The Fuzzy Line Between Acting and Lying

I was doing a workshop with performance poet, novelist and general legend of a man Polarbear a few weeks ago and he asked us all a question: “Is there a difference between acting and lying?” It’s not the first time I’ve wondered, but the fact that I’ve been writing the script for North East Rising recentlyContinue reading “The Fuzzy Line Between Acting and Lying”

The Anti Slam: How Crap Poetry Taught Me the Point of Spoken Word

A few weeks ago I got an offer to be a part of something really fun. “How would you like to do the Anti Slam, a competition where poets stand up in front of judges and, instead of trying to do the best  they can, they try to be laughably, gloriously shit and lose”. “Easy!”Continue reading “The Anti Slam: How Crap Poetry Taught Me the Point of Spoken Word”

Writing Poems for Hallmark: A Polite Exchange

  Creative Opportunities (creative-opportunities@hallmark-uk.com) Add to contacts 23/04/2014 To: rowanmccabe6@hotmail.co.uk Hi Rowan,   Thanks for sending us your work, we enjoyed looking through it. We’re always looking for new talent so I really appreciate you taking the time to think of us and giving us the opportunity to see it.   Unfortunately the styles you’veContinue reading “Writing Poems for Hallmark: A Polite Exchange”

The Real Life Mr. Hanky: Barcelona’s Christmas Poo

As it’s the festive season and all that, I thought I’d show you something really strange I found in Barcelona last summer. El Caganer, literally translated as “the crapper”, is a Christmas character who’s been part of Catalan culture for over 400 years. He’s often depicted as a peasant, wearing his traditional Catalan red hatContinue reading “The Real Life Mr. Hanky: Barcelona’s Christmas Poo”

“You Can’t See the Wood for the Yellowy Nylon”: A Fluorescent Jacket Too Far…

Is it just me or are there far too many fluorescent jackets everywhere you go? I work part-time in a primary school and whenever we take the kids out on a trip they all have to be wearing that most beloved of health and safety uniforms. First of all, why on earth they need toContinue reading ““You Can’t See the Wood for the Yellowy Nylon”: A Fluorescent Jacket Too Far…”