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Culture bites: Poet rhymes about arts

Culture bites: Poet rhymes about arts

Tuesday 18 September 2018

Culture bites: Poet rhymes about arts


A poet, tutor and painter, Linda Rose Parks lives, breathes and eats arts on a daily basis.

Now she's sharing what cultural picks will be forming part of her diet in the coming months.

Unsurprisingly, Linda's top recommendation is to support local artists and the variety of work they produce. Here's what she told Express...

1. Show some love for your local artists

Matisse believed that in bleak political times the artist needs to give the world colour.

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Pictured: David Henley's luminous paintings are worth a look according to Linda.

And when I look around me, I see how much art made here on this island is an ongoing expression of love and commitment, the will to transform the everyday and to evoke the eternal in the human spirit and the landscape.

Go to David Henley's studio at Homegrown or I.D. Ology in Market Street to see his luminous paintings, how the light reaches out to embrace the viewer.

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Pictured: For Linda, June Gould's colours and brush-strokes "enact the drama of the human spirit."

Visit the Pittstream Gallery, Ruth and Ian Rolls, and see how light fills that small, perfect space; seek out Graham Tovey's incandescent explorations of sky; Julia Coutanche's colour-drenched magical landscapes, and the work of June Gould (regularly exhibited at The Harbour Gallery) whose colours and brush-strokes enact the drama of the human spirit in love with the ocean, and in June's case, the raw, complex power of St.Ouen's Bay.

2. The Festival of Words

To make art happen, regardless of genre, requires an unswerving passion and a stamina to keep it going, to keep faith, often in the most difficult times and circumstances. The Festival of Words celebrates its fourth birthday this September, and lives and breathes through what goes on behind the scenes is a feat of passion and experience.

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Pictured: An award-winning poet, playwright and writer of short stories, as well as St. Helier Constable, Simon Crowcroft will be featuring at the festival.

I'll be there for the poets, that's for sure. Lemn Sissay, who brings such power to his work and performance, who tells the visceral, hard-won truths of the dispossessed, the orphaned. And our own Constable, dramatist and poet, Simon Crowcroft, whose humanity and intellect breathe life both on the page and though the town.

3. Terry and the Bard

Terry O'Connor, one of the original founders of Forced Entertainment, which in 2016 won The International Ibsen award, grew up in Jersey. In September, she will be taking the Complete Works: Tabletop Shakespeare series of 36 performances to New York.

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Pictured: Terry O'Connor, one of the original founders of Forced Entertainment.

It will be the 15th outing of this piece, which involves six performers each telling the plots of six different Shakespeare plays as 36 separate performances over 10 nights. Terry O'Connor has contributed a poetic article based on Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore to the anthology 'Wretched Strangers' by Boiler House Press.

Proceeds will be donated to charities fighting for the rights of refugees.

4. Human rights on film

This is the 14th year of the Human Rights Film Festival.

Pictured: Human Flow is a film by celebrated artist Ai Weiwei on the recent refugee crisis.

Based at Jersey Arts Centre, the Jersey Film Society will begin on 5 November with Ai Weiwei's film, 'Human Flow'.

5. Come up close

And finally... On 19 October at 20:00, I'll be launching my new collection, 'This Close', alongside Donall Dempsey.

He'll be reading from his own recent collection, 'Gerry Sweeney's Mammy', in the Opera House studio space. Please come. Poems are winged creatures.

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Pictured: Linda's own works will get an airing this autumn.

And on 16 November I'm exhibiting around 22 paintings at the wonderful Carlo Zen's Arts and Framing, New Street, between 1730 and 20.00.

We would love to see you all. Let's make it a party.

The views expressed in this piece are those of the author and not of the Bailiwick Express.

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