Poetry and Jazz Night

Friday I did my first public reading in probably 10 years. In hindsight, I should’ve written about it before Friday so that anyone willing and able could have come…but you live and learn.

I was part of the line up when the Global Fusion writers group, of which I am a member, shared our writing at an event at the Charlton House. The event was organised by Global Fusion and included a live band playing jazz. Despite being shamelessly unprepared for the reading, it went quite well. At least I was told so by my friends and fellow writers.

Last time I did a public reading, I was still at college and the poetry writing class I was taking had a reading at a local restaurant. It was summer and we’d been given space in the courtyard. It was nerve-racking but a nice evening.

I feel a bit ambivalent about public readings. On the one hand it’s nice to get a chance to showcase your work. And I do enjoy being the audience when others do readings. I do however feel that I don’t read very well and therefor don’t do my pieces justice. Neither do I like being the center of attention. 

So to conclude, thanks to my friends of Global Fusion, I enjoyed your readings far more than I enjoyed my own.

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Lighting vs Writing

Contrary to what I have posted lately, this blog is about lighting design as much as it’s about literature and writing. So how come there are rarely any posts about lighting, you might ask? Or you are a hardcore literary fan and you are just glad that the lighting updates are few and far apart.

When I moved to London, I had a long list of lighting projects that I wanted to see, buildings etcetera that I had read about and wanted to see in real life. I was good at ticking off that list and to write about what I saw, analysing what I thought about it.

As I made London my home, three things have happened. My writing has taken a larger and larger part of my life as my spare time has been filled with writers groups, lectures about publishing and writing, and exciting discussions with fellow writers. I also have a full-time job as a lighting designer within retail. That sounds very exciting to everyone outside the business who think that I spend my days being creative and designing for the theatre (if only). But like any job, the day to day life of a lighting designer can be quite mundane and, to be frank, boring. I have also seen all those exciting projects that I wanted to see and have not had the opportunity to create a new list.

To be honest, in some ways I miss a lighting design group to meet up with on a regular basis to get inspiration, hear about events and projects or just to discuss where this fast moving business is heading. What are the issues we all come across on a daily basis? This is very much what I’m doing in my writers groups and it helps to keep the inspiration and excitement up even on tough days when you just want to give up and work with something else. You loose faith in you abilities or are just having an unusually hard-to-get-anything-done day.

Since I’m pursuing two professions, it easy to start comparing the two. Personally, I don’t believe in comparing unless you are trying to make a decision between two or more options. Instead, do what gets your juices flowing and do it to the best of your ability. What everyone else is doing is up to them.

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