POP-UP

POP-UP is a short story, illustrated by Paul J. Ryding and Neil McGuire, self published in Dec 2016. Download full text here

'Pop-Up', illustration by Paul J Ryding and Neil McGuire

‘Pop-Up’, illustration by Paul J Ryding and Neil McGuire

Extract:

The Pop-Up”. Xavier placed his hands on the table and leaned forward. This was the body language of leaders. As the youngest guy in the room, he skirted the right kind of informality with his ‘meet the clients’ outfit. He was wearing a narrow black tie with the top button on his white shirt undone. His sleeves were rolled up a little to hint that he wasn’t afraid of hard work, when actually his line manager would have said he was.  ‘Right guys, we are designing this space in the building for pop-ups. You are going to have a key flow of people through here and you want to grab their attention. This is a flexible, dynamic space which can powerfully encourage repeat visits’.

Bill Staton didn’t like being called ‘guys’ by a junior, not one little bit, but he dimly recognised the phrase ‘pop-up’. Had he seen a pop-up on the recent visit to Gateshead where a mixed delegation had been sent to research different kinds of loose seating for auditoriums? He knew that as the Local Authority’s Head of Culture, Sport and Engineering he needed to express some words right now to show he was boss. He rocked forward gently in his seat to signal he was ready to engage…..”

Review: ‘Suspended Sentences’. Turners Warehouse, Newlyn, Cornwall

Photo: Steve Tanner
Photo: Steve Tanner

{Excerpt} Exemplifying a community-minded approach, ‘Suspended Sentences’ was a large artist-led group exhibition and series of events including experimental film, music and sound nights, taking place at an old unused fish processing factory, Turners Warehouse in Newlyn, Cornwall 2-22 Sept 2013. The exhibition formed an open response to Armitage’s poetry, after his 2013 walk along the South West coast path from Minehead to Land’s End with his last mainland reading happening at Newlyn Art School. Regional artists were invited by the project’s curators Jesse Leroy Smith and Mark Spray, to take Armitage’s poetry as a departure point or to explore the idea of a journey. The show’s title references poet Simon Armitage’s past employment as a probation officer, or as Armitage added on hearing it, could be reminiscent of poetry being written in zero gravity. 

Here is a link to my full review on ‘Interface: Reviews Unedited’ on anhttp://www.a-n.co.uk/interface/reviews/single/3933778

Photo: Steve Tanner

Photo: Steve Tanner

Marie-Claire Hamon (2013)

Marie-Claire Hamon (2013)