harmed Herself" - (00:08:56)www.twitter.com/Silent_Tongue www.facebook.com/friggersofspeechDownload a transcript of this conversation here: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/ep5-mel-jones.pdf

14mins

27 Jul 2016

Rank #20