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Monday, 13 May 2013

The Choreopoet, Another Choreopoem & - New Writing Centre University of Leicester



I have been given the title choreopoet  which I embrace with pride. When I saw it - I had to look twice, as if it was someone else and not me - but of course it really was me .  On the homepage website , of the recently launched  Centre for Writing at University of Leicester , with Corinne Fowler  as Director , it looks set to offer exciting opportunities for exploring new and existing forms of literature.


Delightedly, another choreopoem recently, written and performed by Gemma Weekes in London at Rich Mix  arts venue with soundscape provided by in part Mantus the Tablist (from Leicester ).    As I  predicted choreopoems are on the rise - with three from June 2012 -  May 2013 ...I trust this blog is of help to others, in whatever small way, who wish to pursue their own choreopoem projects, . In the future, I hope that we can all come together to discuss our individual current practice in this regard.

 See link for the  New Writing Centres Programme:

 http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/english/creativewriting/centre 


The title choreopoet,  is welcomed by me partly because of its link with Greek culture and also my idea that choreopoetry as an art form now, is ripe further development, with the opportunities that new technology offers our global world.    The Ted HughesPoetry Prize awarded to Kate Tempest by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy this year . In my view, has lionized  the epic , long poem and spoken word, located in urban contexts . Both Kate and myself like so many poets draw inspiration from  the Greek classics in our writing.  There are  no doubt some synergies at work here- the innovation of several writers, all diverse women based in different locations in England. At this time , I  can only watch and wait  to see what further developments will take place. All of which is very exciting, something for me to relish.i.e. the birth or rebirth of things ...?