Sustainable Future Spoken Word Pieces for XTV
The Secret Life Of Letters – written for and performed at Exeter Poetry Festival 2018, picture and audio of live performance.
The Age Of The Bards (written for The Bardic Competition in April 2019, in which I was appointed Grand Bard of Exeter)
I have been listening to the city,
to the land and to the people,
because we are the creatives,
the magic makers.
This Easter I was called to London, to serve the Earth.
I asked the land what I should do, asked if I should stay with my city or go to London to make music and song in the streets, to serve the Earth. And the land opened as if to laugh, and I received this message “This city, Exeter, is PART OF the Earth. So go – go and bring back stories.”
And so I went for 9 days and nights and I bring you back stories
of a pink boat at the crossroads of Oxford Circus,
from which the truth was told.
of a place at the centre of Parliament Square,
where birdsong and human song intermingle.
of trees that sprang up overnight at Waterloo Bridge
blanketing the river in peace
and of music rippling across Marble Arch,
over a sea of tents, each one housing somebody who has made a commitment to the Earth.
Because all we have is the sum of our commitments.
We do not have what we own,
We have what we commit to.
We do not have what we buy
We have what we commit to take care of.
And so we are in the age of the Bards.
As Bard I have taken an oath to the land and the people of the city, but we all can go to our own homes and make a commitment to the land below us and the people around us. If we do that, we can all have the Earth, to restore, to nourish and to care for.
Wisdom (a found poem, made by collecting wise sayings, created for Exeter Arts Week 2018)