Graffiti and moss in Casa de Campo park, Madrid, 1 Jan 2018

Notes to myself.

1) Be in the moment. These notes from pianist Jeffrey Chappell are very good, especially those on performing. Take time to read the rest and think about them when I practice. They came in handy for this performance Lilián and I gave titled 'Poetry for Waking Up', during a private event on Saturday morning at Huerga y Fierro Editores.
2) There is no letter B in the Maori alphabet. I am starting to learn Maori. I hope I can bring my experience as an English language teacher, and of learning Spanish, to my learning. I've started with the lessons on the Tōku Reo website, as well as practicing the Maori guitar strum so I can learn a song or two.


The little girl in the Silent Cave

A story for children written and narrated by Lilián Pallares, which I have accompanied with my drawings, art and music. Produced by antenablue.

We made it especially for our four-year-old niece Mia and although it doesn't have a translation yet the story goes something like this: 'Mia lives in a place where the sun always shines and it is never night, but she dreams of seeing the moon. To find it she will have to enter the Silent Cave.'

El nuevo trabajo de antenablue. Un cuento infantil escrito y narrado por Lilián Pallares, con dibujos, arte y composición musical de Charles Olsen.

'Mia vive en un lugar donde el sol siempre brilla y nunca es de noche. Sin embargo, a sus cuatro años sueña con conocer la luna. Para lograrlo tendrá que entrar a la Cueva del Silencio.'


Tertulia Literaria Hispanoamericana Rafael Montesinos

On 19th December I became the first New Zealander to be invited to read their poetry at the Tertulia Literaria Hispanoamericana Rafael Montesinos, where guest poets present their work each Tuesday in the Colegio Mayor Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Avenida de Séneca, 4, Madrid.

Thank you to Marisa Calvo and to David Domínguez González, who presented me and accompanied me at the table.

Photo by Raúl Hernández Salas.


Tertulia Literaria Hispanoamericana RAFAEL MONTESINOS
Colegio Mayor Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Avenida de Séneca, 4
28049, Madrid

19 de diciembre de 2017 a las 19:30h
con el poeta neozelandés CHARLES OLSEN

El acto será presentado por DAVID DOMÍNGUEZ GONZÁLEZ


Poets in Oxford

Before our presentation in the Albion Beatnik Bookshop, Oxford, we travelled in by bus and enjoyed the city, its colleges, cafes and museums…

Getting cold but inspired for our recital in the evening…

Thanks to Dennis Harrison of The Albion Beatnik, and the lovely audience who accompanied us!


Isto não é um filme. É um poema – Festival Silêncio, Lisboa

Our poetry film 'The Afternoon' is being shown as part of the official selection of the International Poetry Film competition of Festival Silêncio in Lisbon, Portugal. It will be presented in Festival Silêncio on 30 September at 8:00pm in Cossoul - Sala Raul Solnado, Avenida Dom Carlos I, 61, 1º Andar.

For details see: Isto não é um filme. É um poema – Mostra Competitiva Internacional 3 and for the complete programme of events see: festivalsilencio.com