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"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model…"

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.”

- Buckminster Fuller, via Sarah B. Nelson
Jan 5

Starbucks Youth Action – grants up to £2000 for 16-24 year olds for community projects with a "positive impact" – http://t.co/79Fy9tLk

Starbucks Youth Action - grants up to £2000 for 16-24 year olds for community projects with a "positive impact" - http://t.co/79Fy9tLk
Jan 5

Photo: Social Light (via seymour templar image factory) http://t.co/3lpeId1P

Photo: Social Light (via seymour templar image factory) http://t.co/3lpeId1P
Jan 4

Wow. Book Slam’s Alumni page is a veritable who’s who of contemporary literature and music-making. Proud to be on it. http://t.co/3kVQnVqD

Wow. Book Slam's Alumni page is a veritable who's who of contemporary literature and music-making. Proud to be on it. http://t.co/3kVQnVqD
Jan 4

Been a while since I visited Book Slam. And until the next one, might have to cosy up with "One For The Trouble"… http://t.co/iL0sez2M

Been a while since I visited Book Slam. And until the next one, might have to cosy up with "One For The Trouble"... http://t.co/iL0sez2M
Jan 4

Restless Cities: psychogeography and philosophies of urban life, January 18th. Wish I could be there. York notes? http://t.co/8bsPk2qw

Restless Cities: psychogeography and philosophies of urban life, January 18th. Wish I could be there. York notes? http://t.co/8bsPk2qw
Jan 4

Anyone heading to Graft Poetry @ Southbank Centre tonight? Let me know how it goes… http://t.co/UwBflCPn

Anyone heading to Graft Poetry @ Southbank Centre tonight? Let me know how it goes... http://t.co/UwBflCPn
Jan 4

"Every time I’ve made writing mistakes it’s been because of one significant reason. The reason being is…" http://t.co/QWTMf3O1

"Every time I’ve made writing mistakes it’s been because of one significant reason. The reason being is..." http://t.co/QWTMf3O1
Jan 4

"Every time I’ve made writing mistakes it’s been because of one significant reason. The reason being…"

“Every time I’ve made writing mistakes it’s been because of one significant reason. The reason being is that I wrote a poem or short story or a play that was about my need for self- glorification and ego. I was writing and gazing at myself in the mirror and smiling. I also know that my writing has been most successful when I’ve offered my writing in service to others without ego. So when I think of how my writing better serves the reader, I have not failed. I’m always thinking at the back of my mind better words, better books, better people, better interpersonal relationships, better communities, and better world. As lofty as it sounds it helps me stay on my best writing track.”

- Roger Robinson » 1 Minute Lecture: Is Your Writing In Service?
Jan 4

Dear 2012: looking forward to more opportunities to say "I’ve never done this before". I think we’ll be getting on just fine.

Dear 2012: looking forward to more opportunities to say "I've never done this before". I think we'll be getting on just fine.
Jan 4

Derry is the UK City of Culture for 2013. Dear poets, how can you be involved in the festivities? More info— http://t.co/dScWx5hb

Derry is the UK City of Culture for 2013. Dear poets, how can you be involved in the festivities? More info— http://t.co/dScWx5hb
Jan 4

RT @NotesbyLucy: All that we are is the result of what we have thought. Buddha

RT @NotesbyLucy: All that we are is the result of what we have thought. Buddha
Jan 3

Photo: Mark Mahaney – Photographer http://t.co/PQc7f6eW

Photo: Mark Mahaney - Photographer http://t.co/PQc7f6eW
Jan 3

"Her voice is one of an observer and experiencer of the ‘othering’ of such women" K-G Anderson on ‘Karma’s Footsteps’ – http://t.co/y11CBgcR

"Her voice is one of an observer and experiencer of the ‘othering’ of such women" K-G Anderson on 'Karma's Footsteps' - http://t.co/y11CBgcR
Jan 3

RT @WetBlackBough: "In this belonging’s nothing but / the wind, the wild / Atlantic. / Salt rain blinds the skin." Gillian Allnutt (Ligh …

RT @WetBlackBough: "In this belonging's nothing but / the wind, the wild / Atlantic. / Salt rain blinds the skin." Gillian Allnutt (Ligh ...
Jan 3

First miscellaneous post of 2012, sponsored by @rachelrosereid, Sara and @UMZ45, @WeWereEvergreen and fireworks… http://t.co/fO6hYxC4

First miscellaneous post of 2012, sponsored by @rachelrosereid, Sara and @UMZ45, @WeWereEvergreen and fireworks... http://t.co/fO6hYxC4
Jan 3

So how did YOU spend your New Year’s Eve? ;) http://t.co/3EnZqoWr

So how did YOU spend your New Year's Eve? ;) http://t.co/3EnZqoWr
Jan 2

Happy 2012, dear readers! How did you observe the turn of the…



Happy 2012, dear readers! How did you observe the turn of the year? The christmas/festive thing was a bit up and down for me, but New Year’s Eve turned out to be one of the better celebrations I can remember for various reasons, including the following: 

- Rachel Rose Reid’s Poetry Library Takeover, which featured an impeccably curated lineup. Anthony AnaxagorouNia Barge, DizraeliKatrice HorsleyAdam KammerlingFemi MartinStephanie Dogfoot and yours truly joined forces for a veritable feast of poetry, flash fiction and storytelling. Outstanding way to kick off proceedings in the company of fellow wordsmiths. Hats off to Rachel— she knows how to put on a party. Personal bonus: who was called upon, iPhone in hand, to do a stint as honorary DJ type person to warm up the “everybody take your seats” part of the evening? Yeah, that’s right… 

- Sara and Umar. You know who you are if you’re reading this, and you rule. See you at a gig sometime soon. Might not have my own line of stationary or t-shirts by then, but we’ll figure something out… 

- Although I’d been booked to perform at a NYE gig in the Poetry Library on the Southbank, I had no idea of what was happening in the rest of the building. D’oh! I walked straight out of the Poetry Library into a set from We Were Evergreen (recommended, if you’re not already familiar) and somehow managed to miss Fiona Bevan

- Location, location. Prime position for NYE Southbank fireworks, sans wet weather and crowds. Score. 

All in all, a memorable night. May the year continue in such a rewarding vein… 

[Oh, and before I’m chastised: photo credit - Danielle Shaw. Ta much.]

Jan 2

Photo: Wish you were here. Via Weather of the Body, who seems to have stopped posting on Tumbler a few… http://t.co/eOrmSsAz

Photo: Wish you were here. Via Weather of the Body, who seems to have stopped posting on Tumbler a few... http://t.co/eOrmSsAz
Jan 2

…and we’re back. Almost. Had to step out of the room for most of Xmas. New Year’s Eve was a blast (more on that later). HNY to you all!

...and we're back. Almost. Had to step out of the room for most of Xmas. New Year's Eve was a blast (more on that later). HNY to you all!
Jan 2