July 10th saw the official launch of Raven and Skull. It’s my first horror novel and, as I’ve said before, it’s one of those stories I’ve been wanting to write for years.
The whole evening was presented by the Pub Poets, a group of open mic performers entertainers who know how to write and perform poetry. It’s one thing to write a novel. It’s quite another to have its release endorsed by a collective of poets.
Adding to the prestige, the launch was hosted by the incredible performance poet, Trevor Meaney. Trevor is a respected, talented and accomplished poet with a huge following. The night would not have been such a success without him at the helm. For those of you not familiar with Trevor, this is a short piece of him in his usual, incredible form.
On top of that, the insanely talented Colin Davies delivered a very well-received performance piece on the subject of profunctuation. It’s not safe work, but it was hilarious, perfectly presented and so funny that several members of the audience hurt themselves laughing. This is not for the easily offended but, for everyone else, it’s worth checking out.
There isn’t the space here to thank all the talented poets who turned up for the evening. I’ve not even begun to say thank you to my supportive family and wonderful friends who made the whole episode so memorable. And, because I’m sure they’re already aware of my appreciation and gratitude, I’ll finish this post with a link to Raven and Skull, and a short clip of one of the poems I read on the evening. Just like Colin’s poem has the NSFW warning, this one too should be treated with similar caution.
You’ve completed your studies without stabbing your peers
You have studied three years to earn this degree
And yet still you can’t use an apostrophe.
You deserve it for dealing with Student Finance.
You’re now saddled with debt from exorbitant fees
And still you can’t use those apostrophes.
Thank Christ for York notes! God bless Wikipedia!
You’ve read Wuthering Heights and John Donne’s ‘The Flea’
Yet still you can’t use an apostrophe.
You can write a whole paper on the night when it’s due.
You’ve spent weeks before deadlines on a diet of coffee
But still you can’t use that apostrophe.
You worked hard. You learnt lots. Let’s give credit where due.
Enjoy your achievement, education’s the key.
And one day, spare a thought for the apostrophe.