Squiggles and Sounds

Hello ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope to be posting on here more regularly from now on. In the meantime, here’s a video of me from the World Jam Anthology book launch at Peggy’s Skylight in April 2019. Better late than never, right!

The anthology showcases poems in many different languages, from first and second language English speakers who have made Nottingham their home. The poem is a celebration of language, of how our different ways to say the same stuff can unite us. I hope you like it! If you don’t, then apologies for wasting 102 seconds of your time.

Thanks to John Berry for filming.

You can find WorldJam and the book on facebook at @worldjampoetryandmusic.

I Should Have Said Something, my new video now on YouTube

Brand new on YouTube is myย second video from The Revolution Sessions, a series of videos from poems in my forthcoming book. If you want to follow my channel then just head toย www.youtube.com/martingreypoet.

“I Should Have Said Something” is about a couple I overheard on a train and the internal conflict it can give you when you hear nasty and incoherent things, but aren’t sure how to confront them in the moment.

Their conversation got a lot worse than the stuff referenced in the poem, but I chose not to quote the really bad bits, even though it’s from a critical perspective. We’re all entitled to our views, but ignorance and malice get us nowhere.

I hope you enjoy it. As always, constructive feedback is always welcome.

Video filmed and edited by the most excellent Roseanna Escobar-Byrne.