Double

June 3, 2010 by

In her womb, the two of them

lay with their arms entwined.

Twins with only one heart beating.

For as her son’s lungs grew and expanded,

his sibling’s lips could only breathe silence.

Tiny feet stilled at seven weeks, but she

carried their fingers the full nine months,

knowing one of them would never suck their thumb.

He was born head first screaming into the world.

The other a ghost with no eyes,

a throat too small for any song.

She wishes she could hold them both by the hand

for she sees a lost smile in the mirror child that survived.

by Aoife Mannix

The Lure of the Local

April 2, 2010 by

I’ve just started reading The Lure Of The Local by Lucy Lippard, subtitled Senses of Place in a Multicentred Society. She writes very interestingly about place, landscape and belonging, and mirrors my own thinking about place as something integrally connected with the people who live and operate within it: “A layered location replete with human histories and memories, place has width as well as depth. It is about connections, what surrounds it, what formed it, what happened there, and what will happen there.”

Another thing that relates to In Between’s interest in the role of story is a quote she cites from William Least Heat-Moon. He writes: to American Indians “stories are the communal snaggings of generations, the nets that keep people from free-falling towards pointlessness …. Indians widely believe that the past belongs to everyone, but only the proper storyteller can open it”

Finally, something that really intrigued me about the book, and that relates back to an earlier post I wrote about the idea of books as spatial entities (and that the layout influences the reading and the meaning), is the layout of the pages. There is a solid line, about a sixth of the way down the page. Above the line is a personal narrative about the author’s relationship to a place in Maine that has a particular meaning to her (in 3 columns). Below that is the ‘critical’, ‘academic’ text (in 2 columns). So the two texts exist simultaneously on the same page; except they can’t be read simultaneously. I found myself ignoring the top narrative and focusing on the ‘main’ narrative, then going back to the beginning of the chapter to re-read the ‘second’ narrative. I’m interested to see how the two narratives will ‘speak to’ each other throughout the book.

Rounding up

January 10, 2010 by

The Whitecross arm of the Inbetween writing project is almost coming to an end – it’s amazing how quickly the time has gone. Now that the pictures and poems inspired by the stall holders are done – all that remains is to complete the audio tour to the market. I have recorded several versions of an audio tour that leads from Old Street Market to Whitecross. over the coming weeks I will be meeting with a sound artist to make the finishing touches to the tour and then make it available for download so that people wishing to visiit the fantastic whitecross market can do so via a poetic guide.

I will also shortly be showing the stall holders thir pictures and poems and hope to be able to get some postcards made for the market featuring said poems and pictures – more news to follow.

Joseph Coelho
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Directed and Devised by Jonathon Lloyd
Co-written by Joseph Coelho
Showing until 20th February
www.polkatheatre.com

“An Invite From The Queen”
A musical in a book
Words by Joseph Coelho
Music by Matthew King
Illustrations by Neil Irish
Narrated by Griff Rhys Jones
Order online
www.hmdt.org.uk

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Wanna Book? Come Take A Look

January 10, 2010 by

All manner of books
If you only just look
There are chapters that hook
And meals for cooks
and tips for crooks
If you only just look
All manner of books.

Joseph Coelho
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Directed and Devised by Jonathon Lloyd
Co-written by Joseph Coelho
Showing until 20th February
www.polkatheatre.com

“An Invite From The Queen”
A musical in a book
Words by Joseph Coelho
Music by Matthew King
Illustrations by Neil Irish
Narrated by Griff Rhys Jones
Order online
www.hmdt.org.uk

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First With Food

January 10, 2010 by

When he arrived at Whitecross
There was no food!
People wandered the cobbled streets
Starving!
Sucking dew from the lamp posts
Licking petals of flowers in window boxes
Dreaming up dishes and eating in their sleep.

Then he arrived.

With a band and a fan fare
With special baked potatoes
Ozzing with butter

With sausages wrestled from turkish shores
With Halloumi grilled – not to perfections
but to something beyond perfect.

And the market was fed
The traders swapped their swollen bellies
For flat caps
The city workers exchanged lunchtime belly growls
for laughter and cheer
And the flowers in the window boxes
Kept all of their petals.

Joseph Coelho
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Directed and Devised by Jonathon Lloyd
Co-written by Joseph Coelho
Showing until 20th February
www.polkatheatre.com

“An Invite From The Queen”
A musical in a book
Words by Joseph Coelho
Music by Matthew King
Illustrations by Neil Irish
Narrated by Griff Rhys Jones
Order online
www.hmdt.org.uk

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Spiced At Dawn

January 10, 2010 by

When day light is still crawling
And the last breath of night can be felt
He sprinkles chillis and masala’s
On the day’s curries.

Crushes Cardamon pods
With the last twinkles of stars
Grounds nutmeg with the promise of sunshine
Melts ghee with waking hours.

Joseph Coelho
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Directed and Devised by Jonathon Lloyd
Co-written by Joseph Coelho
Showing until 20th February
www.polkatheatre.com

“An Invite From The Queen”
A musical in a book
Words by Joseph Coelho
Music by Matthew King
Illustrations by Neil Irish
Narrated by Griff Rhys Jones
Order online
www.hmdt.org.uk

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Netty’s Giant Cup Cake

January 10, 2010 by

When Netty arrived at Whitecross with her cup cake, people were scared. Never before had a cup cake of such humunguous proportions been seen before. Sure people had seen big marrows, big pumpkins, even giant cherry tomatoes but never, never ever a cup cake.

Now, as I’m sure you’re aware, cup cakes are normally small tasty cakes which require little more than two bites to finish them off and can very easily fit in tha palm of a child’s hand. Netty’s cake was massive it required two very strong men to lift it up onto her stall and one would certainly need to take a couple of days off work if they were determined to eat the whole thing without sharing ( but to do so would be terribly greedy and un-cake-appreciator like).

Just like it’s size -the taste of Netty’s Giant Cup Cake was equally as engorged. The children that nibbled at it’s edges spoke of flavours beyond words. Of chocolate that tasted as if it had poured than and there from a Sri Lankan Cocao Bean, of cherries so juicy that if you simply threw your gaze upon them – they would burst! And the icing! The icing was a wonder not only to taste but to behold for it sparkled! You may be familiar with frosted icing, that has a certain amount of shine, which is all well and good, but the sparkle on Netty’s Giant Cup Cake came with a safety warning! Netty had toured the country with her giant cup cake and had got into a spot of bother in Pontefract where an over-excited group of liquorice lovers stormed upon her stall on a bright sunny day and as the light caught the frosting it beamed directly into their eyes and blinded them instantly. Since that day Netty travels with a very large sign warning people not to look directly at the frosting and as an extra back up has sunglasses on standby for those who want to get really close. Do not let the fear of blindness stop you making it a visit to Netty’s Stall In Whitecross for it is a delight to behold.

Jerimiah Hundreds and Thousands
Market Cup Cake reviewer and appreciator

Joseph Coelho
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Directed and Devised by Jonathon Lloyd
Co-written by Joseph Coelho
Showing until 20th February
www.polkatheatre.com

“An Invite From The Queen”
A musical in a book
Words by Joseph Coelho
Music by Matthew King
Illustrations by Neil Irish
Narrated by Griff Rhys Jones
Order online
www.hmdt.org.uk

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The Man With The Disks

January 10, 2010 by


You will hear his shine
Before you see him
It will refract to you
From the lips of others
Whispered in excited yelps.

He holds the markets memories
Tatooed across his skin
Every story, every event recorded
Lazered into the bit rate of his flesh.

You cannot read him
His boxed sets of knowledge
Must be haggled for
Must be won with a silver hand
Gleaned via a golden tongue.

Joseph Coelho
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Directed and Devised by Jonathon Lloyd
Co-written by Joseph Coelho
Showing until 20th February
www.polkatheatre.com

“An Invite From The Queen”
A musical in a book
Words by Joseph Coelho
Music by Matthew King
Illustrations by Neil Irish
Narrated by Griff Rhys Jones
Order online
www.hmdt.org.uk

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The Chef

January 10, 2010 by

It’s got to be perfect!
Hand crafted!
Every bite must engender a savouring
A licking of lips
A gasp of pleasure.

The eggs must be organic
The feel rustic
The meats cured
The taste – sublime.

The pies should leap out at you
The game entice you
The smells – drive you to dribbling.

Joseph Coelho
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Directed and Devised by Jonathon Lloyd
Co-written by Joseph Coelho
Showing until 20th February
www.polkatheatre.com

“An Invite From The Queen”
A musical in a book
Words by Joseph Coelho
Music by Matthew King
Illustrations by Neil Irish
Narrated by Griff Rhys Jones
Order online
www.hmdt.org.uk

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The Cake Man

January 10, 2010 by

There is a stall in Whitecross
With cakes.
Not the ordinary type
Baked with eggs and and flour and sugar
These cakes are 100% homemade
100% original
Made with the rarest
The most precious of ingredients!

Scrumptious Brownies dotted with chuckles
Which have you in chocolately hysterics
On every crumbly mouthful.

Delectable Bread Pudding enfused with love
Which has you sighing sweet nothings
With every gooey handful.

Cheese cakes layered on hugs
That cling to your tastebuds
That wrap you in their biscuity embrace.

Joseph Coelho
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Directed and Devised by Jonathon Lloyd
Co-written by Joseph Coelho
Showing until 20th February
www.polkatheatre.com

“An Invite From The Queen”
A musical in a book
Words by Joseph Coelho
Music by Matthew King
Illustrations by Neil Irish
Narrated by Griff Rhys Jones
Order online
www.hmdt.org.uk

Blogs:
www.poetryjoe.com
www.twitter.com/poetryjoe
www.inbetweenwriting.wordpress.com
www.litandspokensc.wordpress.com