Archive for August, 2013




Crossing Border Festival- Holland

we travelled the high speed train through
Belgium to Holland
red tiled roofs. streets narrow and people
riding old black bicycles
co-op gardens and small garden-shed
fields of soft poppies moving in dismal
white patched cows lolling in jungle
green grass
crossing tracks in train yards with red trains

in the carriage/2 Belgium men with strange
effeminate sandals whisper in a world I
don not understand
they are wearing matching t-shirts and
seem to have a message

that week in holland/sunny afternoon
making love on make-shift bed –
the children outside making happy. noise

buildings of the hippie complex on Albert
Schweitzer boulevard in childlike colored
panels of turquoise and green all looked
the same

down two flights of stairs in the ghandi
room/Merle our companion practicing
his new poem
our performances critical-posters all
over town/in. store windows announcing
our readings and blowing…

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Jackanory Reviews


A two-part focus on Finnish cinema, it was announced this week, will take place in Edinburgh. It includes three features, all being given their UK premieres, as well as world and international premieres of three mid-length documentaries.  All 16 screenings are open to the public and will take place at Edinburgh Filmhouse.

New Cinema 1, screening on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September comprises of 14 short, mid-length and feature-length films made between 2011 and 2013, all of which were directed or co-directed by women, and many of which also feature female screenwriters, cinematographers and editors and strong leading female characters or subjects.  Its wide-ranging programme includes animation, experimental works and documentaries, and its approach to highlighting the work of women filmmakers follows in a long Edinburgh tradition, dating back to the 1972 Edinburgh International Film Festival, at which the world’s second women’s film event was organised by Lynda Myles.

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Our Life is What Our Thoughts Make it

I’ve recently just returned from a few days up in the wonderful city of Edinburgh. Even when it rains (it is Scotland after all) the city has a certain character about it that you can’t find in many other places in the UK. There is so much history and culture to enjoy while in Edinburgh, and so during the month of August when the city plays host to the Fringe Festival, you really are spoiled for choice!

All the unused spaces in the city are transformed for three weeks into venues for hundreds of different acts ranging from comedy to musical theatre, from a cappella to dance. If you want to see a lot of the more popular shows, tickets can set you back anything up to £20 each, yet there is also a wide range of free acts available where you could potentially find a hidden gem. The likes…

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Cecily Smith

Recorded at a concert with Dark Inventions Ensemble at the Edinburgh Fringe, St Mary’s Episcopalian Cathedral, 8th August 2013

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