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Photostory 'A Painting of a House' for Liberated Words by Charles Olsen


As part of the Word and Image section of the website I am very interested in photo stories or photo essays. I was over the moon when Charles submitted the following to me, and I think it provides a perfect blueprint for such writing, also crossing over into the terrain…

Heralding the first Aotearoa Poetry Film Festival - New Zealand


The first Aotearoa poetry film festival in Wellington is nearly upon us on the 2nd & 3rd of November. It looks an exciting and innovative event, which is not surprising since I know some of the judges and their own work, but also they say 'In particular, we encourage the…

MALDITO videopoetry festival on the horizon with auspicious dates 31st Oct - 5th Nov


This is a wonderful festival based in Albacete, Spain, that celebrates video poetry amongst all kinds of performance - as happy amongst live bands and VJing as in a quiet, reflective cinema. And following its raunchy and evocative name – Maldito means 'Damned' – the event links two feverish dates:…

Frame to Frames: Your Eyes Follow finalists for FOTOGENIA 2023


A Word from the Director - Sarah Tremlett I am really pleased to announce the finalists of Frame to Frames: Your Eyes Follow ekphrastic poetry film prize for 2023. I am very proud to say that the screening will be part of the exciting programme at FOTOGENIA 2023, Mexico City,…

Motherland: a San Francisco State of Mind - Sarah Tremlett visits the city and Lyon Street by Marc Zegans


Motherland – a San Francisco State of Mind : Lyon Street by Marc Zegans (shadowed by Herman Berlandt)  a roving reader’s report by Sarah Tremlett A year ago this month saw the publication of American poet Marc Zegan’s milestone work – Lyon Street – an elegy to a city, and…

JÁ–FEST – theatre and poetry film – a revealing insider's view from Janet Lees


I am so pleased and proud to showcase this very special insiders account of Lisbon-based JÁ–FEST – a theatre-based festival including poetry films. This is a rich and comprehensive report,  with links to events and interviews by invited judge and workshop leader Janet Lees –  recognized for her contribution to…

The Metaphysical World Where I Live – Lois P. Jones in-depth interview (winning film Frame to Frames I)


An important update to this year’s edition of Frame to Frames: Your Eyes Follow ekphrastic poetry film screening and competition has been the inclusion of a memorable poem on Ana Segovia's festival painting by leading American poets Lois P. Jones and Elena K. Byrne (known for her extensive ekphrastic collection…

Marc Zegans: Dada, Cage and Burroughs – a review of Borrowed Words – cut-up poetry by Peter Wortsman


About 15 years ago now I was deeply immersed in concrete and visual poetry, dipping in and out of the Futurists, Surrealists and Dadaists and the joy of cut-ups (découpé in French). Periodically this concept enters the poetry film world as in the now famous and leading work by American…

Frame to Frames update: Lois P. Jones & Elena K. Byrne – powerful ekphrastic competition poem


Leading American poets Lois P. Jones and Elena K. Byrne have teamed up to compose an arresting ekphrastic poem on the festival painting Huapango Torero by Ana Segovia, for Frame to Frames: Your Eyes Follow ekphrastic poetry film competition this year. The event will be screened as part of FOTOGENIA…

Narratives of Climate Crisis – The British Library and MIX, Janet Lees, Csilla Toldy and Sarah Tremlett


[Notes by Sarah Tremlett on climate crisis and the aesthetics of climate change, including participant presentations from Csilla Toldy and Janet Lees (unable to attend), at MIX conference, The British Library, July 7th, 2023. Also featuring an in-depth conversation with climate activist, poet and extractive scientist John Bolland adding some…

Videopoetry Vidéopoésie pdf available here from Valerie LeBlanc and Daniel H. Dugas


Canadians Valerie LeBlanc and Daniel H. Dugas have kindly allowed me to promote the bilingual pdf of their extraordinary work Videopoetry Vidéopoésie which was published by Small Walker Press in 2020. With the advent of COVID turning our world upside down I think this powerful overview of their work (at…

Presenting in MIX: STORYTELLING IN IMMERSIVE MEDIA, The British Library


MIX conference is back, and this time at The British Library in London, on the 7th of July. Co-hosted this year by Bath Spa University and The British Library, the programme centres on leading practitioners in AR, VR, game design, interactivity, etc. It also includes  established poetry filmmakers such Jane…